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Tuesday Take: Zorn Staying Medium

Tuesday Take: Zorn Staying Medium

Even though the Washington Redskins offense has scored just two offensive touchdowns in the past three games, don't look for coach Jim Zorn to go making wholesale changes.

Zorn is staying medium.

He stood steady both at his postgame press conference and in his Monday afternoon presser. There will be no changes in the lineup. Do not expect any major shift in the play calling.

I can't locate a money quote that makes me believe that this is the case. It's more his overall demeanor, very calm, very matter of fact. Zorn said that "a small handful of issues" are preventing the offense from clicking.

Some of these "issues" are pretty big. The inability of the line—and the backs and tight ends, as Zorn pointed out—to protect Jason Campbell has put a severe cramp in the offense to say the least. It would be fair to say that the quality of the opposition the past two weeks—facing two of the top five defenses in terms of sacks in the past two games—has something to do with it.

It also would be fair to say that they need to get the job done against good pass-rushing teams regardless as the road gets no easier. The Seattle Seahawks, the Skins' next foe, are ninth in the league with 20 sacks. Next come the Giants, who have 31 QB scalps over their mantle and the Ravens, who get after it better than their #15 ranking in sacks would indicate.

But there are other issues as well. In the second quarter, a drive into Dallas territory was sandbagged when the Redskins had too many men in the huddle and then, even after that, they had to call a timeout. A sack ensued and after having second and seven it was fourth and 21.

And, as Zorn said, it's not just one issue. Pass protection problems prevented Campbell from finding Devin Thomas, who had broken wide open behind the secondary in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, Campbell had time but Santana Moss couldn't quite haul in his deep pass.

A missed block here, a blown pass pattern there, a pass just off the mark somewhere in between. Zorn insisting that things are almost there passes the eyeball test, through this set of eyeballs anyway.

The debate is, how do you take care of the issues? Do you change the game plan and take a different approach, perhaps one that makes you rely less on the areas in which you are having difficulties? Do you do what Joe Gibbs did back in 2005 when things weren't going right offensively and go back to the basics and just run smashmouth plays and try to get it done that way?

Or do you believe in your original plan, stay the course and work out the kinks? Do you let your players, all of whom are in their first year in a new offense, finish honing their fundamentals and techniques?

Clearly, Zorn is tacking towards the latter course. He is going to dance with who brung him to 6-4 and work to improve the dance steps.

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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LII


Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LII

Vernon Davis is a charitable guy, and it's one of the reasons he's the Washington Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. 

His latest gesture is an attempt to bring a little joy to a grieving family after they recently lost their 17-year-old son, who Davis had previously met. The Redskins veteran tight end met the Howey family and their son, Ryan, who was a huge Washington fan and was going through treatment for brain cancer, according to the team.

Sadly not long after Ryan and his family met Davis, he passed away.

"It broke my heart," Davis told TMZ in a video, adding that about a year ago, Ryan was "totally fine" and going to Redskins games. "It was unfortunate he had to deal with that."

And Davis wanted to do what he could for the Howey family and "bring some joy to their spirit," so he gave them two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, and, with the help of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, he was able to get them a third so Ryan's parents and sister could all attend the game together. Davis said is also paying for their flights to Atlanta and hotel as well.

He said after he heard Ryan passed away, he reached out via FaceTime to the Howey family, and, of course, they didn't know what to expect from such a call. And after he told them what he wanted to do, he told TMZ they were crying "tears of joy."

"It was just on my heart," Davis said in his interview with TMZ. "They were the first ones I could think of when it comes to just making them happy, just bringing some joy in their life after all they've had to deal with their son. I just put myself in that situation, you know? I'm just having some compassion here, and I would want the same thing."

The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb. 3.


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Alex Smith spotted at Wizards game wearing big apparatus on injured right leg

Alex Smith spotted at Wizards game wearing big apparatus on injured right leg

Alex Smith was at the Wizards-Pistons game on Monday, having scored some good seats in the owner's suite. The Redskins quarterback was spotted at Capital One Arena wearing a large apparatus on his right leg as he continues his long recovery from his mid-November injury.

In previous updates about his recovery, Smith's legs were covered and he was in a wheelchair. 

In this glimpse of Smith, he appeared to no longer require a wheelchair, or one wasn't seen in the box. Instead, he was sitting in a seat and two crutches were behind him:

The Redskins and Smith's family had previously asked for privacy during his rehab. Major questions remain about whether he'll play in 2019 for the Redskins, or ever again in fact, but at the very least it's good to see him out in public.