Zorn to Shorten The Playbook At Minicamp

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn plans to provide offensive players with an abbreviated playbook at the start of minicamp on May 2.

"It'll be a minicamp book," Zorn said yesterday at Redskins Park. "It'll only be the stuff that we can afford to put in those first five practices. And then in the [offseason training activities], we start installing all along the way, trying to give everybody all the experiences that we might need. When we start training camp, as we start again, they'll have a good base of our offense."

Although Zorn would have preferred to be further along offensively before minicamp, he said he has been busy preparing for the draft and learning how to be a head coach.

"I would like to be a five-year veteran [head] coach right now," he said. "The pace is what it is for me, and I've been trying to space out my time and value my time the way it should be. Right now, it's been mostly these 12-hour, 14-hour draft meetings. I've been committed to it. It's been pretty good."

Adjustments for Campbell

Quarterback Jason Campbell has credited Zorn with making mechanical adjustments in his throwing motion that have helped Campbell in passing drills during the Redskins' voluntary offseason workout program, which began March 17.

"When I make statements about how I'm changing Jason, it's not to compare with what has been done in the past," Zorn said. "I really get in trouble, and I've gotten in trouble on comparison questions, because somebody has not done it right. But it's just philosophy, so I've done a couple of things.

"He's so tall [6 feet 5]. Instead of him standing tall the whole time, I have him compressed a little bit, just to bend a little bit and give him the opportunity to move laterally quicker than maybe what he's done in the past. I'm glad he would comment on those little things. They're going to help us and we're going to make plays."

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