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Redskins QBs: Find the Preseason Positive

Throw straighter. (By Kenneth Lambert - AP)

Sure, it seemed a little jarring to hear Jim Zorn praise Jason Campbell's 1-for-7 performance, both at halftime Saturday night and again during his Sunday news conference. Zorn's gist was that, numbers aside, Campbell made the right decisions, audibled well, led a long drive, and just didn't have enough playing to amass better stats. Unless you're in one of those fantasy leagues that rewards great audibles.

"I tried to look and see, you know, 1-for-7 and all that kind of stuff, but, again, I thought Jason did a nice job getting us into the right play," Jim Zorn said. "He had several good audibles, and I've just gotta give him more time."

Whatever your level of concern about Campbell's showing--mine is at a 8.3 out of 10--Zorn's positive response seemed jarring. But then again, what else would he say in week two of the preseason? See, it turns out that Redskins head coaches have a long history of trying to find the positive after seemingly unaesthetic preseason QB performances. Take a gander at this.

On Jason Campbell, after he completed 3 of 7 passes for 12 yards before leaving a 2006 preseason game with an injury.

"I felt like it was going to be an extended growth period for Jason," Joe Gibbs said. "I think he's had a great offseason. I think he's gotten to play a lot more. Anytime he did anything, it was a learning experience for him."

On Patrick Ramsey, after a shaky preseason in 2005.

"Just doing his part," Joe Gibbs said, when asked about his goals for Ramsey. "He doesn't have to do more than that, you know. Direct it and get us points, but just do his part. I think one thing about Patrick is he's a real good student. I think he's smart. When you put the game plan in he has a feel for what we're doing there, so he only has to do his part. He doesn't have to make something happen by himself."

On Danny Wuerffel, after he completed 13 of 19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown and got sacked four times against the Jaguars in the 2003 preseason

"He had a lot of good plays," Steve Spurrier said. "He had a few he could have thrown a little straighter, I thought....He did okay. He took care of the ball."

On Patrick Ramsey, after he recorded a 55.7 passer rating in a 2003 preseason loss to the Patriots.

"Patrick did some good things and bad things," Steve Spurrier said. "That's why he needs to play. He did get to throw 24 balls."

On Shane Matthews, after he was named the team's regular season starter following a 2002 preseason loss to the Patriots.

"I just really feel that right now there's less pressure on Shane to go play," Steve Spurrier said. "Right now, Shane looks to be our best player to go play, simple as that. Maybe four or five weeks from now, if he's banged up a little bit or something changes, it may be Danny. It may be his turn, but who knows?"

On Jeff George, after he had three turnovers, was sacked three times and threw a late touchdown in the first half of a 2001 preseason loss.

"At this point in time, we can't hide it: He's behind because of missing all that time," Marty Schottenheimer said. "But I think that drive at the end of the first half was good for him and good for us."

On Brad Johnson, after he missed the final week of the 2000 preseason with an infected foot.

"Brad is fine," Norv Turner said. "He moved around real well [yesterday] and threw the ball real well. That situation with his toe is over and done with....Brad does a great job in the pocket. He has mobility."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 12:16 PM ET
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Um, I'm guessing that with a couple years of study I could get us into the right plays. Of course, I'd probably go 0 for 7 instead of 1 for 7, so there's that...

Posted by: jhorstma | August 24, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

All aboard the panic train! Dan Steinberg is the conductor.

Let’s all take a deep breath. So Jason Campbell goes 1-7 in the pouring rain against the best defense in the entire NFL, in a totally meaningless game. I guess it’s time to start losing faith and questioning his ability. Get a grip.

Posted by: cj658 | August 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Reefer Madness" ZORN and "3 and Out" Campbell.......ARE......DEAD MEN WALKING !!!!
Cowher? Gruden? Shanahan? Holmgren?

Posted by: unc1dmo | August 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: frak | August 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He was 1 for 3 really if you count the bomb to Kelly on the first play - he missed Moss over the middle on 3rd down - and he connected with Cooley for a first down. All the others he threw away, smartly.

