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Zorn Rides Bikes With the President

(Photos by Jonathan Ernst - Reuters)

The media room at Redskins Park is already buzzing over the proper way to bring up Jim Zorn's weekend adventure at Fort Belvoir. You know, the one where he went mountain biking with the President of the United States.

"So, uh, do anything interesting this weekend?" was one suggestion.

"Did you get any advice on how to improve the offensive line's surge?" was another, although that was likely in poor taste.

"The president occasionally invites mountain bikers to join him for his vigorous rides," White House press secretary Dana Perino said, according to the AP. "He enjoys a good, competitive ride, and everyone who's had a chance to ride with him says they are amongst the toughest rides around."

Jim Zorn, as we know, also enjoys a good competitive, ride; can't wait to find out who out-competitivized whom. Anyhow, in the same week that Joe Gibbs addressed the Republican convention ("I believe that electing John McCain and Sarah Palin will spark a return to God's Word and a spiritual revival that will bring our nation together"), it's clear that, unless they plan on turning heel and courting Jerry Jones and T.O., the Democratic ticket has some pretty severe catching up to do in Ashburn. I hear Fred Smoot has an interest in politics.

(See also Mister Irrelevant.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
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Joe Gibbs "I believe that electing John McCain and Sarah Palin will spark a return to God's What is wrong with him.? McCain doesnt even like Christians. Why would he think that to be the case. Sounds like he is talking about a Huckabee/Palin ticket? I do wish McCAin wasnt on this ticket. Palin or Huckabee would do much better on top this ticket.

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site.

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive?

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet. We should probably reverse the ticket Palin/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice! Zorn and his team looked outmaned, overmatched, and he specifically looked clueless for much of the game last Thursday and instead of figuring out what to do to fix things and get ready for Drew Brees and the Saints, he goes mountain biking with a lame duck President. Couldn't he have done this in June? As a first year head coach who has never even been a coordinator on ANY level I would think he would have higher priorities!!!

Posted by: virtueandvice | September 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Zorn also plans on playing chess with LeBron James.

Posted by: | September 8, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Turning heel"? Nice pull.

Posted by: DBKAlum | September 8, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh, did he get dragged out of bed to go riding with the Pres? Looks some guy who had his clothes stolen and doing the walk of shame back home in his underwear.

Posted by: PenguinSix | September 8, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess figured he'd go riding with at least ONE person he's smarter than!

Posted by: MIA in Miami | September 8, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I always love when the Republicans associate themselves with one of the most socialist and unionized organizations in the world.

Karl Marx couldn't have created a better system of communism than what the NFL has accomplished.

- they went up against organized religion and won by playing games on the religious day of rest, Sunday...including matches that are held during the same time as typical church service

- they created a socialist environment through profit sharing, organized full-coverage health insurance and full pension plans

- they set salary caps to keep the rich from getting too rich

- they set salary minimums to make sure nobody is poor and everyone has a living wage

- they "tax" the rich teams to help fund the poorer teams

- they work with one of the strongest Unions in the world and give them equal representation in league policy and business matters

If the NFL were represented by a political party I would think the Democrats would be way too far to the right for them.

But hey NFL = USA! Right?

Posted by: Contradiction | September 8, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: stumped | September 8, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs is right -- the best way to unite the country is to have our elected leaders push their religious viewpoints on us.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Zorn is WAY too busy to take time out of his schedule for this sort of thing!

Posted by: stumped | September 8, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Gibbs and other GOPers have such a direct line to their god, why don't they win all the time, or even simply more often? Hmmmm.
(Hint: Pretty easy question.)

Posted by: Naf Salad | September 8, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

After losing the first game of his rookie coaching debut, there is probably no better way to shake off the loss than to refocus, hop on his bike, and compete against and beat the current leader of the free world, aka, "how Jimzorn got his groove back."

Posted by: dcsween | September 8, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Pro football is Jim's profession-his chosen vocation.And he takes it seriously and is committed to it. But I have always understood that it is not his life and it is not his identity. With Jim it is faith, family and football. He is very talented and has many varied interests that he excels at and enjoys to do. That is the way he has been for many years of his life. Read Les Carpenter's story on Jim from the Sunday, July 20th Washington Post along with a story from the Washington Times titled, "On the Edge With Jim Zorn from July 13th as well as Mr. Steinberg's blog entrees from back when Jim was hired as the HC in Feburary. Those articles will give you some insight as to what he is about to some degree. It will explain why he went mountain biking with President Bush.

Jim will work hard to make the Redskins the best team they can be. But he is not going to be the typical NFL head coach where the game literally is his entire life like it is with so many of his peers. He will strive do it in his own unique way. And people had better come to a understanding on that.

I have alot of respect for Jim and he has been, and continues to be, an inspiration for me to this day. I respect him for his convictions, the way he lives his life and goes about his business. I feel it has been a privelege and a blessing to say he is friend. I support him 100% and I always will.

The response that has come about from the loss to the Giants as well as him biking with the President I wish I could say surprised me. But none of it has. I pretty much figured it would. I just think it shows a shallowness and a lack of depth when people get after a guy for going on a bike ride with the President. It's time to mature and grow up.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | September 8, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn, the Sarah Palin of NFL Head Coaches.

Posted by: AlecW81 | September 9, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Re: a friend of zorn

Zorn may have outside interests, but being an NFL head coach indeed means the team becomes one's life. Even in the NCAA at the D-I level, head coaching requires an extraordinary commitment. The fact of the matter is that Zorn is contracted by the team and should act according to its interests. Tuesdays are the off-days for the NFL; he should have gone biking then, NOT on Sunday, the most important day of the NFL week.

If I were Dan Snider, I'd be livid. After such an embarassing preseason and first game, Zorn should be focused 24 hours each day until things are fixed.

If football is not Zorn's identity as you say, then he has no business being the head coach of a professional football team. Professional sports aren't a 9-5 job. As someone so willing to speak for Zorn you _must_ recognize this. Maturity is efficient prioritization and, by choosing recreation over work ON A WORKDAY, Zorn has shown a lack of it. My best guess is that he will no longer be the head coach in December if things continue in this manner.

Posted by: Embarassed fan | September 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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