Faces of Zorn III: Nausea and Confusion
Yesterday was Monday, but Jim Zorn's faces were restrained. Losing will do that to you. The face above may have been my favorite, but I'm not even sure how to describe it. Besieged Zorn? Resigned Zorn? Embattled Zorn? He was discussing his extensive use of Ladell Betts.
"With Ladell, who understood and actually practiced all week," Zorn said, "he was the guy that was actually getting out, you saw that one long run on that one play action that got us down to the 7-yard line. That's what we were looking for and got from Ladell, and really that was the basis."
Well, let's just move on to Lookie-Here Zorn. "We just can't get any more injuries," he said, while discussing his offensive line. "We just flat can't. They CANNOT get hurt. That's my mandate for them in there today."
Strangely, some of his better faces came during questions and not answers. Like this one, which I'll call Agitated Zorn. The Times's David Elfin was asking another Portis question, like so: "As you said the guy was the leading rusher in the league a couple weeks ago, for him to sit on the bench that long probably surprises a lot of people and I wonder when you sat him did you consider that this guy was number two in the league in rushing?" (The answer: "I probably didn't consider that at the time, but I understand your point."
Or how about Contemplative Zorn, when Jason La Canfora was asking about the team's mindset. "Obviously you have some success," Jason said, "and then things get tough, and now there's a little bit of a crisis, running guys in at different positions and what have you. Do you get the sense that they're really kind of seeing exactly what you're all about now in a time of adversity? Do you think any more about what you say to 'em or how you push buttons? ("I'm not going to try to create some major psychology and trick anybody," Zorn said.)
As per usual, we saw Gesticulating Zorn, but that's really old hat by this point. "If we have time, we've got these schemes," Zorn said, "you can see people open, but we have a hard time getting the balls that we need to get to our playmakers in critical situations. I think that's been the difference."
Sadly, there was also an appearance by Nauseous Zorn, which seemed like it was getting ready to be funny but then turned not funny. "It wasn't a funny situation," he said, "but when you saw Geisinger....And he's a fighter now he really is, but when you saw him at left tackle and he's looking inside to get the snap, and here comes Suggs on the outside, and at the snap of the ball it was just BAM. You know. You knew we were struggling. Um. [Inhales, looks nauseous.] But, it's what we had."
Before the thing ended, though, Medium Zorn was back, talking about all things medium.
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