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Andre Carter praises Jim Zorn's courage

Defensive end Andre Carter has been in the NFL for nine seasons and is the son of a former NFL player and coach, so he thought he had seen it all. Until this season. Until he witnessed the professionalism coach Jim Zorn exhibited in trying circumstances.

"I've been around the league almost 10 years, and obviously all the stuff I learned from my dad, but this was really tough" for Zorn, Carter said. "I mean, the courage he had to continue [coaching] with everything going on, everything happening around you, it was just really impressive."

Carter thought Zorn might resign when owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's recently ousted former top football official, brought in Sherman Lewis Oct. 6 as an offensive consultant. Snyder and Cerrato stripped Zorn of play-calling duties two weeks later and installed Lewis as play-caller.

"A consultant, man, that's something I hadn't seen before," Carter said. "Some people probably would have quit, but I think he stayed because he knew we have some good guys here. I think he stayed, at least a little bit, because of the respect he had for us. You have to respect how he kept trying to do the best he could no matter what else was going on."

Regardless of Zorn's record (12-20) he earned Carter's praise. "He's a great guy," he said. "I just have a lot of respect for what he did. Now, you have to wait and see if we're going to go in a totally different direction with a completely new slate."

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
 
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Comments

First?

Posted by: jmartin3 | January 4, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Finally! The start of the REAL season for the Skins ... the offseason. cL, if you're out there, "the season starts now" (shots). 4-12, if you're out there, I'm not talking to you anymore.

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Build around DT, MK, MMitch, Davis, Cooley, Dock, Haynes, Rak, Fletch, Rocky, Blades, Wilson, Reed, Horton, Moore. Everyone else is expendable.

Posted by: Rypien11 | January 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and Hunter/Gano.

Posted by: Rypien11 | January 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

And the posts just keep on coming!

Posted by: edvar | January 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

no thanks on a rb with either of the first 2 picks....Is Willis McGahee going to be a free agent, anyone catch his 77 yrd td run yesterday??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Looks like we're the favorite to win this offseason too. Just wish we'd figure out which season is the right one to win.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

no thanks on a rb with either of the first 2 picks....Is Willis McGahee going to be a free agent, anyone catch his 77 yrd td run yesterday??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering about the 2 RB's they got in Buffalo, grab one of those two as part of a platoon maybe?

Posted by: alex35332 | January 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Zorn didn't stick around because he cared about the players. Zorn stayed because he needed the straight cash homey. Resigning meant stepping away from around $3 mil, if you included his guaranteed salary for next season. I suppose enduring a public kick in the crotch for 10 weeks for $3 mil is courageous, but I think there are plenty of incompetent people besides Zorn out there who could pull it off.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

When you get the opportunity to draft a player like Eric Berry, you don't pass it up.

If Berry is available at #4, Allen shouldn't think twice.

Posted by: SavedByZero | January 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

If Zorn quits he walks away from millions. So the business side of it dictates that he does everything he can to stick around. It means he wants to be fired instead of resign, because if he's fired the team still owes him for the contract.

That being said he showed some class in the way he handled it. Unlike Turner who showed none. Spurrier showed he was above it all by actually quitting. He left 15M on the table.

Posted by: skinfanman | January 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

1st to say Sam Bradford..

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 4, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Two significant injuries to his throwing shoulder and you want to draft him 4th overall? Why are you so enamored with him? Give me a break.
Hope Allen gives Blache his walking papers along with Bugel, Gray, and Smith. None of them deserve to stick around.

Slow down with these dang posts!!

Posted by: ga8085 | January 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

from Andre Carter,

"I mean, the courage he (Jim Zorn)had to continue [coaching] with everything going on, everything happening around you, it was just really impressive."


Being a lame duck coach who's going to get $2.5 million dollars is not 'brave'.

Try convincing people who just lost their home or job that it is.

Try convincing a 20 year old kid fighting in Afghanistan for something called Liberty that it is brave to get rich coaching football.

