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Morning Look: Zorn's Shorts Were Kinda Short

The Seattle media, as expected, gave us a flourish of Zornish thoughts over the weekend, a bounty that continued up 'till today. The Seattle media seems to have encountered the same coach we have here: weird, honest, unfiltered, earnest, weird, and extremely short-shorted. Among the results, Sir Mix-a-Lot is now a Redskins fan, a Seattle columnist is saying the Seahawks should have promoted Zorn, Rush Limbaugh is writing kind words about Zorn, and ex-teammates are recalling when Zorn showed up for his engagement party at the Nordstrom's wearing dress clothes and white high-tops.

And seriously, find me another public figure who can unite Sir Mix-a-Lot with Rush Limbaugh.

Some highlights, although none can compete with the above image of Zorn, David Thompson and Fred Biletnikoff.

Sir Mix-a-Lot: "I like the Redskins because Jim Zorn is their coach," Sir Mix-A-Lot said. "If you stopped in Seattle and had a cup of coffee, I'll root for you. That's how desperate I am."

Jim Zorn: "I wanted to not worry about all the nuances of what a special game it was. Now, I can reflect back and say that I got a win over Mike Holmgren," Zorn said. "That's something. That's not just split pea soup. That's a pretty good deal, so I'm excited about that."

Rush Limbaugh: Sigh.

Columnist Steve Kelley: Any more questions? Anybody still doubt that Jim Zorn is ready to be an NFL head coach? Anybody still question whether that man on the other sideline, wearing the burgundy sweat shirt Sunday, wouldn't have been the best choice as the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks?

Columnist Art Thiel: Zorn, the longtime quarterbacks coach and member of the team's Ring of Honor, was never quite taken seriously here.He endeared himself to all with his lefty-loopy way of describing how the world's parts fit together. But an NFL head coach? With the job's requirements to be brutal, sometimes deceptive and often manipulative? Not the guileless Zorn, who never met a situation he couldn't filibuster with genuine sincerity into a happy outcome....

After weeks of failure to find a head coach, the Redskins' baffling owner, Daniel Snyder, upgraded Zorn to head coach. The rest of the NFL could have been knocked over with a G-string from the Pac-Man Jones collection.

The Olympian: [Veteran o-tackle Norm] Evans remembers a winded Zorn coming back into the huddle, tired from escaping another rush.

"He was running for his life," Evans said. "He'd come into the huddle in a panic. 'Someone is trying to kill me,' he'd say. He'd go on."

(That story has three LOL moments. Please read it.)

Carlos Rogers: "Last week, he talked about how when he was in college he worked with iron and steel and molding it into different shapes. And with gold it's supposed to be heated at a certain temperature, copper a little more, and when you get to iron the heat has to be real hot. He was giving us an example as to how we need to be when we came into the game. We need to be like iron, just like to another level. He doesn't know if we can get that hot, but that's the kind of level we need to be.

"It's kind of a funny way how he put the story. He's a fun coach. He says a lot of weird things, but he always has a good meaning behind whatever he says."

Seneca Wallace: Wallace did not fully comprehend just how original Zorn was until he drove past him one night on the way to dinner. The 50-year-old Zorn was riding home from work, making the 12-mile trip on his bicycle. A few days later, Wallace passed Zorn and his bike again -- this time on the way to downtown Seattle for a Sunday game. "That's just him," Wallace said. "He's a different character."

Runner-up photo: The Patriotic Punter. Cornelius Griffin is angry. Randy Thomas is confused. Jim Zorn is pensive. Shaun Suisham is looking toward Canada. The fans have noticed some football players nearby. But Ryan Plackemeier has his heart focused and his mind clear. Plus, his pants fit.

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 7:56 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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Sir Mix-a-Lot + Jim Zorn = Song Parody "Baby Got Quarterback." Somebody get me Eastern Motors ad agency, pronto.

Posted by: fitzfacts | November 24, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Zorn's looking a little stiff in that first photo. Apparently there are non-verbal ways to say Hip Hip Hooray.

Posted by: simpleton1 | November 24, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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