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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Le'Ron McClain echoes Joe Flacco's support of Jim Zorn

By Cindy Boren

When it comes to talking about the dismissal of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn last week, Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain has Joe Flacco's back.

McClain applauded Flacco's defense of Zorn in an interview on FOX 1370 in Baltimore (via Pro Football Talk).

"I'm glad he said something," McClain said. "That was big on Joe. You see how much he has matured from his rookie year to now, him just making a statement on that. He had his coach's back. I felt the same way that he felt. The guy that had his back and stepped [his] game up a little bit this year, a lot this year, and the way [he] threw the ball and go through all that, and get rid of [his] coach. [He] just had to say something. . . . I can see where Joe's coming from."

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 10:09 AM ET
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A nice article, Ms Boren. However, you used "him" incorrectly, i.e. "him just making a statement on that. He had his coach's back," a consistent problem in the Post sports section with many writers. "Him" is the object of a verb or a preposition. In any case, it's an awkward construction that I find annoying. Nonetheless, thank you for what you do.

Posted by: lbslagle | February 2, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Boren knows how to use "him" properly--she was simply quoting Mr. McClain. If sports reporters inserted a [sic] with every misuse of the English language by athletes, we'd be tired of it.

Posted by: jkuchen | February 2, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Boren, nice use of quotes to make your point that Le'Ron McClain supports Joe Flacco's support of Jim Zorn. Mentioning Mr. McClain's precise wording in quotes helps me understand how some professional football players use language. The use/mention distinction is not forgotten!

Posted by: oldskew | February 2, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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