Through nearly three quarters of the Redskins game against the Saints, I still was unimpressed. The Skins defense did a fine job holding down an explosive N'Awlins offense. They created turnovers that gave the Skins outstanding field position. Washington ended up with nothing more than three FGs (along with a missed attempt).
What happened late in the third quarter and extended into the fourth was a rebirth ... and going back a bit:
"We talked a lot during the week," Jason Campbell said. "I said 'Coach, just trust me.' And he said, 'I've got to trust you more.' We do it together."
Zorn, I guess, trusted Campbell enough. Campbell had an outstanding stretch, completing his final eight passes and getting the ball deep. Campbell found Santana Moss seven times (for 164 yards) including a 67-yard touchdown pass with 3:29 remaining that gave the Redskins the lead.
Washington would get their first win of the season, beating the Saints 29-24.
Campbell finished 24-of-36 for 321 yards and that TD pass to Moss. Amazing, since this was the same offense that looked so inept just ten days ago against the Giants.
"I don't really know how to act, but I am very excited," Zorn said of his first NFL win. "I wish I could enjoy it as much as I had to endure last week for four or five days, but I won't be able to."
"I'm patting myself on the back, but really it's all bogus," Zorn said. "He had to make the play. He made the call, he made the play, he made the move. That truly is it."
Maybe Campbell is another Peyton Manning?? Okay, maybe not. Still, you have to be impressed with the confidence and leadership of Campbell to step up to his new coach and ask him to trust him. The West Coast Offense is fine and dandy, but when you have a team with one of the better running backs in the NFL, a speedy receiver and a QB with a cannon for an arm, you can move the ball like the old Redskins used to.
That, plus winning, makes the fans happy.