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Zorn Discusses Eddie Jordan, Snyder's Game Ball

Birthday present: a special painted game ball. (Preseason photo by Preston Keres - TWP)

Eddie Jordan's firing--sorry, "relief of head coaching duties," according to the team--has been discussed more than you'd think at Redskins Park today. Mike Sellers expressed surprise at the news, as did Shawn Springs, and Jim Zorn was asked about Jordan's dismissal during his regular Monday press gathering. As you'd expect, he considered this question carefully and then launched into a rambling, thoughtful, honest two-minute answer. Excerpts:

"I don't even want to say that's the nature of the game, because I think that's a harsh reality of the game that makes it a very volatile profession," Zorn began. "Sports coaching at this level, or even at any level....

"So you're right, what it does is it sort of disjoints. It won't just disjoint Eddie; many families will be impacted by that particular decision. And when an owner decides that that's what the problem is, I can understand. He's gotta make the choice. Because even on a daily basis, you just feel like you're spinning your wheels, or you're even going backwards. I'm hoping it doesn't happen here, but that's what every coach hopes, is that what he's putting out on the field just continues to gain the confidence or maintain the confidence of the head coach....

"Kind of wish it would have happened before instead of putting all the work in and all the effort in, and it happened so early in the season now. Because you're trying to build. There are setbacks, there are things:' Ok, well here's where we are and where do we need to go.' You don't know that until you really get started.

"So maybe he could have turned some things up or turned the heat up or know where his weaknesses were more than they were allowing him to have time to do. I don't know, Iwe're just sitting around a table being a Monday Morning Quarterback like everybody else in this situation, because the intricacies, the details, the real reasons probably need to be talked [about] by those guys. I'm just disappointed that families are disrupted all over the place because of that."

Which reminded me that the coach had given a game ball last night to Daniel Snyder, who recently turned 44.

"You know, it was Coach Snyder's birthday, so that kind of trumped Coach Zorn's return home victory," Casey Rabach said, accidentally misspeaking about the men's titles, in a highly entertaining fashion.

"We gave him a game ball or something like that," Santana Moss said. "Coach Zorn was the one who brung it up. I didn't know personally, so Coach Zorn just gave him a team game ball and it was a wrap. I think he had a cake on the plane or something like that. I just seen it, I'm not sure if he ate it or whatever."

But it turns out Zorn had decided to give Snyder a game ball earlier in the week. He had a special commemorative ball prepared, just in case, which shows a certain amount of swag.

"Well I knew it was his birthday coming up, and I was wondering what he was gonna get for his birthday," Zorn said. "He goes, 'I want a win.' And so we had a game ball already printed, hoping. It's like those baseball caps, you know? I wonder what they do with those things if you don't [win]."

The reporters gave various answers. Zorn seemed intrigued. Then I asked him what he'd have done with Snyder's special game ball had the Skins lost.

"We'd have hid it," he said.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins , Wizards  
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coach snyder...

Posted by: alex35332 | November 24, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Apparently at least with the t-shirts they ship them off to the Developing World to be given away. So keep your eyes out for New England Patriots 19-0 shirts.

Posted by: Colm1 | November 24, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

That picture = eerie.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 24, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Why is Snyder smiling while standing in the depths of hell?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 24, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Zorn should have given him one of these shirts:

Posted by: ewoldtk | November 24, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is Snyder smiling while standing in the depths of hell?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 24, 2008 3:14 PM


Posted by: Mustachio | November 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Well zorn now how NOT to get fired- give the guy signing your checks credit for things hes never done. For this one act Zorn may have earned him self an extra game when, in three seasons, the redskins are only an ok team still and the old "firejimzorn" blog is back to talking about what it was set up to talk about

Posted by: QuintenD | November 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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