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Zorn Praises Offense's Development

Jim Zorn, for all of his curiosity and innovation, has never been one to proceed carelessly. In his first months as the Redskins' coach last spring, he gingerly installed his offense, holding back the more expansive elements until he felt his players understood what they were doing. This spring, with a full year behind quarterback Jason Campbell, he added more, estimating that perhaps as much as half of the team's offense was introduced in minicamp and organized team activities.

"Our installations this year were tremendous," he said on the last day of OTAs before training camp. "Last year even the coaches didn't know the offense. I was the only one who could go, 'No! That's not right!'"

The newness of the offense and Campbell's lack of experience in it led Zorn to refrain from using certain elements. For example, it was clear after some time that having Campbell drop back seven steps from the line of scrimmage (a key element in the West Coast offense) was not working and that he had to use shorter drops. His hope is that this season, with everyone understanding his offense better and more depth on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the offense will be a little more expansive.

"There were a lot of times last year when we couldn't do things we would have liked to do," he said. "When you have your backup center playing right tackle and you're playing the New York Giants, what can you do? It's not fair to him and it's not fair to Jason."

Zorn spent some time in the OTAs working with Campbell on his footwork. In his previous job as quarterback coach in Seattle, he got a lot of credit for developing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, turning the quarterback into one of the NFL's top passers. He didn't work as diligently with Campbell in the offseason in part because he had other responsibilities as a head coach, but he was delighted with the comfort Campbell is showing with the offense.

"He's getting the ball out quicker and he's getting it out with authority because he knows where everyone is going to be," Zorn said. "I saw the same thing with Matt Hasselbeck [in Hasselbeck's second and third years with Zorn]."

Still, Zorn is reluctant to make a comparison between Campbell's development and Hasselbeck's at this point.

"I think it's unfair," he said. "They are completely different guys. Matt had a different background [having learned the same offense Seattle ran, in his early years at Green Bay] than Jason."

By Les Carpenter  |  June 11, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
 
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Let the beat go on!

Posted by: abxinc | June 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

But Landry's extended no-show drew more attention when Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said last week that he had been unable to get in touch with Landry and that several phone calls and text messages had gone unreturned.

That prompted rumors that Landry was looking to be traded. But yesterday the former LSU-standout denied he was looking to be shopped to another team.

"Nah, not at all," Landry said. "I love it here. Trade, I don't know where that's coming from."

Skins Fans!

I smell a trade or swap between Redskins and Arizona. Probably Landry for Bolden, then again who really knows why Landry is disregarding his coach's phone calls; maybe he is too busy trying to look good for his significant other.

Posted by: abxinc | June 11, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

smell a trade or swap between Redskins and Arizona. Probably Landry for Bolden, then again who really knows why Landry is disregarding his coach's phone calls; maybe he is too busy trying to look good for his significant other.

Posted by: abxinc | June 11, 2009 5:35 PM

I don't think a trade will happen with Arizona, they just resigned their starting safety to a 39 million dollar contract.

Posted by: kellsz1 | June 11, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

smell a trade or swap between Redskins and Arizona. Probably Landry for Bolden, then again who really knows why Landry is disregarding his coach's phone calls; maybe he is too busy trying to look good for his significant other.

Posted by: abxinc | June 11, 2009 5:35 PM

I don't think a trade will happen with Arizona, they just resigned their starting safety to a 39 million dollar contract.

Posted by: kellsz1 | June 11, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Bolden is not an NFL player. As for boldin, there is no laron/anquan deal. Our existing wr corps will have to step up.

Posted by: AdamCr | June 11, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This is the posts I have seen from the Post guys in a long time. Everyone stepping up to fill the shoes of the late great Jasno

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 11, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Landry: 'I Love It Here'
Redskins free safety LaRon Landry shows up for the first time on the final day of workouts and dismisses rumblings that he's unhappy.

It looks like Danno talked to thumbody's agent, don't it.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | June 11, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

THE other post said we signed Cody Glenn. Does this guy have something on us, did we sign him as a salesman with out ticket dept or what??!!! A scrub who misses a plan as a rookie, and has an injury he is still recovering from@!!!! What the f#@$!!! Ok im calm, had to vent!!!!!

