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Zorn on Fatigue, Injuries and Portis

Coach Jim Zorn described his team as tired, and the players agreed. They have a late bye week, came to camp early and have played a lot of football. Zorn thought it showed in the locker room after the game, when no matter what he tried to yell ("Victory Monday! We're 6-2!") prompted a response.

With all these key guys banged up, and perhaps the most physical team in the league coming to FedEx Field on Monday night, it's a tough assignment for sure. Zorn said the team has yet to play a truly solid game for all four quarters, but everyone is obviously enthused by their 6-2 record.

Zorn didn't make much of his run-in with Clinton Portis on the sidelines, just saying that "we're all held accountable." They have moved on.

Zorn commented on some individuals as well when asked about them. Stephon Heyer had a tough day at left tackle, and was thrust into a very difficult assignment at the last minute with Chris Samuels out, but Zorn pointed out that he did some things very well. As I wrote about a year ago, Heyer has difficulty maintaining leverage and keeping his backside down in pass protection; it was obvious last year in the preseason, and is something scouts have harped on.

In going over Heyer's performance from Sunday, Zorn said that offensive line coach Joe Bugel kept making one point over and over. "All Stephon has to do is get lower," Zorn said Bugel told the staff. Heyer facing the Steelers' 3-4 scheme at left tackle, with the trouble he had at times on the Lions' stunts Sunday, could be ugly. It looks like Chris Samuels will play through his knee pain, but, again, this is something that could color the second half of the season. Losing Moss or Samuels could be crushing.

Overall, Zorn has the same impressions as most of us. The offense needs to be more efficient in the red zone and finish drives. "For the yardage we're putting up, we're not scoring touchdowns," Zorn said. The Redskins have now gone five games without scoring more than two TDs in a game. They need more turnovers. They need to eliminate the penalties and giveaways at critical junctures.

"We have to play more suddenly," Zorn said.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 27, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Let me be the FIRST to say, chris larry is chach!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 27, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I cant believe we gave up a freaggin TD to Rudi Johnson, an 11 yard TD run in the red zone no less. We have shut out MB3, Jamal Lewis, Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush... and we give up a rushing TD to this past prime scrub, Blatch will indeed not be happy with the way his D played.
Horton goes ahead and stuffs that run at or behind the line.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Man there on me today too, thought it was a last week thing, keep up the great work well timed thread posters.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

if only I knew what that meant....

Posted by: daggar | October 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If getting rest will help Samuels and Moss then give them this game off. It will hurt but at this point it would be 3 weeks of rest for 1 games. Can't beat that.

Posted by: Gweez | October 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

suddenly medium

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | October 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Geez Jasno--We all know you're against Heyer, you don't need to go tooting your little horn about how you've been writing over a year ago that he has issues.

Posted by: NCICURN | October 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Poop,
Your not a real american, in my book unless you hail from one of the original 13, colonies, and I am talking the 1976 borders. Also, you must have a steady intake of apple pie and frequently play baseball.

Also F Dallas.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to interject while at work (hope the boss isnt looking)... I never played football (did play other sports), but from watching and studying the game in my 30 years, I have more than a passing understanding.

As does JLA. This blog, and his columns for that mattter, are what a beat reporter does. JLA has seen this team for years, and at its worst.

He continually praises their good work even saying CP is in line for the MVP.

So cj, he has perspective... that which fans dont. our regular season record being 11-5 (as you see it) is only one game better than last year.

With all those things you cite about our offense, we should be much better than one-game better than last year.

Zorn didnt like the way we played, Blache didnt like the way we played.... JLA did like the way we played, I didnt like the way we played.

So while you can criticize all you want, you really shouldnt be happy with that showing, or a one-game better this year showing... we look to have great potential... and yesterday can be considered a step in the wrong direction.

But when our team continually underachieves based upon our players skill (and their salaries to boot), maybe you are a little jaded. Maybe just a little bit better is fine for you.

But dont come off thinking you are more than a fan than anyone else because you think complacency is being a true fan.

Really, it is almost being a puppet.

Posted by: Zeebs | October 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Zeebs | October 27, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Some of the reasons why we call into work:

-Employee didn’t want to lose the parking space in front of his house.

-Employee hit a turkey while riding a bike.

-Employee said he had a heart attack early that morning, but that he was “all better now."

-Employee donated too much blood.

-Employee’s dog was stressed out after a family reunion.

-Employee was kicked by a deer.

-Employee contracted mono after kissing a mailroom intern at the company holiday party and suggested the company post some sort of notice to warn others who may have kissed him.

-Employee swallowed too much mouthwash.

-Employee’s wife burned all his clothes and he had nothing to wear to work.

-Employee’s toe was injured when a soda can fell out of the refrigerator.

-Employee was up all night because the police were investigating the death of someone discovered behind her house.

-Employee’s psychic told her to stay home.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Losing Moss would really hurt,and I wish he could play a 16 game season for once, since 2005. But let's not forget, when Moss was out against Detroit, Randle El had a monster performance. And he is going against his old team. Please no more SA, let Sellers get some carries to spell Portis.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

That should say 'JLA didnt'.

