Sunday, February 10, 2008

Redskins introduce new 'Skins head coach

Redskins introduce new 'Skins head coach
Always the energetic left-hander, Jim Zorn had an upbeat but nervous start to his coming-out event with the Washington Redskins. The new coach got the team colors wrong. He paid tribute to an assistant the team recently fired. He lacked the polish of his predecessor, Joe Gibbs, who sat watching from the second row during the news conference Sunday in the Redskins Park auditorium.

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Bucs considering Culpepper, Grossman as reserve QBs?
The St. Petersburg Times reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to add at least one veteran quarterback this offseason to serve as a reserve to Jeff Garcia.

The guy to keep an eye on is Daunte Culpepper, who struggled in his only season with the Raiders. Remember, the Bucs met with Culpepper in Tampa last year, and Gruden is intrigued by his arm strength and accomplishments. Last season, Culpepper started six games for the Raiders, passing for 1,331 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. But he has completed 63.8 percent of his career passing attempts, a figure that stands out to Gruden. And the Florida native might welcome a return to his home state.

Others who might receive some attention from the Bucs include Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, who is an unrestricted free agent; Brian Griese, who could be cut loose from Chicago and had good success with the Bucs; and the Jets' Chad Pennington, a career 65.6 percentage passer who could become a free agent.

Peyton: Eli will be back strong in '08
Eli Manning isn't at the Pro Bowl. But he is the Super Bowl MVP. Peyton Manning talks with Alex Marvez about his brother's rise.

Bills nearing the end of the line in Buffalo?

With the Buffalo Bills finalizing plans to play one regular-season game in Toronto over each of the next five seasons, some are wondering whether that is the first step toward the club ultimately relocating there the Boston Globe reported.

The Bills have a stadium lease through 2012, and while 89-year-old owner Ralph Wilson said he has no plans to sell before his death, he also hasn't sugar-coated the uncertain future of the team in Western New York.

As is the case in most professional sports these days, it comes down to revenue generated from luxury suites. There simply aren't enough companies and corporations in Western New York.

Redskins have faith Zorn will be just like Joe Gibbs

In the Washington Redskins' seemingly interminable search to find the replacement for Joe Gibbs, they may well have found, well, another Joe Gibbs. Just like his predecessor, Zorn — born in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier — was a college quarterback in Southern California (Cal-Poly Pomona), became deeply religious and possesses an innate ability to stay calm through chaos. Like Gibbs, he is a family man. He and his wife Joy have four children, and in Seattle they would do things as a group when they had time.

As the Seahawks' first quarterback in 1976, he led the team through its troubled early years. Later. as its quarterbacks coach, he pulled Hasselbeck through the bitter disappointment of losing the job as the team's starter, rebuilding the player's confidence until he became a star. Yet each time his reputation remained the same. He was patient. Nothing ever disturbed him according to the Washington Post.

"He's very much like a Joe Gibbs," said Trent Dilfer, who played under Zorn for four seasons in Seattle. "He's wise beyond his years. His faith is at the front of his life. And he he's aware of the global perspective. What Gibbs and the best coaches can do is put things in perspective for the football team. That's what he was able to do as a quarterback coach.''

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