All right, that ended on a bit of a downer, didn’t it? Let’s look at the one major positive of this whole thing: the preseason is over, and there haven’t been any major injuries since Phillip Daniels went down on the first day. That’s a very good thing.
Coach Zorn took a few more positives from the game, although it’s definitely finding a slim silver lining on a mighty large dark cloud. “It’s not so much a confidence booster for me, but it was a matter of getting them back out there and not having what happened the week before. I think we accomplished that — [not having] a guy in Jason’s space,” he said. “From that standpoint, I was absolutely pleased. If there was any redeeming quality about putting that first group out there, it was that.”
It’s an optimistic take, but let’s be honest: you want the coach to have an optimistic take. If he took the podium and said, “Well, that’s it, we’re doomed,” that would be a fairly major cause for concern. Zorn seems to believe that all the problems are fixable, and that consistency will develop. “They were out there for seven plays,” he said of the starting offense. “SEVEN plays.”
As far as the punter battle, he noted, “I watched it close. I think there was only one poor punt, one short one. We tried to directional punt most of the night, and I thought it went pretty well. We had them back there a couple of times. The decision won’t be made on one poor punt tonight, or one great punt tonight.” For whatever it’s worth, the fact that they were focusing on directional punting leads me to believe that they were trying to test Durant Brooks, because that’s always been one of Frost’s stronger areas.
He also acknowledged that the rookies all had a lot of development to do. “Ready to step in there for a big league game?” he asked rhetorically. “We’re fortunate that they’re in a supporting role right now. We do have a veteran team, and we can play the guys that we’ve been itching to line up and play a whole game with.”
Now we have the regular season to look forward to, when Zorn theoretically opens his playbook and utilizes his best guys. Me, I’m just glad the preseason is over.