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The Zorn Report

Here are some highlights from comments made this morning by Jim Zorn of the Redskins while talking about preparing for the season opener against the Giants:

How has Andre Woodson helped your team this week?

(laugh) He is kind of running the scout team, obviously, and I think that is probably the way that he is going to help us. Certainly we are looking for him to be a part of our group for the whole year and trying to help us at the QB spot.

What’s certain is that while pumping him for information, even if Woodson somehow gives you a semblance of what’s to come this Sunday — you’re still going to be relying on the perception of an INCREDIBLY AWFUL quarterback. Take a shortcut, watch the preseason tapes, fire Woodson asap.

Speaking of QBs, how has Jason Campbell looked during the offseason and this preseason?

He has improved himself; he had a lot of work to do. I think with all the speculation with Mark Sanchez, the QB from Denver, the whole situation with us kind of fizzling at the end, I think all of that speculation put him in a mindset of wanting to improve. He worked hard; he didn’t react inappropriately when all that speculation was happening. He put his nose to the grindstone and got after it. Consequently, I think he has had some very good improvement. I thought his preseason was a continual uphill climb and hopefully he will continue as we get into the regular season.

Coach… while I agree with you that Campbell had a lot of work to do this preseason, I’m trying to figure out in which particular game would you say that he has noticeably improved. Because I can’t find any of the games where he completed a pass for a touchdown. I know I know it’s preseason, and yes he did trot one into the endzone off a nice fake. But for the sake of clarity now, what exactly did he do that a running back can’t?

The Giants are the defending division champions. How much of a litmus test is this for your team to start off against them?

Oh, it’s not even that, I think that’s part of it, but when you watch them on video (laugh), they are that good. It is going to be a real good test for us to see where we’re at. We are coming into their home field and they are just a tremendous football team. I think their strengths obviously are on defense, with their whole defensive group. I don’t see any weaknesses. I think their offensive line and their running game, I think with Eli back there, they just do so many things well. They really do.

I totally agree.

Why is Albert Haynesworth so much better than other defensive tackles?

When you watch this guy warm up, and this is what was amazing to me, he is 340 lbs. When he warms up, he runs like any other, say, linebacker would run or whatever. He can really move the 340. That is what is interesting about this guy. He is big and he likes to play. He loves to penetrate. He likes to be physical and those are things that are making him an outstanding defensive tackle in this league.

I am looking forward to seeing how the Giants O-Line get physical right back. Hayneworth basically called out Brandon Jacobs here, so we might want to take note when that hard hitting duo matches up, and the physicallity materializes on Sunday. I can practically see the slow motion Nike ad already…

How much different is it going up against a Giants offense that doesn’t have Plaxico Burress and also Amani Toomer?

I think with Eli and what he does with the football…I think Plaxico Buress was a real force, so obviously someone is going to have to pick up a lot of slack from that standpoint. But usually, I know the Giants are like this, they have good athletes all over. It is hard to replace a special guy like that, I just think that what they are going to do is spread the ball around a little bit more. That would be my prediction; not just hone in on one guy.

Zorn’s right. They have shown they can and WILL spread the ball around, this season. Thanks KG and TC!  The problem for the Skins is going to be – can you defend all the various types of weaponry the Giants have at their disposal?

Q. When you look back on the games against the Giants last year and you see 14 points total, what are the reasons for why so few points?

Well, we got dominated. They came to play. We kind of ran into a buzz saw the first game. We thought we were going to play better in the second and we didn’t. They just caused problems. We weren’t good enough; we weren’t just flat good enough.

Again, you’re absolutely right coach! Let me take it a step further though — you were DOMINATED. Oh wait, he already said that…. shoot.

They caused problems how?

Their defense, the mainstay is what Antonio Pierce does. He controls the line of scrimmage on defense; much like our quarterback controls the line of scrimmage on offense. He gets their defenders in great position. You know this, New York has one of the better defensive lines in the National Football League. Very difficult to win every down and what we have to do is not to be discouraged when that happens.

Now this is something I never thought I’d see… an opposing coach give Pierce credit for his indisputable role in creating a united, cohesive, powerful force which is the Giants defensive unit. We saw Pierce work his magic when he led the Giants Defense against the Patriots, the result was 3 straight 3-and-outs and then he stepped off to the sideline for the duration. But there can be no denying Pierce’s impact when he’s out there calling the shots… and I give Zorn some props for recognizing the importance of Pierce’s role which is often overshadowed by the D-Line’s pass rush.

When you scheme to stop Brandon Jacobs, what do you think makes him more effective than other backs in the league and how do you stop him?

I don’t think you tackle him with one guy, first of all. I think you have to tackle him with more than one guy, because he is so powerful. To me, it looks like he loves the one on one. If he gets a chance to be in open space or run through the line of scrimmage and he gets a one- on-one situation, he is confident and physical enough where he can really pound a person. I think that is how we have to stop him, make sure we have more than one guy there.

Not according to Haynesworth, but some guys just need to learn the hard way. Kind of like LaRon Landry did last season. ouch.

Does it seem like sometimes he would prefer to knock a guy over than run around him?

He is not a scat back. I think he has lateral quickness, but that’s just not his style of running. He is a powerful running back.

Again, the LaRon Landry lesson is here.

The view the full transcript can be seen here at the NY Giants website.

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5 Responses to “The Zorn Report”

  1. CCC says:

    if you watched last year = Campbell set a record for attempts without an INT before his OL had their injury fest lol

    Zorn is a boob

  2. andrew ilnicki says:

    living in richmond, i saw nearly every game and went to a few myself.

    I am aware of the long running interception story that was accompanying jason campbell last year, but im also aware of the fact that beyond 15 minutes of football, the redskins could not score.

    thats the real bullet point — campbell only threw for 13 touchdowns all last year. that’s a huge problem. no interceptions fine, no touchdowns — we have a problem.


    risk/reward is often the name of the game.

  3. Nuge says:

    Check Brandon out running over the eagles here!!


  4. Hellseye says:

    Lol. The dude writing this article is so far up the G-mens arses his pimples are blue. I mean no amount of objectivity…needless to say I don’t think the Giants will Dominate this year, they will be decent playing in the NFC East this year, but sorry, MM, and HC don’t equal PB…At least not in their 1st year….BUT LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

  5. andrew ilnicki says:

    hmmm, its filed in an opinion section on a site called giants gab, this isn’t the 6 o’clock evening news…. I’m also here to stir the pot so there’s your objectivity.

    as far as seeing potential in this team — here’s a history lesson. I’m the guy who called the Eagles going flat in 2007 and the Giants going to the playoffs on the Redskins Review… I was laughed at for saying so. The superbowl was the cherry on top but the fact is in less than one season the Giants went from laughing stock to cream of the crop. if anything, they’ve tightened up all around in 2009 and will be even better than last year.

    14-2, is that too irrational for you guys?


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