Largent says Zorn nearly quit

Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent, who knows a thing or two about taking a stand against management (except when it’s time to cross the picket line), told KJR in Seattle that his former quarterback, Jim Zorn, almost quit his job as head coach of the Washington Redskins when asked to give up the ability to call plays.

“Yes, he did consider it, and no, he did not want to give up those
responsibilities
,” Largent said, via NFL.com.  “But they went to the point of pulling out his
contract and saying, ‘You’ve got to do whatever the owner tells you to
do.  And
so his choice was to resign or continue on under the current scenario. 
And Jim’s not a quitter, and he said, ‘I’m not going to quit on my
coaching staff.  I’m not to quit on this team.  I’m going to do
everything in my power to try to pull this out and get us going on the
right track.’

“But, you know, in my opinion, and this is just
totally my opinion — Jim has never said this, never implied this — I
think what [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder was trying to do was to force
Jim to resign so he was not liable for his contract any longer.  And Jim
just isn’t going to do that.  He’s not a quitter, and he’s not going to
give up.  And it wouldn’t be right for his team and his coaching staff
to do that.”

(Maybe Zorn’s next move will be to tie those three Super Bowl trophies to the bumper of his car and drive around the parking lot, or don a flesh-tone body suit.)

While the situation is an embarrassing one for Zorn, Largent said he feels more ashamed for the Redskins than for Zorn.

“I think it will be humbling and it will be embarrassing, but not for
Jim,” Largent said.  “I think it’s humbling and embarrassing for the
Redskins and the Redskins owner and Redskins management that made the
decision.  To think that you can bring a guy in from a retirement
center, who is pulling out ping-pong balls in the Bingo games — and
literally, that’s what he was doing in Detroit — bring him down here
for two weeks and say, ‘You are going to call the plays for the next
game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a division opponent, on Monday Night Football,’ and think that that’s going to be successful, that’s a joke.  That is really a joke.”

We agree with Largent on all points except for one.  It’s embarrassing for Zorn, too.  And in a society where some folks believe that it’s never OK to resign, sometimes the right thing to do is to get up and leave.

43 responses to “Largent says Zorn nearly quit

  1. Zorn should say F-you, I’m calling the plays if you don’t like it, fire me. I bailed your ass out when no one else would coach your team and now you want to sh-t on me? Fire me and pay me!!!! You worthless piece of crap of an owner.

  2. What has happened to our beloved franchise? I knew when this clown was awarded the winning bid over John Cooke we were in trouble. WTF is going on? B13 MFer!! Vinny couldn’t run a 7-11 WTF is he doing running a $1.6B company?

  3. Florio, come on.
    You wouldn’t walk away from that money and neither should he. The right thing to do is to buy Zorn out if you want him gone so bad.
    Of course if Snyder wants him to quit he should take away his parking and make him shuttle over to Fedex field from his Six Flags amusement park like the rest of the stadium staff.
    Doesn’t sound so bad until its time to go home and the line for the ONE shuttle snyder paid for is three blocks long!

  4. Comeon, for that much money you wouldn’t quit, Florio!
    Plus, you gotta insert Seinfeld reference of Costanza staying at his job, even though his employer makes it hell to stay there.

  5. Where is the Seinfeld link of George driving around the parking lot with the Commissioner’s Trophy tied to his bumper?

  6. … LONDON REDSKINS
    wooow that would match, wouldnt it Roger
    as Britts are famous for going on vacation, not thinking about using sun cream, laying all day at the sun, getting “tained”(=getting grilled) and look like a freaking Lobster. later in the evening

  7. It’s easy to say “get up and leave” but if he does he stands to lose more money than he’s made in his entire coaching career, maybe even his playing career, too.
    I’m sure that Zorn’s accountant–and Mrs. Zorn–both are urging him to stick it out until Snyder fires him and is liable for the rest of the contract (the rest of this year and next at about $3 million per year).

  8. “To think that you can bring a guy in from a retirement center, who is pulling out ping-pong balls in the Bingo games — and literally, that’s what he was doing in Detroit — bring him down here for two weeks and say, ‘You are going to call the plays for the next game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a division opponent, on Monday Night Football,’ and think that that’s going to be successful, that’s a joke.”
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    Not necessarily, lots of people work crap jobs to make ends meet while they do what they love when they can. Hell, Bukowski worked at the post office to pay the bills while he wrote. This whole bingo angle is just an easy way to cast a premature shadow of doubt on the man.
    The ‘Skins couldn’t be worse on offense, why not roll the dice?

