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Will Montgomery says RGIII needs a Slip ‘n Slide

By Rick Carioti/The Washington Post


The classic Jim Zorn Is Quirky storyline, I once wrote, was his famous slip-and-slide drill for quarterbacks, debuted with baseball’s Frank Tanana in Detroit and perfected with baseball’s John Olerud in Seattle. 

And when Jason Campbell was the world’s worst sliders in 2008 — highlighted by a flop in Seattle — Zorn promised improvements.

“So embarrassed,” Zorn said, when asked about the results of his fabled teaching methods. “Did you see [Campbell’s poor slide]? Ok, enough said. That was SO bad. But anyway, we’ll work on that. I’m gonna have renewed energy. I’m gonna put some new feeling into the way I coach him sliding.”

As Redskins fans belched out should-he-run shouldn’t-he-run rhetoric during the 24 hours after RGIII was hurt against the Baltimore, one reader joked that we should just bring Zorn back, to teach the rookie how to slide without getting hurt. Well, he wasn’t the only one with that idea.

Center Will Montgomery appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Bob Papa and Ross Tucker on Monday morning, and he was asked about the damage Griffin has endured.

“You know, it is crazy, some of the shots he’s been taking,” Montgomery said. “We need to get him like a Slip ‘n Slide out there, to teach him out how to slide feet first. You know, when he’s helicoptering his body through the air and big Haloti Ngata’s taking shots on him? That’s not a way to make a living right there.”

Indeed, these images by The Post’s Ricky Carioti would seem to at least confirm that it’s a painful way to make a living.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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