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Jim Zorn Training Camp Media Session

On how injuries make it difficult to run practice:

"It is difficult because the rotations become messed up, the healthy players have to work harder, and you cannot evaluate the players that are injured. Sometimes players will pull themselves out of practice when they are sore, but not injured. I have not seen any of that and players are continually pushing through the soreness. That is a sign of a mature and veteran team that really wants to be playing."

On who will be the second designated defensive player to wear the helmet with a communication system:
"We have decided not to have a designated player that will wear the second speaker because London Fletcher is an every-down player. If the second guy goes in and London is not in there, we will get that player fitted with the second mike. Greg Blache has a learning curve as well concerning how to communicate the calls, but he will get better at it as we go along. In the preseason, London will not play much, so it will be H.B. Blades or whichever other player is calling the defensive sets that will wear the speaker."

On his overall thoughts on the first week of training camp:
"We got a lot accomplished, but our guys are very tired. My encouragement to them is to push through. We still have a lot of work to do, and the mental part gets hard. The mental strain wears on the players and that is when you begin to see mistakes. Overall, I am very pleased with how hard guys are working, but now they must dig down."

On Jason Campbell's performance during the first week of training camp:
"Jason Campbell in his first series during the scrimmage did a great job. What I am looking for is that he plays at a high level all the time. Yesterday after the first drive, he was up and down, so tonight he will see the corrections that he must make when watching film, and hopefully we will eliminate those mistakes throughout the next week leading up to the game with Indianapolis."

On why a fast tempo is critical to the offense's success:
"It forces a defense to rush as well. If the offense goes up to the line of scrimmage in a casual manner, then the defense feels very comfortable. They can get all of their calls communicated, identify the offense's formation, and adjust to any mistakes they have made. But if we get to the line of scrimmage quickly, then the offense forces the defense to be ready and possibly make errors."

On Jon Jansen's performance in yesterday's scrimmage:
"Jon Jansen had a great scrimmage. He was very active and it did not look like he was limping around on his ankle. He did a good job and I was very impressed."

On the punting competition between Derrick Frost and Durant Brooks:
"I have been watching the competition the whole time, and it is surprising how even it is. We will get a chance to see them compete under duress in the upcoming games. They are both good punters, but we have to choose one. When we pick a punter, it is not that the other is bad, but that the punter we choose won the position."


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