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Shawn Springs Reacts To The Hiring Of Jim Zorn

Corner Shawn Springs was a former draft pick and star for the Seahawks and knew new Redskins head coach Jim Zorn a tad from his time in Seattle. Springs was enthusiastic about the possibilities but expects significant change in the offense.

"The offensive guys better be ready, I'm telling you it's going to be different from what they're used to. The way they ran practice and the whole philosophy of thinking is entirely differently. This system is all about speed, the quickness, the timing getting in and out of practice, from what I remember."

Springs said Zorn's roots under Mike Holmgren should serve him well:

"I like the fact that Coach Holmgren and his staff were extremely confident and extremely well-organized. I learned so much from them in practice. We had a learning period in practice. I learned so much from being those offensive coaches and Jim's been around enough good people that he'll bring in some good guys with experience, and I personally think he can do some things. I know he worked his quarterbacks hard, but we'll have to see what kind of coach he is."

Springs compared the efficiency and organization of Seattle's offense to the way Gregg Williams ran practices here when he was assistant head coach - defense. Privately, many players complained about the lack of special situations and late-game situations in practice sessions under Joe Gibbs.

"How Gregg was organized that how they were organized on the offensive side of the ball in Seattle. They're going to be aggressive on offense; they're not going to clam up. They're going to continue to push to score."

Springs said he had just begun to talk to teammates but thought the overall reaction would be one of relief and hope.

"Guys will be excited that we've got a coach, for one, and you can't argue the fact that he's coming from a system where they're coming from winning. Not all the prestige that Coach Gibbs had, but being around Coach Holmgren, that's pretty impressive."

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 9, 2008; 8:12 PM ET
 
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true f bailey, lets not be like philly who boo's santa and gets on their team at the slightest mistake. How has that worked out for them? 0 rings.

Sorry Adam

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 08:13 PM

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

almost!

Posted by: craig2 | February 9, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

hot d@mn i was ....

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like just the kind of guy we need on offense.

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Zorn Porn's better than a Collasal Fassel!

Let's see where this goes.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 9, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I remember when Joe Gibbs was hired the first time. We all said, Joe who? I think this has a chance to really work out. Zorn is hardnosed, detailed, and hungry, just like Joe was the first time around. I did not want Fassel or Mariucci, and was willing to go with Meeks or Spagnuolo, but this actually has me feeling optimistic.

Posted by: Allan2 | February 9, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

'We all said, Joe who?'

...and they all answered "JOE MAMA!"

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Springs said Zorn runs offense like Williams ran defense, and he's saying it as a complelement.

Seems like it would have been ideal to have Williams AND Zorn, doesn't it?

Posted by: Alan4 | February 9, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

true f bailey, lets not be like philly who boo's santa and gets on their team at the slightest mistake. How has that worked out for them? 0 rings.

Sorry Adam

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 08:13 PM

No offense taken and I agree that at this point you've got to hope for the best. However, do you feel very good about this "process"?

Adam

Posted by: eaglesfanadam | February 9, 2008 08:18 PM

Posted by: eaglesfanadam | February 9, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

This is good folks, this is GOOD!

Posted by: craig2 | February 9, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it will work. I remember how the good the 'Hawks were way back when and how they really are the class of what would be a bad D1 non BCS league.

At least the Caps are skating better...

Posted by: ssh1549 | February 9, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Charlie C just said on XXX that he was told 10 days ago that Fassel wasn't going to be the HC. And that fan reaction did play a role in it. He also like Zorn and said outside of Cowher everything else is a gamble.

Posted by: jm220 | February 9, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anybody heard of Andy Reid? He was "just" A QBs coach. He hasn't done such a bad job in Philly, Cowher was "just" specail teams coach

Posted by: craig2 | February 9, 2008 08:14 PM

What you say is true, so Zorn could work out, but Reid and Cowher were hired to be head coaches from the get go. They weren't hired to be offensive coordinators and then elevated to HC seemingly because the FO suddenly realized they couldn't fill a HC vacancy.

Blind squirrels occasionally find nuts, but it doesn't happen all that often. Even if Zorn is a good HC, will Danny and Vinny make enough intelligent decisions to give him a fighting chance in the NFC East?

