1. Jim Zorn.
Vinny Cerrato said it on his radio show and again in the Washington Post today that Zorn would return, then called speculation about any possible change ‘'crazy.'' From someone who has covered the Redskins during the entire Dan Snyder era, there's no such thing as any speculation being crazy. In fact, any time there has been talk of a rift or possible firing with the coach, it's come true. So the heat on Zorn was real; he clearly felt it and the tension at Redskins Park last week was thick. There was a noticeable difference Monday.
2. More Zorn.
One reason the Redskins should want him to stick around is, aside from on-field issues, that he provides a good face on a franchise that needs a lot of them. There have been more than a few times that Cerrato has declined interviews only to have the PR staff turn to Zorn, who willingly does an interview at a time when he is normally doing something else. And he's always pleasant. With Cerrato, one day he seems like someone's best friend and the next it's as if he's a different person.
3. Clinton Portis.
Had to laugh about Portis talking about in a recent story that people don't know him. LaVar Arrington used to say the same thing, especially when he would get bad press. So one day20a few of us had a chat with him and we pointed out quite a big thing: he did not know most of the reporters' names. Why? Because he never took the time to get to know them. Hey, it's respectful to learn the name of someone you're dealing with. You'd be amazed at how many players don't know the reporters' names. Anyway, Arrington had never thought of it being a two-way street. From then on, he was more interested in establishing a real relationship rather than something that was a one-way street. Which brings us back to Portis. About the only time he talks to reporters is when he's being interviewed. He's great to talk to; entertaining and all that. But it's rare when he just BS's with reporters, which is how most players and reporters get to know one another.
The Redskins might have struck it well on safeties in the draft the past two years. LaRon Landry was the obvious one. Chris Horton has played well and now Kareem Moore is starting to get more time. He received 10 snaps Sunday and played fine. The Redskins have helped him out tremendously by asking him to only cover deep. That's where he's most comfortable. His mess-ups earlier this season stemmed mostly from playing in the box. But when he comes in now, Landry goes up to the box and Moore stays deep in a three-safety package. Landry loves playing in the box. Likes to be part of the action.
5. More Landry.
One reason Landry won't become the next Sean Taylor is that Taylor was more of a ballhawk. Landry wants to knock a player out. Not that Taylor didn't want to do that, mind you. But Taylor also wanted the ball. Sunday, after leveling DeSean Jackson, Landry told safeties coach Steve Jackson that he could have intercepted the ball but he wanted the big hit instead. It's his mentality. Between he and Moore, the Redskins have two very hard-hitting safeties. Receivers will take notice.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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