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Zorn on Injuries, Special Teams

Coach Jim Zorn finished his presser a little whole ago. Here are some of the highlights. He dissected many of the great things Jason Campbell did in the game - and Jason Reid is going to write about that for tomorrow's paper - so here are the news and notes that don't involve JC:

The Redskins suffered two injuries of note in Sunday's victory over New Orleans, with receivers Malcolm Kelly and James Thrash hobbled by ankle sprains, Zorn said.

Thrash is wearing a boot, and, as a notoriously fast healer, is considered day-to-day. Kelly, a rookie still trying to learn this offense, has been oft-injured since the start of training camp. The Redskins have two receivers on the practice squad who could be activated if need be, and the team could work-out free agents this week should there be concerns about a shortage of wideouts. Rookie Devin Thomas is the only other reserve receiver on the active roster, and he, like Kelly, is not a part of the entire offense to this point.

Overall, Zorn said the young receivers are making strides but "are not up to speed." Rookie tight end Fred Davis, also a second-round pick, is ahead of Thomas and Kelly at this point, given the time Kelly and Thomas have missed due to injury. Thomas did get open deep a few times Sunday, Zorn said. "The deeper routes he's running very well," Zorn said. "It's the short, controlled routes, where we need to help him improve."

Davis, Kelly and Thomas each have one catch this season.

...

Zorn hopes to get better performances from rookie punter Durant Brooks, and is mulling other changes on special teams as well. Brooks muffed a snap on a field-goal attempt and delivered a poor, low punt that was returned for a touchdown by Reggie Brooks, while punt returned Antwaan Randle El had another substandard outing in that regard, fumbling one punt and averaging just 4.2 yards per return this season.

Brooks was chosen as the punter over incumbent veteran Derrick Frost, and must try to overcome his early foibles.

"I want him to improve and I know he wants to improve," Zorn said. "I know [special teams coach] Danny [Smith] wants him to improve, and we're expecting him to improve."

Zorn said he and the coaches will discuss moving receiver Santana Moss, Thrash, or others into the rotation as a punt returners (the shortage at wide receiver might preclude the team from using another valuable wideout in this capacity. Zorn gave his support to Randle El - "He's not a schmuck when it comes to punt returns," Zorn said. "I'm not down on him at all. We just need to get more production there."

Thomas was a kickoff returner in college and Zorn says the Redskins do not see him as a punt returner at this point.

...

The Redskins bundled up Saints running back Reggie Bush, limiting his impact as a runner and pass catcher. He broke no big plays on offense, and had just 91 yards of total offense, with Zorn giving much credit to his defense.

"Making Reggie Bush go sideways was one of the key issues for us in the game," Zorn said. "And we did."

Washington also had a sustained pass rush due in large part to a strong outing from end Jason Taylor. Taylor registered his first sack as a Redskin and pestered quarterback Drew Brees for much of the day.

...

Zorn said he received texts from several friends in the football world following his first NFL victory, and a call from Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh as well. Harbaugh, like Zorn, is a rookie head coach, and both have ties through the West Coast coaching tree.

"He said, 'I know how you feel today,'" Zorn said of Harbaugh.

Zorn said he allowed himself to celebrate the win for "a few hours" before turning attention to Arizona and next week's game.

...

Rookie Chris Horton, a seventh-round pick, had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in his first NFL start, making pivotal plays to swing the game for the Redskins.
Horton was a last-minute substitute for Reed Doughty, who was out with the stomach flu, and despite his performance Zorn said the team is unlikely to make the switch permanent.

Doughty is expected to start Sunday, Zorn said.

"I don't know if [Horton] is ready yet to step in there every week and say he's a starter," Zorn said. "Reed Doughty is a guy that can get people lined up. There will be much more complicates situations that [Horton] would have to perform in to say that he is going to be the starter. But he certainly helped us have confidence in putting him in situations."

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 15, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
 
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schmuck nutz

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm pissed about so called fans like chia pet and I'm pretty sure the people on the blog agree.

People like him need to go root for the Ravens and don't deserve to be on this blog being all negative all the time.

Also I think he has a racist problem with JC and would rather see the Redskins lose just so JC looks bad. Thats not how a true fan rolls.