Adam

Posted by: eaglesfanadam | February 9, 2008 08:23 PM

Posted by: eaglesfanadam | February 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The Skins have been Re Zorn!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins started 0-5 in Gibbs' first season as Head Coach (Gibbs 1.0). Let's not get overly optimistic about Zorn. The offense has to learn a new scheme with new terminology, so there are going to be some growing pains. If the existing players can adapt and new pieces can be added over time, the offense may become a serious force. But it won't happen overnight.

Posted by: tafka | February 9, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

'they really are the class of what would be a bad D1 non BCS league.'
Posted by: ssh1549 | February 9, 2008 08:25 PM

...who just so happend to kick the SJK out of us in the playoffs.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I let Mrs Tyler know im feeling Zorny

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Privately, many players complained about the lack of special situations and late-game situations in practice sessions under Joe Gibbs.

Publicly the fans want you to stop pretending to be a coach Jla! That means we don't want you telling us how real coaches should run the practice.

Posted by: mul | February 9, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The 'Skins are Zorny.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Year 1: 6-10 - The Zorn Identity
Year 2: 12-4 - The Zorn Supremecy 12-4
Year 3: "Win a title or else" - The Zorn Ultimatum

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Charlie C also said the Hawks denied the Skins permission to interview their other coaches.

Posted by: jm220 | February 9, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anybody heard of Andy Reid? He was "just" A QBs coach. He hasn't done such a bad job in Philly, Cowher was "just" specail teams coach

Posted by: craig2 | February 9, 2008 08:14 PM

What you say is true, so Zorn could work out, but Reid and Cowher were hired to be head coaches from the get go. They weren't hired to be offensive coordinators and then elevated to HC seemingly because the FO suddenly realized they couldn't fill a HC vacancy.

Blind squirrels occasionally find nuts, but it doesn't happen all that often. Even if Zorn is a good HC, will Danny and Vinny make enough intelligent decisions to give him a fighting chance in the NFC East?

Adam

Posted by: eaglesfanadam | February 9, 2008 08:23 PM

 

True, but I think this has a better chance of being very good than just about any of the other possibilites had of being just good, or even "not bad". And as I posted on the other thread, Cooley alteady has talked about how much he likes Zorn already, and we STILL don't really know what offense Zorn is going to run, it could be a mix of many things, look at what Payton did in New Orleans, ya never know what we are going to end up with here.

 

I for one, am pretty fired up!

 

The process was pretty screwed up, but maybe the outcome will make us ALL forget about the process. 

Posted by: craig2 | February 9, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So. Who will we hire for O Coordinator? Brian Billick? Jim Fassel?

Man, this is a surprise. Hope it works.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 9, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Every Rose Has It's Zorn.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

TE, we dont hire anyone. Etrod, good call.

Shall we inact a blaw stating it is the Zorn Trilogy?

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Children of the Zorn

Posted by: SMACK1 | February 9, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Do we play at New Orleans this year?

Zorn on the Bayou?

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I hate Shawn Springs - he always finds a way in his comments to portray Gibbs negatively.

Posted by: billy6 | February 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm as Zorny as Kansas in August...

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Zorn is going to be great for us!

Posted by: Veretax | February 9, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we could play in the innaugural Independence day pre-season opener...Zorn on the 4th of July.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

"My Life as a Quarterback" by Jim Zoren, as told to Cindy Boren.

Posted by: tafka | February 9, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Zorn to be Wild

Posted by: tafka | February 9, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

What a leap into the unknown by Dan Snyder. His previous head coaches were Schottenheimer, Spurrier, Gibbs. All men with extensive experience has head coaches. Now, he chooses a man who's never been a coordinator, much less a head coach.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Sony said he likes it and said who did they have to choose from.

Posted by: jm220 | February 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

A star is Zorn!!!!!

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

During the holidays..a special treat my mother would make is Zornish Game Hens

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, let me just say this - I love this pick for Head Coach. If we're going to blow up this sucker, let's do it right. We didn't need a retread.

F SNYDER!

F VINNY!

F FASSEL!


GO ZORN!

Posted by: tafka | February 9, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I love Zorn on the Cobb with butter

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This is the biggest thing for Washington since General Zornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in 1781.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I know...that was zorny.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, you guys won't believe it, i just had the worst dream. I was watching TV and they announced that the skins would be HC'd by a guy that had been a QB coach for 8 years without even being considered for an Offensive Coord. position far less Head Coach...wait...what?

