LANDOVER—The Detroit Lions finally won a game. The team they beat? The Washington Redskins. With the loss, head coach Jim Zorn's job could be in jeopardy.
The Redskins wasted opportunities all afternoon to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the lowly Lions. Embattled coach Jim Zorn will likely be pressed for answers as he was a week ago after an unimpressive 9-7 win over St. Louis.
Zorn was burned by at least two decisions.
He went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Washington's first drive and Clinton Portis was stopped.
"I didn't think we'd be denied getting in the end zone and we were," Zorn said. "But there was no way a team could drive 99 yards on us was my thought."
The Lions drove 99 yards on 12 plays over nearly 6 minutes, capping the impressive drive with Johnson's fantastic catch on a high throw in the end zone from Stafford.
On the possession, Zorn accepted a penalty instead of leaving the Lions with a 50-yard kick. Instead, Stafford ducked to avoid a sack and ran for 21 yards to convert a third-and-13 that set up his TD pass on the next play.
" Jason Hanson was in field goal range," Zorn said. "I just had to pull him back out of it and try to get off the field so they wouldn't get another three points. That was my thinking."
After a week of second-guessing and speculation about Zorn's job security, Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is ready for more of the same.
"It don't matter if Joe Gibbs was here or any All-Star coach, they're still going to point fingers," said Haynesworth, who hurt his right hip in the first half and returned to play in the third quarter.
Do the Redskins still support Zorn?
"I hope so, you only have one head coach," Haynesworth said. "I can't speak for everybody else, but I am."