Zorn hopes DE Taylor will return to Redskins

Jim Zorn is unusually forthcoming for an NFL coach. He’ll tell you as much, likely in a very thorough and well-thought-out way. When asked about what he learned during his first season as a head coach, Zorn offered this:

“One thing I’ve learned is that I’ve probably said too much in interviews with you guys,” Zorn quipped. “But that’s the way I am. I need to speak in shorter snippets.”

On the free-agency front, Zorn said his Redskins hope to have DE Jason Taylor back for a second season in Washington after a 2008 season that was riddled with injuries. Zorn said he wasn’t disappointed in Taylor but disappointed in the way his season played out.

“I think we have a very good relationship,” Zorn told reporters. “I think he really liked playing Redskin football, and I think he would only like to play Redskin football at 100 percent. … I tip my hat to him, because he played injured, and every week, he came through and played as hard as he could.”

Zorn held a lengthy conversation with a smaller group of reporters after his news conference, focusing mainly on the team’s free-agency outlook and some offseason injuries.

  • Zorn doesn’t expect the team to be able to re-sign CB DeAngelo Hall and G Pete Kendall before the start of free agency on Feb. 27. “It means a lot to DeAngelo, it means a lot to us, to have it done right,” Zorn said. He was hopeful both would return.
  • Adding pieces to the receiving corps likely won’t be a priority for the Redskins this offseason. Zorn pointed to three rookies from last year – WRs Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly and TE Fred Davis — contributing more as second-year pros. Zorn said Kelly underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure — which was less extensive than the team believed would be required — at the end of the season in an effort to be completely healthy for training camp. Kelly is expected to return in time for a portion of organized team activities.
  • Zorn said that G Randy Thomas underwent a neck procedure in early January, but his recovery is on track. Thomas is currently in the rest portion of his rehabilitation from a procedure that helped relieve a spine irritation that was causing numbness, according to Zorn, who didn’t know the exact details of the injury. Zorn said Thomas is expected to make a full recovery.
Guidelines: Fan feedback should be within the guidelines for the NFL community. These guidelines will be used to identify those comments that will be removed from display on the site. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic, not abusive or combatant towards other fans, and don’t share any personal details. Use the “Report” link to help keep the community at its best.

Comments may be no longer than 2000 characters and will post to the site shortly after submitting.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP | Subscribe (RSS)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,382 other followers