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Campbell: "It was like having your manhood questioned"

During Jason Campbell's last summer in Washington, the hot quote came from Peter King in Sports Illustrated:

"I am fine now, but there were a couple of times in the off-season I felt like a piece of tissue they were flushing down the toilet."

That's pretty nice and descriptive language from Campbell, but he upped it a notch in a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It was like having your manhood questioned," Campbell said, "like they were saying I was not a good quarterback while I was still on the team."

I suppose that is what they were saying.

"I speak nine offensive languages," Campbell also said. "Every time I started to get comfortable, things got changed up on me."

There's lots more on Campbell in the story. Thanks to Extreme Skins for the link. I'll be on the road to Canton for the rest of the day, but here are a couple other things I've been meaning to mention.

* A P.G. County delegate to the state legislature claimed he played three years with the Cowboys. He actually played zero. (City Paper)

* Steve Francis claimed he's the best basketball player to come out of the D.C. area since Len Bias. (SB Nation DC)

* The Caps have been getting lots of complaints about Winter Classic ticketing. (Ted's Take)

* Eastern Motors ads make it to Russia. (Alex Ovetjkin)

* The Caps' Verizon Center announcer, Wes Johnson, recorded an amazing, amazing voice mail message for a fan. (RMNB)

* And Forbes ranked the 16 best pro sports fanbases in the big-four leagues. The magazine included the most-hated fan base for each D.C. team: the Cowboys, Phillies, Cavaliers and Penguins. And no D.C. fan base made the list. (Forbes)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2010; 10:49 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Wizards  
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Comments

I wonder what excuse JC will make for sucking in Oakland?

Posted by: jonthefisherman | August 6, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

or he may actually do good in Oakland...

Posted by: merajc86 | August 6, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I like the tissue quote and will borrow it, if needed :).

Posted by: rlj1 | August 6, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

There is no way in hell that Steve Francis was better than Joey Beard.

Posted by: pearlbullets | August 6, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell's no JaMarcus Russell...

Posted by: jhorstma | August 6, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's hyperbole to say that Kevin Durant is 650 billion times better than Steve Francis.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 6, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

JC is a stand up guy and I definitely disapprove of the way he was treated as a Skin. It was frustrating watching the offense struggle with him at the helm, but to publicly degrade him was in poor taste. I know JC never lived up to his expectations as the franchise saving QB he was drafted to be, but JC never had the support he needed. The line was plagued with injuries year after year, his receiving corp was either undersized and aging or tall and slow, and his running backs couldn't gain more than 3 yards a carry. Times were tough, but at least JC stayed classy, worked hard, and sacrificed his body for this team. I hope he's successful in Oakland.

Posted by: MillBurray | August 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's hyperbole to say that Kevin Durant is 650 billion times better than Steve Francis.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 6, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse


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I've gotta co-sign on this...

Posted by: arizona4 | August 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Sad thing is, despite speaking "nine languages," he's never mastered any of them -- and then he's downright delusional when he suggests that no one should have any reason to question his quarterbacking skills. Truth is, he was and will always be a mediocre QB... who is now fortunate to be practicing his trade in the city by the bay, where questioning your manhood seems to be a fairly popular pastime. Ain't hating, just saying...

Posted by: Vic1 | August 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah well, if the Raiders/Tom Cable are 5-11 again this year, it'll be 10 offenses in 10 yrs. for Campbell....

Posted by: cmecyclist | August 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

i think jc will have a good yr in oakland, yall crazy thinking jc is a bad qb. whoever think otherwise, did you not see the oline he had last yr?

Posted by: remarkable4real | August 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to JC, look who was running the team and how....He will be better away from that situation no matter where he plays. I always liked the guy for the way he carried himself and it wasn't his fault that his bosses where incompetent,complete idiots and/ or washed up(sorry Joe) and didn't know how to use him. I was really looking forward to him in this offense, with true professioanls calling and rinning things but he is not unlike a Kerry Collins, only the circumstances are different...he will get it the longer he plays and will be a decent QB in this league because of his positive attitude and willingness to learn and get better. One thing I always found curiuos is how every coach he had said what a great "deep ball" he threw and personally I seldom saw it in games so it must of been practice(PRACTICE!). Of course ,when your front office neglects your line for X-amount of years, you have to be alittle gun shy when those plays were called.... No matter the haters, i will always root for this guy!

Good Luck JC...you wore the burgandy and gold and tried your best, that's good enough for me!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"he's downright delusional when he suggests that no one should have any reason to question his quarterbacking skills"

Posted by: Vic1 | August 6, 2010 2:01 PM

Yeah... that's EXACTLY what JC was saying w/those quotes.

Come on. We can all debate the strengths and (of course) the weaknesses of Campbell's game, but to say that he is just a guy who couldn't handle a little critizism is way off base.

The previous administration threw him under the bus (or some would say "under the pass rush") repeatedly.

