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.