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Jim Zorn's Press Conference Is Surprisingly Un-Depressing

Posted by Matt Terl on December 7, 2009 – 4:03 pm


The 33-30 loss to the Saints yesterday was depressing, almost debilitatingly so. All day, I’ve found myself in conversations with people in the building — coaches, players, media, staff — who each have an incredibly specific play that they’ve fixated on. If only this one play had gone just a little differently; if only the one guy had broken his route off just a little quicker; if only (of course) Shaun Suisham‘s field goal had gone through.

So it was somewhat unusual to find head coach Jim Zorn in something of a cheerful mood for his weekly press conference. Maybe cheerful is overstating it a little bit, but Zorn had a relaxed cheeriness about him that we haven’t seen much of this season, and it was hard to be too depressed about the press conference itself — unless, of course, you’re Shaun Suisham. About him, Zorn wasn’t so cheery.

For example, yesterday after the game, Zorn suggested that maybe there was something wrong with the snap that led to Suisham’s miss. Today, not so much.

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Finally, Maybe A Little Good Injury News

Posted by Matt Terl on December 3, 2009 – 4:17 pm

Head coach Jim Zorn’s initial post-practice comments were a little bit encouraging:

“Today Albert Haynesworth was limited,” he said. “I think he’s lookin’ better and better as we go along here. [Justin] Tryon was limited with his hip pointer, but he’s gonna work in, I think he’ll be ready to play. We had Mike Sellers go this morning and his ankle stiffened up a bit so we just backed him off this afternoon; he was very limited. DeAngelo [Hall] did a lot of footwork drills but did not participate in practice. He was just off to the side working with the trainers, trying to get any kind of stability or lateral movement. I think he’s doubtful.”

But it was his answer to a follow-up question about Haynesworth that sounded much, much better:

“Yeah, I think he’s gonna play. He looked quick at some point. But there’s a fine line, ’cause if he works hard right now, I don’t want him to reinjure it. So we’re just injecting him, and he looks like he’s gonna be available.” Read more »

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Sherman Lewis Is Here To Help However He Can

Posted by Matt Terl on October 7, 2009 – 4:16 pm

Well, new offensive consultant Sherman Lewis was out at practice this afternoon, seemingly working with the wide receivers and generally trying to find his place in an established coaching staff. It’s not an easy thing to do under the best of circumstances, and Lewis freely admitted today that he was aware of the awkwardness that could be caused by his hiring.

“I talked to [head coach Jim Zorn] about it last night,” Lewis explained, “and to let him know that I’m just here to help. That’s all I’m here for. And see what I can do; like I said, I wasn’t planning on coaching, so I’m not looking for anybody’s job. I thought it’d be a nice challenge, I thought it might be a good change for me, and I thought I might be able to help.”

What Lewis is counting on to help dispel the impression that his presence is — as some have suggested — the “kiss of death” for Jim Zorn is … well, himself. “I’ve been in football enough to know about that,” Lewis said, “but I think if I handle it right and the organization will handle it right — it’s a very proud organization, a proud tradition here — and everybody handles it right, it should go smooth.” Read more »

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Zorn: Punters Will Visit Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Terl on October 5, 2009 – 2:32 pm


Two quick notes from Coach Zorn’s press conference, for those of you who don’t want to watch the entire thing above. Read more »

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Sunday, August 23: Coach Zorn Still Largely Pleased With Campbell's Performance

Posted by Matt Terl on August 23, 2009 – 12:13 pm

Coach Jim Zorn briefly addressed the media today, presumably keeping things short in the hopes of letting people get out of Redskins Park ahead of whatever traffic the Redskins Rides car show generates. The injury updates were again mostly favorable: Mike Sellers and Ladell Betts are both “gonna be fine,” per Coach Zorn. He’s also hopeful that Mike Williams will be able to see some action against New England on Friday.

More from Coach Zorn….

On Jason Campbell
“I heard him say it last night: he wished he had thrown the first pass further. We always teach that the receivers picks his angle, and you’ve gotta throw it to the receiver, and it was just a little off. I liked the effort; I’d like more accuracy. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Is On The Quieter Side Of Medium

Posted by Matt Terl on August 14, 2009 – 2:35 pm

Coach Zorn’s press conference today was an unusually subdued affair, even given the final score last night. Zorn actually seemed quiet and low-key enough that ESPN980 Redskins beat reporter Frank Hanrahan asked him point-blank about it.

“I’m good. I’m fine,” Zorn said, smiling, in response. Then he stopped smiling. “Just, not scoring points, not sustaining drives … that’s irritating, and it’s…. I’ve gotta call a better game and I’ve gotta put our guys in a better position to score.”

Like all of us –see me last night as exhibit A, and me this morning as exhibit B — Zorn seems to be of two minds about what he saw last night.