  9. What does this have to do with anything?
    (except when it’s time to cross the picket line),
    I cant believe you are trying to kill your own cash cow!!!

  10. I respect Zorn a lot more now that I know he could have pulled a Petrino and didn’t. Maybe he never becomes a head coach again, but he sounds like a man who will learn from this experience. It’s simply too bad for the players the degree to which Zorn was set up to fail. However, that blame falls on the dysfunctional ownership style and not on Zorn. People need to stop throwing Zorn under the bus and start going after Snyder the way they do Al Davis or Jerry Jones.

  11. Zorn may have no football sense, but he ain’t stupid. Why would you walk away from all that money. He has made more in the last year and 8 months then he did in the last 10 in Seattle. He’s riding out the gravy train. It’s not about quitting on the coaches or team. It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.

  12. Why get up and leave? And forfeit the rest of your salary? No way. If they want you gone, then let them fire you and pay you out for the rest of your contract. theres no reason Zorn should help them out by giving up the rest of his money.
    While I agree that Zorn has done a lousy job in Washington, quitting and saving these creeps some money isnt the way to go. Ownership needs to realize that they have put together a bunch of overpaid players that no coach in the NFL could win with. Campbell sucks as a QB. The O-line is a mess and the defense is decent, but not worth the money they pay to employ some of those guys. This is a last place team regardless of whos coaching.
    Zorn may never be confused with a good NFL coach, but if you want to fire the guy, just fire the guy and pay him the money he is owed to go away

  13. Not talking smack here but it’s hard to imagine the Skins adding to those 3 Lombardis as long as Dan Snyder owns them. We have several long time Redskin fans at work and when the name Dan Snyder is mentioned they just roll their eyes.

  14. It’s more embarrassing for the Redskins, IMO.
    Zorn wasn’t even hired for the HC job, if memory serves. The little egomaniac that owns that three-ring circus hired him as the OC before he hired the HC and Zorn got the job because Spagnuolo said no thanks and Jim Mora pulled out after he got the wink-and-a-nod from the Seahawks. Christ, the Redskins were even considering Jim Fassel, before the fan base went nuclear over that idea.
    What kind of dipshit owner hires a OC before the HC? Besides Jerrah Jones who is lumped in with Snyder. Was Zorn even at the top of anyone’s list to become a OC much less a HC after the ’07 season ended?
    Danny Snyder is getting exactly what he deserves. I’m glad that Zorn is giving the finger to Snyder and won’t quit. If they want him out, then fire him and eat the contract.

  15. Very embarrasing for the franchise. Jack Kent Cook is rolling over in his grave… OK, so Zorn isn’t a great head coach, but he has some things that Dan Snyder doesn’t and will never be able to buy… like class, integrity and respect for people he works with. Hey Dan, do everybody a favor and sell the team… You are a proven failure as an NFL owner and an even bigger failure in the game of life!

  16. If you resign, you give up that paycheck. Sometimes you have to eat your pride to continue to get paid. I wouldn’t let Snyder off the hook that easily.

  17. Not necessarily, lots of people work crap jobs to make ends meet while they do what they love when they can. Hell, Bukowski worked at the post office to pay the bills while he wrote. This whole bingo angle is just an easy way to cast a premature shadow of doubt on the man.
    The ‘Skins couldn’t be worse on offense, why not roll the dice?
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    Nice try but Sherm was retired for 5 years. The last time he called plays was 10 years ago — 1999. The real problem is that he WAS RELIEVED OF PLAY CALLING DUTIES, and those were given to the WR Coach because Favre had his worst season while Sherm was calling plays.
    I should look away, but this is like watching a looming train wreck, you just can’t take your eyes off it. I feel sorry for Zorn to see a good person subjected to the asinine, petty behavior of ‘ The Danny’. This is really sad. As a Cowboys fan I should be reveling in the madness of the Redskins, but I’m not. It isn’t going to be any fun to play the redskins when they are this pathetic excuse for a pro team. The best time I recall with Washington was the late 70’s (especially the 79 game wit h Stabauch and the winner won the East, the loser didn’t make the playoffs – what a game) . It is so much better when you beat your rival and they are good. This sucks.

  18. Maybe Snyder will eventually board up Zorn’s office and he’ll have to climb through air ducts to get in.

  19. I agree with the very first comment from Big J. Zorn should continue to coach as usual and continue to call plays from the sidelines. His team should refuse to accept any play calls from anyone else. A show of solidarity like that could go a long way toward healing that team.
    I really feel for Zorn. He took on a job nobody wanted working for an owner who leaves nobody’s career undamaged.

