Hall: "We needed a change"
Several Redskins players had very fond things to say about Jim Zorn the person, but there were plenty of players whose comments seemed less complimentary of Zorn the coach.
"The way we lost was just very disheartening," DeAngelo Hall said. "I think this organization needed a change. ... You know what? Change sometimes is good. I think we reached a point here where we needed a change. We needed a change, we needed to start over with something fresh, and I look forward to what we bring in to get us back, get us going again, and get some of these guys back hungry."
Other players suggested that team discipline was an issue during the Zorn Era.
Some players, Rock Cartwright said, felt "like they could go and talk to someone else instead of going to talk to Coach Zorn. And when you've got guys that feel like they have that power, then of course that's a bad apple in the bunch."
I asked if "someone else" meant Daniel Snyder.
"Not necessarily the owner," Cartwright said. "It could have been the general manager or whoever. I just know that some guys had more say in some things than other guys. And I'm not getting into no names or anything like that, but I know it."
Carlos Rogers was asked whether two years was enough of a chance for Zorn; "that's the business," he said.
"You really can't say," Rogers continued. "As players, if you don't produce, we're out of here. Coaches, the same way. I think with the season we had last year, losing all them games the second half and the season this year, if you were a coach you would think you would be fired. And Snyder wants to win, and he thought he had a winning coach and the players to do it with, and the coach would probably be one of the first things to go, and then some of us."
The notes of optimism you heard often centered around Bruce Allen, and his reputation, and his title of general manager.
"Mr. Snyder's owned the team for what, 10 years now, and with that, he's learned a lot as an owner," London Fletcher said. "So I think it is a step in the right direction, and whomever they choose as the next head coach will also help us out."
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