Posted by: Skinz | February 9, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Im using my mothers recipe for fried chicken..It call for frying the chicking in Zornola oil

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it when for a brief moment, Time Warner cable unscrables the NFL network and you get free Zorn?

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

They made it official on Redskins .com

Posted by: alex35332 | February 9, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

me so zorny

Posted by: puttinforbird | February 9, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

As a child I loved Zorn nuts

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Some times I can't help but get Zorny.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 9, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

When angry my enemies feel my wrath and zorn.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 9, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Reali and the fellas will be talking about this on Around the Zorn on Monday

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it when for a brief moment, Time Warner cable unscrables the NFL network and you get free Zorn?

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 08:52 PM


Classic...good one E

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Hell hath no fury like a woman Zorned.

Posted by: SMACK1 | February 9, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Coming around to the idea of Zorn...

I also love how half of the press release was filled with quotes from Gibbs. Gee, do you think that was done intentionally? Snyder is a royal SJK, but he's obviously not stupid. Load up the press release with endorsements from Gibbs just in case...

Posted by: johnw | February 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

better than fossil or mooch but still just keeping the seat zorn for cowher. dont say i didnt Zorn you

Posted by: matthewwmccarthy | February 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD Zorning Vietman!

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

All these whittrue f bailey, lets not be like philly who boo's santa and gets on their team at the slightest mistake. How has that worked out for them? 0 rings.

Sorry Adam

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 08:13 PM
icisms are Zorn out

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Privately, many players complained about the lack of special situations and late-game situations in practice sessions under Joe Gibbs.

Publicly the fans want you to stop pretending to be a coach Jla! That means we don't want you telling us how real coaches should run the practice.

Posted by: mul | February 9, 2008 08:28 PM

Yeah, just because the players are saying it and we lost games because of it, doesn't mean you have to report it!

Posted by: mack1 | February 9, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Hillary or Obama will be the next to be Zorn in as president

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

..............Lets try this again......


All these whiticism are Zorn out

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

You now have to be 18 years or older to attend the games, because this is now "Hardcore Zorn"

Posted by: isnadd | February 9, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope these Zorn jokes never get Zorn out

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I hope I can get to RI from work still. We have a Zornography filter in place.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Jim will bring a real Zornucopia of offensive plays

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Matt Damon will join the squad and the team will have a Zorn Identity.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see the televised NFC practice today?

Cooley was rocking the Short flat front coaches shorts form the 80's.

It was all Rich and Marshall could talk about. They asked Cooley who said he like the freedom it gave him. Didnt bind the knees. Said Tyer gave him his first pari, a set of 50th anni pants. Now tyer special orders them.

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Now it all makes sense. Zorn was hired to be the HC. All of the staff hires were made with Zorn in mind. DS wanted to interview Spag to get a free look into the NYG brain trust. He knew press would eat it up. Fassel and Mariucci were smoke screens. Remember prev hires/interviews
were very secret and covert. So obvious meets that were "leaked" were done to manipulate the press.

Now Portis can make like Westbrook and Cooley can get 70 balls.
DS may not know who to draft and hire but he knows how market and manipulate.


Posted by: bjdd21 | February 9, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Evil had a ritually Zorn pair of testicles

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 9, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Lots of folks will be at the bar tonight looking to meet someone to Zornicate with.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The Washington State caucuses today were a real Zornets nest of activity.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is looking at these blogs to see how Skins fans are reacting, and you're all into word games??!

Sounds like relieeeeeff that it isn't Fassel. I was ready to go on the warpath!

HAIL REDSKINS.

Posted by: twhite | February 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite Looney Toons characters was Fogzorn Legzorn.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing quite like a Zorn scrotum. I highly suggest you try it

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

twhite, all we have left are word games.

I'm headed to the bar soon and will be doing quite a few shots of Zornitos.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Does this make our rookie class:

"Children of the Zorn?"

Posted by: isnadd | February 9, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

INcluding yourself diddy... ;)

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I believe "Mr." Snyder has officially outzorn his welcome.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder dabbled in scientlogy, but thanks to Joe Gibbs, he is now a Zorn-again Christian

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

When we wake up tomorrow Zorning it will be a new day in the history of Redskins football.

