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Jim Zorn broke down game film with Dan Snyder

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We already knew that Jim Zorn had weekly lunches with Dan Snyder, lunches that ended after Bruce Allen joined the organization and which he didn't think were such a good idea. Turns out Zorn was also breaking down tape with Snyder, at least early in this season.

NBC Washington's Dan Hellie reported on ESPN 980 Monday, and again on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning, that Zorn had mentioned these meetings in passing early in this season. (Hellie and Zorn did a weekly coach's show together on WRC.) The two men, owner and coach, would meet early in the week for an hour or two, and Zorn would literally break down game film with Snyder, explaining why certain plays were called and why they worked or didn't work.

Hellie asked the coach why he would take the time to do that with everything else he had on his docket. Zorn in turn explained that Snyder had wanted someone to watch tape with him and that "If someone was going to explain to him why plays were called and why things were run, I wanted it to be me, I didn't want it to be anybody else."

Shudder. Anyhow, sometime during the season the weekly film sessions stopped, perhaps as part of the broader changes instituted by Allen. For example, Hellie also talked to a player recently who had attempted to see the owner to lobby for his positional coach to keep his job.

"He was literally stopped at the door by the secretary, who said all football matters have to go through Bruce Allen," Hellie told me. Which seems to make some amount of sense.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
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All I can say is U F B. Is it any wonder the Redskins are such a disaster.

Posted by: ridgely1 | January 12, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow, maybe things are changing at Redskins Park.

Posted by: nats_fan | January 12, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't see why this was such a bad thing. Snyder was simply trying to learn more about football, from the person at his disposal that is most qualified. So who cares if Zorn takes an hour per week to teach his boss some of the intricacies of the game?

Posted by: rwsspu | January 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Snyder wised up and hired Shanahan and Allen. Hopefully this game film class for the owner crap will stop. I'm still not throroughly convinced that one day, some time in the distant future, Snyder won't try to be owner, gm, and coach all at the same time. I can see his press conference now...Snyder: I've had years of experience breaking down game film with coaches and the first 10 years of owning this team I was acting General Manager. I was able to bring in the likes of Deon Sanders, Clinton Portis, Bruce Smith, and Santana Moss. Now after all these years, I believe I have developed the skills necessary to run this team as a coach as well...When that day comes I pray that I am long gone in the grave.

Posted by: poeticfire | January 12, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@rwsspu - You're a freaking IDIOT!!!

Posted by: cf42000 | January 12, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you are a moron...

times are a changin' and you'll have nothing to write about...

Posted by: Hondo5 | January 12, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Skins's fans are lucky that Danny didn't name himself coach and GM. If we didn't know Snyder was a micro manager, this news would be unbelievable. Zorn didn't have a chance.

Posted by: Max231 | January 12, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Wizards management for this.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, maybe things are changing at Redskins Park." Now that's funny!

Posted by: atidwell | January 12, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@cf4200, thanks for the constructive criticism. Very helpful.

Posted by: rwsspu | January 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@cf42000: you beat me to it. My comment exactly!

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | January 12, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This is more evidence as to why Danny Boy is the worst owner in the history of sports. Nothing he does suprises me. I dont think Shanahan and Allen can change it.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 12, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder may well be a "good person" -- and I'm loath to get into that debate, since I don't know the man -- but I HATE him as the owner of my beloved Redskins.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the old Ritchie Rich movie, when he got private hitting instruction from Reggie Jackson.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | January 12, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The football edu-ma-cation of Dan Snyder rolls on.

I'm telling y'all, it's only a matter of time before Skins fans can keel over at the image captured by TV cameras as they tightly zoom into the owner's suite at FedEx Field: Snyder wearing a headset.

Posted by: rooster75 | January 12, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

A headset with a microphone attached!!!!

Posted by: rooster75 | January 12, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Babysitting some no nothing knucklehead is a complete waste of a coach's time. Cheers to Bruce Allen for bringing some professionalism to Ashburn.

Posted by: greendayer | January 12, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, egomanicial Dan Snyder humbly submitted himself to the instruction of Jim Zorn.

It wasn't all b/c he was a meddling micromanager.

Posted by: smutsboy | January 12, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

rwsspu -
Could you imagine having to take half your day to explain your job to your boss and still be expected to meet all his goals for you?

sadly, the truth about DC never comes out until folks are removed from position.

SUCCESSFUL football coaches typically live and eat football 24-7 during the season. They believe they can not their team can never be over prepared. So imagine how Zorn had to take at least 4 hours out his day to prepare and have this meeting with Snyder. Snyder was robbing his coach and team of preparation time. The question is for what?

Posted by: oknow1 | January 12, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@rwsspu - You're a freaking IDIOT!!!

Posted by: cf42000 | January 12, 2010 12:19 PM |


@cf42000: you beat me to it. My comment exactly!

