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Zorn on Being Medium and Hip Hip Hooraying

Hugging, mediums and Hip Hip Hooray. (By Rod Mar - Seattle Times via AP)

The popular media question recently has been whether opposing defensive coaches have figured out Jim Zorn. Today, we asked some Redskins whether they've figured out their coach.

"I know what he's gonna do, when he's gonna do it, how he's gonna do it at times," Santana Moss said. "I know when you ain't do it right he's gonna get mad and turn into a little fireball. So I pretty much know him. I mean, I probably got a lot more to learn about him, but thus far in this season he's shown me all his [tricks]."

Like, say, Hip Hip Hooray? As I mentioned yesterday, it's been a month since that cheer was unleashed. And, thankfully, the homecoming brought a return to Hipness.

"Oh, I was egged on," Zorn explained, pointing his giant foam finger at Antwaan Randle El. "I was egged on by a couple of the players that we had to do that. Yeah, we got after it. Were you there? Did you hear it through the [wall]? Oh gosh, it was pretty good."

Gosh. So it was good, like, louder than usual?

"No, no, no," Zorn said, "but it was boisterous."

"He was pretty short and sweet about it," Mike Sellers said. "Just, 'Let's get a Hip Hip Hooray!' and everybody was looking around like, 'ok.' "

From Daniel Snyder's game ball to the return of Hip Hip Hooray to the Seattle homecoming, I would have thought this would have been a medium-well evening for the "little fireball," but Moss said no. Zorn, he said, "kept it medium."

"He didn't seem like it was too up or too down, he was just happy that we got a win and looking forward to the next one," Moss said. "You know he got his old Hip Hip Hooray in, and other than that, I mean, he's always the same dude. I mean, you see him get fiery a little bit every now and then, but he's either fiery or either jolly go lucky. And that's what he was, jolly go lucky."

(As for the jolly-go-lucky little fireball himself, he spoke at length today on how he prepared himself in advance of the distraction-laden trip to Seattle by visualizing the various elements in advance. Would he be distracted by his induction into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame? Would he focus on Mike Holmgren? Was he "gonna just kind of be a fan" and watch his old pupil Matt Hasselbeck?

"So I kind of made those decisions early on in the week that I was gonna concentrate on not being distracted, concentrating on my responsibilities," Zorn said. "And then one of the things that I decided was I was gonna have to say hi. I mean, I was gonna have to say hi before the game. I was not gonna try to big-time anybody. So I used early in the pre-game to go and make sure I visited with people I know, and that I wanted to say hi to or that I wanted to visit with. And then be done with it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 3:24 PM ET
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Focus on not being distracted.

Wisdom for the ages.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Zorn may stay medium...but I think Holmgren is at about 3XL.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is Cindy Boren the classic example of Master Obvious? Has anything insightful ever come out of her chat sessions? I love the WP chats, but shut this one down. She may add value to the paper, but not via this chat.

Posted by: ebberger | November 24, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's just you, ebberger.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Boren is the true Redskins Insider
F jlc

Posted by: jonthefisherman | November 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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