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None of this was necessary. I said it them. I'll say I told you so now. When a coach like Joe Gibbs comes back to town for four years to fix your mess, you take his advice. You retain the people he put in place. You don't put Williams through a ridiculous 10-hour job interview that is tantamount to "get lost." You don't hire a "West Coast offense" quarterback coach from Seattle and make him your offensive coordinator, then elevate him to head coach when nobody famous wants the position.

"Hail to the Redskins" blares through FedEx Field's speakers as a nostalgic montage of black-and-white photos and faces appears on the video boards. The good and loyal fans, the people who now pay for memories more than a game, stand in unison. They sing and pump their fists to the heavens. For a few brief moments the last line of those lyrics -- "Fight for old D.C.!" -- almost transports them back to Pleasantville.

Unfortunately, for Zorn and his staff, the experts say there's only one effective way to deal with a toxic manager who is ruining a company. Leave.

Six years ago, before Joe Gibbs returned to restore adult supervision, the Redskins were the joke of the NFL. Now, just 21 months after his retirement, the team is once again headed down football's greased slope toward mockery.

Gibbs was a master in these situations. He always blamed himself first, profusely - and thus shamed his players into playing better. Zorn, on the other hand, would rather tell everybody (as he did again Monday): "We have tremendous talent on this football team." To which I would reply: You have tremendously well-paid talent. A tremendously talented team doesn't lose to the Lions and almost lose to the Rams.