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Slumping Redskins need to “dig down deep”, says Zorn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Redskins need to “dig down deep” in the midst of a bitterly disappointing season punctuated by late-game losses and a slew of injuries, head coach Jim Zorn said Monday.

Washington lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 Sunday after blowing an eight-point fourth-quarter lead. A week earlier, they gave up a late score in a 7-6 setback to Dallas.

“I’m going to call for them to dig down deep,” Zorn told reporters Monday at the team’s training facility in Ashburn, Virginia. “They’ve been doing it all year.

“They’re not trying to create any fantasy that’s not there. We kind of know what the real situation is for us.

“I’m proud of the way that they’ve played. They hurt after every loss. It’s not the type of thing where we come in after the game and just take showers and leave. It hurts.

“It hurts the coaches, the ownership and the fans. There is nothing good about the end result.”

Washington’s season began with hopes of a playoff spot but quickly spiraled downward.

The Redskins (3-8) have lost six of their last seven games and are in danger of losing the support of some of the NFL’s most loyal fans. Things do not appear likely to get any better anytime soon with unbeaten New Orleans coming to town Sunday.

Two-times Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley and rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon on Monday became the eighth and ninth Redskins to be placed on injured reserve this season.

“I certainly am accountable for our football season, no question about it,” said Zorn. “It’s awful, it really is. I’m trying not to lose heart myself, I want to stay positive.

“Our players inspire me, and our coaching staff inspires me because we’re working hard to try to make good decisions and sound decisions.

“It’s difficult, but I’ll be a better coach because of what I’m going through, it’s just hard to go through it.”

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Alison Wildey)