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Today in Zornisms: Swag With the Best of Them

Swag, and swaggier. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

"We're 1-0 in the second quarter of this football season," Jim Zorn said to conclude his press gathering today. "That's all I'm thinking about. We accomplished a major goal of [beating] a division opponent on their field in the second quarter of this exciting 2008 football season."

Was he being ironic? Earnest? Earnestly ironic? Ironically earnest? Unclear, but today was sort of a mild day for Zornisms, with nary a new phrase being introduced to our football lexicon. In fact, the highlight might have come from Santana Moss, when he was asked about his Hip Hipping coach.

"I mean, outside of the Hip Hip Hooray and all that stuff, he's our coach," Moss said. "So regardless of what kind of swag he has, or what kind of guy he is, I mean, he's your head coach....He's the team, you know what I'm saying? He's the Redskins, when it comes to what we do....I mean, he's been perfect. He played the game, he knows the game, and he knows players. And he talks to us as if he knows what we're going through and he knows what he wants. So [there] was no better guy could come in and do the job that he's doing, and I feel like that's why the team is responding the way that it is."

I asked whether this meant that Zorn has swag; "you can't worry about what kind of swag he has," Moss said. "He's gonna be his own guy."

And just to clarify the swag meter, I asked Zorn whether he's had swag throughout his playing and coaching career. To be honest, I had misunderstood Moss a bit, but regardless, Zorn wasn't biting.

"You've got to talk to other people about that," he said. "I'm just trying to get ready. I really would have a hard time answering that. Just think how that would sound, 'Yeahhhh, you know, I can swag with the best of them.'...We try to prepare every game; that's all I can say."

Other notable quotes from Mr. Swag With the Best of Them:

On whether aggressive play-calling helps his players: "Yeah, I think that it does, but we just can't be crazy about it either. I hope it's not borderline crazy, do you see what I mean? I hope it's sound. That's what I want to be, I just want to be sound."

On Santana Moss's quiet week: "He had to make a decision weeks ago of how he was gonna react to a game like this, and he never came off the sidelines saying, you know, 'How come you're not getting me the ball? I mean, don't you know who I am? I'm Santana Moss.' He didn't say anything like that. He just kept after it."

On the upcoming tomato cans: "That's probably the scariest thing out there for me. So I'm not gonna dance the jig because of that. I'm gonna try to work hard and get a good plan."

On the lack of turnovers from Campbell: "I always tell him this, this is what I preach to him: 'Hey if you see things breaking down, just give me another chance to call another play. I got a play. You know, I already know what I'm gonna call, so just give me another chance, ok?' And he's been very faithful with the ball from that standpoint. And then the second thing is is when he's back in the pocket and things are flying around and arms are have to have the ball in two hands. And it was really evident that it happened. Remember the play, we had a play-action pass and they blitzed everybody from one side, and there was no chance for him to throw the ball?...He didn't panic and throw the ball up, he didn't hold it with one hand and wave it around, he just held it with two hands and took the sack. To me, that's kind of like a plus play."

On Smoot saying players wanted to work today: "Well, that's not what they were chanting last night. Fred might have been chanting it. See, he's the only dedicated guy on the whole team. They certainly want a Victory Monday, and probably in the big picture they would all love to have a little bit of a rest...but we have work to do. We did not play flawless football. We have a lot of work to do."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2008; 6:01 PM ET
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I'd say Zorn's swag has been more phenomenal that Gil's swag over the last year.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 6, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Swag" is my new favorite noun. Fantastic.

Posted by: Ryan | October 6, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Santana came out and said what I've been thinking about Zorn.

He's a player at heart, and a player's coach.
And he believes, baby.

I believe.

Posted by: Stumped | October 6, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

They don't call Seattle Emerald City for nothing. Did anyone really expect Zorn to be down with Swag coming from the Pacific North West?

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"You stay medium and be sound Washington"

Posted by: Ron Burgundy (now in DC) | October 6, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

And now Swagification!

Posted by: HaikuMan | October 6, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone else visualize Zorn swiveling his hips as he told Steinz he can swag with the best of them?

Posted by: | October 6, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I find it offensive that the wiki doesn't mention "Hip Hip Hooray" as a rugby tradition!

Posted by: Lou | October 7, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse


um...fix it.

Posted by: Giannicolus Jones | October 7, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I find it offensive that the wiki doesn't mention "Hip Hip Hooray" as a rugby tradition!

Posted by: Lou | October 7, 2008 5:44 AM


um...fix it.

Posted by: Giannicolus Jones | October 7, 2008 8:15 AM

And then we will promptly take it back out.

Posted by: Wikiwikiwiki | October 7, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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