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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.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2009; 4:58 PM ET
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Oh for the love of god, ENOUGH ALREADY. Steinz, I love you. You're awesome and hilarious and always have great, quirky stories for us - but I beg you, give us something other than 24 hour coverage of the Redskins Suckfest 2009!

The Skins suck. We get it. The fans are in full-on revolution mode. We get it.
No one knows who is doing what in the Skins' front office or locker room. WE GET IT.

Talk to us when Portis is back in costume, Snyder sells the team or the Skins win a game against a winless opponent - whatever happens first.

Until then, keep in mind that we have a great, young, funny bunch of hockey players right here who actually win occasionally - so give us entertaining Caps stories! Hell, I'm not a basketball or soccer fan but give us entertaining Wizards and United stories, I don't care. Anything but this ongoing ridiculousness with the burgundy and gold.

I beg of you, have mercy.

Posted by: SEvanson | October 21, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I know he (Smith) can't say anything to the contrary. But come on, after 5 years in the league and no progress,.. it's clear that JC is not a starter. Great kid and all. But put it this way, you'd take the kid in Houston over him straight up, right? Go team by team and do the same analysis. Heck, go team by team and do their backup vs JC. So, come on Sherm, knock it off.

Posted by: TheDubb | October 21, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 3 Skins posts in 90 minutes after not posting anything all day. Sweet sweet web traffic, how I love you so.

Posted by: Section117 | October 21, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

C'mon fellas, lay off of Steinz...we're at the circus right now, watching 22 clowns pile into a VW Bug...nobody is looking up at the stagehands setting up the trapeze, no matter how well they're doing their job.

The Wiz, Caps, and United will get their bog press...after Week 17. *shrug*

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 21, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Sherman isn't enough. They need Mr. Peabody and the Way-Back Machine.

Posted by: KingRutentuten | October 21, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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