“To be honest with you,” he said, “there were some really good things that happened. But there was enough left out on the field that — let me qualify saying ‘there was enough good things that happened’: we scored zero points. That’s qualifying it enough.”

Those “good things” included:

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Who NOT To Expect To See Thursday Night, Per Coach Zorn's Post-Practice Talk Today

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 2:40 pm

OMG, you guys, we’re only two nights away from the first Redskins football game in something like 228 nights! The depth chart has been released over at Redskins.com so you can tell who you’re going to see once kickoff rolls around! EXCEPT … there are a few guys who aren’t going to be playing.

Coach Jim Zorn talked after practice today about the people who won’t be participating. Here’s my interpretation of that very preliminary injury report.

  • Pretty much ruled out: Anthony Alridge. As I mentioned earlier today, I saw Alridge walking around in a boot today, and he did not look at all happy. I think it would take a medical miracle for him to play.
  • Likely out: Rueben Riley, Jeremy Bridges. Here’s what Zorn had to say about these two: “Reuben Riley probably won’t play because of his ankle, Jeremy Bridges is trying to make it back but he’s got to get some reps if he’s going to play.” As there’s only a practice and a mock game between now and then, I’m guessing neither of these guys plays.
  • Maybe out: Randy Thomas. Zorn says that he’d like to rest Thomas’s knee, “but it’s hard to keep that guy out. We talked to each other and he just wants to go, but I may keep him out.” Seems more important to me that Thomas rest at this point, but it’s up in the air. I’m guessing he doesn’t play.
  • Out this time, just kinda because: Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth. I’m fine with both of these. The risk of injuring either guy just isn’t worth putting them into the first preseason game.
  • Not playing the full game: Mike Williams. I don’t really think anyone is going to play the entire game, but here’s what Zorn had to say about how much Williams was going to play. “As much as we can get him out there. He won’t play the whole game, I just want to get him in the game and let him get a sense of full speed play, and a sense of how drives take on their own little life. I’m hoping for long developing drives, and we may have a few of them. I hope he’s in there for one so he can see what he’s going to have to do to maintain that consistency.” So that’s as much as we can get him out there, but not the whole game, but at least one sustained drive.
  • Not out: Everyone else, knock on wood.

A few other Zorn observations — including one where he disgarees with my assessment of Colt Brennan as “tentative” — after the jump. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Addresses The Crowd (Updated With Transcript)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 8, 2009 – 5:00 pm

Courtesy of Redskins Broadcast Network, here’s Coach Jim Zorn’s pre-practice address to the crowd, in which he talks about the defense being ahead of the offense, lays out the team’s ultimate goals, and accidentally refers to rookie Kevin Barnes as “Keith”.

(UPDATE: Yes, I know the image appears to be some random kid, not Coach Zorn as you might expect. There’s a commercial in the preroll, because it’s RBN footage, and the software has incorrectly guessed that the kid from the commercial makes for the best thumbnail image. I promise you’ll see Coach Zorn, not Random Kid, once the thing gets going.)


According to Rick Maese’s Twitter feed, Barnes’ reaction to the misidentification was, “I gotta prove myself out there.”

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Jim and Joy Zorn's Yogurt Shake

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 2:09 pm

Becky’s Place is a really impressive Seattle Seahawks fan site that’s been around for more than a decade, with an excellent selection of material about the team’s past. As a result, it’s also an excellent place to dig up old Jim Zorn stuff. I stumbled across this Yogurt Shake recipe there months ago, wasn’t sure how best to use it, and moved on with my life.

But Coach Zorn’s wife Joy was at practice today, and we were exchanging pleasantries when I found myself saying, “I came across a recipe of yours online,” and calling up the website on my phone. (Click to enlarge.)

The first thing Joy Zorn spotted was her kids, of course, marveling at how much younger they were. “This was a long time ago,” she said. Read more »

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The Most Optimistic Time Of The Year

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2009 – 4:58 pm


Let’s be honest: it’s the day before the first day of training camp. If the head coach of the team comes out with anything other than full-bore optimism, it’s probably a really bad sign. So from that perspective, there wasn’t much that was unexpected about Jim Zorn‘s press conference today.

Here, for example, are Zorn’s opening remarks:

“I’m excited about starting 2009. I hope everybody else is. I hope everybody is ready for some great practice watching — from my standpoint, it’s participating. We are looking forward to an outstanding year. We’re looking forward to an excellent training camp. I think everyone around the league is. This 2009 season is going to be exciting but just as difficult to put together as it was last year, we’re on our way. We have a lot of healthy players this year. We are not starting out with an injury report this year. We’ve got all the guys are ready to participate the first day of practice, so we are excited about that.”

And, really, that was the tone he took for the rest of the session.

(The video above is oddly compressed for some reason. I recommend the better-resolution version over at Redskins.com. For more transcribed excerpts and a look at Rocky McIntosh’s presser, keep on reading.)
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