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Bonus Skins Quotes: Zorn's a Gunslinger

Zorn yelling at Durant Brooks. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Check back all day Monday for a never-ending stream of Skins locker room minutiae, but first, some bonus quotes, concerning all manner of stuff from today's seven-point win, Washington's second-straight victory and second-straight Vegas cover.

End-zone fans, on Dallas week: "We Want Dal-las, We Want Dal-las."

Durant Brooks, on getting screamed at by Zorn for calling for a snap too early on a field goal: I thought he was going to throw his headphones on me. He scared me. He matured me, how about that. I grew up a little bit after. He came in the locker room, of course we won, it was a big kick, but he came in, he asked if I was all right, because he gave me one. He gave me a knocking.

Zorn on the same:
The reason I was so mad, was the referee was standing over the ball. The official, Mr. Official was standing over the ball. And [Brooks] asked for the ball. And, you know, I was thinking to myself, 'Why are you asking for the ball?' It was like we iced our own kicker. We iced ourselves. And then we missed the field goal. So I was pretty bent out of shape.

Chris Cooley, on his catch late in the fourth: Zorn's a gunslinger. I wasn't surprised. I was kind of hoping for it. I think everyone was excited in the huddle. I looked at the offensive line and said, "I promise I'm gonna get this first down for you guys."

Jim Zorn, on the personal foul called on Stephon Heyer: I didn't even know it was him. I had to gear up for the next call.... If I was ranting and raving--"Who is it, I want to rip him!"--then I don't have the next call. Who cares? It's 1st and 20, now what do we do. Do you see what I mean?... I blocked everything else out. I didn't find until I got in here and I was walking into this room that it was Adam Heyer. That's the truth. I mean, Stephon Heyer. I keep calling him Adam Heyer, I know a guy named Adam Heyer.

Clinton Portis, on his performance:
At the end of the year the worst feeling in this world is knowing you was at the top of your game and as a team, y'all sucked. So right now I haven't had a 100-yard game. We're 2-1. I'm great, it's not bothering me. I don't go home like, "aw man, I need a 100-yard game." We need a win, and as long as we can continue to win, that's all that matters."

Jason Taylor, on Dallas week: I've heard enough about it. And I'm not a big Cowboys fan anyway, so this is right up my alley. Just never been. I grew up a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, and we don't like the Cowboys, period. And there are other reasons I don't need to talk about. I'm a Redskin now, so I definitely don't like them even more.

Chris Cooley, on his plans one week after penis-gate: You know what, tonight is a relaxed night. I'm going home, I've got four friends from high school that played football in high school with me, all Mormon dudes, all coming out to my house with my family. We'll probably get out like Uno or Pictionary, we'll have some intense games.

Campbell and friends. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Andre Carter, on Dallas week: We just prepare like any other week and play harder than the week before....My coach from college always said you can always turn that dial up a little more, so that's how I do it.

Cornelius Griffin, on Dallas week:
It's gonna be a hard-fought game, no doubt.

Durant Brooks, on his 56-yard punt: God that was awesome. I don't know if you saw me on the field but I was popping blood vessels I was so excited....As soon as he was tackled and the ref blew that whistle, I don't know, I just got down and just flexed every muscle I have in my body. I hope it's not on film somewhere. I'll get laughed at I'm sure."

Jason Campbell, on the play-action that fooled the cameras: That run play-action game is all about the fake, it's all about really selling the run, really having good play action, and that's what creates the guys to get open downfield. Because if you have a lousy fake and you're not faking anyone out, then what's the purpose of calling a play action?

Chris Samuels, on Jason Campbell: I'm proud of Jason man, a lot of people, they wanted to write Jason off after one loss, and true enough, you're not gonna play great every week, and he did a great job bouncing back these last two weeks for us.

Santana Moss, on Jason Campbell's scrambles: I was happy to see him running, we need that every not and then. If you have it, take advantage of it.

Antwaan Randle El, chucking. (By Preston Keres - TWP)

Jim Zorn, on Jason Campbell: I had fumbling of the mouth on one call, and he held his hand up--"just be quiet coach, I've got it." Those kind of things happen a little bit, and he was very mature about all the things he did....He had great vision down the field to throw to Devin Thomas for a huge score. If we don't get the personal foul, I mean, you know, we're all dancing a jig.

Clinton Portis, on that Heyer personal foul: I like it when he do stuff like that, that show toughness. I don't think it was a penalty. I think it was just because it was away from the ball, and Devin had already scored. It wasn't a cheap shot or a shot in the back, it was a clean hit if you look at it. It was just so crucial that the ref had to call it. That man couldn't have made the play, Devin was 70 yards down field, and Stephon pretty much whacked him out. All game he played dirty anyway, so I'm glad Stephon got him.

