The Zorn Identity: Why Jim Zorn Might Be Great

John MckinnonCorrespondent IApril 7, 2008

These days it seems that sports fans, news mediums and the general populace are in need of legends. We give our favorite athletes and entertainers labels such as “great” or “legendary” sometimes before they’ve proven anything.

Let’s be honest, we do this because it adds an element of fun and most of us enjoy tracking the progressions of our heroes. Many of them will fly under the radar and are acknowledged only after years of success. Jim Zorn, the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins has the opportunity to do just that.

Since Zorn has arrived he’s been active in determining which prospects would be the best fit for the current roster. He’s spoken highly of his predecessor, Joe Gibbs and has become an active participant in accessing player’s skills.

Zorn told former Seahawk receiver D.J. Hackett he’d like to have him for the right price but wouldn’t over-pay for him. He also recently placed a collage of Sean Taylor’s pictures in his office, which shows he’s establishing a connection with Redskin community. He’s even alluded to giving unheralded players like receiver Anthony Mix playing time instead of letting him waste away on the bench.

Forgive me if this comes off as premature but Zorn seems to be moving in the right direction and has the preliminary makings of a great coach. There goes that word again, “great”.

I’ve fully taken into account that saying this could make me appear to be either a genius or a goat. However, based on what I’ve seen thus far, it’s certainly worth the risk. Zorn hasn’t had the opportunity to do much at this point of the offseason but the few things he’s had an opportunity to do all seem to be correct.
Later this month at the Washington Redskin’s annual draft day party, Zorn will address the fans at Fed Ex Field. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say. Will he try to remain politically correct and say all the right things? Or will he continue the trend he’s already started and speak the truth? I’m positive that the latter scenario would be welcomed by all Redskins’ fans.
Some of my readers may be wondering why we should get excited about Zorn so quickly. What he’s done so far is actually very simplistic, however, it’s a-typical of the quandary the Skins have been in since ’93.So with that said, let’s sit back and enjoy watching Zorn’s identity unfold. Zorn may never be a legend, but if he ever is, just remember who told you first.

Hail to the Redskins!