Monday, October 19, 2009
Source: Campbell to start against Eagles
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Redskins head coach Jim Zorn has informed quarterback Jason Campbell that he will start next Monday against the Eagles, a league source told the Beast this evening. Zorn went out of his way to make it clear that he would choose the starter -- despite having his play-calling duties stripped following Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Chiefs at FedEx Field.
Campbell has started every game during the Zorn era, but he was benched at halftime Sunday in favor of Todd Collins. Zorn said he made the move because the offense needed a "spark," but Collins only had limited success in moving the team. The Redskins are playing with an offensive line that includes Stephon Heyer at left tackle and Mike Williams at right tackle. Campbell appeared to be fearing for his life Sunday as he tried to quickly unload the ball.
The new playcaller will be Sherman Lewis, who was hired as an offensive consultant only two weeks ago. Most of the players haven't even met Lewis and he's still trying to get up to speed on the playbook. The 67-year-old Lewis has been out of the league since 2004 and he knows what it's like to have his play-calling duties stripped because that's what Dennis Green once did to him in Minnesota.
I suspect that Zorn will have an even quicker hook ready for Campbell against the Eagles. The quarterback will be under a lot of pressure to move the Redskins early in the game. At 2-4, the Skins need to beat the Eagles to have any realistic chance of turning their season around.
I'll have more details Tuesday.