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Zorn on Bikes, Betts, Burgundy and Rags

Jim Zorn likes fans waving towels. (2005 photo by Ricky Carioti - TWP)

If it's Tuesday, I'm making a living by transcribing radio interviews. Although any time the local head pointy-ball coach starts his radio interview with a discourse on area mountain biking trails and ends it with an impassioned defense of team uniform schemes....well, that's some fun transcribing, anyhow.

In general, based on today's Jim Zorn Show on ESPN980, the coach votes Yay on bike trails, Maybe on Betts, Yay on burgundy and Yayyyyy on Redskins Rally Rags, which is the official name for those 50,000 burgundy handouts coming up on Sunday night. He also said the team would wear white shirts on Sunday, with pant color TBA. Or "britches" color, as he put it.

On bikes: "[George W. Bush has] kind of got the ultimate courses. You know, I'm not the only one there, it's not a duo. There's a group that he has ridden with over the years, and it's quite a group of experienced riders, and I'm a very small part of it. And he's there to work out and I'm there to work out, and it's been good. But I got to ride several times over the week, and you can get a lot done over a short period of time when you're on a bike on a single-track trail.

"You know what, in this area there are some tremendous trails. There not that difficult to find, but you want to have the right equipment when you go out, and it's a real thrill to be out in the state of Virginia. Even on the Maryland side there's some tremendous opportunity to, you know, to get on the dirt."

On Betts: "He's probably in a little bit better position to be active as the week goes on [vs. Portis]. He is nowhere 100 percent yet, but I think he looks like he's gonna participate in practice, where Clinton won't participate in practice for the first couple days. It's kind of a mixed bag right now. We're just trying to get our guys ready."

And let me interrupt here to say that his next answer was about as great as an NFL head coach's answer can possibly be on any subject. This No Fun League stuff is kind of tired and cliched sports radio jabber, but dang if it isn't a bit stultifying to see the grown men wearing the tight pants get slapped about with fines by the other grown men wearing dark suits. Pretty refreshing to see one of the grown men in khakis and team sweaters side with the grown men in tight pants over the grown men in dark suits.

On burgundy-on-burgundy: I have taken a lot of flack over the color of our britches, and here's my comment for this. You know, it really is interesting to see who likes it and who doesn't. And somebody's always gonna say, 'Well, what about tradition?' You know, we're the Redskins. We have worn all white and won. I can't remember if the team has worn all burgundy and won. I know we've worn all white and lost. We've worn white shirts and burgundy pants and lost.

"I know all that. So there's very few opportunities for the players in this league to make a choice. You know, we tell 'em what time to be somewhere, we tell 'em what to wear when they get there, we tell 'em what to do when they get there, we tell em how much we'll fine them [for breaking these rules].

"This is one opportunity they have, and they've requested it. If they don't ask, I know what I'm wearing. If they don't have an opinion, I already know: I'm wearing white shirts with burgundy pants. But if they come up and say, 'Listen, we really want to wear white-on0white,' I do not have a problem with that at all. And that's exactly what happened a week ago. They said, 'We would love to wear burgundy on burgundy,' and I said, 'Absolutely, let's do it!' "

("Players don't know what looks good," Steve Czaban interrupted. "They even said, 'It's just gonna look wild until we all get sweaty, then the burgundy will blend in,' " Zorn answered.)

On Redskins Rally Rags: "Cannot wait. Cannot wait. I think that's a heckuva little campaign, and I think the 12th man--and that is the fan--it makes a huge difference to our team. And we're excited they're gonna be waving, what are we calling them, Rally Rags? I think that's great. See, the fans even get to have fun. And that wasn't tradition, so we're all even."

(Bonus, On DeAngelo Hall: "Things DO change. And it's up to us and I think it's up to me as a head coach to investigate what actually happened, where I see him now. And also because of those potential nightmare decisions, we have to be able to question ourselves as far as is this a good thing? Can we take the risk? And has he changed? You know, that remains to be seen.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 5:09 PM ET
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Sounds like Zorn is taking a cautious approach towards D. Hall. Whereas, somewhere out there, Vinny Cerrato is salivating over the prospects of locking up DeAngelo long term. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially if we see bad DeAngelo and not behaved DeAngelo.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 11, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Zorn favors Virginia over Maryland?


Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 12, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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