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Zorn: We Can’t Expect Receivers to Catch Balls That Hit Their Hands

Quite possibly the two biggest offensive plays of the game for the Skins both happened in the 4th quarter, following the Cowboys go-ahead TD, and both ended in fail. First, there was the one and only deep ball of the game, which went Santana’s way and hit him square in his hands:


Zorn’s reaction from today’s press conference to that drop:

“That was a deep pass, Santana went up for it, and it was a volatile situation. Had he come down with it, that’s a huge play. We did get protection, it was executed well, it was thrown well. He had to go to heroics to make the catch, and we didn’t get it.”

Volatile? Heroics? The ball hit his fucking hands with no defender close enough to disrupt the catch. Zorn’s little buzzwords and catch phrases are fun, except for when they’re just nonsensical bullshit. Dude dropped a game-changing pass. That’s all there is to it.

But there was more from Zorn in defense of the WRs. This is what he had to say about Devin Thomas not hauling in that crucial 3rd-and-4 pass:

“I gave Jason Campbell — I scratched a big minus for him. I didn’t put that on Devin. That was a very, very difficult catch for him to make. Because he was coming inside. Alls Jason had to do was put the ball on his inside shoulder and he threw it low. He raised up and he threw it right down. Now you’re telling that receiver he had to actually burst, dive to make the catch. Tough, tough catch. I wouldn’t put that on Devin.”

You can watch that play at the 3:30 mark here, if you can bare it.  If that was a “very, very difficult” catch for Devin Thomas, then we way overreached for him in the second round. Sure, it was a little low — at his knees — but it hit his hands. I have no idea what being required to “burst” means, but he didn’t have to dive, or go to the aforementioned heroics. He just had to hold onto the god damn ball. It was actually a pretty easy catch.

(Quotes via Redskins Blog)

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  1. GloverParksFinest

    November 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Youtube video quality sucks, video shows it better:

    Have to disagree with the second mis-catch being on Thomas, it’s a slant route where if the ball doesn’t hit the WR in the numbers like it’s supposed to, it’s supposed to be put forward of the receiver, and it’s thrown low and away. Campbell made a horrific throw.

    Wouldn’t have mattered if Santana catches the first one.

  2. Chris Mottram

    November 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    It was thrown in front of the receiver. As I said, it was low, but it was a very catchable ball. Obviously not an ideal pass, but I wouldn’t say it was “horrific.” A horrific slant pass was Romo’s throw to TO that was picked by Hall.

    We have to expect our WRs to sometime catch passes that aren’t perfect, especially in huge situations like that.

  3. StetSportsBlog

    November 17, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Zorn plays mind games like that. Ain’t nothing to it.

    – P. Jackson

  4. Chase

    November 17, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Malcolm Kelly totally would have had both of those. And Fred Davis not only would have caught both, but he’d have scored on each and then would have gotten a cheerleader’s number, only to oversleep for their first date.


    November 17, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    devin thomas sucks

    that moss bomb was a tough catch…so no blame to him

  6. twoeightnine

    November 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM


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