Monday, December 14, 2009

Could Zorn, Campbell Be Saving Their Jobs

I'm about to say something that I didn't think would come out of my mouth a month ago: Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell could both be back with the Redskins next season.

I know, I know, Washington is still 4-9 and there have been some tough moments. But since the much publicized and criticized decision Daniel Snyder made of ripping play-calling duties from Jim Zorn and handing them to recently hired consultant Sherman Lewis the Skins have really improved.

Look at this season. Despite losing nine games already, we lost only one game by more than 10 points (31-17 in Atlanta). Since that game with the Falcons, the Redskins handled the Broncos, lost a heartbreaking 7-6 game in Dallas, lost in overtime at Philadelphia, had the undefeated Saints on the ropes and would have won if not for a missed chip-shot field goal and then blew out the Raiders in Oakland (a Raiders team that have beaten the Bengals, Steelers and Eagles this year).

Not just that, but the Skins have scored at least 24 points in four of the past five games ... including over 30 points in their last two. Campbell has had QB ratings of over 100 three times during that stretch.

Now, does this mean the Redskins are turning the corner and are right for a run next year? Nope. But it does show that Campbell can work as the quarterback and that using their high draft pick on an offensive lineman or receiver would be a better selection. It also shows that the unorthodox chain of command in the offense can work.

We've also seen TE Fred Davis start to become a force. Get him out there alongside Chris Cooley and you've got two pretty good tight ends. Receiver Devin Thomas is starting to emerge as the big receiver the Redskins craved. Just imagine if the offensive linemen weren't made up of guys who weren't even in the league when the season began and the top THREE running backs weren't injured.

It does show some promise ... but is it false promise? When there is no pressure on you, it can be easier to perform. If we left Zorn and Campbell in there, would the continuity and steady improvement matter in a new 2010 season? Hard to say.

I don't think Zorn will be back. I don't think Snyder is in love with Campbell and may look to replace him. But, for the first time in a while, I can see both of them being back.

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