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'Jim Zorn Show': O-Line Injuries Were Turning Point


The Redskins approach the finish line. What was the turning point in a season gone wrong?

During the latest installment of "The Jim Zorn Show," Redskins head coach Jim Zorn pointed to season-ending injuries to Randy Thomas and Chris Samuels as critical moments.

Thomas suffered a triceps injury in Week and Samuels suffered a neck injury in Week 5. The team struggled to replace them, using multiple starters at both positions.

Zorn added: "Clinton Portis fighting to stay healthy--those were the turning points on offense. We played pretty steady on defense and we tried to find ourselves on special teams. But we were a little bit all over the place on offense and that's what made it such an up and down season [in terms of] game planning and execution. It was a frustration for us."

The Redskins close out the season on Sunday in San Diego with a matchup against the AFC West champion Chargers.

Zorn offered some season-ending thoughts during his appearance on "The Jim Zorn Show," which airs on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC-WRC 4. The show is hosted by Dan Hellie and Larry Weisman.

"As we continued through the season and we continued to put men on injured reserve, we continued to fight through the external adversity and external distractions that we find ourselves in today," he said. "We can talk about execution, injuries and all of the things that were out of our control and we can come up with a reason.

"The bottom line is that it has been frustrating for me as a head coach because I see how frustrating it is for the fans, for the Redskins organization itself. It was disappointing, to say the least.

This week's edition of "The Jim Zorn Show" also includes a Wired Up segment with wide receiver Devin Thomas and a GameTime segment with wide receiver Malcolm Kelly.

The show was dedicated to the late George Michael, the legendary sportscaster who hosted "The Jim Zorn Show" in 2008, as well as "The Joe Gibbs Show" in prior years. Michael passed away on Dec. 24.

"George was always a legend, and when I came in here I didn't realize how close he was to the Redskins," Zorn said. "Then he did the show last year with Sonny [Jurgensen] and it was a real thrill…It was an honor to work with him for the short time that I did."

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