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Rodney Harrison Calls Jason Campbell a Backup

Horribly late, but still worth noting: Rodney Harrison, in addition to unloading on just about the entire NFL during NBC's Football Night in America this week, saved a few special jabs for Jason Campbell.

"Well I mean, there are many problems in dealing with the Washington Redskins," the former All-Pro safety said. "But the one problem in particular is definitely Jason Campbell, the quarterback. I don't know what they see in this guy. To me, he's a backup quarterback that's been elevated to a starter. I mean, he's a guy that's unpredictable, he's inconsistent, and he's not a guy that defensive players look at and fear."

"Well, I'm not going to blame it all on the quarterback," Tony Dungy chimed in. "He threw for a lot of yards today; they're having trouble scoring. But I think it goes to a bigger thing, maybe an organizational thing. It's always new free agents, new players, all-star guys. They've got to build a team concept there....And it's not always getting the best players, it's building a good team, building a team that everyone has confidence in. And right now they don't have confidence."

(Thanks to NBC Sports for the transcript, and apologies to John Keim of the Examiner, who wrote about this days ago. You can also read 10,000 comments on the exchange at Extreme Skins.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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hmmmm, who am I going to listen to? Tony Dungy or Rodney Harrison? Sorry, but Harrison seems like he's talking just to talk. Not impressed.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 1, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Rodney can help him out. Give him a little kick in the butt... with a needle?

Posted by: twoeightnine_ | October 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is rated higher (statistically - overall) than 23 starting QB's in the NFL so far this season. Included in that 23 is the guy who threw the winning pass in the Super Bowl last February. Yeah, that sounds like a backup, Rodney.

I can see why he said that though - the research is too tough and it's unsexy to tell the public that the offensive line is weak.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Harrison was one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, was given that award 2x by a vote of the NFL players and once from a coaches poll.

Tony Dungy put togeth a SB team, really 2 but he got only 1 to the game himself.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 1, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

HGH(rodney harrison) takes it in the butt. syringes that is.

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | October 1, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Can we hire Dungy as our GM? In just a few sentences he outlined all of our major problems. Now if only someone in our front office could figure that out.

Posted by: Andymr | October 1, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

While I agree wholeheartedly with you, there's a fundamental problem with Mr. Dungy:

He won't attach his lips to Danny-boy's backside. This makes him unqualified in and of itself.

Posted by: eddie13 | October 1, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Harrison for whatever you think of him is right!
It's about time somebody said it. The problem with the team is nobody will say it. If Clinton and Santana were truly the a-holes everyones says they are (especially being from the U), they would have called Jason's A$$ out by now. Gary Clark would have and for those old enough to remember, that guy never practiced. Too much Kumbaya in Ashburn. I would have cut that scrub after the first game last year. He plain sucks!

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | October 1, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

SkinsNWiz why should santana and portis say anything to Campbell like there play this year has been special. portis is done and hasnt got the ground game going to help Campbell. Moss one good game this year and campbell got him the ball. Campbell has played well just cause not flashy and scoring td's. I remind you Campbell td total would be higher if sellers and thomas caught touchdowns. No one on this team has the right to call out Campbell play everyone is responseable for wants going on. If Campbell had art monk and gray clark i beleive he be better. hey they taller and way better then moss and randle el ever are. those guys are upgrades for are offense if they played today. Harrison is using NBC to get shots in on players still playing then to reporting on NFL. Harrison has a chip on his shoulder and he wants everyone to know.

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | October 1, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm a JC supporter, but Harrison is right about Campbell. Harrison would also say that about 95% of the starting QBs in the league. the issue is JC does not take chances to win! He has the tools but he is an obedient system QB! that's the problem. he has had Gibbs preach to him for 2 or 3 year not to throw interceptions. now he has Zorn preaching weird techniques and praising him for standing in the pocket and his release. As a fan, JC does not scare me either. I don't expect him to win or lose any games. my support of JC is he is not the biggest problem on this team and this team could win with him.

Dungy was 100% correct on the real issues with this team!

Posted by: oknow1 | October 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally, someone in the media who sees JC for what he is as a football player, A BACKUP!

Posted by: hock1 | October 1, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tony Dungy hates on Jay Cutler but sticks up for a quarterback who makes throwing a touchdown seem like a miracle..

I've you've had enough with the Jason Campbell Experiment than join the 'Bench Jason Campbell' group on Facebook at

The last qb to take the Skins to the playoffs was Collins - and our season got turned around once Campbell went down that year.

Posted by: tmolovinsky | October 1, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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