Teammates react to Jason Campbell trade
The Redskins were hosting a FedEx Field draft day party on Saturday when news of the Jason Campbell trade broke. Some of the Redskins who were at the stadium heard about the trade from reporters. Others discussed it with fans. When Campbell discussed the move on the NFL Network in the mid-afternoon, the audio played over the stadium loudspeakers and thousands of people stood around and listened.
Since I was there anyhow, I talked to a bunch of Campbell's former teammates about the trade and his future.
"I heard about the news, man. It's crazy, but I'm happy that he can get a new start somewhere. It's what he needs, man. He can get a fresh start all the way on the West Coast. He needs to start anew.
"Jason's an NFL starting quarterback. He just needs to get his feet sound with everybody around him, instead of the offensive playbook changing all the time. He needs something that stays around. I just think it was tough for him, to keep changing the offense, it was just tough on the guy. So I think his confidence might have went down, and he just needs a fresh start."
"I'm happy for him, that he get a fresh new start and everything. I'm really excited for him, that he can start over. I'm pretty sure for his sake it would have been awkward [in Washington]; he's so used to being a starter."
"It's kind of bittersweet, because I love Jason. I've been with him for four years, and it's always hard to see somebody like that go. He's going to my home town, so hopefully he's able to resurrect that organization a little bit. I think he'll be fine out there...."
"Every year they were trying to find somebody to replace him. It's kind of hard to perform and have the confidence in yourself when you're not always backed completely. I mean, he had his opportunities, but I don't ever think he had complete chance of just going out there and competing, not worrying about his job....Their offensive line is probably no better than ours was last year. It's gonna be hard, going to a worse organization, pretty much. It's gonna be kind of hard for him."
"It's just tough, because I like Jason a lot as a person, and he worked as hard as anybody ever asked him to. He dealt with all the trade rumors, he dealt with everything that can be wrong with not playing well. But with the head coach and quarterback, you're the face of the franchise, and when you don't win, you're on the chopping block. He's a great guy, we wish him well, and hopefully he'll have success....
"I do think he can be starting quarterback in this league, I really do. I mean, you look at his numbers last year, he had good numbers. It's just finding a good situation for him. I don't know what it will take, but unfortunately his time here is over."
"I was sad to see him get traded. He's always been a great friend to me. We all know the situation here, and from what it sounds like he's happy to go out there and get another opportunity, so if he's excited, I'm excited. The NFL's a hard place, but I know Jason will bring a very professional attitude out there to Oakland, and I wish him the best, because he's always been a good friend of mine....
"He's a guy that's gonna do exactly what the coaches ask him to do. I mean, it's hard to win football games in this league, but I would have Jason Campbell on my team. He's gonna do well. He's gonna do great."
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