Jim Zorn made a lot of mistakes during his failed tenure as the Washington Redskins coach. His biggest blunder? Not letting Clinton Portis and Santana Moss continue their tradition of taking a shot of Hennessy prior to kickoff. A tradition they started with the late Sean Taylor before Zorn’s arrival.
Portis, Moss and Taylor had a tradition of taking Henny shots before games, according to Portis. Portis and Moss wanted to carry on the tradition in Taylor’s memory after the strong safety was tragically shot and killed in 2007. But Zorn, scrapped the practiced carried out in memory of Taylor.
In an interview with NBC Washington, Portis talks about how Zorn’s decision help usher the coach’s downfall in Washington.
Here is a clip of them talking about the pre-game shots. I would watch the whole interview though. It's 45 minutes but it flies by pic.twitter.com/BxIiXGLyr0
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 5, 2017
Zorn had a 12-20 record in two seasons with the Redskins.
From Portis’ words, Zorn lost the Redskins’ locker room when he banned Hennessy.
No Hennessy, no respect. It’s the principle of the matter.