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Jim Zorn Discusses His Popularity

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

So we're running this feature on our site this year where you can rate the Redskins on a scale of 1 to 10 on a whole host of topics. One of them was coaching. A majority of people after week 1 gave the coaching either a 1, 2 or 3. That's not good.

Jim Zorn was actually asked about his approval rating on ESPN 980 yesterday, and he seemed unconcerned.

"I don't know, because I don't try to hear it all," he said. "I mean, I'm not out there trying to see what my power rating is. I'm trying to get ready....Remember when I was hired here, my power rating, or my popular rating, what's it called? My whatever rating I was supposed to have, it was like 41 percent, which I was excited about because it was even higher than our president at that particular time.

"But I would say that that's not something that I should try to worry through or be concerned about. I mean, my job is to make sure I can put our football team in the best position possible to win and to get ready....It's not that we're trying to make everybody happy, but we're trying to get the best out of our players and allow our players to get the bets out of themselves. And what I'm most excited about is not so much the publicity, I'm most excited about our fans that do care about this football team and are positive with our players and our coaches. And then I'm very excited about the idea that our players are positive about our program as well and trying to do the best job they can. They're giving great effort, all the way around, and we're trying to put a championship season together."

(Zorn did admit several regrets about his performance Sunday, including this one: "I didn't get the ball to Santana Moss enough, Malcolm Kelly enough." He said he'd "just keep working on it, trying to put the packages together and the strategies together to get those guys involved in the game.")

If we were running a poll on DeAngelo Hall's performance Sunday, I'm guessing he might fare poorly. But Zorn had pretty nice things to say about the cornerback, all in all.

"Other than just trying to tighten up his man coverage, I felt like he had a good game in the secondary," he told Kevin Sheehan. "He contributed with a great interception and getting great field position for us. That was a really athletic play. I think that he was into the game the whole way. My only disappointment was one severely missed tackle by him on the sideline when they scored their touchdown. But for the most part, I feel like he was totally into the game, totally wanted to win."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2009; 11:31 AM ET
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Maybe Jim Zorn should start reading some of his press! The majority of Redskin fans wish he would work on his play calling !!! If he can not call plays he needs to find someone that can!!! Please stop trying to stick a square peg in a round hole. If running on every first down does not work hint,hint try play action pass.

If your best return man (Devin Thomas) is on the sidelines during kick off returns you are being loyal to a fault!! Allow Rock to remain captain but put him on the bench.

At the end of the day coaching like this will cost you your job!! If you open up the offense and allow JC to lead with that big arm and use our receivers properly you will keep your job !!! If you do not you will be gone and JC will still be a Redskin !!! Commonsense is free let's start using it Coach Zorn.

Posted by: LETJASONPASS | September 16, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

We need to talk about how bad Joe Buck know its bad when Troy aikman has to defend us on Tv.

Posted by: Petey82 | September 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Trust me when I say that Jim is not losing sleep at night wondering how popular he is or how he is being preceived by the fans or the media. All the way back to his days as the qb for the Seattle Seahawks to the present time now in DC as a head coach he does not waste time reading the latest internet headlines or polls being done in the greater DC area. He just doesn't worry about it. As he stated above he will do his very best to put the team in a position to win and to be ready. That is all he can do. He understands how his profession works and what the expectations are for winning and losing. Nobody needs to explain that to him. Especially fans who vicariously live their lives through the team each Sunday or media people who think they know and understand the game because they are around it as part of their profession.

The truth is the very same people who are ripping him now for whatever will be the same people praising and saying they support him in 6 weeks if he has a 5-1 record just like they did last season when the team was 6-2.

I hope Jim is successful. But whether he is or not it will not define who he is. It will be just another adventure he tried like so many he has in his life with many more to come.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | September 16, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that felt a little sting when they announced the Skins loss to NY broke a record for ratings with 25+ million viewers? Why is it that whenever DC area teams are on the national stage, we usually crap the bed?

Posted by: Barno1 | September 16, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope Jim is successful. But whether he is or not it will not define who he is. It will be just another adventure he tried like so many he has in his life with many more to come.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | September 16, 2009 4:54 PM

which may be precisely why he's failing here. coaching the skins isn't a lark backpacking trip in the Andes. its a commitment and requires a fire in the belly that at least rivals that of the fans.

Posted by: mdrockjock | September 16, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Classic example of a Redskins coach choosing not to speak bluntly about the wretched play of a highly paid defensive back. 23 had the worst game on the field, hands down. That touchdown was a dagger when all he had to do was push the receiver out of bounds. Tackling is something you should not have to coach to an NFL player. Oh, and he also got taken to Football 101 by Randy Moss in the preseason. Another bad sign. Zorn should be more critical and take a harsher tone with his players, which he does with the grunts, and they perform. He can't with most of the starters because he gets paid less than them. With the Redskins, it's all about who's got the back of the owner, not the coach, and that's why, fundamentally, the Redskins are one of the worst football teams in this country. I know I am not blowing minds here, but my point is valid. 23 sucks. But, he gets paid and laid, and that's all that makes him happy.

Posted by: BMACattack | September 17, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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