Zorn "Probably" Will Start Campbell?
As Jason Reid reported this afternoon, Jim Zorn said today that he remains undecided on his quarterback situation:
A decision on the quarterback will be made before Thursday, Zorn said. "Jason will not back down; he's a competitor. That's what I like about him," he said. "So I could easily go back to Jason and say, 'Listen, you know you have to perform in this game....And then Todd, also, he loved it out there, so he was competitive as well."
Of course, with Chris Samuels out, none of this really matters. The Redskins could bring in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to run the East-Hemisphere Offense, with the spectral Rock Band image of John Lennon as the virtual quarterback, and they're still not scoring any points behind this offensive line. Still, I thought it was worth pointing out--which is how I keep justifying this incessant onslaught of gloomy Redskins items--that Zorn seemed to have an inkling which way he'd lean on Sunday. During the ESPN 980 post-mortem show, Sonny Jurgensen asked Zorn whether he'd go back to Campbell.
"I probably will," Zorn said. "You know, I probably will. I mean, he didn't totally fail."
[No, really. That's what it's come to. The threshold for qualifying for a starting spot at the most important position on the field is whether you avoided total failure. I mean, the Nationals are so off the hook right now, they could announce they were signing the cast of Goonies to compete for middle relief spots and putting Jim Bowden in charge of their public relations team and no one would even notice.]
"But he's got to read and throw, and he'll see some of those things," Zorn continued. (Speaking of Campbell, not Bowden.) "He will. He's mad at himself, but he'll bounce back. I don't know what I'm gonna do yet in that situation. I'm not gonna make that decision right now and that'll be a huge conversation I'm sure as we go along here."
Conversation with whom, exactly? The playcaller? The guy who hired the playcaller? The guy who hired the guy who hired the playcaller? The people back in Michigan who are just hoping their favorite Bingo caller finishes up this season quickly and returns for the Tuesday afternoon game?
Michael also asked Zorn whether he would consider changing his philosophy.
"Well, I'd like to say, 'Oh yeah, it's the scheme, let's [run] the Wildcat,' or 'Oh my gosh, let's do this or that,' but the scheme's solid," Zorn said. "Part of it is what I'm calling. I mean, it's got to be. It's got to be. I mean, failure, what we're doing out there, this offense is better than six points. And it ticks me off, and I'm gonna figure out a way. I'm gonna be a man about it, but I'm gonna figure out a way to get better."
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