  20. This will look like a genius move on Cerrato and Snyder’s part when the Deadskins manhandle the Eagles pansy offensive line and beat Philly on Monday night.

  21. Hey Florio, you’re the legal guy. Would Zorn have a good case for constructive dismissal against the skins?

  22. It is time for the Redskins fans to stand up and say enough is enough. The only thing that Snyder understands is money. So Redskins fans, the time has come for us to stop spending dollars on the Redskins. Stop buying game tickets. Stop attending games so you do not spend money on parking, hot dogs, beverages, souveniers, etc. Stop buying Redskins jerseys, shirts, hats, footballs, etc. Boycott Snyder totally and do not start spending again until he commits to hand over operations to a GM with full control. This is the only thing he will respond to. If we keep spending money on this pathetic dysfunctional franchise, we will become the new lions and will be perpetually rebuilding.

  23. Well things just are not going so good to Florio’s Superbowl bound Redskins. If Snyder keeps it up he is going to make Al Davis look good. I am sure Zorn is not happy that Largent leaked this stuff out. Zorn might might make a good HC someday, but like TICE in MN he was pushed into the spot before he was ready. Well it can’t get much worse. Oh wait they could hire Matt M as GM at least that would save the rest of us from having to see him on TV.

  24. I love this team. Regardless of the owner. I only hope this clusterFK will make snyder realize Vinny needs to go.

  25. I hope this causes a historic offseason housecleaning, including the football genius, vinny cerrato, the qb who can’t find open recievers, and the other overpaid underperforming redskins. What this team needs I can see from my kitchen tv set, beer in hand every sunday, yet those getting millions to do it, can’t see it:
    An offensive line of 5 guys aged 26 and under, a play caller who likes to run the ball, not throw 3 times on 1st and 10 at the 11 yard line, and a qb who can throw with timing, not wait for the wr to get open then throw it.because in the nfl, by the time it gets there, he ain’t open any more.
    let this recipe cook for 2 seasons, and you got a winner for 5 or 6 years…………………………
    signed
    George Allen

  26. The Redskins need someone who can draft. I have said it before, and I will say it again. We have never been a draft oriented team under Snyder. And thats the biggest problem. Cerrato, for all of you who thinks Snyder makes him do things, still does the draft. Snyder doesnt know who to take in the 4th round let alone the 7th. Thats Cerrato and talent scounts. And for some reason, the Skins focus has been defense for years now. Since Marvin Lewis. I dont get it. One season, which was the weakest draft in years, we draft 2 receivers and a tight end, and every other season its defense. The only 2 offensive players taken in the first round under Cerrato and Snyder were Chris Samuels and Jason Campbell (Cooley was a third round steal). Everything else is defense. And the last 2 drafts, missed key focal points. What good are WRs, RBs, or even a QB with no O line. The Texans O Line killed Carr, who could throw remember. Stupid management. I also pray for a cleaning house…

  27. “What kind of dipshit owner hires a OC before the HC? Besides Jerrah Jones who is lumped in with Snyder. Was Zorn even at the top of anyone’s list to become a OC much less a HC after the ’07 season ended?”
    Snyder did that because he wants a coach he can CONTROL, just like Al Davis. He had Marty Schottenheimer (who fired Cerrato) and fired him after a 6-2 finish because Marty wouldn’t let Danny Boy in on all the decisions.
    But that’s why no real coach wanted the Skins job…they know what Snyder is doing, and they want to hire their own staff.
    Cerrato and Snyder are the most dangerous men since Hitler and Himmler.

  28. Stoogie says: October 21, 2009 8:43 PM
    What kind of dipshit owner hires a OC before the HC?
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    I think that pretty much sums things up.
    Snyder is being hoisted by his own petard.
    I feel bad for Zorn who has done nothing to deserve or bring on what is going on in DC. I don’t blame him ONE BIT for not resigning and letting Snyder be on the hook for the money by having to fire him.

  29. the “caine mutiny” strawberries analogy really applies to snyder. he gets his way, but it still never really works.

  30. Funny how rich poeple like Snynder manage to stay rich. If he runs the rest of his businesses like the Redskins how could he not be in the poor house. Guy is the worst owner in the history of sports. At least Al is old & senile & just plain onery. The Bidwells are just cheap & tight, but Synder is none of these & yet how many Coaches & has been players have been give lots of money to fail or just be a bust.

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