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Zorn: Campbell to Start vs. Eagles


Jason Campbell is expected to start at quarterback in next Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Jim Zorn said he wanted Campbell back in the starting lineup despite benching him in favor of Todd Collins during last Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Zorn made the comments during his weekly radio show on ESPN 980 with co-hosts Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro.

"I think what I'm going to do is go right back to Jason Campbell," Zorn said. "I think that I needed to take him out [of the Kansas City Chiefs game]. We had some things there that he knows he missed--without being under duress.

"Those are the things that I look for. I can handle the idea that he's getting hit, play after play, and yet I didn't see that. I saw some things open. I thought Santana Moss did a wonderful job down field getting himself open and we didn't get him the ball.

"I made the decision [to bench Campbell] but I didn't give up on the young man. I didn't give up on the QB. He has worked hard. So that's where I think I'm going to head after all is said and done here."

Campbell completed 9-of-16 passes for 89 yards and one interception in the Chiefs game. His QB rating was 46.1.

He struggled with hesitation on some throws and with his accuracy, Zorn said.

Collins provided a brief spark, completing his first pass 42 yards to Santana Moss and leading the offense to two field goals.

The offense sputtered after that, though. Collins finished with 6-of-14 pass completions for 75 yards. His QB rating was 60.1.

Regarding Collins, Zorn said: "I was not disappointed with what Todd came in and did, with no reps. He spread the ball around. Second play, on the 2nd-and-9, we hit Santana deep, and that's what I was looking for.

"I think I accomplished what I started to do, and yet we didn't finish there, either. We still didn't get the ball in the end zone."

Zorn talks about the decision to start Campbell in Tuesday night's edition of "Redskins Nation," broadcast on Comcast SportsNet at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET.

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