Jim Zorn is just another guy who had a chance to succeed and didn't.

And he's all the richer for it: in experience and in the pocket.

Zorn is a man.

He'll be fine and employed by August.

Bank on it.

He will.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 4, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Anyones else think that Kareem Moore should be our starting FS?

Posted by: GreatOne1 | January 4, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen already explained that free agency is not going to be there for teams this year. Keep your eyes peeled for tons of TRADES ... starting with Clot Brennan to the Browns (or wherever it is that Zorn will become the OC).

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that connects free agent talk with Vinny? Build through the draft over multiple years.

Posted by: Keyskonnection | January 4, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that connects free agent talk with Vinny? Build through the draft over multiple years.

Posted by: Keyskonnection | January 4, 2010 10:30 AM |

You have to use FA's every team does, the Skins just used it the wrong way.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Anyones else think that Kareem Moore should be our starting FS?

Posted by: GreatOne1 | January 4, 2010 10:29 AM

Nope, but I'd be OK with Doughty as a place holder for a while. I still don't get why they didn't switch Landry and Doughty on deep coverage ... maybe b/c Landry whiffed too often when lined up as a strong safety?

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

FA/trade/waivers should be where we either replace or augment CP:

My additions to list:

Chester Taylor
Willis McGahee
Darren Sproles
Reggie Bush

Posted by: chrislarry | January 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

amen moe.... the word "brave" and collecting a 2.4 million dollar check for not working, shouldn't be intertwined....

anything other than OL with the first 2 picks, is abject failure...how will that be different that what we have now?? How is picking a qb/rb going to have holes to run through, if the OL doesn't change??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 4, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So if there's no CBA that means there are no UFAs only RFAs?

Posted by: skinfanman | January 4, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

LenDale White is also in the last year of his contract.

Posted by: dpc2003 | January 4, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

anything other than OL with the first 2 picks, is abject failure...how will that be different that what we have now?? How is picking a qb/rb going to have holes to run through, if the OL doesn't change??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 4, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I tend to fall on this side of the argument. Screw the flashy additions and go get big, strong guys who can dominate in the trenches, and blue collar guys who will buy into our new coaching staff's system. Oh, and also let's get some guys in the secondary who can catch. And tackle. And not get beat on double-moves.

Posted by: mattylight | January 4, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen already explained that free agency is not going to be there for teams this year. Keep your eyes peeled for tons of TRADES ... starting with Clot Brennan to the Browns (or wherever it is that Zorn will become the OC).

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the 2nd rounder we're sure to get for Ledell Betts.

Posted by: Original_etrod | January 4, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Two significant injuries to his throwing shoulder and you want to draft him 4th overall? Why are you so enamored with him? Give me a break.
Hope Allen gives Blache his walking papers along with Bugel, Gray, and Smith. None of them deserve to stick around.

Posted by: ga8085 | January 4, 2010 10:19 AM

Dree Brees

Sweeny - Who is 'Clot'?

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

So if there's no CBA that means there are no UFAs only RFAs?

Posted by: skinfanman | January 4, 2010 10:36 AM |

No it means you have to have been in the league 6 years instead of 4 to become a UFA.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Growing up I watched the Redskins compete for championships in teh post season. The most exciting part as a kid was to watch the playoff games and see how Gibbs would adjust to the opposing team at halftime. Now as I watch the Redskins with my own son instead of the post season excitement, we have the excitement of a coaching merry go round that never seems to end. Redskins fans, this has become our post season tradition. This is how we make news in the post season, this is how other teams know about us in the off season, not for our play, but for our lack of winning and abilty to maitain a coach. I never would have guessed that post season with the Redskins would eventually become so unprofessional. I can only sumise that we will be at this post season experience yet again a few years down the road. Sad

Posted by: scavanaugh | January 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

As we embark on the REAL Skins' season (the offseason), assuming the chatter about Shanahan (who, and I remain on the record about this for a long time, had super success only with Elway ... and only ONE post-season game after Elway finished), and assuming they can spring his son from Houston ... and that that Coffee Flats killing loser to the Jets, Mike Zimmer, the next topic up for discussion is assistant coaches ... and who gets axed.

