Zorn is staying medium.
He stood steady both at his postgame press conference and in his Monday afternoon presser. There will be no changes in the lineup. Do not expect any major shift in the play calling.
I can't locate a money quote that makes me believe that this is the case. It's more his overall demeanor, very calm, very matter of fact. Zorn said that "a small handful of issues" are preventing the offense from clicking.
Some of these "issues" are pretty big. The inability of the line—and the backs and tight ends, as Zorn pointed out—to protect Jason Campbell has put a severe cramp in the offense to say the least. It would be fair to say that the quality of the opposition the past two weeks—facing two of the top five defenses in terms of sacks in the past two games—has something to do with it.
It also would be fair to say that they need to get the job done against good pass-rushing teams regardless as the road gets no easier. The Seattle Seahawks, the Skins' next foe, are ninth in the league with 20 sacks. Next come the Giants, who have 31 QB scalps over their mantle and the Ravens, who get after it better than their #15 ranking in sacks would indicate.
But there are other issues as well. In the second quarter, a drive into Dallas territory was sandbagged when the Redskins had too many men in the huddle and then, even after that, they had to call a timeout. A sack ensued and after having second and seven it was fourth and 21.
And, as Zorn said, it's not just one issue. Pass protection problems prevented Campbell from finding Devin Thomas, who had broken wide open behind the secondary in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, Campbell had time but Santana Moss couldn't quite haul in his deep pass.
A missed block here, a blown pass pattern there, a pass just off the mark somewhere in between. Zorn insisting that things are almost there passes the eyeball test, through this set of eyeballs anyway.
The debate is, how do you take care of the issues? Do you change the game plan and take a different approach, perhaps one that makes you rely less on the areas in which you are having difficulties? Do you do what Joe Gibbs did back in 2005 when things weren't going right offensively and go back to the basics and just run smashmouth plays and try to get it done that way?
Or do you believe in your original plan, stay the course and work out the kinks? Do you let your players, all of whom are in their first year in a new offense, finish honing their fundamentals and techniques?
Clearly, Zorn is tacking towards the latter course. He is going to dance with who brung him to 6-4 and work to improve the dance steps.
Tuesday Take: Zorn Staying Medium
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