Jim Zorn spoke to the media this morning at Redskin Park, where the parking lot is packed for a car show this afternoon.
Hours after the Redskins’ 17-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Zorn remained pleased with quarterback Jason Campbell despite a 1-of-7 performance in 19 snaps of action.
“Once he sees what happened, I think his psyche should be pretty good,” Zorn said. “He has challenges ahead of him for completing the pass when it’s there and things like that but that’s part of what we’re doing in our preseason, trying to get him honed up so he’s perfect.”
Campbell said late Saturday night that he wasn’t concerned about the numbers because he knew Zorn wanted to try and stretch the field.
“We wanted to take a different approach and we wanted to get some things on tape to see how we can improve and see what we can work on and how it can help us on offense,” Campbell said. “I understand the chances of having a high percentage are low if you’re taking shots, but that’s what we have to do. I can’t worry about my stats because we’re doing things to help us out during the year.”
The first-team offense remains without a touchdown. Their only scoring drive was a 1-play, 62-yard march that ended at the 3-yard line with a field goal.
Asked if it’s a big deal if the first-team offense doesn’t reach the end zone in the preseason, Zorn said: “It matters. It mattered [last night]. To be down there at the 2 yard old after driving that far, we’re looking to finish. We had our chances on that drive. When went back to look at it, you go, ‘If only …’ There were a couple of things in there blocking that we can improve on and we’ll get it done.”
Some other news and notes from Zorn’s briefing, which was halted after only 10 minutes:
* Zorn praised the performances of young players Marko Mitchell, Brian Orakpo, Kevin Barnes, Chase Daniel, Jeremy Jarmon and Chris Wilson. Nobody should be shocked that no reserve offensive linemen were mentioned in the list.
“We’re on our way,” Zorn said of the youngsters. “I think we improved ourselves overall and it was fun to see the young guys enjoy the play. My call to them, though, is to continue to work on finishing the play. We had guys having fun out there but some of the finishes weren’t up to the NFL standard we’re looking for.”
* The Redskins escaped in decent shape injury-wise. Zorn doesn’t expect fullback Mike Sellers (knee contusion) or running back Ladell Betts (oblique) to miss any time. Three players sat out last night because of injury –- right tackle Mike Williams (ankle), running back Anthony Alridge (toe) and offensive tackle Devin Clark (knee). Zorn hopes Williams can get on the field enough this week to play against New England Friday night.
* Left tackle Chris Samuels was the first starting offensive lineman to depart – he played 20 snaps according to Zorn.
“He did great,” Zorn said. “His knee was sore coming into the game and there was some question as far as whether he felt like he could go but he and our trainers worked hard to put it all together.”
* Because of the short week, the Redskins are on the field for single sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
— Ryan O’Halloran