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Faces of Zorn: The Big Orbs

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Jim Zorn has the most expressive press conferences I've ever seen from an NFL coach, or from any coach in any sport. Here's a feature dedicated to those looks.

Sunday's first question to Jim Zorn concerned whether he considered benching Jason Campbell after the QB's woeful first half. Zorn's short answer was no, though his response meandered through hundreds of words.

(Incidentally, Sonny Jurgensen asked Campbell on ESPN 980 after the game whether Campbell thought he might be benched. No, no, I wasn't worried about that," Campbell replied. Sonny followed up by asking if a benching would have surprised him.

"Probably would have," Campbell said. "It would have, because you don't just want to just pull a guy out when they're having a bad day. You want to see if they have some heart, some pride.")

Anyhow, Zorn said he didn't think about benching Campbell because of the latter's demeanor.

"I thought he was into the game," Zorn said. "You know, I'm looking in his eyes. If I'm kind of looking at these big orbs staring back at me, not saying anything....But he was into it. And yet it was really frustrating for us all. You know, I started looking at the gameplan, wondering what else could go wrong that I was calling. It's really on me. I'm the playcaller here, you know? I felt very frustrated trying to get that sequence. I couldn't get it started. Super frustrating in the first half."

(This is an item for another day, but interesting to hear Zorn step up and take responsibility here. That's a change of sorts.)

Previously: The Trout Face, 'Ooaach' Exasperation, The Rabach Scowl, The Frothy Rock Star.

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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2009; 8:29 AM ET
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Sonny and co. calling for Campbell being taken out was just annoying after a while. He had a horrible first half, but they went on and on about him not hitting Cooley. Cooley was on the wrong side of plays. When he got one of his first big gainers rolling to the right he had to throw across his body to hit Cooley in the middle going right to left.

Posted by: sitruc | October 5, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

You can tell that players are sick of the media trying to stir things up. I know that as a fan, I'm sick of it. In fact, I don't think the Redskins problems start with the owner, the coach, or the players - I think it's the media being hyper-critical. This is football, not the running of a nation with lives at stake. Lay off the Redskins and let them play.

A Louisville, KY Redskins fan

Posted by: SkinsFan2111 | October 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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