Jim Zorn Explains His Punter Meltdown
Jim Zorn has now explained at least three times exactly why he got spittle-flying mad at poor punter/holder Durant Brooks on Sunday, but his latest explanation was the best. It turns out that Zorn himself was a holder during his NFL career, and he considered himself the best holder in the league, which is perfectly in keeping with everything we know about his personality, and which makes it more understandable why he melted down after Durant Brooks's double-snap call on Sunday. I have no doubt that before the season is over, we will learn about a special drill Zorn's concocted to help holders perfect their craft, involving granola bars, Monopoly money and three-wheeled scooters.
This is from his appearance on yesterday's Jim Zorn show on ESPN 980, the official provider of Sports Bog jury room content.
"You know, this is a learning situation for him, really," Zorn said. "I held in the National Football League for 11 years. I didn't consider anybody better than me as a holder in the National Football League for all those years and I know, as a holder, I'm the one in charge of that entire situation. I'm running the whole show, and that's something that he didn't really take by the horns being out there. He's got to know he's running the whole show out there. It's his deal, and he can't be tentative, he can't be passive about that responsibility. And those are the things that I was trying to inject in him in about 30 seconds of loud voice and stern voice."
He was asked whether this was, as it seemed, somewhat out of character.
"You know, it's not necessary in most situations," he said. "But this one, it was a critical situation and I don't believe as he came of the field he gave me the indication that he understood what the gravity of that situation was. And I believe today he does.
And he was asked whether Brooks was, as he told me, scared of his coach.
"Well, I think he was just taken back that I had reacted the way I did," Zorn said. "And in a much less critical situation I probably wouldn't have jumped him like I did. But there's only a moment in certain situations that you can learn and sometimes educate. And you know, I probably could have said it in a little softer tone of voice, but I was fired up. I just kind of lost it a little bit. And I wanted a different response when he came off and he didn't give it to me and I kind of just snapped."
Other highlights from a segment introduced thus: "Jim Zorn, Redskins head coach, unfiltered."
On whether Marcus Washington would be used primarily as a pass rusher this week: "I wouldn't answer that question."
On throwing the ball in late-game clock-killing situations: "I didn't think that was a brash call, to be honest with you. Because...they had a very very good offense, and our defense although playing well, we would have left them in great field position. So we had to be able to run the clock out. It was one of those times again where if you don't give them the ball back, you get to take a knee. If you give them the ball back, you're holding onto your hat. So I think that was the appropriate call at that time, and in other times I'll run the ball."
On the much-written-about fact that he stuck with Joe Gibbs's running scheme: "I would tell you this, that the run plays that we have in this year, we ran exactly the same plays in Seattle. We just call them what we called them here for the past four years so that there's familiarity about going to it, the blocking schemes, those kind of things. So we use the [Gibbs] terminology here is all."
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