Skins Bonus Quotes: Nervous Nellies and Freak Outs
The mood in the post-game press conferences and locker room? Relieved, perhaps. Mildly pleased. Certainly no exuberance, just the way last week there was no despondence. The message? Players take this deal a lot more even-keeled than fans do. The other messages? Jim Zorn is a bit different. And Chris Horton is funny. Your post-game quotes, from my recorder and the team's quote sheets:
Jim Zorn, on talking with his QB: "You know, I get to talk to him on the headset, and usually a QB has the same kind of concentration track as the head coach does: you call the play, and be done with it. There's just to much to be formulating, right? But during a couple of the timeouts I said, 'Ok, here's what we've got.' I called the play, and I said, 'Now remember you've got this.' And I'd say, 'Ok, I'm being a Nervous Nellie--which was the term I used--I'm being a Nervous Nellie but I also want to tell you, don't forget THIS.'
"And I found myself a couple of times just laying it on, and the one time I laid it on strong was a big throw to Chris Cooley on an inside vertical route, and just made a beautiful throw, he did step up in the pocket and just drove the ball. I'm patting myself on the back, but it's all bogus, because really he had to make the play. He made the call, he made the play, he made the move, and that's it. And that truly is it. It has nothing to do with me.'
Andre Carter, on last week's fan meltdown: "I heard a little rumor going about that, but you've got to take into consideration, it's only one game. One game does not determine the outcome of the season. You've got so many games that can go either one way or another way. And you've got to take it one week at a time, and each week gonna add up to a great outcome or a bad outcome. But either way, we're 1-1. That's great. But we put that aside and focus on the next one, and then the next one. I think as you get older, you have an understanding of the game yourself, so you don't freak out, you just work and get better and try to win the next one."
Jim Zorn, on Jason Campbell's game-winning throw: "It was just so cool, if I [can] use that word. Those are the kinds of things we're trying to teach Jason to do on the line of scrimmage....To be able to crank one like that to Santana? Wow. It was a big throw."
Chris Horton, on his trio of turnovers: "Coach came to me on the sidelines, Coach Blache, and he was like, 'Hey, I need a hat trick.' And I looked at him like, 'What? What?' I don't know what that means. He was like, 'You don't know what that means!?!?' "
Wait, what? "I've never heard of that before. He explained it. It's like in hockey, I guess it's three goals or something like that. He was trying to take off my helmet, he was like, '[Horton] you know what a hat trick is,' and I'm just looking at him like, 'No.' Then he explained it to me. He was like, 'You don't watch much hockey, huh?' "
Jim Zorn, on his first win: "It's tremendous. I don't really know how to act, but I'm very excited. I wish I could enjoy it as much as I had to endure last week for four or five days but I won't be able to. It doesn't matter. I mean, it's great. The thing that I'm most excited about is that our players believed that we could move the ball the way that we did."
Demetric Evans, on tipping the ball that led to Horton's second interception: "Got a rookie a pick, now I have to see if he's got some incentives, he's got to give me some money. I'm gonna see if Horton got any incentives, he's got to give me some money for that."
Chris Horton, on learning he would start: "I had just woke up and I had a text message from Reed, he was like, 'Hey Horton, I just came up with the flu.' He was like, 'I'm real sorry.' And I just started sweating."
Jim Zorn, on Reed Doughty's illness: "I came in, and got the word that he was throwing up. I know nobody wants to discuss that, but he was sick, very sick, and he could not go. We took him to the hospital this morning and tried to get his stomach calmed down, but every time he tried to jog he was throwing up again, so we just had to shut him down."
Jason Taylor, on last week's media meltdown: "Me for one, I don't read the papers, because people always gonna overreact. When you lose a game they're gonna think you're worse than you are, when you win a game they're gonna think you're better than you are. The truth is always somewhere in there in between, and as a player and as coaches in an organization, I think you have to kind of stay even keel and realize that it's a long season. There's gonna be ups and downs, but to see Jason go out there and conduct the last drive and put points on the board, and the bomb he threw to Santana, it's great. He's that kind of guy, he has that talent to do it. It's gonna take time. It's a new offense. Once again it's gonna take time. Not to give him an excuse, but it's gonna take time."
Cornelius Griffin, on watching ESPN: "I do, every now and then. I turn it off when they start talking about us, because everybody has an opinion. Players play. You don't know what happened on the field, you don't know what the call was, why was it a miss. You don't know. There's a lot of opinions from people out there, so I stay away from it. Winning's good, move on to the next one. Got to get ready. We enjoy it tomorrow and Tuesday, but Wednesday's we've got to get ready for Arizona coming into our house to try to get a W. I learned that early as a rookie."
Jason Campbell, on the boos: "You can't worry about what people want you to do. I heard some guys yelling and screaming some crazy things. You have to shake it off and move on to the next play."
Jim Zorn, on celebrating the win with his son: "It's very special. We're very committed to the Redskins, our family, and we've moved everything out here totally into the Washington area and the Redskins and Washington D.C., and so everything is full-go. And then to win and have the first win? I think my family expects me to win, and it makes the time spent away from them worth it for them as much as it does for me as well. I believe that."
LaRon Landry, on his near interception: "Hell yeah I was mad, I was really mad. When I looked up at it I knew it was coming. I should have just really drifted back a little bit more so I could put two hands up there instead of one. I tried to get it with one hand and knock it down to me, it bounced the wrong way. But yeah, I was really mad, I need to get my picks up."
Chris Horton, on his performance: "My family's in town. I'm originally from New Orleans, so they were like, 'Hey don't hurt us too bad.' And I think I hurt them pretty bad."
Fred Smoot, on Horton: "It's called being in the right place at the right time. He got three turnovers and that's a hell of a rookie debut if you ask me."
Clinton Portis, on Santana Moss: "When he got started early in the game with the screen pass and he was making people miss, the other team was in trouble."
Jason Taylor, on the win: "You know, it's not that big of a victory really. It's just one week. It's one victory against a good football team, yeah, but we defended our own backyard. It's just one win. We've got 14 more to go. So believe me, we're not gonna go pop corks and think we won a Super Bowl because we won one game. We know what it is. That was No. 2 on the schedule, and now we turn the page and go to No. 3."
Jim Zorn, upon starting his first post-win press conference: "Hi everyone."
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