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Morning Look: Jim Zorn Stays Medium

Pre-game coaching calisthenics. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

Jim Zorn may yet turn into the Gilbert Arenas of NFL coaching circles, minus the repeated knee surgeries. I'm not sure exactly what Zorn's doing in this photo above, but much like Gilbert, he has his own pet phrases that get repeated by everyone within hearing distance, and then become accepted parts of the game-day lexicon. Gil has his hibachi, while Zorn is grilling medium.

"That's one of his wiiiild words," Jason Campbell noted. "Keep Medium. I've never heard 'Keep Medium;' I've always heard "Stay level" and "Stay low key about things," but his word is 'medium.' "

Have Redskins players embraced this word? Will the maroon and black be the most medium team in the league? Will the front office have to start bashing radio and TV guys, so they're not in the odd position of trashing one medium? Let's go to the audiotape, all unprompted, all from yesterday's locker room.

"We just need to continue to get better," Chris Cooley said. "We kind of have to stay medium here, not get too high on what we're doing, and just get back to work."

"The best thing about Jason is he makes a huge throw and he never gets excited, if he makes a bad throw he never gets down on himself," Casey Rabach said. "He just stays medium, and that's something coach preaches to him day in and day out. And that's what we need from the quarterback, never get too high, never get too low, just keep plugging along."

"We keep getting better and better each week," Ladell Betts said. "We are getting better as an offense every week, and we continue to get better. But we have to stay medium there. We can't get too high on what we're doing right now."

"Everyone was down on us after the first game, and we understand now we're a team that people are gonna talk about," Campbell himself said. "At the same time we have to keep a level head, we have to stay medium about this, because when you start winning games, teams start to focus on you more, they start to understand. So when you step in that stadium next week they know that you're a team that's gonna come to play and they're gonna heighten their awareness."

My word, these guys stay on message better than Sarah Palin. I wonder, if you use Google, can you find any other NFL players who have ever used the bizarre phrase "stay medium?"

"It's really important to stay medium," Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck once said. "You don't want to buy into the good stuff and not get down about the bad stuff."

Hasselbeck, huh? So this is now a two-city phrase? Well done, Zorn Star, well done.

(PS: If you Google Jim Zorn and "medium," the first return is an old Sports Bog link that quotes from an old Q&A that includes this from Zorn, when asked what he'd be doing were he not in coaching:

"I would probably be working on art projects - all kinds of medium," he said, in a major moment of foreboding. "Three-dimensional things, really, and a museum curator. I've also thought about being an occupational therapist.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 7:53 AM ET
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Hell yeah SteinBog!

Hail to the Redskins!

Posted by: jonthefisherman | September 29, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, let us know what Cowherd says today on the Radio! Cerato will on the air today and I can not hear streaming radio on my computer at work. Please do us the favor of telling us how Cowherd eats his words!!

Posted by: joeblazin | September 29, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Aw you "word" people. "Medium" is obviously between up and down, between too hot and too cold. Go check your stove. You will find "medium" there. And obviously it refers to your emotional level. Seems like a reasonable use for the word to me.

Posted by: Prior Knowledge | September 29, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Stay medium, and keep your pockets straight.
Words to live by?
Hell yes! I wish I was still working downtown so I could look at some Cowboys fans faces!
I wonder if any of them called in sick...

Posted by: dadryan | September 29, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Maroon and black? Since when? I always thought we were the maroon and gold???

Posted by: JoeK | September 29, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that Zorn Star was having a sense of approaching, imminent evil (i.e. "foreboding") when reflecting on what could have been.... unless he was referring to "medium" in the "speaks-to-dead-people" sense?

Posted by: icantfeelmyface | September 29, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I like my steak medium to medium-rare, thanks.

Posted by: meatatarian | September 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Please, please tell me some Skins "Stay medium and keep your pockets straight" shirts will be available soon. How sweet it would be.

Posted by: Carson | September 29, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Renaldo Wynn said a couple of years ago, that the wins are never as good as they look, and the losses are never as bad as they look. I think that was the Old School way of saying that it doesn't matter how they look, all games are medium.

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

My claim to fame:

Took a metal casting class with Zorn when he was the QB coach of the Golden Gophers.

If only I could somehow parlay that into tickets....

Posted by: mnskinsfan | September 29, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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