Today in Zornisms: "I Said It Very Vigorously"
Ok, maybe it's not a newsflash that Jim Zorn sometimes says things in a manner that some other NFL coaches do not. But today on ESPN 980's Jim Zorn Show, Zorn said things in a manner that some other NFL coaches do not. Also, he busted out his prized new adjective--"sudden"--for the Pittsburgh Steelers, like so: "They're very sudden."
Does it mean quick? Spontaneous? Unforeseen? Abrupt? Can you train suddenness, or does it just suddenly happen? And who is Washington's suddenliest player? None of those questions were answered.
On London Fletcher's final tackle: "One of the most exciting plays of the game was London Fletcher on fourth down just knocking the crud out of their best receiver in an open-field situation where all's he had to do was run a couple yards to keep their drive alive. And he put a stop to it. It was a great football play."
On that 3rd and 19 conversion at the end of the first half: "I was a bit emotional on that drive, because I was so mad that we hadn't been moving the ball very well. I was upset that here we are on the minus-5 yard line because we had a snap and another penalty that drove us back, so I kind of I didn't scream in it, but I said it very vigorously over the headset, 'We are going to will a score out of this drive.' "
[If you didn't know, in Zornspeak the minus-5 yard line is your own 5-yard line.]
On breaking the NFL template by going for it there: "We had to get a score. We wanted some momentum going into halftime. What it took was a very disciplined group of players to not sort of get caught up in the down and distance and the time on the clock, but to execute the play. That's what a great two-minute drill is....You don't have any preconceived ideas like, 'Oh no, they may sack me; Oh no...this evil thing may happen. You just execute the play."
On Jason Campbell botching the first-and-goal play on the first drive: "That can't happen. That just flat can't happen, and those are the things that we have to answer for when disaster happens, and it did, and it ruined--it didn't kill the drive, it just ruined that opportunity. And you never get em back, you know?"
On the difference between winning and losing: "The difference between winning and losing is when you lose games like that, there's much more examination. I think the answers are the same, you just hash 'em over more when you lose, and when you win you realize what happened and you're sort of positive about it. You feel ok, because you won. We don't stick our head in the sand either and say that it was all bliss out there."
On MNF: " I really do believe that a football team enjoys the season once its over more than during it, because it's just hard. You know, there's little moments of enjoyment, but the season moves so quickly and you've got to be so ready and pay attention to everything. I don't believe we need to get caught up in the grandeur of the situation. We really do have responsibilities."
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