Campbell and Zorn Expected to Open Up to One Another For 09

stephen rileyCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Jim Zorn talks with his quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines during a game agianst the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on September 4, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the return of Jim Zorn’s west coast offense along with the maturity of Jason Campbell and the expected growth of 2008’s draft class, the Redskins will be expected to open it up on offense this fall. Last year the team leaned heavily on a power ground game attack sponsored by Clinton Portis and featured a heavy dose of Santana Moss when the team chose to go to the air. The limited amount of resources placed too much pressure on the two stars to shoulder the load offensively and consequently, both shared their turns in the hot tub as injuries zapped them of their peak performances.

If physical specimens Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly capitalize on their talent and as Campbell becomes versed in the offense, the unit will become more explosive as the season progresses. Last season started out great for Washington, pounding opponents into submission with the running of Portis. As the year wore on and the injuries piled up for the star running back, teams began loading up the box, daring Campbell to beat them in the air with limited weapons. The task proved too difficult for Campbell who in is fourth straight year in a new offense, experienced his fair share of late season growing pains. This year however, the team should be much more equipped to exploit cheating defenses with the added experience of their personnel.

Zorn may have had to tailor the playbook last year as he tried cautiously not to overload Campbell with too much in just his first year in the west coast offense. Now with a year under both men’s belts, Zorn will probably look to expand his playbook as his offensive unit becomes better acquainted with their head coach.