Posted by: jefferboy | June 11, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Sounds from Zorn's comments that last year was even worse than we thought. The FO hiring Zorn as OC and then dropping him into the soup as head coach. Saddling him with an offensive line built to play the run and receivers who headed downfield at every snap. You have to feel sorry for the guy. Then again, he got paid, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | June 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Glenn didn't miss his flight it was cancelled. Why the constant player hating??

Posted by: AdamCr | June 11, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"When you have your backup center playing right tackle and you're playing the New York Giants, what can you do?

You can tell the owner and the freakin' GM to get you some backups for starters.

Oh wait....

Never mind.

Posted by: RedskinWillie | June 11, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

But Landry's extended no-show drew more attention when Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said last week that he had been unable to get in touch with Landry and that several phone calls and text messages had gone unreturned.

That prompted rumors that Landry was looking to be traded. But yesterday the former LSU-standout denied he was looking to be shopped to another team.

"Nah, not at all," Landry said. "I love it here. Trade, I don't know where that's coming from."

Skins Fans!

I smell a trade or swap between Redskins and Arizona. Probably Landry for Bolden, then again who really knows why Landry is disregarding his coach's phone calls; maybe he is too busy trying to look good for his significant other.

Posted by: abxinc | June 11, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse
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Did you bother reading the entire article!!?? It said that Zorn admitted he had the wrong phone number for Landry.
One thing you should know about Zorn is that he calls a spade a spade!!!
End of rumor mill please!!!!!

Posted by: dckidwell | June 11, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I mean honestly....is Zorn gonna say anything different.

Let's not talk about any progress in any area and stop trying to talk things up.

Just play and prove it on the field!

Posted by: pstate11 | June 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn says:

""There were a lot of times last year when we couldn't do things we would have liked to do," he said. "When you have your backup center playing right tackle and you're playing the New York Giants, what can you do? It's not fair to him and it's not fair to Jason."

I say:

"You could have tried drafting and signing prospects. When you have the owner's best-bought-untalented-friend running personnel and your owner thinks he can operate a NFL Franchise because he was successful in a communications venture, it ensures that this team will continue to be mediocre and struggle overall in the NFC East. This front office is not fair to the team and it's not fair to me and like fans."

Posted by: dlr4skins | June 11, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The "KOOL-AID" is starting to taste real sweet!

Posted by: Spanglerg | June 11, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

It's not the footwork for Campbell...it's the slooooooow RELEASE of the football!!!

STILL NOT GETTING IT! I think Zorn is the other problem with the OFFENSE production

I agree the The "KOOL-AID" is starting to taste real sweet!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | June 12, 2009 4:52 AM | Report abuse

The offense is now ready for Colt Brennan's quick release and pinpoint accuracy. Thank you, Jason Campbell. Your work is done here.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | June 12, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"His hope is that this season, with everyone understanding his offense better and more depth on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the offense will be a little more expansive."

More depth at o-line?? i'll start drinkin the kool-aid too but geez...

Posted by: kickass10101 | June 12, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Nevermind the 7 step drop, where was the much hyped 2 TE set we kept hearing about? They really pimped this idea hard after drafting Davis, yet it never materialized on the field.

Posted by: McMetal | June 12, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

So he was a no show for personal reasons. And Zorn had the wrong number and Landry felt no need to call in.

To me, thats a bunch of crock. What is going on at Redskin Park?

Can anybody say. A.W.O.L. Absence Without Leave.

A punishable offense.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 12, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sure the offense looks great. Jason is the greatest against air QB everrrrrr. Zorn that 50's haircut and awe shucks Leave it to Beaver crap is not going to play this year. Damnit there is enough talent on this roster for this team to make the playoffs and win at least 2 games. DO NOT allow the position you have intimate knowledge of and interaction with to hold the team back for a second season.

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | June 12, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Um... I thought the foundation of the West Coast offense was the three-step drop and the quick slant? That the whole idea of the West Coast offense was to do away with the seven-step drop, which gave pass-rushers an easier angle to the quarterback, in favor of quick, low-risk passes that set receivers up to run after the catch? That the West Coast offense was specifically designed to trip up defenses built to stop the seven-step-drop-favoring Air Coryell-based offenses of the 1970s? Or did I imagine the entire last three decades?

Posted by: manalive | June 12, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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