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Monday, August 18, 2008
Redskins Replay: Zorn critical of Campbell

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Obviously Saturday night's exhibition game between the Jets and Redskins was all about Brett Favre, but Jim Zorn was a lot more concerned about his quarterback Jason Campbell's performance in Washington's 13-10 victory at Giants Stadium. Campbell was only 4-of-10 for 28 yards, but what really bothered Zorn was the quarterback's failure to trust his instincts.

For those of you who didn't know, Zorn is attempting to balance his head-coaching duties with being a full-time quarterbacks coach. He might be one of the nicest coaches in the game, but because of his passion for the quarterback position, he sounds like a harsh critic. On Saturday, he was upset that Campbell didn't pull the trigger in the red zone when the Redskins had the ball at the Jets' 9-yard line.

"We had a route that Jason held the ball and we had a vertical outside that was an easy touchdown," Zorn said of Campbell. "Honestly, it was an easy touchdown and we just didn't see it. He didn't focus on it, and then he turned back in and tried to throw the ball over the middle to the tight end [and the route] wasn't there."

I think Zorn desperately wants Campbell to succeed, but he's not as patient as he comes across in interviews. He witnessed a quarterback who wasn't trusting his instincts Saturday, and that's not a good sign. Zorn also tapped the brakes on the Colt Brennan celebration, although he did like the way the rookie out of Hawaii performed at the end of the game.

Seems like defensive end Jason Taylor's foot could be an issue, but he certainly doesn't think so. And this just in: I'm told punter Durant Brooks has a slight edge over Derrick Frost in the hotly contested punting competition.

Jason La Canfora brings us up to date on what Jim Zorn said at his news conference Sunday.