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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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Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2020

Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is among the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world in 2020, according to Forbes.

Cousins, who came in as the ninth highest-paid athlete overall, is the top-ranked NFL athlete on the list, coming in one spot above Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Forbes estimated the Vikings QB's earnings at $60.5 million, with $58 million coming from his salary and $2.5 million from his endorsements.

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In March, Cousins signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Vikings, one that included a $30 million signing bonus. The signal-caller originally signed with the Vikings in 2018 on a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million deal that at the time made him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

The Vikings signal-caller has earned over $130 million in his career thus far, according to OverTheCap.

Cousins spent the first six seasons of his career with the Redskins, with three of those years as the team's starter. The quarterback set the franchise's single-season passing yards record in 2016 when he threw for 4,917 yards for Washington. His 29 touchdown passes in 2017 were the second-most by any Redskins quarterback in a single-season.

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Newest Redskin Chase Young adds another award to his already impressive résumé

Newest Redskin Chase Young adds another award to his already impressive résumé

The awards just keep coming for Chase Young.

The Redskins first-round pick was named Ohio State's Male Athlete of the Year, the school announced on Friday.

Young's honor is just the latest award of many that the pass rusher has earned following his stellar junior season with the Buckeyes. The 21-year-old finished his final collegiate season with a nation-leading 16.5 sacks in just 12 games, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Bednarik Award (given to the country's best defensive player) honors.

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Additionally, the pass rusher was named a Heisman Trophy finalist this past December, becoming just the ninth defensive player since 1982 to be named a finalist for the award.

Young becomes the second Buckeye-turned-Redskin to win Ohio State's Male Athlete of the Year award in as many years, as quarterback Dwayne Haskins earned the honor in 2018-19.

Congratulations to Young and his family on the outstanding achievement.

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