ASHBURN, Va. --- Always the energetic left-hander, Jim Zorn had an upbeat but shaky start to his coming-out event with the Washington Redskins.
The new coach got the team colors wrong -- "maroon and black" instead of burgundy and gold. He paid tribute to Gregg Williams, whom the team recently fired.He lacked the polish of his predecessor, Joe Gibbs, who sat watching from the second row at the news conference Sunday in Redskins Park auditorium.
Not too surprising, really, given that Zorn himself said it was nothing short of "miraculous" that he made the jump from quarterbacks coach to head coach because none of the candidates on owner Dan Snyder's initial list worked out.
Zorn, the sixth Redskins coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999, realizes he suddenly has a lot of work to do. He needs to put together an off-season calendar. He needs to get to know his team.
He said he plans to hire an offensive coordinator but will work hands-on with the quarterbacks and could still end up calling the plays in what will be a version of the West Coast offense.
He quelled any doubts about quarterback Jason Campbell: "He's the starter," Zorn said.
Zorn will make his debut in the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game on Aug. 3 against the Colts.