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GM strips Zorn of play-calling duties for ’Skins

Head coach Jim Zorn no longer will be calling the plays for the Washington Redskins’ offense.

Front office chief Vinny Cerrato and Zorn discussed the change during a one-on-one meeting after Washington’s 14-6 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

According to Redskins spokesman Zack Bolno, Cerrato told Zorn he believes the coach had too many responsibilities and someone else should run the offense during games. Zorn, a star quarterback in 1970s for the expansion Seattle Seahawks and later an assistant coach under Mike Holmgren, did not disagree with that assessment, Bolno said.

The Redskins (2-4) are averaging 13.2 points this season – and have not scored more than 17 in any game. Against the Chiefs, who entered Sunday allowing 27.6 points and 402.8 yards per game, Washington managed 265 yards of offense, seven first downs and went 2-for-14 on third downs.

“This offense is better than six points, 100 percent. And that’s on me,” Zorn said, before the change in his duties was announced. “It’s my fault.”

He tried a quarterback switch at halftime, lifting starter Jason Campbell in favor of Todd Collins, who hadn’t played since late 2007. Collins led the Redskins to two field goals, but the team failed to score a touchdown at home for the second time this season.

Zorn said Campbell was “a little late in hitting some things” and “inaccurate.” Zorn did not make clear who his QB will be moving forward.

As the final seconds of Sunday’s loss ticked away, and the dwindling crowd booed, Zorn stood alone on the sideline, his headset off, his arms folded.

He began his postgame news conference with a loud, lengthy sigh into the microphone. And the second-year coach kept on sighing as he discussed his team’s latest setback, which made Washington 4-10 over its past 14 games.

“I’ve got to be better. And it really irritates me. Truly irritates me,” Zorn said. “And I’m just not going to rest until I get that taken care of.”

As it is, the Redskins are the first team in NFL history to face six consecutive winless opponents, but they haven’t managed to take advantage.

In Week 3, the Redskins lost to the Detroit Lions, 0-2 at the time and riding a 19-game losing streak. Last weekend, the Redskins lost to the Carolina Panthers, who were 0-3 entering that game.

Now the loss to Kansas City, which was 0-5.

“It’s going to be a very hard week,” Zorn said. “Last week, I thought that was as hard as it can get. It just got harder.”

Asked directly whether he is concerned about his future, Zorn replied: “That part’s not up to me, so I won’t answer that question.”

Extra points

Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was poked in the eye and left the game against the Eagles with vision trouble. Also in that game, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters hurt his left knee, defensive end Victor Abiamiri sprained a knee late and linebacker Omar Gaither sprained a foot. … Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was knocked out of the team’s overtime win over the Jets with a concussion. Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins left the loss with what coach Rex Ryan called a “probably severe” left knee injury. … Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper hurt his right hamstring. He took one more snap before Drew Stanton relieved him. … Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield left the game against Baltimore with an injury to his right foot. … Defensive end Antwan Odom has a severe Achilles’ tendon injury that will leave the Bengals without their top pass rusher indefinitely.

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