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Zorn: "The way we're doing it is working"

Redskins coach Jim Zorn isn’t ready to say he’s happy that he had playcalling duties stripped from him. But after the Redskins beat the Broncos 27-17 on Sunday, Zorn is ready to say things are working on offense.

“Well, I mean, we’re moving the ball,” Zorn said today on ESPN 980, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “We’ve got our game plan in. The way we’re doing it is working, and so we’ll continue to do that.”

The 27 points the Redskins scored Sunday were 10 more than they had scored in any previous game this season, and Zorn concedes that the offense played well. But he avoided the question of whether he’s comfortable with the arrangement that has offensive consultant Sherm Lewis and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith collaborating on the playcalling and leaving Zorn out of the loop.

“I think [Lewis] feels more comfortable in the preparation, he feels more comfortable because he knows the terminology, the way we’re doing things,” Zorn said. “Sherman Smith is also calling the run game, but yet Sherm Lewis is making the decision when to run, and so it’s working.”

So what is Zorn’s role?

“I’ve chimed in in these critical situations, where I say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, here’s what I want, no I don’t want that, I want this.’ For however it’s been going, it’s worked,” Zorn said.

It’s a little pathetic to hear a head coach describe his contribution to his team’s first win in more than a month as “chiming in,” but the fact that the Redskins got that win means that, for a week anyway, it is working.

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23 Responses to “Zorn: "The way we're doing it is working"”
  1. chapnasty says: Nov 17, 2009 2:19 PM

    Poor Zorn, never should have taken that job. Now his career is ruined where had he gone to another team with quality ownership he might have become a great coach.

  2. bearsrule says: Nov 17, 2009 2:20 PM

    I’ve lost all respect for this guy….” I’ve chimed in in these critical situations.” Wow, what a bold move for a head coach !! He’s pathetic.

  3. zjfr2 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:21 PM

    Does every coach in the league call plays?
    last time I checked that’s not the case. Yes he got demoted and humiliated but its over, he’s still the one creating and installing the game plan as well as being the head coach, so its not like he’s doing nothing. He just isn’t the play caller. He’s gone in 7 weeks anyway, stop piling on.

  4. Evpimp says: Nov 17, 2009 2:23 PM

    Portis is out thats why they are winning..
    Zorn’s role is to clean the restrooms after each game

  5. Branephood says: Nov 17, 2009 2:25 PM

    “Well, I mean, we’re moving the ball,” Zorn said today on ESPN 980, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “We’ve got our game plan in. The way we’re doing it is working, and so we’ll continue to do that.”
    =====================
    Damn right you will you gutless coward. You’ll do whatever the little voice in your headphones say. Pick up your balls in Danny’s office on your way out in December Jim!

  6. DanSnyder says: Nov 17, 2009 2:26 PM

    Sounds to me like the Eagles could use this approach. For as long as anyone can remember Eagles have been fine in the passing game but suck in the running game. Maybe Reid should give running play call duties to someone who really understands the run better. Some guys are passing guys some are running. Use your collective heads on when you should run or pass then have the man who knows best pick the play.

  7. Richm2256 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:26 PM

    “I’ve chimed in in these critical situations, where I say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, here’s what I want”
    How cute that he thinks they give a damn what he wants. If they cared what he wanted, Lewis would be watching on TV every Sunday.
    By the way, while we’ve heard ad naseum about the message sent to Zorn in stripping his play calling duties, what doe bringing Lewis in say about Sherm Smith’s job as OC? What do they need HIM for, if they’ve got Lewis?

  8. HappyBunny says: Nov 17, 2009 2:37 PM

    “…were 10 more than they had scored in any previous game this season…”
    Uh, you neglected to note that 7 of those 10 points were scored by the punter of your Super Bowl pick on a fake punt pass.
    Also, Zorn has repeatedly tried to make the claim that he’s “chiming in” on successful plays.

  9. Occam says: Nov 17, 2009 3:03 PM

    Jim Zorn is a graduate of the “JaMarcus Russel School of Facing Reality Avoidance.”

  10. DanSnyder says: Nov 17, 2009 3:04 PM

    HappyBunny, that decision and pass by our punter led me to believe that he should be our starting QB. He also ran for a TD earlier in the season. So I don’t think you should neglect those points. That play wasn’t a shoe-in and the pass was 40 yards down and across to the other side of the field.

  11. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Nov 17, 2009 3:09 PM

    Well, if you are happy to win 1 game for every 2 losses, then yes coach, it is working…….

