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Jim Zorn Mini-Camp Media Session

On his first practice:

"I thought that all the preparation that we have done was executed very well out here. I am very happy with how guys worked and how guys finished, great effort with the ball. The thing that I was really amazed by is some of these guys have only been here a day or two and to come out, line up, not jump off sides, no fumbles, no fumbled snaps; there is kind of a victory just in that. Then, to put the whole practice together the way we did, I thought it was outstanding."

On if he had any butterflies:

"I had no butterflies. I had too many things to think about."

On if practice went like he thought it would:

"Nobody really knew what to expect out there. We tried to explain what to expect and for the most part everybody did exactly right. There will always be little things that we can do to make it more crisp, even setting the ball down, where are we going to be, that takes a little time for everybody to get an idea of how fast we work."

On rookies not having logos on their helmets:

"Yeah, we decided to take those off for several reasons. One, there are names on the back of the jerseys just so we can remember who they are, especially the new coaches. Secondly, I think without the logo there are a couple of things there. One, it tells you who the young guy is. Two, those young guys look at the logo and then they have a sense of something that they want to earn, especially at the end of training camp, earn the right to have that decal on the helmet. Those are the ideas behind it."

On what he said to the team after practice:

"We said a lot this morning, and I told them exactly what I told you. We practiced hard, we practiced well, then we made announcements and then we got done. Not a lot of fluff after the morning practice."

On what he thought of the new guys:

"I thought the new guys were outstanding in what they did. Really the new guys were outstanding, but what they did was they learned from the veteran players. I could see them waiting for that veteran to show them how to do it and then they tried to execute in the same manner, full speed, trying to do everything they could to show what they can do, and they did."

On the offensive playbook:

"We worked on it long and hard. There were long hours and adjusting all the way along, even up to yesterday just putting the final touches on it. Chris Meidt, who is our offensive assistant, he had to do all the printing and we would make an adjustment and he would have to reprint it and reorganize it on the computer. Everybody contributed and what is outstanding about the offensive playbook is it was a group effort. Everybody had input in it, as far as coaches and so we all take ownership in that book. It really doesn't mean anything unless we can go out and execute it and today was our first step in that. [I am] very pleased on how we executed."

On if anyone stood out:

"I don't know about one guy. I was really impressed with how hard the receivers worked. To put four wide receivers out there and the ball gets thrown to one guy. All three of those other receivers, I heard no complaints, no disappointment in not getting the ball. Even your starters would come down and run hard, come back to the huddle with nothing. I thought that was outstanding."

On Jason Campbell (QB, #17):

"What he did today, if you remember there was a pattern where he looked to one side and it was covered and then he looked over the middle, it was covered and then he turned all the way around and hit the back coming out the other side. Those are the kinds of things that you put in on the board, talk about it in a position meeting and then you hope it gets executed out here. Nobody set him up for it, he just did it. That is when you know that the playbook, all the talk and all the stuff that we do connects with the player."

On how much Jason Campbell's (QB, #17) familiarity with the West Coast Offense has helped him:

"I think it has helped a little. I am going to assume myself that he has learned nothing, so we are starting from square one and just making sure we cover everything. It is a very sequential game. You can't go one, two, five, nine, ten. You have to go through the sequence of events. It doesn't get that mechanical in a game, it flows, but still those are the things. I am not going to try to skip the steps that it takes to coach, that it takes to get him to play the game like he has done it all of his life, and that is what we are going to get to."

On if he is going to change how Casey Rabach (OL, #61) snaps the ball:

"I am going to go watch that on video right now. I want the quarterbacks to be very explosive away from the line of scrimmage and that would be one thing. I have to get these guys quicker away from the center. I'm going to go look at it, talk about it and try to do it. I'm always doing that kind of stuff."

On if he had any thoughts about how this is his team now:

"Not so much it's my team, I just thought that I was going to be held accountable for the product that we put on that field. Now I know it's not solely me, because we talked about this being a team effort, no question about it. I'm not trying to ignore that by thinking I'm accountable for it either. My plan is to make good on that, is to really be a man that pays attention to the detail."

On if there is a person he wants to model himself after:

"I would not say there is one person because I have been influenced by several position coaches. Jerry Rome, who coached here in the years that the team was going to the Super Bowl, was my position coach in Seattle before he came here. He is an outstanding coach. Mike Holmgren (Seattle Head Coach), Chuck Knox, Bobby Ross, all of those guys that I worked with and then there were a lot of guys that I was along side of that I admired as well, that were very consciensious in how they coached the details of the game. I think the key is they did it over and over and over and over again. It is a long term situation. This is not just one day and, ?Hey guys, we're ready to play tomorrow.' It really is a long term process."

On the target net he used for the quarterbacks:

"When you add an element to a drill what happens is the players get distracted and they lose the idea of the drop. They lose the idea of the rhythm, because they want to hit the target so bad. I think the target drills really add the right kind of element to the plan. There is actually a goal in mind. Not just throw a vicinity pass, not just hit the big net, but to hit the pocket that I called. I think that particular apparatus makes a difference for me. It creates a little bit of fun as well."

On Defensive Coordinator Greg Blache:

"What impresses me is, I think he is a very patient man. He wasn't concerned that we completed passes on him. He was trying to get his scheme introduced, worked. He is trying to see people and see the scheme. He didn't have to win. Obviously he didn't feel like he had to lose. I think that is what makes him an outstanding coach. He is working out a plan for our defense. He is not really trying to really beat the offense, putting in blitzes or doing something radical. Getting to know him, he is a man that is not going to sit back and wait for you to get to know him. He has been very active within our staff having functions at his home. He really brings people together. He and his wife have done a great job bringing the staff together. They are the same, and he is the same off the field in a private situation as he is on the field. Now, we can get very demanding and very vocal on the field, but his demeanor in the caring is the same. It is pretty awesome."

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