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Holmgren on Zorn and Zorn's Bike

Zorn's mentor. (By Lynne Sladky - AP)

Mike Holmgren just addressed the D.C. media. He told us that Zorn used to ride his bicycle to games while he was the quarterbacks coach in Seattle. That's normal. First, the boring quotes:

On Zorn: "He's one of my favorite guys of all time. I think he's doing a great job, and I'm just very proud of him."

On trying to keep Zorn in Seattle: "If I had any more bullets in my gun I would have fired them, but I didn't have any more bullets."

On not relinquishing play-calling duties to Zorn: "I knew he'd be good at it but I've gotta have some fun doing this."

On Zorn's play-calling: "Jim always had a million ideas. He's very creative."

The awesome quotes:

On Zorn's quirkiness: "Oh, I was exposed to it all, but that was after I hired him. I had no idea about the bungee jumping and the sky diving and the all that. I mean, the guy is really an amazing man. And he enjoys life, and he's such a good guy. He used to ride his bicycle to the games. And when he left, I said, 'You know, I don't think you can do that in Washington. I mean, the head coach, you've got to kind of drive the car and do the normal thing.' He might still do that, I don't know. But no, he's fun quirky, you know? He kept us light, and the rest of the coaches teased him a little bit, but he had a lot of energy."

On whether he looked at Zorn's drills and thought, 'What the hell?': "All the time. I'm not a big props guy, and he's got balls and brooms and all sorts of stuff. I was just hoping no one would ever get hurt. And I said, 'Jim, all that stuff is great. Does it have anything to do with playing quarterback, or are you just out there at the park playing?' He assured me he had a reason for doing all that stuff. The players liked it, and it kind of broke up practice a little bit for them, plus they were getting some good stuff out of it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 3:58 PM ET
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Kornheiser would run him over on the bike if he got anywhere near Rock Creek.

Posted by: rdpinva | November 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Balls and brooms. That's what football is all about.

- C. Cooley

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser should watch out for a ball bearing thrown through his window if he's got a problems with cyclists...Does he have a problem with cyclists?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Dont know about cyclists but he definitely has it out for "cheeseboy."

Posted by: icantfeelmyface | November 19, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I like how Holmgren is a motorcycle guy so he can't just say "bike," he has to say "bicycle."

Ah, I like Holmgren in general. Sucks that he's going out with a whimper. Including, I hope, a tremendous, soul-crushing loss this coming Sunday.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 20, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

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