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Campbell Excited about "Chance to Lead"

Jason Reid caught up with Jason Campbell yesterday (in my vision of the future, everyone is named Jason) as the first day of offseason workouts began.

Campbell talked about the offseason acquisitions, the offensive line and being the focus of fans' frustrations as the offense struggled.

"As a competitor, I always believe in what I can do, but you know the naysayers are going to be there," Campbell said. "When it was all going good, when we were 6-2, everyone wants to pat you on your back. As soon as something falls apart, somebody's got to point the finger somewhere, and it always starts with the quarterback. It comes with the territory. This is going to be my fifth season in this league, and I understand how it works. But I always try to keep a positive mind-set about everything. Going back and watching the season, watching the film, I thought I had a really good year. . . .
"So I'm very positive about what I've done and what I can do better. That's where the excitement is for me, just getting the chance to go back out there and grow each year. That's what I'm looking forward to now. That's what I'm excited about, just the chance to lead this team to where we want to go."


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Elsewhere in the NFL, rumors that Julius Peppers was headed to New England drew a lot of jibba as well as some jabba up here, but Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he was unaware of any activity involving Peppers and other teams. So let's see what today brings.

By Cindy Boren  |  March 17, 2009; 8:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

First?

Posted by: BostonWarPath | March 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

i think campbell would do better if we moved him to "mike" qb

Posted by: jstew06 | March 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

SO KISS MEEEEEEE IM SH!TFAAAAACED!!!!

Happy St. Pattys to all!

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"With defensive line coach John Palermo struggling to adjust to the NFL game last year, according to numerous team sources"

I"m trying to figure out how I feel about this statement.

Is this guy out of his league?

Posted by: Devo2 | March 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

New England to get Peppers?
He is going to want Albert $.

Posted by: rcjordan44 | March 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell has his faults, but he should be given a 'mah-bahd' for the last season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I am just saying we heard people questioning Hixon's skills as a coach towards the end of the year, if I remember correctly it was said particularly about the rookie development.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Trade for Detroit's #20 and #33, then one-up the Patriots offer of their #34 and get Peppers here for the #33 selection. Use the Snyder magic to sign him to a monster contract with a cap friendly year one, draft an OLB with #20, then say hello to the most dominant defense in the league.

Then trade next year's 1st rounder for a 2nd rounder this year, draft an OT, then focus on depth at OLB, DE, and G/C with the last 3 picks.

Then convince Redskins fan DeMaurice Smith to continue with an uncapped season, purge the roster next offseason of its aging pricey players, and re-sign all the youngsters of value.

Then watch as the Super Bowls roll in.

Oh, and hire Jerry Rice to a $20 million coaching contract to coach the WRs. And Bruce Smith to a similar deal for the defensive line.

Jackpot.

And then I woke up.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Looks like i'm going to just have to root for the Steelers now, a franchise coming off a Super Bowl Championship that builds the team the correct way and will be in the playoffs next year again.

Sorry Redskins, you've really lost my fanhood this offseason.

Posted by: avbanig | March 17, 2009 8:55 AM |

As I told the moron who made a statement like this yesterday, don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I hope JC has a great year! It is a contract year. If he doesnt, he's gone.
T. Collins is not the future! It is yet to be seen what we might or might not have in C. Brennen.
If JC leaves, do we draft a QB next year?
Who are the top QB's coming out next year?

Do we give Colt a shot at some point in the year if JC bombs out?

Posted by: rcjordan44 | March 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Looks like i'm going to just have to root for the Steelers now, a franchise coming off a Super Bowl Championship that builds the team the correct way and will be in the playoffs next year again.

Posted by: avbanig | March 17, 2009 8:55 AM

In case you haven't noticed, statements like that rattle the cages of the RI beasts here. Keep stuff like that to yourself.

And another thing: the Steelers are pretty old on both lines like the Skins are. They build it the right way in Pittsburgh so the guys they have in there are great to begin with, not stop gaps like Wynn or Daniels. But they are facing some of the same challenges the Skins are going into this year's draft.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

RcJordan,

If JC is a total fail this season by week 10, lets say he just has horrible stats the team already has 8 losses Then sure I then would say give Colt the ball and just see what he can do, and if he can do nothing give Todd a shot figure out is it the QB or something else.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Brown and Flounder
I agree its poor taste to quit on a team just cuz of this.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

...and if he can do nothing give Todd a shot figure out is it the QB or something else.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:23 AM
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Bring back Leigh Torrence.