Stephon Heyer, on his personal foul: Just playing football, and I guess the referee didn't like it. I told Devin I was sorry. I told him he's got a lot of NFL left, he'll make another touchdown.

Jason Campbell, on ARE's completion: He starts to pout if he doesn't get to throw one pass a year. He put the pressure on me, I knew I had to come back and hit a couple.

Khary Campbell, on what he thought the team's record would be after Week 3: I would have guessed right on this, or maybe 3-0. I think as players we have high expectations for ourselves, and...we're always preaching that we've got to protect the home field. Just looking at the schedule and seeing these two games home field, you've got to have these and you've got to think that we need to win these home games....So you know, I would have guessed, and I think a lot of other players would have had us either 2-1 or 3-0.

Jim Zorn, on Carlos Rogers's int-dropping reputation: And he caught that thing going to the ground. He's gonna continue to take that [abuse], but that was an excellent play. Once you get a reputation, our players can be ruthless, but he proved today that they ought to back off.

Carlos Rogers, on his return: I thought I twas gonna score, but once I cut back I saw three or four linemen and they just smashed me.

Chris Samuels, on the haters: If you're doing good, the fans are going to be with you; if you're doing bad, they're going to throw stones at you. It is what it is.

Carlos, during his return. (By Preston Keres - TWP)

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clinton jumped 4 feet in the air with glee when heyer knocked out dockett. ;)

Posted by: hmmmmm | September 22, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

That was a terrible call On Heyer. He didn't hit anyone in the face. Go back and look at the replay. That never happened. He was just still hitting a guy while the play was going on.

Bad call by a rookie head referee.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | September 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Heyer hit the jerk because those DL's for AZ were taking cheep shots at portis the whole 4th quarter, every tackle they had an arm around his neck or head like they were trying to do a pile driver.

I think the NFL should watch that tape its really dirty play in there. I happens 1 time, its an accident but I saw it happen 3 times in 1 drive.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

If I hear "hater" one more time, I am going to puke...

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

What exactly is the rule anyways? That you can't hit anybody if they're far enough from the ball? The hit happened right as Jason threw the ball, so it's not as if the play was even close to its completion. It didn't seem as though Heyer hit the guy in the face or the back. I just don't know what the rule is that justifies throwing a flag. You can't hit someone when they're not looking? That's not the football game I know.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | September 22, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

watch it again, he hit the guy from the side/back. the guy definitely didn't see it coming. face it, it was the definition of unnecessary roughness. heyer's got to play more under control. there was a play a few years back when warren sapp almost ended the career of a packer's lineman by taking a shot at him when he was totally out of the play. i think it was an interception return. lineman was just jogging downfield about30 yards away from the action and punk sapp just layed him out.

i think the league is taking measures to make sure that doesnt happen again. as the announcer said, it would have been different if the hit was from the front when the guy could have seen it coming. trust me, you want the league to call that stuff. next time, it could be campbell or portis on the field during an int return and you dont want the dmen with a green light to pummel them.

Posted by: Heyers Hit | September 22, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

thats why those fouls are 15 yards.
as a skins fan i was mad we lost the td
but moreso as to HOW we lost it.
man up, face to face
not a side shot from almost behind the guy.
lets just relish in the victory and prep for those lovely little girls from Dallas.

Posted by: lee | September 22, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Away from the play or not that is the kind of hard nosed football I like to see. QB's already wear skirts are we gonna sissify linemen too? The play was still live and those jerkoff d-lineman from AZ deserved a little retaliation for the cheap shots on Portis. All time greats like Nitzsche, Ditka, Deacon Jones, Bob Lilly and more recently Dexter Manley, Singeltary or Ray Lewis would have no problem with good hard hittin, better keep your head on a swivel, football. If you don't like it watch golf.

Posted by: baker51 | September 22, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Look, it was a flag-worthy offense, plain as day, but that's hardly the point, and I think the Redskins coaches would agree with me if they could speak off-the-record. Dockett (and Travis LaBoy) were tackling dirty all game long, and on the play immediately before the one on which Heyer drew the flag, Dockett tackled Portis by the neck and quite clearly twisted him after Portis was down. That's a dirty play, even if the officials don't have much ground to flag it, and if you think Heyer and the rest of the Redskins didn't notice that Dockett was taking chances with a guy's friggin' spinal cord while he was laying prone on the field, you're fooling yourself. Heyer was sending a message with that hit, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he had Bugel's or Zorn's silent approval to do so. He just chose the wrong play. In any event, it had a minimal effect on the outcome, since the only thing it changed was the margin of victory. I, for one, liked seeing a Redskins lineman - particularly one with a reputation for softness - sticking up for a teammate so forcefully. He certainly didn't risk Dockett's health nearly as egregiously as Dockett risked Portis's.

Posted by: Albert | September 22, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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