Posted by: isnadd | February 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, Zebra :-)

etrod, a Zorn scrotum is nice, but a Zorn hamstring is painful.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm now no longer forzorn.

Posted by: twhite | February 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a zornucopia of zornisms

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Zorn is poaching on my territory! He's taken over the Boren Ultimatum/Supremacy/Identity. This is very upsetting to me.

Posted by: TheCindy | February 9, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This whole coaching search process has been stillzorn from the onset.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm giddy that it's not Fassel. That idea just gave me a brainache.

Don't give any credit to Snyder, except that he's stupid.

Posted by: twhite | February 9, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

My wife said she is in favor of the hiring of Zorn, good thing...because:

"hell hath no fury like a woman Zorned"

(did someone use that one already?)

Posted by: isnadd | February 9, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Ah, but Cindy, you have to admit you'd love the prospect of Matt Damon out there during training camp.

George Washington and his contemporaries are famous for wearing trizorn hats.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

In the POsts story, again it sounds as if the outcry made a difference.

And I sent that email to Snyder. Maybe that did it.

Actually, it was through skins.com and it was the email a player feature. Suuposed to only work during the season, but I figureed it was worth a shot. Maybe, just maybe...

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

CNN's election night graphics are overly Zornate.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I love getting a bag of Fritos Zorn Chips before the game

Posted by: Tyler84101 | February 9, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I like all the Zornism right from the get-go.

There's nothing like grabbing the bull by the zorns.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

anyone looking forward to Heroe's coming back? I can't wait to see what they do with the man with the zorn-rimmed glasses this season.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Good job with the caucus up there in washington diddy.
obama wins nebraska and is leading in louisiana too!

Posted by: puttinforbird | February 9, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Ozorn Layer

Posted by: SMACK1 | February 9, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm headed to the bar soon and will be doing quite a few shots of Zornitos.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 09:06 PM

Right Diddy. If you're heading with to the bar, the objective is not Zornitos but, as you said, zornication.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 9, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

John Clayton is now reporting that Jim Fassel will be hired as OC.

Posted by: godiva2 | February 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The Ozorn Layer

Posted by: SMACK1 | February 9, 2008 09:16 PM

I don't want to see the hole.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The Zornisms are Toddally awesome.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Zorn is Todd!

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 9, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

>>> "John Clayton is now reporting that Jim Fassel will be hired as OC."

To quote Darth Vader:
ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORN!

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs is a Zorn-again Christian. I feel re-Zorn.

Posted by: godiva2 | February 9, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

What would be really funny now is if Fassel is hired as OC...

Posted by: buddiee22 | February 9, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

zorn zorn!

(beep beep!)

Posted by: PDiddy | February 9, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I have been so down by this coaching search and all the posts on Insider. It is good to see the calm after the Zorn.

Posted by: alliandpat99 | February 9, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

That's twice now that Danny has left Fassel at the altar, but it's worse this time because he took a bridesmaid picked by his would-be bride. Think Fassel will now stalk the Danny? Maybe Danny can remake "Fatal Attraction" with Tom Cruise and call it "Fassel Attraction."

Posted by: godiva2 | February 9, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

****here is the email that made DS pause************************************

http://www.redskins.com/fanzone/emailredskins.jsp

Here is my submission

I just wanted to let you know the apparent displeasure you are inciting amonst all the the faithful fans who fill the skins coffers each year.

Now nothing has been made official, but I guarantee that if the Redskins dont stick with continuity (your words not mine)and keep the current coaching staff (we dont consider promoting vinny as continuity) then you might just lose the fans base that your money making machine, I mean football organization.

I speak for many people on many public forums that we are starting to feel used and abused by you Mr Snyder. We love our redskins, we have bought into what you have sold us for the last four years about going about this thing correct. You brought Gibbs in to right the ship, and now when we seem close and you have a chance to stay on that path it appears you are ready to abandon said ship to get on the fancier one.

The skins faithful will not stand. A great business man as youself should know you dont bite the hand that feeds you. Pay attention to your constituents for once Mr Synder.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Posted by: Zebraskins | January 23, 2008 11:03 AM


**** He still did the end around and only kept blache and brought in Zorn. Close enough i guess

Posted by: Zebraskins | February 9, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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