Zorn on Snyder and the Media
Jim Zorn was on Fox Sports Radio
L.A.'s KLAC this week to discuss the Redskins. Because there's apparently a burning desire for burgundy and gold spring football news in Southern California. He answered Jason Campbell questions yet again, answered Albert Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo questions yet again, and talked about the offensive struggles yet again. And he did so without telling a single tale about skinning coyotes.
What I liked better was when the host, demonstrating how closely
L.A. the national media follows this franchise, mentioned that Daniel Snyder has "shown some patience with coaches," and then wondered how much a sense of urgency the owner showed after the '08 season.
"I think he's like most head coaches, from one standpoint," Zorn said. "Most head coaches want to find out what actually happened. And what makes Dan great, is he couples that with his passion for the game, and TRUE passion for the Redskins. He really is an excellent football owner when it comes to those standpoints. The hard part is that I couldn't answer the questions the day after the season, because really it does take some time to go back and figure these things out, I mean, what really did happen.
"And that's where you're right about statistics or QB ratings or things like that. They do tell a story, but you can get down to some certain facts as you go through the video, as you go through some of the statistics, and you can figure out where the failures were. And I think that's what Dan really wants to know, and he wants to know where the successes are too. It's not all doom and gloom. He likes the players we've got here, and he likes the athleticism that we have on this football team."
Look, if I was interviewed about my boss on radio, I'd say he was great and excellent, too. Though I wouldn't probably reveal his feelings about athleticism. Zorn has also talked in the past about the trickiness of handling the media corps as a head coach, and he returned to that theme when asked about his greatest challenges during year one in Ashburn.
"I think part of the biggest challenge was being able to talk to the media in a fresh, I guess a fresh or an honest way," Zorn said. Uh, mission accomplished on that front.
"That I kept them informed with what was really going on, and yet not having to backtrack on anything that I was saying as well," Zorn continued. "I mean, it was a challenge, and there's so many different media outlets, and this is such a wonderful team, we've got great fans. In this immediate area there's a lot of fans that want more and more Redskin football, so I think that was the biggest challenge, juggling what was being said, all the different subjects, and how much time I could devote to that, and then make sure I spoke clearly."
The follow-up question was whether the media can get a coach fired. I'm not sure what that was in reference to--the media in this particular town wanted nothing to do with getting Zorn fired, nor did this media exactly run Eddie Jordan or Glen Hanlon out of town--but Zorn handled the question well-enough. It was also the first time I remember seeing him question the media's role at all.
"I hope it's not [true] in my case," he said. "I don't know that. I just think that the media, they want the answers, they want to find out. And I think where the media potentially can get a coach fired is when the media gives opinions that they haven't researched on a daily basis out on that field with all the key elements involved.
"Some people want to state things that they just feel about a guy, and they don't really know, and that's where I think it gets a little bit stretched-out....I think that's what hassles a head football coach, or any coach for that matter or even a player, is when someone derives an opinion based on not really knowing the facts."
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