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Jim Zorn Speaks Well of Colt Brennan, Not As Well As Some Would Like

Posted by Matt Terl on December 29, 2008 – 4:35 pm

Am I just shamelessly pandering at this point? Probably. But two of the major subjects Jim Zorn covered in today’s end-of-season press conference were Jason Campbell‘s development and the quality of the rookie class. And those two subjects converge in the person of Colt Brennan, rookie quarterback and presumptive backup to Campbell.

There have been commenters on this blog who have advocated elevating Brennan to the starting position, often suggesting that such a move should take place immediately. Those people, according to Zorn’s projections today, are in for a bit of a wait.
On if he will relinquish some of his responsibilities next year:
“No. We got better at the quarterback position and we are going to get better this offseason, so you’re going to notice something better even next year. Again, I feel like it is where one of my strengths actually is. My hope is that I am going to be stronger in the overall managing of the total team as I was this year, even getting stronger and stronger as a head coach.

“But coaching quarterbacks? I’ve got a great assistant in Chris Meidt and he takes on a tremendous amount of responsibility, but I’m still going to be involved with the QB’s.

“The playcalling? I kind of like that.”

On if Jason Campbell has improved over the season:
“Yeah, he did that for sure. And then what I’m gonna do is what I did last year. I took some time with him before minicamp started in the classroom, but once the offesason program starts, we’ll be able to do some schemework with him.

“Again, his footwork was poor when I got here last year. It got a lot better, and I think everybody would agree with that. It’s gonna get a lot better in this offseason because there’s things that I’m gonna ask him to do, to work on. But I don’t have to be out there every day with him. It won’t be a detriment, it won’t be a full time exercise for me.

“I want him to continue to work at playing lower. I want to work at being able to have great rhythm at the top of the drop, when he plants that foot coming forward and letting the ball go, I want to improve that. So we’re going to work on drills that enhance that. And while he’s doing that, Colt Brennan and Todd Collins will be right there taking their reps too. So they’re all three gonna be improving; they all three did improve.

“Colt Brennan got a much stronger arm once he got into our program… Now he’s gonna have a little setback –he’s gonna have that knee taken care of with a scope – and he’ll be strong right into our offesason program. He’ll have some tremendous leaps of improvement as he gets into our program, but I don’t see him unseating Jason. I think he’s just gonna continue to excel.”

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