What Would Make Zorn Bench Campbell?
Since it seemed to be something of a theme on Sunday, with Sonny calling for Jason Campbell to be benched and all, I was interested when the topic of benching Campbell was raised on ESPN 980's Jim Zorn Show Tuesday afternoon.
"What would cause you to sort of make a change at that position?" Kevin Sheehan asked Zorn.
"I think if the quarterback was completely, first of all if he was just unsure of what he was doing," Zorn said. "If I called a play and he was either throwing the ball or reading or not reading or not creating on the line of scrimmage that confidence, changing the protection or just trying to execute the play. If that happened over and over again, I would definitely make a change. And yet I felt Jason was fully into the game. He was very competitive. You know, it gets frustrating, it got frustrating early, but he hung in there very well. He had some glitches here and there because he started to move on from reads quicker than the receiver had the ability to run his route. You know, he was already on to the second guy because he wasn't sure of protection, but he didn't lose confidence in the play, in the call, in his ability to execute it. And again in the second half, it was a chance for us to take a breath at halftime and then come back out, and we executed better in the second half."
Or, to put it another way, "Nothing." More Zorn highlights:
On the record: "It's always tough in the NFL. We're 2-2. That means we're 50-50. And that's not where we want to be. That's my problem. That's not anybody else's. That's totally my problem."
On the competition: "If we physically get beaten up I could look at a team and go, oh, wow, that team just beat us, but I look at teams and I really feel like when we see them, they're good. I don't see any bad teams around the NFL, so I just think every game is super competitive. It takes paying attention to everything that we can, and it takes coaches and players all out there working together to generate a win, however we can get it."
On the future: "I think we have improving to do all over the place, coaching, playing, paying attention to all the things that we need to do, but we have willing men, and that's what we're committed to."
On self-examination: "Listen, when you lose or you're not scoring, it's an over-examination. It's really getting down to all the little things. And you discover little things, make adjustments and then come back and get after it again. I try to come up with new things, but what we have to be is sound, we have to be unpredictable to be able to beat a defense, and we have to execute. I've got to call EXCELLENT plays. I mean, all of those things come into consideration when we are in a situation like we've had in the last couple of games."
So to recap the last few weeks: Willing men + EXCELLENT plays have beaten good NFL teams.
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