Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wrap-up: Redskins 16, Bucs 13
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
We'll never know whether Jim Zorn could've survived a 1-3 record because it didn't turn out that way. After being booed off the field at halftime, the Redskins actually came out punching in the second half. I'm sure the crowd at FedEx Field would've been pleased had Zorn switched to Todd Collins for the second half, but that didn't happen either.
Campbell had three turnovers in the first half and a pathetic 18.1 passer rating. But no one panicked when the Skins trailed 10-0. Well, Zorn did admit to questioning his own game plan. He's sometimes too honest for his own good. It didn't matter that the Redskins barely beat the Bucs. They just desperately needed a win. Maybe if they showed up in desperation mode from the start, they wouldn't get caught up in these close games.
But the Redskins rode an incredibly gutty effort from Clinton Portis and a solid defensive performance to hold on for a win. Now, they have a legitimate chance to be 4-2 heading into the game against Philly late this month. At 2-2, the winless Panthers and Chiefs loom. Those are not locks by any stretch of the imagination, but they are certainly winnable games.
Zorn has to be pleased that rookies Brian Orakpo and Jeremy Jarmon made clutch plays for him Sunday. It's not like Zorn's job is now safe, but he at least put off the buzzards for another week. Zorn and Campbell are going to succeed or fail together.
On Sunday, Campbell rewarded Zorn for not giving up on him.