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Head Coach Jim Zorn's New Year's Comments

Posted by Matt Terl on January 1, 2010 – 2:22 pm

Here’s the bullet point summary of Coach Zorn’s first post-practice media session of 2010 — and last post-practice media session of the 2009 season.

  • Edwin Williams will be starting at right guard. “I went there because he’s had a start this year, and I wasn’t displeased,” Zorn said. “We’ll give him another shot at it. Just didn’t seem like Paul [Fanaika] … we gave Paul some reps early just to get him up to speed, but he’s not quite ready. And I’m not opposed to playing Will [Montgomery] in there at all, but we’re gonna give Edwin the shot and let him go all the way if he can hold up.”
  • Albert Hayneswort is a gametime decision and Rocky McIntosh is questionable, but they’ll make the trip to San Diego.
  • Which is more than can be said for Devin Thomas and LaRon Landry, who won’t be making the trip at all. Fred Smoot and (maybe) Lendy Holmes will be worked in at safety opposite Kareem Moore, since every other safety on the roster is injured.

And a few other comments from Zorn today:
On offensive line coach Joe Bugel and his job this season with a much-injured O-line:
“You know, Buges has got a tremendous amount of experience, and he’s got a tremendous amount of courage. So he stepped right up. He really does a great job, and I think he inspires all of us to look at the situation, to see what it is, and then do his best to get those guys ready. I mean he is all over the situation in aggressive coaching, in patting those guys on the back when they need it, and in being in their face when they need to get … you know, he’s trying to prepare them for the violence of this game and I think he does a good job with them. So he’s using all of his experience, he’s using all of his talent, really, to get ’em ready.

On his second year as a head coach coming to a close:
“Now, looking at it, the season’s gone by fairly quickly — we had sixteen games. It hasn’t been fun; it’s been a great experience. Yet we certainly fell short as far as win/loss goes.”

On what offseason personnel moves he foresees:
“Well, I would hope they’ll give me the opportunity to address that next week and just continue to focus in on this game. I don’t want to really talk about what our personnel is and isn’t because right now we’re focusing in on San Diego. This game — to me — truly is an important football game. And I hope it is to our football team — I believe it is — and our fans. I want to really win the fifth game. We’re not just trying to close the season out gosh we hope we can be all warm and fuzzy about this thing. We want to go out and win. It’s a long trip; it’s a worthwhile trip; and it’s a chance for us again to get better as we roll on.”

On what he means by it not being fun but being a great experience:
“That just means when you string losses together, it makes it a grind. Having to examine … I’m certainly held accountable, responsible, trying to take that responsibility and look and see what we can change and then deal with what we can’t. And that’s why I think it’s a great sport. That’s how I feel. The frustration of the losses can make us better; we just have to be able to use it in a way that can help us and not just shove it off to the side and say Oh well, next year. That’s why I never want to look at next year, because this year’s still … it’s still happening, really.”

On if he finds himself savoring the little things at the end of the season:
“All those things sort of happen during the offseason. I can’t wait to look at the schemes; I can’t wait to be involved with breaking down each game, putting all the plays together, looking at all the difference aspects and seeing how we can get better, seeing what our real problems were play-wise [and] scheme-wise, and then just try to start to evaluate players.”

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