Zorn Still Weird, Hall Still Confident
Today's doubleheader Redskins press conferences got off to a rousing start, with Jim Zorn and DeAngelo Hall both displaying their distinguishing characteristics. Hall was confident--he said "wait and see" literally six times in his opening remarks, as in "wait and see what I can do with a whole season in this place." And Zorn was weird.
Weird in a good way--maybe even a great way--but an extended NASCAR metaphor is certainly a strange way to introduce a cornerback. This is how it went, more or less.
"I was watching NASCAR," Zorn began, modestly. "And if you watch NASCAR, you see these guys, and they're going so fast, 160 miles an hour. If they were driving around by themselves, they're ok, but there are cars bumper to bumper. And I was noticing several of the cars in back of the leader ramming the leader--let's go, let's go, let's push. It's very exciting....With the cameras in there, you really get a better sense of what's actually going on. My wife thinks I drive that way just down the street.
"But I want you to get that picture, because that's what I believe it's like to be a corner in the National Football League. I mean, it's a hundred miles an hour for these guys. And for these guys, the elite corners in this league, it's bumper to bumper, and they're ramming each other all the way down the field, the receivers and corners, trying to win."
Seriously, I've watched lots of NFL football in my life, and I've never thought of corners and wide receivers ramming each other all the way down the field, nor have I compared them to bump drafting at Daytona. Nice image, though. DeAngelo Hall was sitting next to Zorn, thinking "hoo boy is this guy different." When Zorn finished, the two men shook hands.
"Thanks, Coach Zorn," Hall said.
"No problem," Zorn said.
Then came Hall's oozing-with-confidence remarks, in which he described his Skins tenure as "the best time in my life, the best time" and preemptively answered his critics. He stayed on message real well.
"Al' I've got to say is wait," he told the doubters. "Wait and see. Wait and see."
His time in Oakland, he said, "opened my eyes to life in general....There's more than just running to the bucks....I'm telling you, just wait and see. Wait and see. I've got nothing but stuff on my chest, stuff on my shoulders I need to get off. Just wait and see....Wait and see."
Later he was asked about haters who might predict his play will decline now that he's signed for the big money again. You'll never guess what he said.
"Just wait and see," he said, to great shock. "I can't try to go in here and persuade anybody, I'm not a salesman, I'm not gonna sell myself on anybody. All I can say is look at me in this scheme and see how I do."
Finally, he addressed the Albert Haynesworth signing. The big fella, Hall said, was part of the reason he was so confident today.
"He's a one-man wrecking crew," Hall said. "He's the best player in the National Football League, offense, defense, bar none, and he's on our team. He instantly makes us better....I feel like we can definitely go out here and dominate games."
Fine by me, just so long as they ram lots of people along the way.
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