Start him at QB.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I say let Sonny go back on the field.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Funny, this entire blog could be boiled down to the following sentence:


Jason Campbell says "I got to keep it medium."

:D

Posted by: Veretax | March 17, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

rcjordan

Campbell's situation is very complicated.

If the team makes the playoffs, of course he gets re-signed.

If he gets hurt playing behind a bad line, does he get re-signed and for how much?

If the wideouts--except Moss/Cooley--continue to disappoint, whose to say Campbell shouldn't be re-signed?

If the team goes 8-8, but he plays well, how much do you re-sign him for?

The best thing to happen is for Jim Zorn to say early on, "Hey, Jason, we're riding your arm" and let Portis whine about carries in the media

The team should slowly morph the skins into an offense that fits the mold of what Campbell does best-shot gun, three/four wideouts sets, passes thrown upfield.

It's his contract year. Let him make his money or lose it. But don't hamstring the guy in a run-oriented offense with poor blocking and blame him for the team's troubles.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Redskins, you've really lost my fanhood this offseason.

Posted by: avbanig | March 17, 2009 8:55 AM |

As I told the moron who made a statement like this yesterday, don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 9:15 AM

Brown and Flounder
I agree its poor taste to quit on a team just cuz of this.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 9:24 AM

I have a buddy who is a Lions fan.
You can tell alot about a person with thier loyalty.
As a die hard Redskins fan, I think if you want to jump ship, have at it.
I hope you find your new boat has a hole in it!
RIDE IT TO THE BOTTOM!

Posted by: rcjordan44 | March 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

PSP23 - We would need more than #13 to get #20 and #33 - I've been saying ALL our picks....

I wouldn't mind that, as long as we ended up with a RT and a DE/LB. Not crazy about Peppers, I'd rather groom our own guy.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

avbinig

'...Sorry Redskins, you've really lost my fanhood this offseason...'

Was that 'manhood' or 'fanhood' that you've lost, sir?

Go ahead, ride that black n' gold bandwagon.

And when it breaks down somewhere along the way to Gillette Stadium in late January 2010, please don't pull out your cell and call for help from the loyal fans of RI Nayshun--'cuz fairweather fans belong out in the same cold your new team will crash and burn in.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I bet Campbell gets resigned for 2 years after this year, unless he completely falls apart this year.

I think 2010 is really the year to prove himself. By the start of next year, we should have most of our holes filled (giggity) and have a good enough team for a deep playoff run. If theres no cap, that only helps our chances. And if he doesn't prove it in the next 2 years, then 2011 is open competition.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

PSP23 - We would need more than #13 to get #20 and #33 - I've been saying ALL our picks....

I wouldn't mind that, as long as we ended up with a RT and a DE/LB. Not crazy about Peppers, I'd rather groom our own guy.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 9:39 AM

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If you go by the draft pick trade value chart, the #13 pick is worth 1,150 points. The #20 pick is worth 850 points and the #33 pick is worth 580.

So yeah, the Redskins would have to make up 280 points somewhere. Or Detroit would have to rehire Matt Millen to make the trade possible.

Posted by: dfbovey | March 17, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I bet Campbell gets resigned for 2 years after this year, unless he completely falls apart this year.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 9:53 AM

That's crazy talk...nobody resigns for only 2 years. There are 3 options: franchise tag (impossible considering the Skins annual cap trouble), resign to a long term deal, or they let him walk. This season is it: sink or swim. And he'll have to do better than a Brunell-esque 85 QB rating to entice the very shallow Redskins FO.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Campbell becomes a RFA after this season if it's uncapped. There's a really good chance he's here even if the team opts not to re-sign.

Also, Rex Grossman signed a short-term deal with the Bears, as did Derek Anderson with the Browns. That's not out of the realm of possibility.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh an Ryp, that earlier post was meant to be a joke. This team has no shot of being able to sign Peppers.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Brownwood - fair enough - I guess my point is, I still see this as a rebuilding year. I dont think its on JC to take us to the promise land this year. I dont think well have all the pieces inplace.... whereas in 2010, I think well be much better off, and by then well know for sure what the kid has.

