Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Getting your team to jump off

What did coach Jim Zorn tell his team before sending them out to upset the unbeaten Cowboys on Sunday?

According to Redskins tight end Chris Cooley:

"The night before the game we talked about two things. The first point was that it was going to take an unbelievable effort by everyone to win the game.

Z talked about 'jumping off.' He's reading a book about Kit Carson and his trip from Missouri to New Mexico in the early 1800's. When someone decided to leave Missouri for further west they were jumping off. This was crazy dangerous and took a huge leap of faith and commitment.

I know it sounds way corny and it did to us the night before the game, but if you think about it, it was relevant to our situation. Jump off to beat the Cowboys.

Maybe Z is the pep talk expert. I mean, before the New Orleans game the topic was 'be excellent.' A line from George Carlin in 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.'"