Screw Chia Pet and people like him and if you are reading this go root for the Ravens.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

All the entries have been fair and without bias. I am a bit worried that the end is near though!!! Thank you none the less

Posted by: Hell has frozen over | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

James Thrash injury:
Cerrato pulled a Jeff Gilooly. Obvious ploy to get "his" draft picks on the field.

Randle El:
4.2 average? That's better than I thought.

Chris Horton not the starter:
BOOOOOOOOO!!!! HISSSSSSSS!!!! Isn't it the MLB's job to get guys lined up?

Posted by: p1funk | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Zorn gave his support to Randle El - "He's not a schmuck when it comes to punt returns," Zorn said. "I'm not down on him at all. We just need to get more production there."


I did not realize Zorn had a bit of Jewish in him.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

That guy knows nothing about football plus he thinks he's all funny when he's just annoying.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to whoever was first, you're sweet.

Horton is a ball-hawk. He needs SNAPS. Put him in on passing downs, let Reed be the Strong Safety in the box run-stuffer.

Posted by: Ben | September 15, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

damn Malcom Kelly, can't you stay healthy for like 2 days?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

It proves my point that he doesn't post now that the Redskins won a game. This says everything and that guy doesn't deserve to be blogging as if he actaully cares about this team.

You there, moron?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I thought it was the coaches job to make sure that the players knew how to line up. Give the man a hat and clipboard and get Horton on the field

Posted by: Skinz | September 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

CHIA PET IS A MORON.

F THAT GUY.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Tough game coming up. Gotta change the punt returner. I'm thinking Rock.

Still recall John Taylor, terrific WR for SF in their glory days. Broke his leg on a punt return and was never the same.

Taylor was the guy who caught the game winning pass in the last minute from Montana in the Super Bowl vs Cincy. Still, if you never heard of him, its because their other WR was better.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Having Horton as a back-up is huge!

Posted by: Nickels | September 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

...how do you keep Horton [DPOW] out of the starting lineup??? maybe Reed takes ill???...

Posted by: bobeaston | September 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"SportsGuru....."
Oh "SportsGuru" where are you????
Come get your whuppin' jive turkey schmuck!

Posted by: Where SportsGuru at??? | September 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So Malcolm Kelly has had a pulled hamstring, knee surgery, and a sprained ankle all between the time training camp started and the end of week 2? And I can't remember, but I also think I read somewhere that he's torn an ACL in high school, as well as had serious knee problems at Oklahoma. This guy seems to be made out of glass. Not good.

Posted by: psps23 | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM

Posted by: psps23 | September 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

chia pet is worse than a fuzzy clay figurine. He knows nothing about football, yet runs his mouth over again and again. He is a racist and deserves to be nothing more than a Ravens fan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Talk about depth. The Redskins have backups that are better than their starters. Not many other teams can claim that.

Posted by: psps23 | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

10 days ago ... Zeke said ... 'Game 2 will tell us a lot more about this team than Game 1 did'.

Once again, Zeke is in danger of pulling a hammy while patting himself on the back.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

After yesterday's game, let me first say the team looked a heck-of-a-lot better than I ever thought they would. Hopefully they can keep it up, but maybe my prediction of 1-15 is now out of reach. maybe 8-8.

For all the Jasno haters (of which i am NOT one) after the interview by the midget yesterday, it seems his beef is with the current editor of the WaPo, not Jason. They aren't treating him with the correct amount of worship or whatever, so he's not happy. THe organization has therefore declared war on the Washington Post. If you want a more happy slant, go to the Times. I will stay here, and get a balanced view.

Posted by: Danny's Boyz | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Anybody hear an injury update on Marcus Washington?

Posted by: Chris | September 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Last week everyone wanted sports guru, chia pet to go away. Now they're gone, everyone wants them back. Weird.

Posted by: talent evaluator | September 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we are all lucky and he got run over by the bandwagon on his way to the store to pick up tissues for all his whining.

EAT CROW YOU MORON! If I saw you lying in the street I'd spit in your face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Use Cooley as third WR in 3 WR sets. Keep Yoder in as blocking TE. Get solid blocking on line and have 3 best pass catchers running routes.

