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Things worked out for the Parcells-Simms Giants. They reached the postseason five of the next seven years, and Simms was MVP of Super Bowl XXI.

But for every situation that worked, there are dozens more that failed.

In his new book, “More Than A Game,” former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick wrote that from 1992 to 2001, 12 of 18 first-round quarterbacks were busts; none of the coaches of those 12 players had his job three years later.

Last year, Romeo Crennel (Cleveland), Lane Kiffin (Oakland), Jon Gruden (Tampa Bay), Herm Edwards (Kansas City) and Mike Nolan (San Francisco) were all fired in part because of shoddy quarterback play.

“The responsibilities are such with both positions, somebody has to take the fall, and the first guy is either the coach or the quarterback,” Redskins backup quarterback Todd Collins said. “If a coach stakes his reputation on a guy and it doesn’t work out, the owner says, ‘You made that decision. You’re gone, too.’ ”

Nine teams have new head coaches this year. Five of them - the Broncos, Chiefs, Lions, Buccaneers and Jets - acquired new quarterbacks for their coaches, creating an instant link.

Rare is the coach who survives missing with a first-round passer, like Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher, whose franchise drafted Vince Young in 2006.

“That’s the way it’s always been,” said Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, in his 24th year as player or coach. “Coaches figure the quarterback is the guy who will determine your success, so they’re locked at the hip.”

Zorn disputes the notion that he and Campbell’s fates are connected; he’s probably the only one who thinks that’s the case.

“The head coach is always involved with protecting or criticizing his own guy,” Zorn said. “It’s probably because how a quarterback does during a season really has a lot to do how the team is going to do. I don’t feel I have to link myself. I don’t feel like I’m a lousy coach if Jason throws an interception, and I don’t feel like I did it when he throws a touchdown pass either.”

Zorn confident, comfortable

Zorn can relate to the emotions Campbell felt as the Redskins tried to replace him. Zorn was Seattle’s starter from the team’s inception in 1976 through the halfway point of the 1983 season. For the final few years, Dave Krieg loomed as the backup/future starter.

“What I felt was, ‘Why in one day would you be talking to me like I’m awesome and then the next day, you’re telling me I can’t even throw the ball anymore?’ I didn’t lose that much ability in one day,” Zorn said.

The reality hit Zorn during practice when coaches would point out everything Krieg was doing correctly.

“It didn’t matter what I did - I would complete a pass and it was silence,” he said. “When Dave completed a pass, it was like, ‘Oh… my… gosh.’ You could feel that as a player. When you’re not being coached anymore, something’s wrong.”

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