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THE ZORN ZONE | First-Year Coach Jim Zorn's Take On This Week's Opponent

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jim Zorn makes his regular season head coaching debut against the Giants. The defending Super Bowl champions present many challenges for the Redskins, Zorn said.

"Watching them on offense, I think they are very flexible." Quarterback Eli "Manning does a very nice job on the line of scrimmage looking things over. He does a nice job of that. They play hard, and they play fast. You can tell they are a veteran team. They have stayed together because they do things at a very high rate suddenly, at the snap of the ball."

Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan retired in June, and Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

"They are very motivated," Zorn said of the Giants' defense. Linebacker "Antonio Pierce is a guy who motivates his teammates. Justin Tuck is doing a wonderful job at defensive end, just creating problems for us trying to prepare for him. They have a good team, and they play hard. They are showing that they are a team to be dealt with."

The Giants' secondary is not considered to be among the strengths of the team. Cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Sam Madison, however, are difference-makers, Zorn said.

"I don't see trying to pick on one guy or the other," he said. "Sometimes, you look at either side and say, 'Let's try to get this guy.' Ross and Madison "are both very athletic. They both can play man coverage. They are very good at playing disciplined defense. They play hard."

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