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Good News: Zorn Knows His Players

Posted by Matt Terl on March 13, 2009 – 4:40 pm

As the Redskins headed into offseason conditioning last year, Coach Jim Zorn was still pretty much brand new at his job. We all know that, but it’s easy to forget exactly what it means — he didn’t know anyone, pretty much literally. Zorn was hired on February 11th, and offseason conditioning started on March 16th.

There are two things I can tell you about this timeline from personal experience: first, in that gap between mid-February and the start of the workouts, the players have largely scattered to their own lives. I’m sure some of them came in to meet with the new head coach, but certainly not all of them and probably not most of them.

And second, when you meet an entire assembled football team at once, that’s a whole lot of people to get know quickly, even if you’re familiar with their names, abilities, and statistics. Zorn wouldn’t have gotten the whole team there for conditioning, but there would certainly have been quite a few of them, all at once.

So it seems safe to assume that Zorn is only half joking when he explains the most interesting thing for him about starting up his second year’s offseason conditioning on Monday:

Zorn: “What’s interesting is that I actually know everybody’s name and I know what positions they play. That’s a huge difference from what I had going last year. Last year, every day was brand new and I think this year I have a real idea of what’s coming. Although I was confident of moving in the right direction last year, I have a better feel for the direction [now].”

A couple more Qs-and-As after the jump.

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Friday, March 13: Revisiting Stadium Music

Posted by Matt Terl on March 13, 2009 – 11:33 am

Back in October, I wrote about a few of the songs that are played during pregame introductions at FedExField, which sparked some lively debate about the music choices. There wasn’t much I could do at the time — the playlist was largely set, and we were well into the season.

Well, there’s still not THAT much I can do, but I happened to find out the other day that this year’s song selections are being made as we speak. So I figured I’d toss it open to you all, with two basic questions:

  • What songs would you like to hear as part of the gameday experience?
  • What songs would you never like to hear again?

A few caveats to this whole thing, though. First, this is only about the in-stadium music, not the other elements of the gameday experience.

And second, this isn’t a contest. There’s no prize, and no guarantee that any suggestions will be accepted. But I absolutely promise to get the list of suggestions in front of the people who make the decisions, and from what I’ve seen I believe they’ll consider them.

So? Thoughts? I don’t really think my usual catch-all suggestion of Explosions In The Sky would get a crowd of 90,000 fired up, but a few of the other things I’ve put forward are after the jump. Read more »

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