Coach's Quotes: Zorn and Blache, Aug 31, 2009

See what Jim Zorn and Greg Blache had to say today. Among the covered topics are injuries, DeAneglo Hall and yes, even the lack of pass pressure against the Patriots.

Head Coach Jim Zorn

On the kicking duel between Shaun Suisham and Dave Rayner:
"It was good. They both made most of their field goals. I thought it was interesting to see the rhythm and the timing. There are some things that will show up I think. They're competing hard. Again, we hope they get some kicks in the game so that we can see more. It will be a last minute decision as we go along here because it's not clear."

On defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's health:
"He's still sick. He came in today and he just didn't feel very good, so we just sent him back home. It will be unlikely that he plays Thursday. I just want to get him some practice time. And he wouldn't play much anyways, so a series is not going to help us with him."

On what he saw from running back Anthony Aldridge against the Patriots:
"I saw that explosiveness, that real quickness to the edge, that quickness through a hole, and then an acceleration. I also thought he had pretty good vision. Once he got through, he was feeling the soft spots very well and trying to get to them as quick as he could."

On if it changes his playcalling when the quarterbacks are rotating in and out:
"A little bit, but I can't deviate much because we've practiced certain things this week and that's our gameplan. I would only hold back maybe on a few things, but I'm going to try not to; I'm going to try and give them the full gamut because they've got to see. It's a little bit of a mental battle as a playcaller to feel what they do like since they haven't had a lot of reps in games yet."

On if he is concerned with Carlos Rogers' lack of reps:
"It's very concerning because I think Carlos must have reps. As we bring him back, I can't imagine him being lights out. I'm hoping for that, but I just can't imagine it. We've got to get him back in. Hopefully, we'll have a whole practice week for him so he can get a comfort level. Then, he's got to go play because his preseason is gone. He's got to get up to speed as quick as he can. There could be some growing pains there as he goes along. If you asked him the same question he'd say, ‘Ah, no problem.' But, I think it does take some time."

Defensive Coordinator Greg Blache

On the amount of assessment is made about starters during the preseason:
"From week to week things go differently. You have different plans. The first game our big plan was to see who could cover and who couldn't cover. We wanted to put the young guys out and see how they could cover. The second week we did a little more zones and stuff. We played the game in two different halves. We played the first half with veteran players to see certain things, and we played the second half with young guys putting them back in the situation they were the week prior. The other day we went and started off the ball game sort of vanilla only because we wanted to see how we handled things. Then once we saw what they were doing to the man and the zone, we went to some combination stuff, faked some blitzes, and kind of put out a fire. So each week you have a different plan. This week is our last chance to look at the young guys. This week we have to give all the young guys as much of a look as we can because were going to make some real critical decisions. Actually they are going to tell us who should be here and shouldn't be here, which will affect a lot of these guys for the rest of their lives, on Thursday night. Their whole football careers come down to one ball game now.

On the Redskins defensive line:
"They have done alright. The one thing about it is that you rarely play them all together for a long period of time. So you find out more and more as you get into the first part of the season. On the surface there are a lot of things that are encouraging, not just up front but across the whole defense. We have some real encouraging things and some signs. I think we have a chance to be a pretty good football team."

On why the defensive line created less pressure against the New England Patriots than in previous games:
"It's a combination of things. I think some of it was what they were doing. They did a lot more max protection, they did some quick throws, they did quick throws on first down, and a lot of play action. I think that when they had to go to a passing game and went to a lot of passing games, the guys did react. [Tom] Brady didn't hurt himself out there. He didn't trip over grass. Somebody hit him then and we had another sack the play before. I think people make a big deal out of one play or two plays but I don't care who you are or how great you are at rushing the passer, when you look at tape there's going to be a down or two when there isn't the ultimate pressure that you want all the time. Guys are going to have time. The third-and-one, he had time. He actually had a quarterback sneak called to start with. He checked out of the sneak, went into the gun and threw it. We had guys on the back of it that didn't react and help the guys on the front but we had taken all the rushers out and had big people in for third and one. Everybody is going to have an opinion on things at all times. The thing we have to do is look at it, and know what we have to accomplish, know who we are, and go with it.

