No wonder Zorn was put in charge of the Skins

Here’s another Jim Zorn hidden talent: The Washington Redskins coach can skin a coyote.

Already known as an avid outdoorsman – mountain biking and kayaking top the list – Zorn this week told the story of how he once dealt with an unfortunate distant relative of Wile E.

“I found roadkill coyote, put it in a bag, shoved it in my trunk,” Zorn said. “I thought, ‘A coyote kill, this is awesome.’ I took it outside, I hung it on a tree right on the waterfront … and I skinned it. It looked like a yard dog. People thought I was skinning my own dog.”

Zorn then sent the skin to a tannery and got back a nice coyote pelt that rested on the couch in his house for a long time.

Zorn performed the feat with no previous experience tanning wild animals.

“I didn’t know necessarily how,” Zorn said, “I just did it.”

To be fair, Zorn did take a human anatomy course while in college at Cal Poly Pomona.

“We learned how to work in the labs on cadavers,” Zorn said. “I was doing the same thing with a cadaver.”

Bucs plan to toast Alstott

Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott, arguably the most popular player in franchise history, will be honored during halftime of tonight’s game against the Seahawks.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection retired this year after 12 seasons with the Bucs. He, along with Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch, helped transform the team from a laughingstock into a Super Bowl champion.

Although he never had a 1,000-yard season, Alstott set career club records for touchdowns (71), rushing TDs (58) and Pro Bowl appearances by an offensive player (six). He sat out all of last season after suffering a neck injury during training camp, then retired in January.

The 34-year-old misses the game, but thinks his transition to life after football was helped by the Bucs allowing him to make road trips and remain around the team even though he wasn’t practicing or playing in 2007.

Don’t leave early

Of the 88 games played in the NFL this season, 28, or 31.8 percent, have been decided by a fourth-quarter comeback. If that continues, it will be the highest percentage in NFL history, surpassing the 31.3 in 1989, when there were 70 of them.

Last week, five of the 14 games were decided in the final minute or in overtime.


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