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Randel El On Snyder/Zorn Issues

The former Steeler – Redskin – turned Steeler again Antwaan Randle El recently spoke out about the ways in which Jim Zorn was ‘held back’ by Dan Snyder the last few seasons because he wasn’t trusted as much as Joe Gibbs was. Thanks Randle El for finally confirming our suspicions.

Randle El signed with his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on March 8 after playing four seasons at wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. Randle El said he also considered offers from a handful of teams this spring, including Baltimore and New England, before deciding to return to the team with whom he won a Super Bowl in 2006.

“I just prayed to God to lead and guide me, and that is what he did,” Randle El said. “Coming back to the Steelers was the best for me.”

Though the Redskins released Randle El this spring, the former Thornton multi-sport star put up some of his best seasons, statistically, in Washington. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 530 yards and no touchdowns, numbers down slightly from his career-best 53 catches in 2008 or his 728 yards he compiled while a Redskin in 2007.

“When (former Redskins coach) Jim Zorn was there, he was hands-on,” Randle El said. “He had great potential, but (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder was too involved because he didn’t trust coach Zorn as much as he did coach (Joe) Gibbs, and those were things that prevented us from success as a team.”

Randle El has already gone through June workouts with the Steelers, and he will return to Pittsburgh in two weeks to begin training camp.


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