Posted by: p1funk | September 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah buddy.

I say we all go crazy on chia pet and call that moron out for the idiot he is and not the funny guy he thinks he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If you want a more happy slant, go to the Times. I will stay here, and get a balanced view.

Posted by: Danny's Boyz | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM

Things are fair and balanced over here...like on Fox.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I saw Thrash and Kelly walk out of the building...Thrash had a bandage above his ankle with ice on it and Kelly didn't. Kind of weird to hear that Kelly is hurt.

Posted by: Dave | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Man I love Mondays after a win!!!!!!

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Racist Chia Pet is hiding in a corner and he's boo hooing bacause the Redskins won.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

In reality, cL is no better than chia pet

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

That's right chris larry! I love it too. To hell with all the haters and complainers!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

where all dem curvy hoes at?

Posted by: cc | September 15, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Kind of weird to hear that Kelly is hurt.

Posted by: Dave | September 15, 2008 2:45 PM

Even more weird when he is healthy

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Nah, chris larry is a true fan and agrees about racist wanna be actually Ravens fan chia pet.

MORON!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

cL's pig kinda reminds me of chia pet

if chia pet were a little bigger, I could see cL trying to ride him

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins suffered two injuries of note in Sunday's victory over New Orleans, with receivers Malcolm Kelly and James Thrash hobbled by ankle sprains, Zorn said"

Dammmmnnnn....Kelly played like, what 3 plays!!!

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Malcolm Kelly is such a little P*ssy!

Posted by: Prison Balls | September 15, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I feel for Norv.... Seems like that cat is ALWAYS getting shafted by the officials.

I watched that game, and I could not BELIEVE Ed Hoculi basically said, "Yeah, it was a fumble, but we blew the whistle, so you don't get the ball."

Unreal.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Jeesh just enjoy the win people....

Some dudes I thought stepped it up:

1. Lbs: I have been down on this unit, but Blades is all game, and Rocky Mac took a huge step forward in being back.

2. Kendell/Samuels, so maybe we always run left, but so what if they dont stop it.

3. Sellers obviouslY, MEAST

4. Our D tackle rotation (now including Evans a bit) I thought had a great game.

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

sorry cL...you are right, after a Redskin win we should all get along

I sincerely apologize

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

dont drag me into this dreck...I am lover not a hater, with a call'em like I see him attitude..

Also I have been slammed as a JC apologist....you may hate on me...but wasnt a JC basher....

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Zorn said that Kelly wasn't hurt bad enough not to play, he kept going back out, they had to "stop" from going back out on the field. It's a mild sprain, no worries.

Posted by: BluCollar Redskin | September 15, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

CL,
People just don't like you because of your close relationship with Bonita.... where is Bonita anyway?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

-----------------------------ATTENTION--------------------------
--------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE------------------


Pardon the Interruption.

Misters. Guru and Pet have previously-scheduled engagements and are unable to post at this time (they are essential in fighting the war on terror engaged by the enemies of evil and the Legion of Doom).

The will return to post (schedule permitting) once Washington loses again or more dissension is made public.

Thank you for your understanding. Please return to your regular blogging.

Posted by: SportsGuru and Chia Pet's Scheduling Secretary | September 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, first of all the win was huge and hopefully will turn out to be a career changing game for Campbell that he can build confidence upon and use to become a great quarterback. Aside from a few innaccurate passes and a 2-3 plays of holding on to the ball too long, Campbell looked very solid and made plays late to win the game. I applaude him. Especially when one considers all the boos and s*it who was getting during the game. Second, I think Reed Doughty is absolute garbage. I have no idea how the coaches can have faith in him. He was routinely beaten in coverage in the pre season and missed so many tackles. Add to the face that Horton played so nice yesterday, and he is already very comfortable with the system (since the D-scheme at UCLA was so similar) and I cannot help but be incredibly frustrated that Horton will not be getting the starting spot ahead of Doughty. I certainly hope Doughty plays well, but I do not believe he is capable. Sadly it will probably take some blown plays on his part for Horton to get the job. Let's hope Doughty gets another stomach virus every sunday/monday. Portis is the man!!!!

Posted by: BT | September 15, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Horton will probably see more action, though.

