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Q: We haven’t talked about Zorn. How much pressure is he feeling after last year’s 2-6 second half collapse, knowing that Super Bowl-winning coaches Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, Tony Dungy and Brian Billick are on the sidelines?

A: It obviously would’ve been better for a rookie coach to get to 8-8 with an 0-5 start and an 8-3 finish; that’s what Joe Gibbs did for the 1981 Redskins. But Zorn was actually more relaxed this summer than last. His players and assistants knew his system, and he knew what to expect from them. The man just enjoys his job and his life.

Q: Will he be enjoying them after this season is over?

A: I don’t think so. The Redskins have the misfortune to play in the NFL’s toughest division with the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys. They face two of the NFC South’s three good teams (Carolina and Atlanta) and the AFC West’s lone quality outfit (San Diego) on the road. That’s six very tough road games. If they lose them all, which is very possible, the Redskins would have to win their other 10 games to ensure a playoff spot. Considering Washington lost to Cincinnati and St. Louis in 2008 and squeaked by Detroit, Seattle and Cleveland, expecting a sweep of those likely victims is unrealistic. Given that the Redskins have finished within two games of .500 in 13 of the past 14 years, we’re looking at another 8-8 finish, which would all but certainly mean a new coach and quarterback in the District in 2010.