Here’s how Coach Zorn answered a question about if the Redskins have the players to be successful:
- “Yes, and I can prove it just based on the video from the game. But it won’t matter what we call if we don’t execute. I’m not saying that everything we call should be successful. I expect it to be successful, that’s why I call the play.”
I heard him say this and thought, hm. I can’t imagine that the players are going to feel good about that. I mean, from a certain point of view, that sounds like he’s blaming the players and not himself. Which just goes to show you that I don’t fully understand the team’s mentality. For example, here’s Clinton Portis answering a similar question.
- “I think the plays were there and we just didn’t capitalize. I just don’t think we executed the gameplan the way that we should have. If we would’ve executed the things that were called, I think we would’ve been in better position.”
And here’s Fred Smoot, using slightly different words but expressing pretty much the same sentiment:
- “We’re not as good as we thought we were and we’ve got a lot of work to do. But I think we’ve got a great team here and we need to seize the moment, and we didn’t seize the moment today. But can we play with these teams? Yes, we can play with these teams. No one’s going to come in here and blow us out, anyone’s going to get a battle. We’ve just got to put it all together, offense, defense, and special teams and make them stick.”
- “We didn’t do what we had to do by our standards of what we expect of ourselves and what we expect to accomplish. A lot has to do with us not converting and staying on the field, making big plays, putting more points on the board and getting the crowd pumped.”
So, okay, I guess that wasn’t a problem. What else did Zorn have to say? For example, he can sometimes seem a little cerebral. A lot of fans seem to think that he doesn’t react to the game in an emotional enough way, that he doesn’t feel it quite like they do. True?
- “With the first extra point … I was very upset with the first extra point. To have the holder be able to drop the ball, look up, be able to reset the ball and have him kick it through … very upsetting. Shouldn’t’ve happened. Shouldn’t’ve happened. And then that kind of set me off and I just started whining about everything. Believe me. I was on everybody. I was even on myself. We didn’t start out well, and … we finished better, but we didn’t finish like we wanted to.”
That’s certainly a recognizable reaction to a game like this. Zorn was also asked if he’s frustrated with Shaun Suisham.
- “The snap was high, the hold was good, and Shaun was coming through like his normal rhythm. But with the snap high, he got ahead of the game a little bit. I understand that. He got his plant foot forward because the ball wasn’t down, and he kind of held up and then came through. EVEN with all of that, the ball was far enough, he just couldn’t get his hips through because his plant foot was a little too far forward.”
Some people have also been concerned that Jason Campbell doesn’t seem to take things hard enough, that he’s not engrossed enough in the game. Zorn addressed that, also.
- “He gets mad and gets frustrated. He’s hard on himself. Sometimes I try to make it light, but today wasn’t the day to make it light. I wasn’t making it light on anybody today.”
All right, then. The two words I’ve most used to describe Zorn since this season started are “honest” and “optimistic”. We’ve seen the honesty … is there anything optimistic to take from today?
- “As bad as it got out there for me, we’re seven and five. We still have, if we can imagine this — this is not a season-ending game and we all go home and we’ll see you all next year. We are seven and five. And that is bright. We have four very tough games coming up, and we have to be tough as nails and commit to these last four games if we’re going to see some opportunities and earn the right to be in the postseason.”