PSP - color me embarassed.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I just heard SexyRexyGrossman just signed a deal to play in the UFL for Dennis Green.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"With defensive line coach John Palermo struggling to adjust to the NFL game last year, according to numerous team sources"

I"m trying to figure out how I feel about this statement.

Is this guy out of his league?

Posted by: Devo2 | March 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

With the #4 defense, he couldn't have been but so bad?!? Does the Post still use Adam Archaletta as a source on the Redskins???

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | March 17, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

If you go by the draft pick trade value chart, the #13 pick is worth 1,150 points. The #20 pick is worth 850 points and the #33 pick is worth 580.

So yeah, the Redskins would have to make up 280 points somewhere. Or Detroit would have to rehire Matt Millen to make the trade possible.

Posted by: dfbovey
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Just to expand on this, our #13 for Detroit's #20 and their 3rd round pick (pick #65) would be more plausible.

Points would equal:
Redskins 1150 (#13 pick)
Detroit 1115 (#20 pick and #65pick)

Posted by: dfbovey | March 17, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

That's where we disagree, Rypien...this team refuses to rebuild, and this year is another example of putting a band-aid over a gunshot wound. As long as the FO holds to the misguided idea that this team is close to contending, they will continue to underachieve. This team has way more problems than QB play, and I think we'd all be pleasantly surprised how well JC could be with a solid team around him.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

df, not sure how I feel about that trade, moving back to #20, and only getting a third rounder out of it....something doesn't seem right....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

mornin' world...

complete d-baggery to switch teams. it'd be better if you were going to be a fan of the game instead.

i've made this declaration many times, the whole fan of the game business, only to turn around and still plop my a** in front of the TV on Sundays and watch the 'skins.

never say 'F' something if you don't mean it...

Posted by: RedDMV | March 17, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

From the Times:

Unlike most of his teammates, Chris Cooley lives in Northern Virginia year-round so he has been training at the Park for weeks. However, the Pro Bowl tight end was still happy about the different vibe on Monday for the start of coach Jim Zorn's second offseason.

"It felt good to be in there and see all the guys today," Cooley said. "When a football team ... progresses usually what happens is that you start to adapt to a new coach, a new scheme. Everyone's looking for [second-year receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly] to come on and have big years. We need them to have great offseasons. We need those guys to play well for our offense to be successful. I think they're up to it."

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

beantown

Unless something sexy comes along, the team should stand firm, take players of need at whatever slot it has, and move on.

Flounder's earlier draft history post confirms the theory that the draft is something the skins haven't excelled at recently--so why inflict more pain?

On this day, we'll use an Irish word to state our feelings: avoid the shenanigans and don't try anything clever with the picks--unless a certain cardinal--Boldin-- wideout becomes someone who can be obtained.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Bean - makes me nervous that were counting on the soph WRs for a big year.

Brown - I think we're starting to realize the error of our ways.... I mean, yeah we could have got an extra guy or two instead of getting AH.. but we got 3 YOUNG talents in AH, Dock and Hall, two of them along the line, and it looks like well go for two more guys on the line in the draft.

We didn't sign overhyped old guys, or more WRs, or what have you. We didn't give away draft picks (yet). I think we're doing the best we can with what we have.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

ryp, 2nd year, lets see what they can do, make em earn their way.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ya know, I think Soup is going to straight LIGHT IT UP this next year, Ya know?

Ya know?

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | March 17, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

We didn't sign overhyped old guys, or more WRs, or what have you. We didn't give away draft picks (yet). I think we're doing the best we can with what we have.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 17, 2009 10:34 AM

Yeah, they did all those things LAST offseason.

