Zorn shares your concern about the playclock
One of the most frequent concerns I've heard over the addition of Sherm Lewis into the smoothly functioning Redskins offensive machinery is that this might add a few seconds to the smoothly functioning playcalling routine, leading to timeouts and/or delay of game penalties and/or confusion.
"Now there's an added step," explained Larry Michael on Tuesday's Redskins Nation: "The call comes down to you, you've got to call it in, there's only so much time on the play clock, any concern there?"
"Uh, yes," Jim Zorn said in response. "And it has to do with the playcaller, just being quick. And so we'll see what happens there."
Dandy. That inspires confidence. Even Larry Michael seemed unsure, returning to the subject later, when he was on set by himself.
"I really don't know how this is gonna work in terms of the timing of the play clock," he said. "That's gonna be something very interesting. Because you're adding a step to the calling of the play. It'll come from upstairs to Zorn on the sidelines [though now apparently it'll be Sherm Smith], to Jason Campbell on the field. Now a lot of times, if the coach is having to decide what the play is, maybe some indecision, that play clock is ticking away, ticking away. Then if you have motion involved with that offensive play that you have to get in before the playclock expires, it's gonna be very interesting to see the mechanics of how this works on Monday night."
As always, if Larry Michael is worried, you should be terrified.
I should note, by the way, that even though there at least 17 posts I wanted to make today, mostly involved transcribed Redskins interviews, I instead spent five hours in line to get my daughter an H1N1 vaccine nasal mist thing. It was really great fun. Since I'm now agonizingly behind schedule, I thought I'd go ahead and put out Tuesday's most important quote.
"You know, people say I'm the minister of propaganda here for the Redskins," Michael said. "But I'll tell you what, I love being here, I love being around these guys. Yes, it's been tough. And obviously the rest of the media loves watching this show. Because they haven't had an original idea over the last 20 years, they watch Redskins Nation, they get ideas, so we help them as well."
This had me feeling guilty for taking so many posts from simply transcribing his show. So for this one, I'll not only transcribe some dialog, but I'll add additional dialog, as if I were actually sitting on set with them! An Original Idea! First time in 20 years!
Michael: "What a busy day it's been for you, busy couple of days."
Zorn: [Nods head.]
Bog: Yeah, in the same way those first few days of August of '74 were busy days for Nixon.
Zorn: "We're game-planning right now, we're gonna help out in every way we can. You know, there's a few things [Sherm Lewis] knows, and there's a lot of things that he's trying to get up to speed on, and here it comes on Monday night. It'll be interesting."
Michael: "It will be."
Bog: So was the sinking of the Titanic.
Michael: "Well, for those of us who are in the building, we know that the team here is behind this head coach. How does it make you feel, with everything that's gone on over the last couple of weeks, to know after talking to your players that they are so firmly behind you that we can't even mention on the air how strongly they are behind you? How does that make you feel?"
Zorn: "Well, it just makes me feel tremendous that we're actually getting our message out and they have confidence in what we're doing. Also, what's amazing about it is, it's the character of our team. I haven't had to beg for that. I haven't had to sit and say, 'C'mon guys, help me out.' It's just the guys, they really do want to win. We've gotten a consistent message, they know that we're in it with them, and it's not just me. It really is our coaches. And if we had a bunch of slappies running around and not knowing what their jobs were and not how to do it, and they weren't coaching with the kind of enthusiasm and exactness that we're trying to put out, then I would say there'd be a lot of guys falling off. And yet losing wears on you."
Bog: Slappies? Also, if you're actually getting out your message, and coaching with enthusiasm and exactness, what in the world would happen if you stopped?
Zorn: "Our defense could say, 'Hey, after we do our job, why don't you guys do your job?' And there hasn't been any of that, there's been no infighting or anything like that, the guys are together."
Michael: "That's, I think, unique when you're talking about professional athletes, when you're talking about humans that are trying to work as a team. And half the unit isn't doing it, and there ISN'T any finger pointing. That's, I think, a special situation."
Zorn: "But here's the thing that I also realize, is that maybe infighting and maybe all the players being mad at each other or whatever, you know, if that could get us a win, it's almost tempting to say maybe, because we're not winning."
Bog: Maybe this show is too long.
Michael: "Kansas City Chiefs game, two minutes left in the game, muffed punt, you threw the challenge flag, and the referee said, I believe his announcement was that there was no clear possession. Well, if there's no clear possession, who gets the ball? What's the deal on that?"
Zorn: "The reason I threw the flag was our punter said, 'Coach, I came out with the ball.' The problem was when they looked in, they saw their guys have the ball, and that's when they made their decision. He said, 'You can challenge this, but we already made the decision that Kansas city had the ball.' And he said, 'You might want to pick that flag up, because it won't be conclusive.' And it has to be conclusive that we had the ball when they looked in that big scrum, and so I just meekly picked the flag back up and didn't lose my timeout."
Bog: Your 2009 Washington Redskins: Act Meekly and Carry a Red Flag.
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