Jurgensen thinks Campbell will be back
There's a longstanding assumption that Redskins radio analyst Sonny Jurgensen is privy to inside information from the front office. If that's true, Jurgensen's pre-game interview during ESPN 980's radio broadcast Sunday afternoon qualifies as significant news.
Host Kevin Sheehan asked Jurgensen about Jason Campbell's future, and Jurgensen didn't hesitate.
"I'm not sure he's going any place," Sonny said. "I think he'll be back with the Redskins next year."
Jurgensen also said he thought that there would be changes in the team's leadership regardless of what happens in the next four games, which led to this pithy exchange.
Sheehan: "Tell us your gut right now, does Vinny Cerrato come back?'
Jurgensen: "I'm not sure. Maybe not in the same capacity."
Sheehan: Does Jim Zorn come back as the head coach?"
Jurgensen: "I don't think so."
Sheehan: "Jason Campbell?"
Jurgensen: "I think he will be back."
Sheehan: "Sherm Lewis?"
Jurgensen: "No, I don't think so...."
Sheehan: "What about Clinton Portis?
Jurgensen: "I think so. Of course it has to do with whether or not he's healthy and it's not a risk for him to come back and play. That has to do with his health more than anything else. He has to make that decision, along with the doctors and specialists he's been going to. They will make those decisions for him. And I'm sure Clinton and his family will also. He doesn't want to risk anything there, he's had a great career. And he has a lot of guaranteed contract coming."
Sheehan: "Is Mike Shanahan, in your opinion, the leading candidate to be a head coach/general manager type?
Jurgensen: "Is he my first choice, did you say? He's on the list."
Sheehan: "Is he on the short list?"
Jurgensen: "Yeah, he's on a list."
As for Campbell, Jurgensen spoke at greater length about why he thinks the quarterback will be back.
"The thing about Jason, yes, he's shown in these last few games--I guess since Sherm Lewis has taken over the playcalling--look what his quarterback rating is, and look at his pass completion percentages," Jurgensen said. "Everything has improved, and he's getting more comfortable. And I'm telling you, you look at the three young receivers, they've stepped up, all have made contributions. And because of that, yes, I think what you do is you keep him and you bring him back, and then if he does draw lots of interest, then you get a 1 and a 2 [draft pick]."
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