Monday, February 11, 2008
"There's got to be a chemistry and a good feeling for both sides in the [interview] process, and I think that's what happened. I think that's what led Dan [Snyder] to Jim. I don't know Jim personally . . . but everybody that I know that knows him talks about what a great person he is. I think it's going to be good for Washington to have such a high-quality person."
Former coach Joe Gibbs
"His reputation, we have friends in common, and what they alluded to, everybody you talk to they don't say good guy, they say great guy. They don't say good coach, they say great coach. And meeting with him he comes across that way. I'm excited about the opportunity. . . . Without question. I have great respect for him, his reputation precedes him. We have friends in common and as I said earlier, they don't say good guy, they say great guy. They don't say good coach, they say great coach."
Defensive coordinator Greg Blache
"After spending two days with him in meetings as a coordinator, I found out he's a people person. I really liked him right away. It was kind of like respect at first sight."
Joe Bugel, assistant head coach-offense
"It's been a relief for us to have a new head coach. It was also a relief when we had a coordinator, we were getting ready to start on football. And get ready to get into a new offense. So it was a big relief and now we're ready to go and move forward and make the best of this good situation."
Stan Hixon, wide receivers coach
"I got a chance to know him a little bit when he worked with me during the Senior Bowl. I worked with him as a quarterback and receiver and I got to see how he does things. Since I've been [in the NFL], I've talked to a lot of guys who have said good things about him. . . . From what I understand, he has a really good track record as far as working with quarterbacks. Matt Hasselbeck is a friend of mine and he says a lot of good things about him. He told me if it hadn't been for Zorn, he probably wouldn't be the quarterback he is today. That means a lot to me coming from Matt."
Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El
"The offensive guys better be ready. I'm telling you it's going to be different from what they're used to. The way they ran practice and the whole philosophy of thinking is entirely different. This system is all about speed, the quickness, the timing getting in and out of practice, from what I remember."
Cornerback Shawn Springs, whose career began in Seattle
"My first reaction was, 'Thank goodness we have a head coach for next year.' It seemed to take forever and you have to give due to Dan [Snyder] and his crew for doing a thorough job and getting who they believe is the right guy. But it seemed like it took forever and somebody has the head job now and we're excited to see what it's going to be like."
Center Casey Rabach
-- Jason Reid, Jason La Canfora and Paul Tenorio