Posted by: stumped | September 15, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I presume they aren't yanking ARE from punt returns until they see what others can do but hopefully Zorn's comments are an indication that at least they are trying someone out.
I would love to hear ARE's explanation for what his thought process is on punts. Presumably the special teams coaches aren't telling him to run sideways or backwards he just does.

Posted by: sfskin | September 15, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Nah, chris larry is a true fan and agrees about racist wanna be actually Ravens fan chia pet.

MORON!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:48 PM

Wow can't you just let it go. Did these guys beat you up and pee on you or something?

Focus on the win and the joy of a win.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rookie Chris Horton, a seventh-round pick, had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in his first NFL start, making pivotal plays to swing the game for the Redskins.
Horton was a last-minute substitute for Reed Doughty, who was out with the stomach flu, and despite his performance Zorn said the team is unlikely to make the switch permanent.

Doughty is expected to start Sunday, Zorn said.

"I don't know if [Horton] is ready yet to step in there every week and say he's a starter," Zorn said. "Reed Doughty is a guy that can get people lined up. There will be much more complicates situations that [Horton] would have to perform in to say that he is going to be the starter. But he certainly helped us have confidence in putting him in situations."
__________________________________________

WTF??? Time for Greg Blache to go fall in love with a Stripper. This rookie in one game has shown he has twice the physical tools of Reed Doughty who is a liability in coverage and doesn't tackle all that well.....Jesus H. Man!!!!

Posted by: Keino | September 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"Brooks muffed a snap on a field-goal attempt and delivered a poor, low punt that was returned for a touchdown by Reggie Brooks"

Durant's brother?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It looks to me that the kool-aid has been replaced with Red Bull on this blog. Some of the anonymous ones might benefit from switching to decaf...


Posted by: will_ga | September 15, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

That's why it is appropriately called the Chesapeake Coast Offense. Its Zornball.
............

Posted by: dcsween | September 15, 2008 12:48 PM

How about Chesepeake BAy Offense.

If you want to use coast, then I think it would be called the Atlantic Coast Offense.....

Posted by: 4th | September 15, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but who do we have return punts? Rock doesn't have the juice and we can not afford to loss Tana Man to injury trying to do someone else's J O B. So who?

Posted by: Hail2theChief | September 15, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Except its more like the Potomac/Anacostia offense, seeing as its a long walk to Cheasapeake Bay

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

wow, two anons going at it.
After a win, no less.

jeez.

(can one of you put an asterisk by your anoniname, so I can be sure you're not arguing with yourself. Although I don't suppose that would change anything.)

Posted by: stumped | September 15, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

All the entries have been fair and without bias. I am a bit worried that the end is near though!!! Thank you none the less

Posted by: Hell has frozen over | September 15, 2008 2:33 PM

That's because he really admires Zorn, unlike Gibbs.

Did Zorn shout out JLa again in today's presser?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Im not opposed to ARE trying to break one, but for chrimineys sake, in the time it takes for him to scan the field and decide which sideline will be his friend first, he could have taken 2 steps forward already. You never see Hester hesitate, because the seam isn't there until you make someone miss.

Posted by: Mattsoundworld | September 15, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I thought it was the 'Chesapeake Bay' offense because of its clear ties to Chesapeake Bay Seafood House.

Posted by: cload & daggar | September 15, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Except its more like the Potomac/Anacostia offense, seeing as its a long walk to Cheasapeake Bay

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 3:19 PM

To make it even a shorter walk it could be called the Anacostia tributary offense by way of unknown river near Redskins Park.........

Posted by: 4th | September 15, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Coming up this weekend ...

"Warner has been sensational in his first two starts and looks at times like the Kurt Warner of the turn of the century. He has an over 70 percent completion percentage, missing only five throws yesterday, and has four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has an amazing 126.6 quarterback rating after two weeks and has made the NFL aware the Cards are going to be a force to be dealt with all season.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

10 days ago ... Zeke said ... 'Game 2 will tell us a lot more about this team than Game 1 did'.

Once again, Zeke is in danger of pulling a hammy while patting himself on the back.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM

Even a stopped watch is right twice a day.

