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Imagine: Jim Zorn and the Wildcat offense...

I'm sure by now most of you are well-versed in the intricacies of the Wildcat offense. And, no, we're not referring to the play-calling genius that Goldie Hawn exhibited back in the day, with "Wildcats" and all.

This is the single-wing stuff being run in Miami, with running back Ronnie Brown behind center and QB Chad Pennington split out wide. If you haven't seen this, or heard about the problems it has created for the Pats and Chargers in recent weeks, then you're probably on the blog for music reviews, or updates on where to take your kids to kill a few hours (and I've been remiss on both counts lately).

Anyhoo, this thing is gonna catch fire a bit. It's a copycat league, and when you're able to slice and dice a Belichick defense, people tend to notice. Since Jim Zorn is an innovator, you'd think the Wildcat would have to be right up his alley, and when I asked him about it, there was a definite twinkle in his eye.

"One year Chicago used this little quick screen and middle screen type of concept, then everybody started using it," Zorn said. "What happens is we all plagiarize. We all want to use that. But I think that particular formation - that group of play combinations - takes some study, and I don't really want to take the time to study it yet . But I'll study it in the offseason and see if it makes sense. But if we did use it, it wouldn't be until the future "

But is it safe to say Zorn is intrigued by the formation's possibilities?

"Oh, absolutely, and I'm going to take a look at it," Zorn said. "It's worth taking a look at."

Clinton Portis, who lobbied former Coach Joe Gibbs early and often to throw option passes out of the backfield and is never one to avoid the limelight, is gung ho for the Wildcat. Zorn is hip to this, knowing CP is already a rock star without getting a chance to play quarterback. No doubt Portis has a wide-ranging skillset and might be able to make defenses flinch if he were to get under center.


Catch "The Jasons" on Comcast SportsNet's "SportsNite" all weekend. And don't forget "Washington Post Live" (you can tour Fred Smoot's crib) tonight at 5 p.m.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 10, 2008; 8:05 AM ET
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Imagine all the people... living for today... Yoo-hoo...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 10, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it's Friday! Time for weekly TCCL's! Hip Hip Hooray!

100 TCCL's for Dealer, for his nearly-impeccable comedic timing.

100 TCCL's for LearnedHand, for his very-funny-and-perfectly-understated Leonard Little joke.

10,000 TCCL's for Beantown Greg for his meaningful contributions to the ongoing blog discussions. (They're just like Bonus Points, Greg - have fun with them!)

Posted by: tafka | October 10, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

What about running it with Randle El back there. Silly, just silly.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 10, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Interesting tidbit:

"Second chances: One interesting sidelight of the Rams-Redskins game -- the Rams recently signed Jason Craft to be a third cornerback. Craft played against the Redskins as a member of the Saints in Week 2 and was burned so bad that New Orleans released him the next day. Expect the Redskins and quarterback Jason Campbell to follow Craft whenever he's on the field."

This scrub is the 3rd corner. We better get after him again. Maybe Devin Thomas will have his breakout game this week.

Posted by: Skins1 | October 10, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

More bonus can I say this politely....thanks but no thanks...right now I'm burning the bonus points I have instead of wood...I'm giving them away to every person I know...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 10, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

CL, I don't know what's up with your boy this economy he wants someone to take away someones livelyhood...someone who's been a stand upguy...and as hardworker jasno is. Czabe is friggin still employed by snyder...cmon!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 9, 2008 11:37 PM

Dealer my friend (I want to slap McCain with the hammer every time he says that) I never said I want him to lose his job. I have said over and over that they need to reassign him.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 10, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

there's a better chance of the rams and weird al trying the wildcat than the skins.

thanks tafka!

ohh look the demon jasno has the rams (helmet) on his side. hmmmmmmmmm subliminal messages...oooooooooh what are you trying to say mr. evil?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

when was the last time the rams had a decent defense? i think it was when george allen was there. even when they were the greatest show on turf they had a sup par defense. they had to score a lot of points just to win games.

Posted by: rls1041 | October 10, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

jm220, this is his job. and he's good at it. so what if he doesn't like the skins organization? name me someone who you think is doing a better job covering the skins. in my opinion he is doing the best job of anyone. bram was good but he's no longer covering the team and he's not old media. i'm just saying have fun with jasno...send him e-mails ribbing him about his team (ravens) and the sox...have fun that's all i'm saying.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I missed the "Sack Dance" discussion, but using the wayback machine I am reminded that starting in January-February everybody pretty much everybody agreed that the Jints had established that a dominant D line with a monster pass rush could make a lot of hay up here...

And the Jints' success seemed to bolster a LOT of people's opinions up here (including mine) that adding to the pass rush was a big deal for the Skins this past offseason...

And of course the front office made approximately zero moves to improve the pass rush until the P-Daniels injury caused the brilliant panic maneuver to get J-Tay, which certainly made us look like a more dangerous pass rushing team...

Not sure why I'm going on like this. Oh, yeah: Blache's defense has looked damned good and has "won" something like 17 or 18 of the 20 quarters the team has played...

