- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

Hours after Todd Collins had agreed to return as his backup, Washington starting quarterback Jason Campbell talked with reporters for the first time since the Redskins hired coach Jim Zorn on Feb. 9.

“It’s difficult to go through change a lot, but at the same time, it can be a positive,” said Campbell, who’ll have to learn a third offense for his fourth professional season. “To have Coach Zorn, a guy who played [quarterback] in the [NFL], a guy who has been through it all and can relate to the quarterback. When we talk quarterbacking and football terminologly, it’s like talking to a mentor.”

Campbell and Zorn, along with third-stringer Sam Hollenbach, spent Friday morning working on footwork drills because the coaching staff has not completed the playbook. But Campbell knows it’s a West Coast offense.

“I like the offense,” said Campbell, who starred in the scheme as a senior at Auburn. “That was one of my best years. I completed 70 percent of my passes. You knew the offense and you were in total control of the offense, protections and all. It’s a quick strike offense, an offense you can spread the ball out. Santana [Moss] and [Antwaan] Randle El, the quicker they get the ball in their hands the better opportunity they have to make yards. You don’t have to go for the home run hitters all the time.”

Campbell said that the left kneecap he dislocated on Dec. 2 against the Chicago Bears the injury that established Collins’ value to the Redskins is fully healed.

“I feel I’m 100 percent, back healthy and working out to try get in the best shape possible,” Campbell said. “I’m excited to have Todd back. It’s been great working with him over the last two years, someone that has helped [me] out developing at the position. You never know when a guy has to come in and be able to play. He did an outstanding job last year. You always need a guy [as the backup] you can count on.”

And Campbell said he never was worried there would be quarterback controversy if Collins returned, even before Zorn made it clear Campbell was the starter.

“I didn’t have to hear that,” Campbell said. “Deep down inside I know I’m the starter. This is my team. I just want to focus on the things I need to do to become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and lead my team to the playoffs and try and bring home a championship.”

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