On Cody Glenn:
"Cody is a young guy. He has a lot of growing to do. Thursday night is going to be a big, big, time for him. He struggled not just physically, but he struggled at times as far as alignments and assignments are concerned. I didn't feel like he played with the same confidence he had played with in the week before. I don't know if the bigness of New England caught him or what, but he wasn't as good as he had been before. So this will be a big test for him on Thursday night to see if he can come back and perform at the level of some of the things that he had flashed to us earlier in the season. That's one of the issues with rookies. They tend to flash. They will flash and get you excited, then all the sudden they don't sustain it because they don't have the discipline mentally in preparation, and they don't have the discipline to do things on a consistent basis. I think that the secret on this level is guys that can do things consistently, that's the problem with rookies, they don't because their mind is on a thousand other things. He might have been thinking about going to the mall and getting a new xBox or something. They do things like that and that's why I don't necessarily like them."

On Lorenzo Alexander:
"He's done a great job. Actually, his stock has gone up this camp as a player. His roles are going to increase. He can help us rushing inside, he can help us rushing outside, and he can help on special teams. He really is taking the job that we had for [Demetric Evans] last year and he is taking it to another level. We are very, very pleased with him and what he has done. I feel like he will be a big part of our chance of being successful this season."

On the importance of versatile players who may not be superstars:
"Football teams that win, are teams. There will be a guy out there that will have a big game from time to time, but even if you look at Pittsburgh – how many real stars to they have on that football team. Yet they win Super Bowls because they play as a team. They have a system, they play as a team, and different guys from different times will make some big plays. I think that's the same. When you have guys that work together as a team, then you have a chance to be successful. When guys start competing with each other as opposed to competing against the opponent, they are competing for the limelight and opposed to competing to win a football game. It's natural, it's human nature. I think one of the toughest jobs that we have as coaches is to keep that team concept going when guys are getting contracts and notoriety because they are pulled out from the team and created and named a star. It's difficult. You know in your own profession. You see somebody getting a promotion and it's difficult to sit there and say, ‘Well I'm going to continue to be the grunt and do just like I'm told. As opposed to stepping out and trying to act wild – the notice me, look at me, kind of deal. If you look at our league right now, who gets all the notoriety and who gets the attention? It's the screwballs that do all the strange stuff, look at me, look at me. You roll with the cameras and you do. They are the guys that get the attention. That tells the young players don't be a good team man, don't do whatever because you will get more notoriety being the squeaky wheel."

On the play of DeAngelo Hall:
"He has played well for us. He has come up and tackled. He has competed. He has shown leadership. Whenever you single things up on Randy Moss you are going to have some issues. We got a little cocky and we tried it. We said, ‘Let's go see if we can match up with him', and he did what he can do to people. He runs and he bodies you. The quarterback comes in rhythm, throws it up, and they made a play on us. You live and you learn. I'm not at all disappointed. I'm very pleased with what he has done. He has shown me that he can make plays on the ball. He can turn games around by making plays on the ball, not just poorly thrown balls but well thrown balls. I think that's the dimension that he adds to our secondary that we haven't had – the ability to catch the ball when it's in our vicinity and create some turnovers, which we need."

On what its like as a coach to make cuts:
"Its always difficult because the thing that happens and I don't think people realize it, is that I stay away from the rookies just so I don't have that one more guy that I have an attachment to when you have to let them go. The veteran guys that you have been around, if you have to let one go, is hard enough. These guys become our family. They become like my sons. I don't know how else to explain it. You concern yourself with their growth as a person, you become concerned with their growth as a player - are they cheating themselves, are they cheating the organization. You are always trying to help them grow to be the best that they can be. When the time comes when you have to sever it, I recognize that with some guys, it's their last chance. They are going on to selling insurance, or working at Wal-Mart, or doing whatever the heck it is – go back and get your degrees and teach school – whatever. It's the end of the road for them. For some other guys, it's the end of a dream. It's a life's dream that is gone. It's not just business. Yeah it is business, but it's very difficult to take someone's dream away, and to have that power or curse to take somebody's dream away. An experienced veteran – one of the guys that I'm really close to – is always harder than a rookie. Even with the rookies, it's so difficult. It's somebody's son whose dream is getting squashed, and you're the guy that's doing it. They look at it like we are doing it, but actually most the times they have done it to themselves. Sometimes the numbers catch them, but you still have to do it. Somebody's got to do it and you have to pull the trigger on it."

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