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Despite Rocky Offseason, Redskins' Campbell Enters Camp Confidently
Zorn has tweaked things in an effort to reduce Campbell's on-field duties and, hopefully, increase his production. In games last season, Zorn, the Redskins' play-caller, would only provide personnel groupings for plays, and Campbell was responsible for putting together formations in the huddle. Center Casey Rabach made many of the line protection calls, but Campbell was responsible for changing protection schemes against certain blitzes.
This season, Zorn, essentially, will provide Campbell with all of the information for plays. Pass protection "rules" for a variety of blitzes will eliminate the need for Campbell to make many protection adjustments.
"We talked a lot about how my work last season was kind of doubled compared to most quarterbacks around the league, in terms of what I had to do at the position level," Campbell said. "Learning all the formations, and then you had to put the plays together in the huddles, there's just a lot that goes into it. This year, they're going to try to take some of that strain off of me and just give me the opportunity to go out, play and not have to worry about so much."
A better understanding of the offense, and his familiarity with Zorn, could help Campbell, too. Zorn began to install the offense last season, "but it was really just the building blocks," Campbell said. "I mean, we knew what we were supposed to do, but we were just learning it. For me, there were just a lot of different things that you had to do, and you had to learn a lot in your first year of an offense.
"But everything I went through last year, it's going to help me out this season. Now, I've heard those plays before. I'm seeing them now as soon as I hear them. I'm able to visualize them. I'm just more sure of myself and my own play, what I have to do, so it's just natural that I would take my leadership to that next level as the quarterback of the team. That's just kind of what I have to do."
Campbell impressed Cerrato with his assertive approach during workouts and minicamp. "Being out there [on the field] and watching Jason and talking to him, I think he's really improving in those areas you would" like to see improvement, Cerrato said last week. "I mean, I've been out there, and I've watched him and what he's doing. And it's also coming from other players, so that's good when you see it and you hear it."
Despite the team's strong performance on defense, Snyder and Cerrato invested heavily in that area, signing all-pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and re-signing cornerback DeAngelo Hall shortly before he could have tested the open market. The re-signing of veteran guard Derrick Dockery, a former Redskins draft pick who spent the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, was Washington's biggest move on offense.
"We didn't add a lot of guys on offense, but the help can come from guys just improving," Campbell said. "Devin and Malcolm and Fred, I believe they're going to be better. We added Dockery, and he's been out there in Arizona working [with several Redskins offensive linemen] and trying to come back in the best shape possible. They've all been out there working and building that unity and communication, and that's what your offensive line is all about. I'm just really hopeful about this season. I'm definitely hopeful about a lot."
Redskins Note: Jeremy Jarmon, the Redskins' pick in the July 16 supplemental draft, has signed with the team. Terms of the deal were not announced. This leaves only Brian Orakpo unsigned, with less than 48 hours to go before the first practice of training camp.