Posted by: John Cameron Swayze | September 15, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You know the strategy next week will be to blitz, blitz, blitz (and audible to a blitz) Warner. The game will hinge on whether he stays upright or the corners can hold up...

Posted by: Not Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

10 days ago ... Zeke said ... 'Game 2 will tell us a lot more about this team than Game 1 did'.

Once again, Zeke is in danger of pulling a hammy while patting himself on the back.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM

Not to mention the fact that we don't know which is a better indicator of the "true" team yet. That will take a few more weeks to determine.

Posted by: Just sayzin is all... | September 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

You know the strategy next week will be to blitz, blitz, blitz (and audible to a blitz) Warner. The game will hinge on whether he stays upright or the corners can hold up...

Posted by: Not Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:40 PM

Corners hold up? OUR corners hold up? Yeah, this game will hinge on whether he stays upright...

Posted by: p1funk | September 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

++++10 days ago ... Zeke said ... 'Game 2 will tell us a lot more about this team than Game 1 did'.

Once again, Zeke is in danger of pulling a hammy while patting himself on the back.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 2:41 PM+++


Great PREDICTION!!!

You going out on a limb and declaring that the THIRD game will tell more about this team than the first and second?

Posted by: Corkczar, (Back to) Crotchety Blog Peep | September 15, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Coming up this weekend ...

"Warner has been sensational in his first two starts and looks at times like the Kurt Warner of the turn of the century. He has an over 70 percent completion percentage, missing only five throws yesterday, and has four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has an amazing 126.6 quarterback rating after two weeks and has made the NFL aware the Cards are going to be a force to be dealt with all season.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 3:32 PM

He has also played 2 of the worst teams in the nfl.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice "singlesnet" add up top.......wow

Posted by: dlhaze | September 15, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Warner is who we thought he is. Hit him a couple times and he'll be more nervous than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Posted by: Denny Green | September 15, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This shti keeps getting funnier and funnier. From Deadspin:


I'm not big on saving too many text messages, but the one I received at 9:02 p.m. last evening while sitting in a Chili's in Hermosa Beach will probably be archived for eternity: "Hey, it's Tanner Cooley. I need to talk to you about my brother's cock picture on the site. Call me."


http://deadspin.com/5049977/chris-cooleys-accidental-nude-blogging-causes-stress-for-cooley-family-inc

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

thats a good one by deadspin

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

He has also played 2 of the worst teams in the nfl.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:45 PM

Don't sleep on the Cards. They had us on the ropes last year, losing only because of missed Rackers FG to end the game. Not really confidence inspiring. And by all accounts, their offense is clicking much better than last year. This is not a gimme.

Posted by: psps23 | September 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

+++Second, I think Reed Doughty is absolute garbage. I have no idea how the coaches can have faith in him. He was routinely beaten in coverage in the pre season and missed so many tackles. Add to the face that Horton played so nice yesterday, and he is already very comfortable with the system (since the D-scheme at UCLA was so similar) and I cannot help but be incredibly frustrated that Horton will not be getting the starting spot ahead of Doughty.--BT+++

As inclined as I am to go with your views over fotball mins like Zorn and Blache, perhaps you've overlooked a few things regarding Doughty and Horton.

First, in the preseason? Doughty's safety mate WASN'T LaRon Landry. It was rookies and guys who've been cut. That makes a huge difference, as you saw yesterday.

Second, The coaches said "Doughty gets guys lined up." That's coach-speak for he knows the defenses. Believe it or not, that's actually kind of important at the NFL level.

Third. Congrats to Horton on his turnovers. All three came from the skill sets of others: Mac stripped the fumble, and Smoot and Evans deflected thee passs that happened to land in Horton's hands. (Credit where it's due. MOST Redskin DBs would have dropped them.)

I LIKE Horton a lot. He's valuable on teams and has a chance at becoming a star. But throwing him in over his head before he's ready can wreck his confidence faster that anything. Fortunately Zorn is more concerned in what's best for the team and its players than idiot fans who call Redskins "absolute garbage" and whine because they are "incredibly frustrated."


Posted by: Corkczar, (Back to) Crotchety Blog Peep | September 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone been paying attention to our blitz schemes? Blache has been running a more basic def. than GG did but I'm not sure how we compare on percentage of passing downs where we blitz versus last year.

