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“I felt the need to create a spark offensively,” Zorn said.

And he did for a while. Collins hit Santana Moss over the middle on the second play for a 42-yard completion and led the team down the field on six plays covering 48 yards, leading to a Shaun Suisham field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

But it didn’t last. Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter, and with less than four minutes remaining in the game, Ryan Succop hit a 46-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 9-6 lead. Then it disintegrated into a stalled Redskins drive, a poor Glenn Pakulak punt, another Kansas City drive that led to a field goal and, with 26 seconds left to play, Collins was sacked in the end zone for a safety by linebacker Tamba Hali, the final insult.

Zorn, bless his heart, wouldn’t hear of any talk about his future.

“That part is not up to me,” he said. “I’ve got to create answers on the football field.”

Where will Zorn look for those answers? He’s talking about looking into Campbell’s eyes again, as he said he did during the Tampa Bay game two weeks ago.

“This is my time to evaluate the video, look real hard, talk to these guys and look into Jason’s eyes and Collins and then move forward,” he said.

If Zorn looks into Campbell’s eyes these days, he may see an untethered silver balloon floating off into the sky - with his job in it.