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You might think these playbooks were written by Albert Einstein, given all the discussion on how complex they are.

We heard the same stuff after Saunders landed with the Redskins before the 2006 season.

He was said to be a mastermind who would rev up the team’s inept offense.

It did not happen. Everyone of his plays might have worked on paper, but Mark Brunell would complete 35 passes for 35 inches, and the Redskins would finish with 13 points and lose the game.

The 13-point pattern persisted after Campbell became the starting quarterback.

It was not until Todd Collins took over for Campbell that the D.C. region saw the full impact of the 700-page tome.

But that was only because Collins had spent the last 10 to 15 years studying it before actually going out onto the field to execute it.

In that context, it was not a playbook. It was a professional death sentence.

The NFL is usually not enamored with 50-year-old rookie quarterbacks.

So now we come to Zorn’s playbook, and for all we know, the intricacies of the West Coast offense are possibly chiseled on a series of stone tablets.

If so, Campbell could develop a hernia in addition to having a headache from trying to cram so much information into his brain.

It seemed a lot simpler and effective back in the days of Sonny Jurgensen.

He would draw up a play in the dirt and send Charley Taylor or Bobby Mitchell deep and have Jerry Smith run a pattern across the middle of the field, and it would work nearly every time.

The Redskins once scored 72 points in a game in this fashion.

Now it takes the Redskins nearly half the season to score 72 points.

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