Sherm Smith discusses the distractions
With all the focus on Sherm Lewis--who has thus far been unavailable for media comment since ascending to the playcalling role--the other Sherm, offensive coordinator Sherm Smith, has at times been forgotten. But Comcast SportsNet has a weekly interview with the Original Sherm, and this week's session was especially interesting.
Kelli Johnson asked Smith for his initial reaction when he heard the news.
"Of course it was disappointment," Smith said. "Because I don't think play-calling is the problem. I had said to the players last week, I said look at the run gameplan and the pass gameplan, and if you can show me any plays on there that will work without us executing, let us know what plays those are, and we'll call those all the time. It's not the play-calling. It's always gonna be about execution. Are there calls the Z man wishes he could have got back? Absolutely. There's a call I gave him that I wish I could have [back], that was a pipe dream right there. So that happens. But I was disappointed."
Smith said he wasn't bothered that he wasn't considered for the play-calling role, and that he has no desire to call plays. He said he would have recommended someone like Chris Meidt for the role, but said they would all try to help Lewis. Johnson came back with a question about the players' confidence, and whether there were concerns that they didn't know whom they were answering to amid these changes.
"Oh, no question," Lewis said. "I put myself in their position, how would I respond to this? And I probably would have said I just need to focus on doing my job. But I would know that there's some lack of confidence somewhere, because we have too many changes, too many questions that are being asked. And the game is hard enough to play on Sunday or Monday without all of these other distractions. So it's just another distraction that we have to deal with, but each player has to say, 'I need to do my job,' and let management, let everybody else worry about that other stuff."
Finally, Johnson asked whether all the tumult and speculation about his job have permanently damaged Jason Campbell's career.
"There are Hall of Fame quarterbacks that have been pulled and have had speculation," Smith said, disagreeing with the premise. "If Jason Campbell's not playing here next year, he's gonna be playing somewhere. And he's gonna start. He's a STARTER in this league. If he's getting an opportunity to just develop into a system, there's not a throw he can't make. And I just believe when he gets in a system where people say you are our guy, and we all believe in you, he's gonna flourish, and he's gonna be very successful."
(Watch the full nine-minute interview at CSNWashington.)
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