Jim Zorn Goes Formal
Jim Zorn's usual Monday presser attire has ranged from sneaks and khakis to khakis and sneaks, accompanied by sweatshirts and polo shirts and other Sunday-at-the-bar shirts. Not particularly formal.
So today, when he strolled out in a neatly pressed shirt, burgundy-and-gold tie and Indian-head cufflinks, eyebrows were raised.
"Yeah, I know," Zorn said, as the crowd murmured. "Well, it's my first day of the offseason, it's not like I'm gonna be in this every day, but when I addressed our players I wanted to address them in such a way that had some purpose to it. I've seen Jason [La Canfora] in a tie every week, and I've been embarrassed not to have been in a tie, and I see that right there," he added, pointing at Chick Hernandez, slickly dressed as always.
"No, that's really what I wanted to do, is sort of set the stage," Zorn continued. "And we have a bunch of professionals that we're coaching and trying to inspire, and inspire to bigger things. And basically that's why I'm dressed up a little bit."
At the end, he said the tie was a gift from Daniel Snyder. I asked him to describe the colors.
"Burgundy and gold, baby, burgundy and gold," he said. "Thank you for asking."
But as great as that quote was, it couldn't touch today's top Zorn offering, concerning his interpersonal relationships with his 53 players.
"As a player, sometimes it hurts to hear some of the things you're hearing," Zorn said. "Like, I was after Jason Campbell yesterday on the sideline, I was IN HIS BUSINESS. Just very, 'As a matter of fact, here's what I see.' And that's hard to hear sometimes, from a coach to a player or a player to a coach. But hopefully it builds strength and it doesn't build bitterness.
"Because I'm not trying to speak the truth in these guys' lives to embitter them towards us, towards me, our coaching staff or their teammates or the Redskins. I'm trying to do it so they can deal with it. I'm trying to give our players the truth, so that we can deal with truth.
"And sometimes that's hard. That really is hard, it's hard to hear it, it's hard to take in. And I'm trying to not do it in a mean way or an evil way either, I'm trying to do it--it sounds kind of sensitive--but out of love. You know, love for the game, love for the player, love for this organization, trying to get this organization better. That's really what I hope to continue to coach with, but it's not always well-received, because it's hard to hear sometimes."
Or, to put it another way, "you can't handle the truth?"
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