Friday, November 14: Kind Words From Jason Whitlock

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It seems like all too often, when I link to one of the major national columnists, it’s because they’ve written something that I think is dumb, or poorly written, or inaccurately critical of the Redskins fans. So it’s a pleasure this morning to point you to Jason Whitlock’s ranking of the NFL coaches on FOX Sports, which is — like most of his work — well written and fairly clever, and today has the added plus of being rather complimentary.

Can you guess where he ranks Jim Zorn, based solely on my comments thus far? If I had tried that, I would still have been off by at least two places:

The 10 Best

1. Redskins’ Jim Zorn: Doesn’t get near enough credit for turning Jason Campbell into a legitimate starting quarterback. Campbell was headed toward being a draft bust before Zorn arrived. Last year Todd Collins saved Washington’s season filling in for Campbell late. This season Campbell is completing 64 percent of his passes and has avoided the big mistakes while leading the Skins to a 6-3 start in the league’s best division.

Naysayers will argue that all this points to is that Zorn is an excellent quarterbacks coach, but even given that … it was hard to imagine people even having this conversation when Zorn was hired, which prompted such blog reaction as (language warning!) this and even got professional columnists to post things with titles like Jim Zorn to the Redskins: Probably the worst NFL hire of all-time.

Going from that to Whitlock’s praise and similar accolades from Charlie Casserly (as well as plenty of praise from local writers), all by week 11 of the first season coaching, has to be one of the biggest media turnarounds I can recall.

Photo by Ned Dishman.

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7 Responses

  1. Tim Kawakami almost got beat up by a Raiders front office type.

    He should stick to covering the Raiders, and almost getting his teeth kicked in because he pretty much got this one wrong all the way.

  2. The media has mostly done a complete 180 on anything Redskins especially considering we were ranked around 29th at the beginning of the season and for the past 10 weeks we’ve been consistently in the top 5.

  3. Terl, step up. Please dont give Whitlock love.

    You write, “It seems like all too often, when I link to one of the major national columnists, it’s because they’ve written something that I think is dumb, or poorly written, or inaccurately critical of the Redskins fans.” Agreed.

    Whitlock makes a backhanded compliment. Great, he ranks Zorn high. Yes, Zorn has helped JC develop. But “Campbell was headed toward being a draft bust before Zorn arrived” is a horrible description of JC’s development. How can anyone be a bust in the midst of his first full season as a starter? Whitlock is a moron and frequently authors awful articles.

    Do not let his muckraking journalism grace your page and do not let his fat mouth speak the good name of our Washington Redskins. I thank you.

  4. TIM LOOK OUT HERE COMES JOHN HERRERA!

  5. I don’t agree with Cambell heading to a draft bust — Yes I think Zorn has done a PHENOMENAL job in mentoring and coaching Jason, but I distinctly remember LAST season the Fox Announcers, the ESPN Analyst, the NFL Network analysts ALL saying that Cambell was looking like a young QB starting to put it all together, was poised in the pocket, put his team in a position to win in MANY games in the 4th quarter but made some mistakes, looked solid but just needed to be fine-tuned.

    Not bad considering it was the guys first year heading into the season as the starter and having to deal with the old-school/new-school mesh of Joe Gibbs and Al Saunders.

    Kudo’s to Zorn…absolutely. But Whitlock… you’re an idiot

  6. I’m curious if the Zorn supporters here still think that he was a good hire. After this dismal start and loss to Detroit, I suspect he’s a might less popular.

  7. Whitlock owes Kawakami a beer now, won’t you say?

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