...He's much more comfortable in a smaller setting than in a larger one right now. Had a lunch with him today with four other writers and Zorn came across better than he did in the press conference, when he appeared nervous. Talked about lots of different things, most having little to do with football. He's a big-time mountain biker who likes to bike to work twice a week or so.
...He still has a decent amount to learn. Zorn has started the
evaluations of the defensive players, talking to Greg Blache for his
input. What concerns me is that Zorn is going to do a lot learning on
the job about delegating. I don't think he's a control freak (like
Gregg Williams might have been), but I do think he'll take time to
figure out what he should or shouldn't be doing.
...Zorn is genuinely nice. Of all the Redskins coaches I've covered,
he'll be the most congenial. Has a knack for remembering people's
names, something not all previous coaches could claim. Norv Turner was
the absolute worst at that, knowing only the names of reporters he felt
mattered. Spurrier didn't care all that much. Marty and Joe were better.
...Zorn will be calling the plays, regardless of who will be coming on
board as the offensive coordinator. Sherman Smith is the likely
candidate, or at least has been offered the job. Has to decide if he
wants to leave the comforts of Tennessee.
... Sad to see Earnest Byner leave, but can't say that I blame the
Redskins too much. Zorn needs to have some of his own people on staff.
Needs to be able to have the full trust of his staff and this gives it
to him. Stump Mitchell is his guy.
...Some players are telling friends that they're concerned about whether
or not Zorn is merely a puppet of the owner and Vinny Cerrato. Can't
say I blame them for wondering that, but only time will tell. For now
it's hard to imagine Zorn wielding much power. But Zorn also trusts the
fact that he has a good veteran team. He'll give them some leeway.
...Talked to one player who was concerned about Jason Campbell's ability
to run the West Coast offense, because of its reliance on making quick
decisions. Talked to many others, including Zorn and Ron Jaworski, a
defensive coach in the AFC who faced Campbell this season and an
offensive coordinator who runs the West Coast, and they think Campbell
can run this attack. However, each also says you have to make good
quick decisions. Another draft guru, Russ Lande, said Campbell was a
perfect fit in this attack in college. So we'll see.
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