By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn focused on the quarterbacks last year during the team's offseason conditioning program -- especially starter Jason Campbell -- and he plans to work closely with the group again when workouts begin Monday at Redskins Park.
Beginning his second year as a head coach, Zorn said he has a better understanding of everything around him, and the Redskins should benefit from his experience.
"I had to get an overall picture of where we were at, when it came to what the QBs had been working on, what they were proficient at, what they needed to work on, and things like that," Zorn said yesterday. "As we got started, the thing that happened was that other receivers and different positions started coming out [to the practice field], and they started participating.
"It turned out, as we were just going through the workout, other guys wanted to come and find out what was going on. We just did little things. . . . And things really just took off after that. This year, the thing that's going to be different is, I really have a very good feel for some of the things I need to stress with Jason, [backups] Todd [Collins] and Colt [Brennan] at the quarterback position. I'm just hoping that as many guys as we can get, and as quickly as we can get guys back into it, we can have them start working out."
Newly acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth -- the NFL's highest-paid defensive player -- and recently re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall are among the players expected to participate in the program. Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, said Haynesworth and Hall have workout clauses in their contracts, but Zorn is confident they would have participated even if they had not received financial incentives.
"All those guys know what it means to have some leadership responsibility on the football team," Zorn said. "I think that's part of it."
Running back Clinton Portis is not expected to be in Ashburn for the start of workouts. "I fully expect him to be here participating at some point," Zorn said of Portis. "I talked to Clinton on the phone yesterday, and he knows what it means. He's just trying to work out his schedule. He's been working out his schedule."