Stan Hixon (WRs) was Vinny's guy, figure that he is a goner, esp. if Shanahan sees himself as a QB wiz and offensive tactical genius. Blache and Bugel are tired anyway. Not sure who the O-line coach is for the Titans, but that's my choice for O-line coach (that guy or whover they have in Atlanta). Palermo (D line) is new and D line sort of rocked this year (through presumably more based on the guys rather than the scheme, regardless of what Haynesworth said). The LB coach (Olivadotti) used to be offensive QC, and he's been touted as an up and comer, so they probably don't let him go. The TE coach (Wach-something) is new and Davis stepped up post-Cooley, so he seems safe. Steve Jackson (safeties) does not have a lot to show for Landry's development. The secondary really should be built around Landry (don't care what you turds say), but something in the secondary needs to be fixed. I figure Jerry Gray gets the good soldier bonus and will be allowed to leave to be defensive coordinator somewhere.

What position group am I missing? RB coach? Seems like a redundant spot anyway ... give that one to the new HC to fill.

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Cult of Clot?

Posted by: Original_etrod | January 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Christmas came early with Vinny resigning and now it has come late with Zorn being fired. Now if I can just get my happy new year with the announcement of Shanahan as the coach with he and Bruce Allen given full control for 5 years and Dan staying out of the way, life in Redskin land will once again be good. Even better was the pathetic loss to 2nd and 3rd stringers giving us the 4th pick in the draft!

Posted by: zjfr2 | January 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

To all you people that feel SOOO bad for Zorn he is a millionare and he SUCKED as a head coach

Posted by: BenchCampbell | January 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

#41 was making some mistakes out there yesterday, including a complete whiff on a screen play, and it would appear not given #23 deep cover on several long completions.

And I haven't forgotten him letting Meacham strip him of the football.

Posted by: dpc2003 | January 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The entire coaching staff will be gone and rightfully so.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 4, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

already beeped?

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I wish they would just hurry up and announce Shanny as the new head coach.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 4, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

4th, Clot Brennan ... the QB everybody loves so much but they don't yet realize because he hasn't been traded yet.

Posted by: dcsween | January 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

maybe Allen should take a look at giving our scouting/personnel staff their walking papers too

Posted by: coparker5 | January 4, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Millions of people go to work everyday not knowing whether they will be fired or laid off. And, those people aren't making millions of dollars.

Enough with the praise for not quitting already. Who would quit and give up millions anyways!??

Posted by: MadeRED | January 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Millions of people go to work everyday not knowing whether they will be fired or laid off. And, those people aren't making millions of dollars.

Enough with the praise for not quitting already. Who would quit and give up millions anyways!??

Posted by: MadeRED | January 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

O-Line needs to be primary concern. End of story. Outside of that, a shut-down corner is desperately needed and a RB with break-away speed would be nice. All other positions are serviceable with the current roster.

Posted by: dsatinover | January 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


Anyones else think that Kareem Moore should be our starting FS?

Posted by: GreatOne1 | January 4, 2010 10:29 AM

Nope, but I'd be OK with Doughty as a place holder for a while. I still don't get why they didn't switch Landry and Doughty on deep coverage ... maybe b/c Landry whiffed too often when lined up as a strong safety?

Posted by: dcsween
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Kareem Moore should be our starting Strong Safety. The Strong Safety has deep responsibility whereas the Free Safety (Landry's natural position along with Doughty and Horton) plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

We should get Dawan Landry who will be a free agent this year and have both Landry boys in the secondary.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | January 4, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Watch Zorn's next team kick our butt....Snyder is the one who should be fired but humans cannot do that as he owns the team but God can ;)

Posted by: mofares | January 4, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Zorn served the Maroon and Black well.

Posted by: uasport1 | January 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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