Who was blamed at all junctures by all parties involved (coaches and management). And rather than working to improve the unit that he was surrounded with, the team made it seem as if a change at QB was all the team needed.

I know things like this have been said before, but you put some of the all-time greats behind that line and they wouldn't produce a winner. I'd even go so far to say that last year's Redskin O-line would probably have ended Favre's streak if he was playing behind it.

JC will never be a star and I am not even going to claim he is sure to prove doubters wrong, but he was a classy guy who was treated in an unclassy way.

Posted by: SportzWiz | August 6, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"he's downright delusional when he suggests that no one should have any reason to question his quarterbacking skills"

Posted by: Vic1 | August 6, 2010 2:01 PM

Yeah... that's EXACTLY what JC was saying w/those quotes.

Come on. We can all debate the strengths and (of course) the weaknesses of Campbell's game, but to say that he is just a guy who couldn't handle a little critizism is way off base.

The previous administration threw him under the bus (or some would say "under the pass rush") repeatedly.

Who was blamed at all junctures by all parties involved (coaches and management). And rather than working to improve the unit that he was surrounded with, the team made it seem as if a change at QB was all the team needed.

I know things like this have been said before, but you put some of the all-time greats behind that line and they wouldn't produce a winner. I'd even go so far to say that last year's Redskin O-line would probably have ended Favre's streak if he was playing behind it.

JC will never be a star and I am not even going to claim he is sure to prove doubters wrong, but he was a classy guy who was treated in an unclassy way.

Posted by: SportzWiz | August 6, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Jason speaks 9 offensive languages, unfortunately none of them fluently.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 6, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Raiders finish the 2010 season with better record than the Skins.
Campbell plays more games then Donovan, has more TDs less interceptions and a higher QB rating.

Raiders have a chance to win the AFC West. San Diego is going down hill, BRoncos have about an equal chance and the Chiefs
are rebuilding.

Skins will be at home with a 3-13 record and JC will be playing in the post season. McNab is done.

Posted by: sheepherder | August 6, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what is more ridiculous, Steve Francis is the best player to come out of MD, or the jonthefisherman,vic1 comments on Jason Campbell. The kid can play,and finally will play in a system that can lean towards his strengths (what a revelation a team that actually tailors it's plays to their employee's strengths instead of one that tries to remake the players every or every other year). I will go on record now as saying to all the world watch out,no Jason is no Johnny U, but the kid is tough,works like hell,gives it all for his teammates and team, and will succeed. He is well above mediocre, great no of course not,but damn good and you all shall see. Then in your habitual after the fact coaching and GM abilities you will be commenting midway through the season how the Redskins never used him right (DUH) etc,etc. Same crap this pre-season with the Nats,worst team ever,never going to win more than 25 games,going the wrong direction, add the Wizards to the group as well. Over and over the same BS,I know everything and the guys running the teams and spending the money know NOTHING, how convenient. Like the Nats, 3 months in the same naysayers were telling us how all along THEY knew this would work and if so and so had just done X-O then we would be in the wild card hunt,give us a break.Jason Campbell is one of the hardest working, dedicated players in the NFL. He played behind a JV line year in and out and never once (even now) pointed fingers,blamed others or did anything but put the damn game on his shoulders and take the hits,heat and pain,yet still some of you people feel free to denigrate him and use his words out of context.Makes me feel dirty,maybe this is what that old redneck Senator meant years ago on the definition of pornography,"I can't define it,but when you see it you know it".The Raiders are by no means a team on the cusp,but Jason has added stability,skill and hope to an offense that had NONE. The traditional downfield game suits him fine (unless he has a line like last year,kind of hard to throw downfield when the pass rush is on you as soon as you finish your second "hut"),no matter who the wideout is nobody runs a 2.0 40, and without time there is NO SUCH THING as downfield! That being said they have some gifted guys with a hell of a lot of speed, good run game and good line, if they can fill their holes a bit, get the run game going then Campbell to Heyward-Bey may make both of them starts. In closing Jason may not be the Hall of Famer you all seem to expect,the idea that he was taken 32nd in the draft is as funny as the silly SUCKS comments that are listed above. He far from sucks,middle of the pack in rating,higher % each year in spite of no line and getting his a$$ handed to him 6-10 times a game, where the hell does sucks play into this? Tired of all the ridiculous criticism of a kid that has done nothing but button up his chin strap,take his beating, while blaming no one.Good Luck Jason, all the best,much deserved.

Posted by: mfowler1 | August 6, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Boy what a man that Jason Campbell! Complaining now over spilt milk, 3000 miles away, a year later. Warning Raiders: You got a sheep in sheep's clothing, who should be dressed in pink, not silver and black on the likes of Plunkett, Lamonica, Gannon, Stabler. Leadership, yeah right!

Posted by: getitritegov | August 7, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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