  12. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 17, 2009 3:11 PM

    Well, it may be unconventional, but if it works — it works.
    Remains to be seen if it works the rest of the season or not , but isn’t the battle cry in the NFL something along the lines of “whatever it takes, just win, baby” ?? Zorn wants to field a winning team, so let’s just leave him alone and see what happens.
    If they put up a good effort the second half of the season, and against the meat of their schedule, then who can say it shouldn’t be done this way?
    Of course, they still have serious personnel issues to deal with…

  13. jake says: Nov 17, 2009 3:12 PM

    Zorn’s basically doing what Gibbs did when he had Al Saunders calling the shots. It doesn’t matter anyway – nobody’s horny for Zorny so he wont be there next year.

  14. shannscott2000 says: Nov 17, 2009 3:30 PM

    I think Jim Zorn’s playing it really smart. He knows he’s probably gone at the end of the year, so he doesn’t want to say or do anything that would jeopardize the rest of his contract.
    The minute he bitches about the situation, he’ll get fired “for cause” and lose out on some bucks.
    Sure he looks like a douchebag now, but when he’s an assistant in the NFL, coaching in the college ranks, or even sitting on the couch and still getting paid by Dan Snyder’s ignorant ass next year, who’ll be the douchebag then?

  15. Cubano says: Nov 17, 2009 3:48 PM

    Zorn will be allowed to call the plays when Mr. Portis says he can call the plays dammit!

  16. NFLMMAfan says: Nov 17, 2009 4:03 PM

    Look, SOMEBODY has to hold the challenge flag and throw it when told to do so.
    He’s gone and he knows it. He’s just making sure that Dan “stature-challenged” Snyder has to pay the remainder of the contract.

  17. Pacific NW Mark says: Nov 17, 2009 4:07 PM

    I’ve watched Zorn as a player and coach for literally several decades and – his current situation aside – he is classy, smart and tough.
    Regardless of what happens this season, Zorn will still be who he is and Snyder will still be an ass.

  18. valleyguy says: Nov 17, 2009 4:46 PM

    Yes, the offense line played well Sunday. (BTW when Mike Sellers came up on the left side of the line as a second tight end he put on a run blocking clinic – way to go big Mike!) And yes, Ladell Betts ran with energy Clinton Portis hasn’t shown this season. And yes, they scored on a (well-executed) gadget play. And yes, the Sherms or whoever called a good game. But the reason they did as well as they did is that for once the game plan matched the personnel.
    The Skins tried to go from Joe Gibbs’ run-oriented/play action pass offense and the players he assembled to run it to a version of the West Coast offense without changing offensive personnel. What did they think was going to happen. When the game plan began to resemble Gibbs so did the result. You don’t enter a draft horse in the Kentucky Derby and you don’t ride a thoroughbred in a full suit of armor.

  19. valleyguy says: Nov 17, 2009 4:47 PM

    Yes, the offense line played well Sunday. (BTW when Mike Sellers came up on the left side of the line as a second tight end he put on a run blocking clinic – way to go big Mike!) And yes, Ladell Betts ran with energy Clinton Portis hasn’t shown this season. And yes, they scored on a (well-executed) gadget play. And yes, the Sherms or whoever called a good game. But the reason they did as well as they did is that for once the game plan matched the personnel.
    The Skins tried to go from Joe Gibbs’ run-oriented/play action pass offense and the players he assembled to run it to a version of the West Coast offense without changing offensive personnel. What did they think was going to happen. When the game plan began to resemble Gibbs so did the result. You don’t enter a draft horse in the Kentucky Derby and you don’t ride a thoroughbred in a full suit of armor.

  20. Big D says: Nov 17, 2009 4:47 PM

    I feel bad for Zorn. Washington’s troubles never were about him, they were about the offensive line his hire ups put together. When things went bad, Zorn got the blame and now when they seem good (after a win with a strong O-Line performance) someone else gets the credit. It’s a no-win, but at least in the end he can take the money and run.

  21. Living_Legend says: Nov 17, 2009 4:55 PM

    I think he finally lost his freakin mind!

  22. Hovenaut says: Nov 17, 2009 5:21 PM

    Yeah, duh. As opposed to “I’m so over my head, working for minds totally clueless to the proper administration and management of an established professional football franchise”. Seven games to go…….

  23. Gautam says: Nov 17, 2009 5:27 PM

    why would he make a -ve comment about it … who wants to be fired ‘for cause’ when there is a paycheck waiting for him at the end of the season

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