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'Jim Zorn Show': Zorn Talks Campbell, Jurgensen


Jim Zorn is firmly in Jason Campbell's corner.

The Redskins' head coach said he was proud of how Campbell responded to adversity in last Sunday's 16-13 win over Tampa Bay. Campbell had a poor first half, turning the ball over three times, but he came back in the second half to lead the Redskins to victory.

"In the first half, he had a couple of read-throw decisions that were poor," Zorn said. "Then he had a couple 'I'm going to scramble, no I'm not, I'm going to throw decisions' that he struggled with. In the second half, when he decided to pull the ball in and run, he ran. When he decided to make the right read and throw, we were successful.

"He stayed in there. He didn't panic. He stayed in there tough. He had a really good second half."

Zorn discussed Campbell during his weekly appearance on "The Jim Zorn Show," which airs on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC-WRC 4. The show is hosted by Den Hellie and Larry Weisman.

Zorn was asked why he decided to stay with Campbell in the second half and not give backup Todd Collins a chance.

"Because Jason is our starting quarterback and he was not completely failing," Zorn replied.

Zorn said he gave Campbell an "eye test" and determined that Campbell was alert and ready to lead the offense.

"That was one of the tests because I wanted to make sure he was aware of what's going on," Zorn said. "If he had a look on his face of, 'Oh my gosh, what's going on out there?' then I would have considered it--or got him back into it.

"He was very aware of what was going on. We looked at the pictures--the pictures didn't lie. He stayed active and he stayed vocal on the sidelines and on the field. And he pulled himself out of it."

This week's edition of "The Jim Zorn Show" also includes a Redskins Legacy feature on Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen and a chalk talk session on the draw play.

Zorn was asked about a recent post-game interview he had with Jurgensen. Some media outlets reported there was some tension between the two, but Zorn said that wasn't the case.

"That really wasn't a heated conversation, it was jousting a little bit," Zorn said. "It's fun to talk with him. I have the utmost respect for him. We get along very well.

"It's not like I'm talking to someone who doesn't know what he's saying. He knows just what he wants to ask, he's very perceptive, and he asks difficult questions."

Then Zorn smiled.

"Sometimes he just has to get that difficult answer back, that's all."

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