August 7th: They Said What?

See what Jim Zorn and Santana Moss had to say today after practice.

Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn

On the Redskins signing safety Justin Hamilton:

"Our fullback (Pete Schmitt) decided to leave, he hung it up.  He stepped aside and said maybe this is not for me.  That is why we could sign Justin Hamilton, now Justin has another opportunity."

On the health of running back Rock Cartwright and cornerback Shawn Springs:

"Rock has just got a rib that needs to calm down.  He has a little sore rib cartilage.  I know how that feels.  It is very hard, especially when you start laughing.  He just has to quite that down.  That hurts us at the running back position because now other guys need to take more of the responsibilities.  Shawn Springs, I think he will be ready; I think he is close.  After already having one player with a ruptured Achilles, we don't want to take a chance with Shawn."

 On how much more of the offense he plans to use against the Bills:

"We have got some stuff that we want to take the next step towards.  We are not going to reinvent the offense, but we are taking some steps."

On how the players are adapting to the offense:

"They are getting comfortable with the things we were working on two or three weeks ago.  In training camp you just keep pushing them to learn more.  Now they are uncomfortable with the new concepts that are coming to them.  It is very stressful.  It is a strain because we are pushing their minds along with the grind of training camp."

On when each of the quarterbacks will play against the Bills:

"I haven't decided the order yet.  I do know that Jason (Campbell) is going to start this game, but I haven't decided the order of the other three yet.  I may change the way I am thinking about that."

On how the second team offensive line looked in practice:

"They did a much better job today.  They were more alert."

On linebacker/defensive end Jason Taylor:

"He is super explosive.  He has great hands and he doesn't stay blocked.  He is able to move laterally quicker than any of our quarterbacks.  I really like his communication skills.  He is an excellent communicator and he really understands what is happening on the football field."

Redskins Wide Receiver Santana Moss

On his thoughts on playing the New York Jets in the preseason with the addition of Brett Favre:

"It is still a preseason game for us.  I hope he does well in New York.  I wish him the best because I would like to see him have the success he has had in the past.  I hope he finishes his career in New York the way he finished it in Green Bay."

On the approach the team will take to playing against the New York Jets in their preseason home opener:

"We have to go out and do our jobs so that we can be successful when we play in the regular season opener against the New York Giants.  Whether Brett Favre plays or not, we have to go up there and be prepared to get a win." 

On what he and the team look to get out of the upcoming preseason game against the Buffalo Bills:

"I just hope to continue to get better.  It is going to get harder, not easier, but with that in mind the work we are putting into practice should help us to be more fluent.  I am proud of our performance this past weekend, but we can't just feel comfortable with that.  We have to do it every week, and that is the only way to get better.  These preseason games allow us to make progress and take another step forward.  Hopefully we can get out there and execute the things coach asks us to do."

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