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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]."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Sheehan: "Tell us your gut right now, does Vinny Cerrato come back?'


Jurgensen: "I'm not sure. Maybe not in the same capacity."

Uh oh...Should Kevin Sheehan be worried?

"Welcome to The Sports Fix with Vinny Cerrato and Tom Laverro...haha

Posted by: Maestro301 | December 13, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Is Jurgensen close to Snyder?

Posted by: jiacinto | December 14, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I still think that Zorn and the whole staff should come back, along with JC.

Everybody knew when the decision to hire Zorn was made, and the WC offense was installed that it would take 2-3 years to learn it.

It would be a huge disservice, IMHO, to the work that went into developing the system and teaching it to the coaching staff and players to cut it short now. Especially since JC has finally looked comfortable in it.

Snyder, bring the team and coaching staff back, with the head Sherminator (i.e. Lewis) as OC. But don't forget to get rid of Vinny first.

Posted by: SmashMouth | December 14, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

What do you do? Campbell has shown marked improvement because of (1) wide receiver play (2) Play calling (3) Offensive line play. Get a new quarterback? - no - stay with Campbell. Here are the following changes needed by the Skins. Zorn - nice fellow, not enough fire, too little experience (Drop him) Running back - stay with running back by commitee - drop Portis. Wide receivers - vastly improved - getting comfortable with Campbell (Another reason to keep Campbell)- drop Randall El. Head coach - a motivator, Shanahan???? Drop Vinny and give new head coach adequate leverage and keep Synder in the owner's box and out of the day to day coaching and player personell matters.

Posted by: TTDS | December 14, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I think the last few weeks are evidence that Zorn is figuring out how to be a head coach and the team is getting comfortable with the offense. Frankly, it was ridiculous to expect that these two developments could have happened much sooner than the end of year two to the beginning of year three. Rather than build on this, Snyder will fire Zorn so he can take the on-the-job training he gained at our expense and put it to good use for another franchise. It is also clear that Campbell is maturing as a QB and a team leader. The smartest thing this team could do would be to sign Campbell and retain Zorn for at least one more year and use the pick you waste on a QB to get younger on the o-line.

Posted by: feeney | December 14, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree with keeping Zorn. I think, if nothing else, he deserves a lot of the credit for the way the team has hung together and not quit. None of the improvement we see would have happened if the players had given up on the season. The team seemed like a bunch of selfish salary collectors the first half of the season, and I don't hink they would have changed thier attitudes on thier own. I think Zorn has a way of relating to the players and motivating them that goes above playcalling. Make Sherm Lewis the OC, keep Zorn, fire Cerato.

Posted by: David90 | December 14, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't think you can keep Zorn as HC, and demoting him would only maintain an already awkward hierarchy. No more golly jeepers.

Probably the only way this ship gets righted is if Danny and Vinny hire someone with the clout to get some real authority and independence written into his contract.

Only a celebrity coach could demand that and they'd only give it to one. Otherwise, they continue playing fantasy football.

JC should be back here next season, but Danny is going to fall in love with some hot shot QB that is closer to Tom Cruise size.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 14, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This was a long time coming and you couls see it was on the way. They looked good!! A little late, but it gives hope for next season. Zorn said from the beginning that it takes three years to truly understand and execute the west coast style offense. Well, it's the end of year two and they look like they got IT!! Again, late, but I'm encoraged. Also, let's not forget the contribution the youngsters are making. The way they look, we get some more o linemen, and we may actually have a team next year. Keep Zorn, that's our problem now. We don't give naything a chance to develop or build. Never should have let Shottenhiemer go!! He was on a roll and we would have been in a Bowl by now!!

Posted by: raymondhaynesworth | December 14, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing what a big win can do to the fan base. Look how many people are talking about keeping Zorn and Campbell now. I've been saying ALL YEAR LONG that Zorn and Campbell will not be released, and all it took was one big win and look at all the comments on here and on the Redskins Insider about keeping both of them.

Welcome to reality people.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 14, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe Jim Zorn will be back. But it will be only because Snyder will not be able to get who he really wants because nobody wants to work for him. He won't land Shanahan or any other big name coach because they know they working for him will not work. I hope for Zorn's sake and his career he's not back. He deserves a far better organization to work for than this one.

Posted by: lefthandedslingshot | December 14, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

But it will be only because Snyder will not be able to get who he really wants because nobody wants to work for him.

Posted by: lefthandedslingshot | December 14, 2009 5:01 PM

This wild theory has been circulating since early 2008, after former Skins beat reporter Jason La Canfora created this idea out of thin air to justify his repeatedly incorrectly assertions about the Redskins last coaching search. You see, JLC could not explain why the Redskins didn't land Bill Cowher (among others) so he decided it must have been because no respectable coach would want to work for Snyder. Nevermind the fact that Cowher didn't come out of retirement for any other team that year, or the following year. Nevermind the fact that Snyder had no problem convincing highly sought after coaches Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Gibbs, and even Steve Spurrier to come work for him.

The idea that all the respectable coaches out there believe they are too good for Snyder's millions is so beyond laughable it's simply amazing how many gullible fans have bought into it.

If there's one thing the wild theories all have in common, it's that they are almost always untrue.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 14, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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