And cj, I understand if you think we are too cynical, but saying we arent true fans isnt the way to present your arguement to the contrary.

Posted by: Zeebs | October 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

First 5 games turnovers:

6-1 or +5

last 3 games, we're -4:
1-3 Rams
0-1 Browns
0-1 Lions

Interesting point about our turnovers. They are all fumbles, yet 4 have come on pass plays, only 1 on a running play, with 1 on special teams

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: RedDMV | October 27, 2008 3:24 PM |"

Red did you run the "why we miss work" post by chris larry first???

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

ummmm Alex -- we had more than 13 colonies in 1976 -- I learned that in high school (in 1976)

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Poop,
Your not a real american, in my book unless you hail from one of the original 13, colonies, and I am talking the 1976 borders. Also, you must have a steady intake of apple pie and frequently play baseball.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:14 PM


Whew, than by those standards I'm Johnny-American.

Hail from original 13 colonies? Born in Maryland, check.

Steadily intake apple pie? Heck yeah, check.

Frequently play baseball? Yep, check.

Oh wait, I also play soccer. That must mean I'm a terrorist-loving, America-hating elitist.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'll actually prefer Rock to get carries over Sellars, and after what I saw yesterday, Alexander also.

He looked like he was trying but he just wasn't getting it done.

Trying = Potential = Not doing sh*t right now

Posted by: RedDMV | October 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Zcez,
I blame it all on JJ at RT. he is a good run stoper but Heyer was a better pass protecter on that side, though switching to left, not so much.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Poop,
Your not a real american, in my book unless you hail from one of the original 13, colonies, and I am talking the 1976 borders. Also, you must have a steady intake of apple pie and frequently play baseball.

Also F Dallas.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I haven't even posted in a while...but no, according to your definition I'm as un-American as 80% of the goods imported by China every year.

HAIL!

Posted by: P00P | October 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

On the topic of finishing drives, someone please answer the following for me:

On 1st and goal from the 1 on our first drive, what play did we run?


I was watching the game online, but the video stream chose that moment to re-buffer, and I missed that play. Seems like we lost 2 yards on that play, but I never learned how.

I'm guessing that we didn't lose it doing what we should've done, which was pound it right up the gut.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

AH! There's another on here that uses fecal matter as thier alias....dear god what have we come to?

Posted by: P00P | October 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

hopefully, Moss and Samuels will be healthy next week... We'll be destroyed if neither plays on MNF. If you all didnt know, the Steelers' D has the most sacks this season.

Posted by: sameermalla | October 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Doh 1776.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

CJ;

saw your response to my post, you are correct. 9-7.

2 games Still doesnt pass the test of having the 5th best passer, reciever and possibly MVP.

Look, we can argue til we are blue in the face. JLA knows nothing, I know nothing... but I guaran - f'ing - tee you Zorn and Blache do.

They dont like the way we played yesterday.

there, end of story. I guess they arent true fans and need to get a grip.

Posted by: Zeebs | October 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

AH! There's another on here that uses fecal matter as thier alias....dear god what have we come to?

Posted by: P00P | October 27, 2008 3:34 PM

I've been registered under my alias at WaPo for years now. Gotta love it.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 27, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I was watching the game online, but the video stream chose that moment to re-buffer, and I missed that play. Seems like we lost 2 yards on that play, but I never learned how.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 27, 2008 3:33 PM |


How/where do you watch games online?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Freakzilla,
We ran a QB option play were JC ended up keeping the ball running to his left and getting stuffed for a 2 yard losss. Cant say if it was a designed QB option run or if he optioned to run as opposed to hand off/pass. Anyways bad play calling we dont need to run that CP26 is good from a yard out all day. Save that for a situation where we could actually use it when it may be effective, ie a suprise, no need to go out with smoke and mirrors against that D.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What is Samuel's status? I read somewhere that he may need surgery.

Posted by: KALeeForniaSkins | October 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Poopy,

We know, and we're not telling...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 27, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Stu,
I think that the reason they ran that weird play was due to the 15script. IMHO I think this first 15 scripted plays idea is great but when in the red zone the team needs to pause the script and go with what they got to do for the end zone. No fun fancy stuff. but pound it or throw to Cooley.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: alex35332 | October 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Scriting the first 15 plays is completely pointless. I dont care who has employed that or how effective they were with it. Why would you limit your gameplan like that, and if that was one of the scripted plays then why? That play was a bad call and we could have done a lot better with a simpler play, im thinkin running CP through their weak line.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

ummmm Alex -- we had more than 13 colonies in 1976 -- I learned that in high school (in 1976)

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 27, 2008 3:29 PM

Actually, there were no colonies in 1976. By that time, we had begun refering to them as "states". Jus' my two cents.

Posted by: tripz | October 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the scripting thing is set in stone like that. If it's first and goal at the two, and the scripted play is a 20-yard pass, you'd kinda have to change that.

Has Zorn or anyone said the play there was a called option? Didn't look like it to me. Looked more like a missed hand off that JC just tried to run in himself.

Posted by: EpsteinsMothersDoctor | October 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is wrong with you people?

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 28, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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