Redskins players standing behind Zorn
From The Washington Post:
CHARLOTTE -- In the moments immediately after another unsettling defeat that prompted the Washington Redskins to question much about themselves, many team leaders were united on this: Changing the head coach alone will not solve their problems.
To be sure, many things are going poorly for the Redskins, as evidenced by a 20-17 loss to the formerly winless Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. Washington was undone, in large part, by a strange sequence of events on a punt in the fourth quarter that resulted in a turnover that Carolina quickly capitalized on to score the go-ahead touchdown.
The play, on which punt returner Antwaan Randle El signaled for a fair catch, ended with the Panthers recovering the ball on the Redskins 12-yard line after Byron Westbrook was pushed into Randle El and the ball hit Westbrook's foot. Two plays later, Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart ran untouched through the right side of Washington's defense for a touchdown. Then quarterback Jake Delhomme and wide receiver Steve Smith teamed on a two-point conversion pass.
With no timeouts -- Washington had used its third and final one with 8 minutes 1 second remaining because the play clock was running down as Coach Jim Zorn attempted to change a play he thought would fail -- and the passing game weakened by the loss of left tackle Chris Samuels early in the first quarter, the Redskins stalled on their next possession and did not get the ball back.
The Panthers (1-3) put away the victory behind the running of DeAngelo Williams and Delhomme, who caught the Redskins by surprise on a naked bootleg after the two-minute warning. On third and eight at Carolina's 25-yard line, Delhomme went right, the rest of the offense went left and Delhomme, who appeared to be stopped by cornerback DeAngelo Hall after a six-yard gain, dragged Hall for three more yards and a first down. Delhomme then kneeled twice to complete a week that some in the locker room said was even more difficult for Washington (2-3) than what occurred after the loss to the Detroit Lions.
"When you're in a situation like this, when you face what we're facing, the doors and everything are going to close in on you," said defensive end Andre Carter, who had easily his best performance in a long time with 2 1/2 sacks.
"But it's not Jim. . . . I admire his character, and admire his will and strength. . . . But as a player, when you respect a coach like that, you have to come out and help him by winning games. We're not doing that."