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | January 12, 2010 1:20 PM


This is more evidence as to why Danny Boy is the worst owner in the history of sports. Nothing he does suprises me. I dont think Shanahan and Allen can change it.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 12, 2010 1:22 PM

LOL. Is there a wonder why the "worst idiots" are rich while the poor are morons like the above bloggers? I wonder what they would do if their boss were to call them in ans asked to explain why the fries are not crispy?

Posted by: hock1 | January 12, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Dr Hock - do you really feel its the head coaches job to watch film with the owner after each game wasting several hours of his time? Dont you think the head coach has more important things to worry about?

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 12, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I wish we could just waive Daniel Snyder.

What an idiot.

Posted by: | January 12, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Man, you people are refusing to accept good news. Allen and Shanahan have stopped this. Let it go...if you are a real fan and not just a Snyder hater, this news should make you happy for the future instead of wallowing in the mistakes of the past.


Posted by: janpower2 | January 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps someone knows of a good escort service Danny could use to hire someone to watch sports with him? 1-800-rent-a-friend might be getting some business now that Zorn and Cerrato are out of town.

Posted by: minorthread | January 12, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure Allen put an end to it when he arrived. I think in reality, Danny Boy knew he was going to fire Zorn so he stopped meeting with him to go over film because it more than likely got uncomfortable.

@ Dr Hock - apparently you are the only person responding on here that thinks having the head coach watch film with the owner is a good thing. Perhaps you are the moron.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 12, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder in Tony Dungy took a couple of hours to break down film with Jim Irsay or if Bill Bellichik or Mike Tomlin broke down filw with their bosses, including during playoff runs and the week leading up to the Super Bowel?

Posted by: vmrg1974 | January 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

LOL Dan Snyder is a little dictator. He wants to see game film. LOL

Posted by: muktech | January 12, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok, ok, I concede that taking up Zorn's time during the season is dumb (as Steinz also pointed out in his chat). But on the Snyder S*cks scale, these film sessions are way near the bottom (I would put the sign ban and Jeff George at the top). That's why I said it's not such a "bad thing". Maybe I should have said not such a "big deal" instead.

Look, I know Snyder s*cks. He's meddlesome. That is not going to change (it's all Allen and Shanahan and empty-promises and happy times now, but it won't last). I'm just trying to take solace in the fact that if he's going to make football decisions, at least he's trying to learn about some of the details of football that the everyday fan doesn't have access to. Being a Redskins fan has forced me to appreciate the small victories.

Posted by: rwsspu | January 12, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If Zorn chose to do it rather letting someone else babysit the owner, that's his own fault. He should have sent the equipment manager. If I were head coach of a losing team, I'd be too busy to break down film with the owner. "If you don't like it, you're going to have to fire me." I would have said that to Snyder about many things that happened at Redskins Park. What did sucking up to Snyder get him? It got him fired.

Posted by: sonny2 | January 12, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You would have to be a total egomaniac to have your highest paid coach spend an hour + lunch (2 more hours) per week holding your hand and taking your crap. That would have to be approximately 17 x 3 = 51 hours of The Danny over the course of a season. Wow. Amazing ... That's nearly and extra week's worth of prep. Not saying Zorn could have done much with that, mind you. And at his salary, that's approximately $58,000 to have Zorn hold your hand. As though that might be more important than winning ...

Posted by: DCUnited2 | January 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins are owned by the New York Giants. The Giants are owned by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are owned by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are one of the best teams in the NFL. The Redskins are one of the five worst. Dollar for Dollar, the Redskins are the worst team in the history of the NFL. This story explains it perfectly. Dan Snyder is a micro manager. He is abusive and untrustworthy. He interviewed an assistant coach to be head coach. He does not get it and he never will. Dan Snyder is an idiot and a snake. He will never change. It kills me but the Cowboys are one of the best teams and Dan Snyder has ruined out team. Get out Dan. Please sell the team. You are sick.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | January 12, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Who was the secretary that stopped that player from getting to the owner? I love her! Hip Hip Hooray! The Redskins need this to be the example of the change that the players can see! ( Portis) No more favorites!! GET IT? See Ya!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 12, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

"Breaking Down" should be the title of the film highlights for this past season.

Posted by: petesleapingcat | January 12, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Is there a wonder why the "worst idiots" are rich while the poor are morons like the above bloggers? I wonder what they would do if their boss were to call them in ans asked to explain why the fries are not crispy?

Posted by: hock1

Yes, thank you for that insightful comment. Not all of us poor bloggers can have Howard Millstein hand deliver a career and fortune to us like Danny Boy, so we'll all just go back to stiring our McDonalds french fryers. Clearly, being spoonfed 300 million by the owner of USAtoday innoculates Mr. Snyder from all criticisms of his business practices. His unmatched brilliance in running a football team is demonstrated by the consistent standards of excellence the Redksins are known for both on and off the field. I'm sure Bill Bellichick spends several hours per week breaking down film with Robert Kraft as well.

Posted by: jbanks979 | January 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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