Posted by: will_ga | September 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Great PREDICTION!!!

You going out on a limb and declaring that the THIRD game will tell more about this team than the first and second?

Posted by: Corkczar, (Back to) Crotchety Blog Peep | September 15, 2008 3:42 PM

Thanks Cork. It was a great call by me.

As for game 3, of course we learn. But game 1 was so bad that we needed to know if Zorn was really in way over his head. Answer is 'No'.

Unlike week 1, this week they looked professional, motivated and capable of winning. I felt this way when they were down 9 in the 4th quarter, even before the comeback.

What did we learn? Zorn has a clue on how to make adjustments. Moss is still a playmaker and Campbell can play at this level. The defense is still a tough group and the o-line can get the job done. These were all things that people doubted after week 1.

Yeah, we'll keep learning. But week 2 is a lot more representative of what I expect from this team than week 1.

Posted by: AL, Zeke, etc | September 15, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

agreed that Zona is not even close to a gimme. The DL better push the pocket, and Blache better roll up some exotic blitz packages to keep them under wraps.

Posted by: Greg | September 15, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Horton looks like a great prospect, but let's not go crazy. It's not like he caused a fumble and made two picks due to his superior coverage; one ball rolled to him and two were tipped to him. He showed good presence of mind and good hands.

Posted by: AdamT | September 15, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

any1 else notice, campbell is almost perfect when throwing the ball straight ahead. but he cant complete a pass to the outs, corners or sideline. even his bomb was straight ahead. hes almost unstoppable on the 8-15 yard straight bullet. but try to hit a corner or side route, forgettaboutit. strange.

Posted by: dk | September 15, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Brooks is absolute Garbage and he runs like a girl. We shouldn't have let frosty go.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Reggie Brooks"? Awful.

Posted by: Smith | September 15, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Corkczar,

Excellent response to the guy who is so down on Doughty. I wrote this yesterday as well. Horton had a dream day. He was not in position to cover anyone, yet he probably gets the game ball. The fumble was caused by someone else and lay on the ground for more than 5 seconds and was almost recovered by a player that came from the entire other side of the field, and the two interceptions were deflected by others making a play and fell in his hands. Don't get me wrong, the kid is a hitter and enthusiastic, he is just lost in the scheme and where he needs to be. Shame on the Saints for not picking on his side like we did to their backup CB.

Didn't Brooks look horrible? He is much better than that. Not sure how much better, but I am almost better than that so he must be. Unlike most, I do not understand why the 3rd string QB is not the holder. You don't want to risk injury with your first two, but the 3rd guy should still have great hands, and if the snap is totally flubbed he has a chance to run or pass for the conversion. Seems to me that kind of scramble is right up Colt;s alley.

As for punt returns, sorry ARE you are not the man anymore. The man is ..... Justin Tryon. he is getting a big league salary, lets let him start earning it. It is for sure he won't be earning it on defense any time soon.

Malcom Kelley hurt again after one play? You have to be kidding. Won't it be a shame if the only one of our 2nd round picks that contributes is the last guy signed and was also the guy who overslept on his first day of work?

Posted by: DB | September 15, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

AL,Zeke

You really think the offensive line got it done? Portis had to run through his own line before he even got to the defensive lineman on almost every play. He had 3 nice runs that he made totally on his own, and 3 more that there was actually a hole, and two of those were made by Sellers. The line is not good, at least no so far. Heyer is going to be good, and he is a superior pass blocker to Jansen, but his run blocking need work. You notice all the decent runs were on the other side of the field. he was the first person to congratulate Portis on both his TD runs. I mean why not he wasn't doing anything else at the time.

Posted by: DB | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

One game does not a legend make.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 15, 2008 3:12 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Did JaLac say that Reggie Brooks returned a punt for a touchdown yesterday? Wow, we need to resign him. Our draft class of 1992 was better than I remembered. Vinny, take notes. Reggie Brooks can return punts! Move over Randle El!

Posted by: teechur | September 15, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

See... everyone said they should've found a way to keep McMullin.

Could our front office be any dumber?

Posted by: Redskinrex | September 15, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

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