So yeah, I'd like to see this team get a bunch of sacks to satisfy my own bloodlust as a fan, but there's more than one way to skin a cat... and there's probably a more colorful way to put that, but I don't have ready access to Blache to get a quote.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 10, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

dealer1 I think Reid is doing a better job. He stick with the story without all the hate. Since JLC like hockey put on the Caps.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 10, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

i LOVE these videos. i HATE the other videos. so jasno thinks the skins wont cover. i say he's wrong! i say weird al will try anything and everything to win this game and i say the skins D will be prepared for 'em!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

jm220, i'm not going to diss reid to support my point. let's just say they make a good team and why mess with chemistry?!

did you guys see SNL thursday night edition? the debate thing was boring but the news/weekend update was good. "Really!?!" that was reminded me of this blog...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Wildcat, where El is in at browns spot.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 10, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree Nate good point.

Big game boys big game.

U-G-L-Y and you aint got no alibi you UGLY!!
(Sorry the Wildcats reference put it in my head. Plenty of space up there to fill up.)

Posted by: Gweez | October 10, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

dealer, I also like these videos with both dudes... the dialogue, the back and forth, is what's lacking in the J-Reid-only vids.

My understanding through anonymous league sources is that there's only room for one person in the spider hole (ahem, undisclosed location in Ashburn (*cough* bathroom stall at Wegman's *cough*)).

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 10, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

For the record I mentioned this yesterday and got no replies.

Shows how many tools post on here.

Someone who looked at that offense was writing that ARE wouldn't be a fit because apparently the back getting the snaps has to be able to run up the gut. It's not so much about speed for that player than it is about being a tough, bruising back AKA Clinton freaking Portis.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 10, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Also, I'll note that I would bet my car we'll this formation AT LEAST once this year. I'm pretty sure Zorn has already looked at it. I think it'd be a great play to pull late in a game on a 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 4 when you want to force the D to burn a timeout. Line up in that formation, if they don't call a timeout run the play and burn 'em!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 10, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

tt, that is BRILLIANT!!! pure genius! why wouldn't anyone respond to that? that's money baby! WOW! my head's spinning...

okay so like you're lying right nate? he's not in the wegman's bathroom stall is he? i mean it looks like he could know what's bad...osama bin laden makes better videos than reid...from his friggin cave! ;)

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

beep beep...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 10, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone bag on Jasno, I think he does a great job of keeping the fans and posters honest. YES, we are all Skins fan on here and can dream and love our team, but I find it refreshing that he gives us the story - whether it be true, good or ugly. I also think he is a great writer, alot of his articles are very well done. I am all for anyone that picks on Snyder as well. Side note: heard a nasty rumor from a friend that works in the NFL office that the league all the way around is struggling to keep people in the stands at the games and are considering - key word considering, having a league wide institution of NO PARKING FEES - not sure how this is legal, but sure would be nice.

Hail Skins...

Posted by: mhartz1 | October 10, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Imagine Portis in the wildcat faking to Betts, throwing a backward pass to Randle El, who then hits a crossing Moss who dances into the end zone. The possibilities are endless.

Posted by: tommy11599 | October 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with those saying ARE would be a great fit for the Wildcat offense. I'd use him over CP.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 10, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hello Redskins Nation.

We are very excited to have the team come home after winning two NFC East road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. HAIL!

This week we have the St. Louis Rams, and this will not be an easy game, especially if we want to maintain our growth and standing the NFC East, the NFC conference, and the league.

We are the only team in the NFL with a battle cry (Hail to the Redskins!). And now we are the only team in the NFL with a post-game celebrate chant thanks to our new Head Coach Jim Zorn (Hip-Hip Hooray!).

After beating the Dallas Cowboys, the supposedly best team in the NFL, Jim Zorn in the locker led the team in a celebration chat of Hip-Hip Hooray. It would be exciting to have the entire stadium, and the Redskins Nation, join the team in the celebration chant before they head to the locker room.

My brother and I are organizing the first Hip-Hip Hooray celebration chant this Sunday after our team beats the St. Louis Rams at the stadium. If it is clear at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that the Washington Redskins will win the game we ask that all Redskins fans in the stadium (we will be at the game in Section 424---Row 12---Seats 7, 8 & 9) to join us in a celebration chant of Hip-Hip Hooray!

If it is not clear by the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that we will win the game then we will start the chant 30 seconds later at 1:30 minute mark. If not then, then 30 second later at the 1:00 minute mark. If not then, then 30 seconds later at the 30 second mark.

You get the pattern. At some point at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter or after we want to do the chant if it is clear we will win the game. We do not want to do the chant before the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter!

To make it easy for everyone to participate for the first time we asking that the entire stadium join together in the Hip-Hip Hooray chant in unison. And yes brings to celebrate.

If we are successful in getting fans to join in after the game this week, then we will organize the second chant with sections of the stadium doing the call (Hip-Hip) and the other sections doing the response (Hooray!).

We hope this celebration chant will become a tradition for Redskins fans attending the game after each victory.

Please join us this Sunday for a big Hip-Hip Hooray, after we win the game.


Derek Silver and Marvin Silver
Washington Redskins Fans 4 Life

PS, Check us out on Facebook at Hip-Hip Hooray (Washington Redskin's Coach Jim Zorn's Celebration Cry) and help Spread the Word.

Posted by: silvermarvin | October 10, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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