AFC South: Jim Zorn

Zorn pleased with 'smooth' debut

August, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

 
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 Redskins rookie Colt Brennan was nine-for-10 for 123 yards and two touchdowns in his Washington debut.

CANTON, Ohio -- Jim Zorn never saw 12 men on the field, he never saw 10.

In some coaching debuts, that alone would have been a small victory. But Zorn got a bigger one than that tonight.

It doesn't count, no, but a preseason 30-16 win over Indianapolis in the Hall of Fame Game came with calm coaches in control, not the sort of chaos some staffs have to work through at the start. Zorn, a former quarterback hired largely to mold a quarterback got strong play from his signal callers, who posted a collective 147.2 rating thanks to three touchdowns paired with three incompletions.

"I felt like it was a big win for me because it was my first time out, what we accomplished was pretty special," Zorn said. "I thought it was very smooth."

Zorn's lead quarterback, Jason Campbell, didn't play long, but didn't miss while he was in, hitting on all five of his passes.

"He wasn't just looking at it, 'Oh, just give me 10 plays and I'll get out,'" Zorn said. "He was really looking at finishing drives. So he gave me what I wanted and I think he gave the team what they needed as far as his leadership, his accuracy. He was very disciplined by staying with reads and not deviating from what we had planned."

The Colts may have helped the Redskins out with a failed onside kick at the start of the game that left Washington with great field position to go get a quick touchdown. But the Redskins also had a 15-play, 88-yard drive that ate 7:46 off the fourth quarter clock and put them up for good.

Zorn was also pleased that rookie quarterback Colt Brennan, who put in extra study time the last three days, handled his time in the huddle so well -- nine-for-10 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

"He kind of stepped it up for himself in the last few days," Zorn said. "He had some really slick throws, a few of them were really dangerous throws. But he was looking and going to the right guy when we were dropping back. He even took a couple of checkdowns and scrambled and threw a touchdown pass."

Said Brennan: "He has a thing where we are responsible for knowing the formations, he doesn't call it, we have to know it -- and it being my first game, that's a lot of formations to remember and a lot of different situations. What it did was really made me grind out the study hours, kind of lock in the offense and it helped me be a lot more confident with what we were doing."

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