'Skins' Zorn feels like 'worst coach in America'

Chiefs' Peterson is out

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December 16, 2008|By From Sun news services

Saying he feels "like the worst coach in America," Jim Zorn began a two-day self-evaluation of the meltdown that has dropped his Washington Redskins (7-7) out of the playoff race and prompted questions about his future.

Zorn had visible sweat on his brow at his weekly news conference. He reversed course from his season-long theme that his schemes were solid but the players' execution was lacking.

After the Redskins' fifth loss in six games - a truly embarrassing 20-13 defeat at Cincinnati on Sunday - Zorn seemed to channel predecessor Joe Gibbs when he uttered the Hall of Fame coach's over-worn phrase: "It starts with me."

"I need to check my plan of attack," the first-year coach said. "And all of our staff, we need to re-evaluate what we're doing."

Zorn gave his players the day off so that he could take yesterday and today to examine, as he put it, "all of the above."

Chiefs: : Carl Peterson, who turned Kansas City into an NFL powerhouse in the 1990s, is out after nearly 20 years as president, CEO and general manager. Clark Hunt, announcing his first major decision since he became chairman of the board upon the death two years ago of his father, Lamar, said the future of coach Herm Edwards would be decided later. The Chiefs are 2-12. Peterson was GM of the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the U.S. Football League from 1983 to 1985.

Giants: : Cornerback Corey Webster signed a five-year, $43 million contract extension. He will receive $20 million in guaranteed money under the deal that runs through 2013.

Titans: : Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch will miss the final two games of the regular season with separate injuries, but coach Jeff Fisher said he expects both linemen to return for the playoffs. Haynesworth sprained his left knee ligament late in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Vanden Bosch did not play against Houston after injuring his groin Dec. 7.

Vikings: : Defensive tackle Pat Williams will miss anywhere from two to six weeks with a fractured shoulder he suffered in Sunday's win over Arizona. Williams has been playing because a federal judge in Minnesota issued an injunction blocking his league suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Lions: : Quarterback Dan Orlovsky will make his second straight start, in part because Daunte Culpepper is questionable because of a shoulder injury, coach Rod Marinelli said.

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