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Avoiding an NFC East sweep matters, Zorn says

While some Redskins players have said the threat of a winless NFC East season won't offer additional motivation Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Jim Zorn disagreed. Since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, creating six divisions, Washington has only had one season without a division victory. That came in 1994, and while the divisional schedule has since shrunk from eight games to six, Zorn said avoiding a winless NFC East season "absolutely matters."

Every game matters, and it just doubles and triples with being an NFC East game," he said. "A home game, then it goes beyond that, and it's our rival. Every game has meaning. They're all important. This one, the eyebrows raise up."

Several veterans have also talked about avoiding an 0-6 NFC East record, with defensive end Renaldo Wynn saying the team's divisional mark is "embarrassing."

"We feel embarrassed that we haven't got a win in our own division," he said. "I mean, c'mon, that's what it's all about, your own division. More than any other team you play, those are the most important games. Those are like double wins when you win, and a double loss when you lose. So for us not to have one win in that division is pretty embarrassing "

Sunday's game could also be the final home game for Zorn and several longstanding members of the team, but the coach said that wouldn't be a factor.

"I'm not gonna think like that," he said on Friday. "I'm gonna think that this is the next game, I'm gonna think that the season's not over until it is. We're gonna work hard regardless of the issues, regardless of things that come up."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
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Posted by: mmck | December 25, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Having Renaldo Wynn on the roster is embarrassing.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | December 25, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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