Jim Zorn didn’t want to look back during his brief Monday afternoon media availability, either to 2008 — when his Redskins lost six of their last eight games — or to the first few games of this season, which has his team off to a lackluster, 1-2 start.
The latest number in that loss column, of course, came in Sunday’s 19-14 loss at Detroit, breaking the Lions’ losing streak after 19 games.
In fact, Zorn insists he sees progress from his team.
“In the big picture things are progressing, we’re getting better,” Zorn said.
(I shared that quote with a friend of mine, a huge Redskins fan and a season ticket holder, who responded: “Does this picture stretch to 2016?”)
But back to Zorn: “We’re just going to continue to press on and take care of the details. … We have to look and see what happens and take care of the details and take care of the things that will help us win.”
The only other real highlight from the presser came after a reporter asked if he’d spoken with Redskins owner Dan Snyder on Sunday after the game. “Not much,” Zorn said. “I haven’t spent a lot of time with him, but I’ll be spending a lot of time with him this week, no question.”
Zorn was pressed on expectations and the mood in the locker room, as well as motivation and frustration among players. The coach insisted that questions about job security, or him losing the players, come from “outside our locker room.”
Still, Zorn said he’d have his team ready to “regroup” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town on Sunday, though he doesn’t expect he’ll need to do anything special to motivate the troops.
So don’t expect him to do anything other than “stay medium.”
“I think I will be ‘real’ to them,” Zorn said. “I don’t need to yell at a bunch of men to say, ‘Come on guys, let’s go now.’ And I don’t have to play a psychological game with them either.”
Ryan O’Halloran is out at Redskins Park today and he’ll have a lot more later on the blog and on the site. So, stay tuned.
- John Taylor