Steve Largent Defends Jim Zorn, Piles On Snyder

We feel a little bad for Steve Largent. The Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Seahawks turned to politics after football, and national politics means you have to move to Washington. Moving to Washington means you have to watch the Redskins, and watching the Redskins means you have to want to stab your eyes out.

Steve Largent and Jim Zorn are BFFIBJs! (Best Friends Forever in Blue Jeans)
(It was a different era, I guess.)

So while Largent was back in Seattle today during the congressional offseason, he was asked by KGO-AM about the football situation in Washington. Turns out Largent’s a close friend of ‘Skins head coach - for now - Jim Zorn (seen above, totally BFFing with Largent in their Seattle playing days), which means you know exactly where he’s going with this interview.

From the REDSKINS 360 blog of the WASHINGTON TIMES, some mighty choice quotes:

“I don’t know what a “Dan Snyder coach” looks like and I don’t think Dan Snyder knows what a “Dan Snyder coach” looks like. That’s fairly obvious now as he’s been through six head coaches in 10 years. The problem is that, Jim was hired as an offensive coordinator and then promoted to head coach and yet, the coaching position that Jim was given, he was told who his coaches were going to be, he was told who his players were going to be, he didn’t have any opportunity to go, seek and find players and coaches that he wanted to fill out the team with a couple of exceptions.”

“He inherited everything that he has to work with today and yet all the blame is being laid on his feet because he can’t make them Super Bowl champions, which I could have told you two years ago – they don’t have a Super Bowl-quality team so it doesn’t matter how good a coach you are – you’re not going to get there with the players the owner gives you.”

Ouch. And that’s not even coming from a former Redskin who’s emotionally invested in the success of the franchise, like with John Riggins‘ missives. Largent’s just piling on out of general principle.

As for whether Zorn might just throw his hands up and say “the hell with it,” apparently, if that were an acceptable option he’d have done so by now:

“Yes, he did consider [resigning] and no, he did not want to give up those responsibilities. They went to the point of pulling out his contract and said, ‘You have to do whatever the owners tells you to do.’ His choice was to either resign or to continue on under the current scenario. Jim’s not a quitter. He said he wasn’t going to quit on his coaching staff and quit on this team.”

That’s just about Zorn’s only way of “winning” at this point, is to make Snyder fire him instead of resigning himself; after all, the team’s an utter mess, and that’s not something you can lay at Zorn’s feet. Well, not before Vinny Cerrato and Snyder, anyway.

So Zorn finds himself in the unenviable position of being an offensive coach forced to watch his offense called by a guy who wasn’t coaching at all two weeks ago, much less coaching in Washington. If Snyder were trying to make it obvious that he wants Zorn to quit, about all he’s got left that could be more humiliating is forcing Zorn to stand on the sidelines in a bunny costume like the kid from A Christmas Story.

Jim Zorn as the Christmas Story bunny

Actually, this wouldn’t be such a bad idea. It’s still Breast Cancer Month, right? Bunny suit’s pink. There you go.