Posted by: AsstGM | August 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Proof is in the result and past... Get rid of Jason before it's too late... Synder are you listening to the fans? Put in Collins, Colt or Daniels. This team could make a run with a a average offense

Posted by: mabeo1 | August 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Proof is in the result and past... Get rid of Jason before it's too late... Synder are you listening to the fans? Put in Collins, Colt or Daniels. This team could make a run with a a average offense

Posted by: mabeo1 | August 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else feels this way, please post your comments here. I want to get as many morons on record here as possible, and see what you all have to say come January.

Campbell had one nice completion called back because of a Samuels lining up wrong penalty, and 3 of his other throws were intentionally thrown away. Essentially, he was 2-4 on the night. But let's panic and make comments like he is the worst QB on the face of the earth! Yeah, that's the ticket!

Barno's prediction for Jason Cambpell this season...plain and simple, Campbell will put up pro bowl numbers in 2009.

You heard it here.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 24, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Please don't remind Danny that Jeff George is still out there, unsigned...

Posted by: jksesq1 | August 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The passing game sadly has been dysfunctional since Gibbs I. The personnel, coach and "general manager" [sic] have yet to be on the same page. It's because, rather than pursue a consistent vision like successful teams do, the Redskins run head coaches and O.C.'s in and out of town with no thought of continuity. Each guy is saddled with the last guy's QB and receivers. Norv cuts Rypien to bring in Shuler, Frerotte and Green, none of whom ever take us to the playoffs.... Marty can't settle on a QB and runs off Larry Centers who would have been perfect in the Spurrier system.... Spurrier brings in Wuerffel, who can't play the pro game, and Ramsey who doesn't fit the Gibbs II plan... Gibbs II brings in his guy, Brunell, who can't throw downfield, so he loads up on possession receivers, then brings in Campbell, who has a rifle but is lousy at the possession game... now Zorn is stuck with Campbell who does not fit his system one bit.

Do the coaches and the personnel decision makers talk?

Does anyone have a plan or a vision for what this team should look like? Or do we just keep hiring coaches on a whim and then not give them the right personnel, or sufficient time, to succeed?

Posted by: jksesq1 | August 24, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Everyone doubting JC is going to look foolish when he is in the midst of a career season. The numbers do not mean anything, numbers are for losers. JC looks comfortable and in control of the offense; he is making the right decisions both pre and post snap. In JC we trust, HAIL.

Posted by: bhickson | August 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

JC is a class act as a person, but he stinks as a QB. He should be 2nd string, Collins should be first-string, no question.

Posted by: Wizards2345 | August 24, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

JC moves the ball backwards instead of forward, he can't even slide right. He should try out for kicking...

Posted by: Wizards2345 | August 24, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse


Skins fans sure do like big names until they get them here. We just had a big name coach and guess what fans just like you were calling for him to quit after one year. Fickle fans can be easily romanced.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Proof is in the result and past... Get rid of Jason before it's too late... Synder are you listening to the fans? Put in Collins, Colt or Daniels. This team could make a run with a a average offense

Posted by: mabeo1 | August 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Rep

If snyder started lisning to these fickle fans we would be envying the Lions in a couple of years. Fans dont know football, they just think they do. Every skins fan think they are smarter than the coaches, GM, Owner and players for that matter. So no Snyder, dont listen to the fans. They were saying Colt was better before training camp. Now Chase is better than Colt. Now imagine if snyder would have benched JC for Colt who is averaging an int per quarter. Skins fans are about as fickle as a 20 year old in a nightclub.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Maryland basketball will finish with a 15-16 record

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

Maryland Football will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.


California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on the football recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

JC is a class act as a person, but he stinks as a QB. He should be 2nd string, Collins should be first-string, no question.

Posted by: Wizards234

What happen to Colt? Oh, now collins is the flava of the week. Hang in their Chase, a couple of bad throws by Collins and you will become the peoples favorite in DC. Ahh, I can remember when Jason was the favorite off the bench for you fans.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse


You dont get it, no one cares about MD or NC football until one of them actually wins a few games. Stop wasting your fingers posting about MD and Carolina. This is a NFL town, not an ACC town. You obviously have not been here long. Maybe they care down tobacco road but not here.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 24, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Babe Laufenburg is alive and well in dallas (sorry, couldn't bring myself to capitalize that, especially since they're already bouncing punts off Jerry Jones' $10 mil. scoreboard)

Posted by: Fredneck2 | August 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BMACattack | August 24, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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