Monday, October 19, 2009
Updated: October 20, 5:50 PM ET
Campbell gets next start for Redskins
By Matt Mosley
Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn has made the decision to start quarterback Jason Campbell against the Eagles next Monday.
Head coach Jim Zorn made it official on his ESPN980 radio show. Zorn pulled Campbell at halftime of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and he told reporters Monday afternoon that he hadn't made a decision as to who would start against the Eagles.
Todd Collins replaced Campbell in the second half of Sunday's 14-6 loss, but he had only limited success moving the team. Zorn informed the quarterbacks of his decision during a meeting later Monday afternoon, according to a source.
Monday, Zorn made it clear to reporters that he would decide upon a starting quarterback -- despite having his play-calling duties stripped following Sunday's loss. Offensive consultant Sherman Lewis, who was brought in Oct. 6, will call the plays from upstairs and Zorn will relay them to Campbell. That will obviously set up an awkward situation where Zorn might reserve the right to override a play-call.
Redskins players don't know what to make of the play-calling change, but they rushed to Campbell's defense. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall told reporters Monday that he disagreed with Zorn's decision to pull Campbell.
Zorn was hired to take Campbell to the next level, so it was a huge moment to see him bench his starter at halftime of a close game. Until that point, it appeared that Zorn was Campbell's biggest ally at Redskins Park. He stood by the quarterback while owner Daniel Snyder and executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato made overtures toward Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez. Now, the Redskins appear to be a team in chaos. They have a head coach who's been essentially stripped of all power and a play-caller who's still trying to brush up on the players' names.
To say that confusion reigns at Redskins Park is an understatement. As of Monday, some of the players haven't even met Lewis, who was trying to remain in the background. Only three weeks ago, Lewis was calling Bingo in a retirement home.
Now he's calling plays for the Redskins.
The Redskins also made several roster moves Tuesday, signing tackle Levi Jones, running back Quinton Ganther and defensive end Renaldo Wynn. They released punter Glenn Pakulak, and running backs Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason.
Jones is the most notable addition, adding depth to an offensive line missing starters Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas. Jones was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2002 draft and played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he had knee, back and leg problems in recent years and was released in May.
Pakulak punted in the last two games for the Redskins. He subbed for Hunter Smith, who is recovering from a groin injury.
Matt Mosley covers the NFC East for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.