We also thought Danny was done spending because he hadn't done it the last two offseasons. And he more than made up for lost time this year. These guys don't get the benefit of the doubt from me until doing things right is a habit, not an occasional incident.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"I think we're starting to realize the error of our ways.... I mean, yeah we could have got an extra guy or two instead of getting AH.. but we got 3 YOUNG talents in AH, Dock and Hall, two of them along the line, and it looks like well go for two more guys on the line in the draft"

I disagree, I thought the Skins had changed their ways last year with 10 picks in the draft and little action in FA. But signing Haynesworth and Hall to enormous contracts while having holes everywhere and only 4 draft picks = same old FO. Why did we have to send 2 picks to Parcells for Jason Taylor? No faith in a backup like Demetric Evans to step in. It would be one thing if this team had proven to be a contender, but when you're last in your division I would consider drafting some new blood instead of playing fantasy football. It's too bad they force themselves to play the FA game by shelling out draft picks like raffle tickets.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Non-Redskins DC sports news I just realized. The Washington Nationals have a wining record in Spring Training right now with a record of 9-7-2 with 13 games to go. If my math is right they only need to win 1 more game in spring training to beat last years regular season record.

Not that it means too much but it does mean something.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 17, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I think this qualifies as sportsy news: Obama names Dan Rooney ambassador to Ireland.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | March 17, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

As the REDSKINS team members for 2009-10 steadily round into focus, I see moves that are bridges to the 2010 team.

GOLSTON and MONTGOMERY at DT. WYNN and DANIELS at DE. FINCHER and WASHINGTON at OLB. Resigning KHARY CAMPBELL. With the exception of the DT spots, the team is building temporary on-the-cheap players who are of quality ability, but limited shelf life.

If all these rumored moves (as WYNN already has) come to fruition there won't be much cap room to sign draftees. The #13th is going to be relatively expensive financially, and I'm not sure all four choices then will fit under the cap.

What I see is that the most pressing needs on the team offensively and defensively may be accounted for by aging vets allowing VINNY to trade down for lesser regarded players who can come in and step up to the holes which ultimately appear when the temporary patches disappear.

Along the O-line, PETE KENDELL at LG, WIL MONTGOMERY at C, RANDY THOMAS and JEAN BATISTE at RG, HEYOR and JANSEN at right OT, hopefully CHAD RINEHART SOMEWHERE since he's the youngster talent on the O-line.????!!!!

D-line, WYNN and DANIELS at left DE, and at LB, WASHINGTON and FINCHER. These would probably fit under the cap this year. A #13 and three others might not.

Of course, this is where any plan of this type gets dicey. In the draft, the GM has to pick unrealized talent, not what he is best at, based upon past experience. But I think that's the FO plan.

If no draft-day trade is available, then the four picks go through. The questions then are 1 - can we afford to sign them and 2 - do they fill our greatest needs? I'm not sure either question can be answered in the affirmative if rumors regarding aging vets all come true.

I wouldn't have cousin VINNY's job on a bet. But then I'm old and retired. And based upon this analysis of the REDSKINS' situation, maybe stupid as well.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 17, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

No faith in a backup like Demetric Evans to step in...

Renaldo Wynn=Demetric Evans

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

glaw,

The rookies fall into a rookie pool that has already been factored in to the Skins cap.

The Redskins work the cap to well not to get there draft picks signed.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"No faith in a backup like Demetric Evans to step in...

Renaldo Wynn=Demetric Evans"

Um, talking about before we handed those picks over to Parcells. Hindsight is 20/20, but the Tuna wanted no parts of him for a reason. Plus, you would think some scouting would reveal that his tiny frame wasn't made for the NFC East. A desperation move no doubt, but look who is last in the division with only 4 draft picks to fill numerous holes.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

never say 'F' something if you don't mean it...

Posted by: RedDMV | March 17, 2009 10:22 AM

How'd this one slip thru?...
F chRIs laRry

Posted by: 4-12 | March 17, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"I disagree, I thought the Skins had changed their ways last year with 10 picks in the draft and little action in FA. But signing Haynesworth and Hall to enormous contracts while having holes everywhere and only 4 draft picks = same old FO."

What? How does that make sense? So now we're complaining because the team didn't sign more free agents?

Apparently the "right way" to use this offseason was to acquire as many average talents as possible, similar to what we did when we added ARE, Carter, Lloyd, Archuleta, Fauria, Patten, Walt Harris, Holdman, etc. like we had for the 3-4 years prior to 2007. Who knew Snyder was on the right track back then, but didn't know it.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"How'd this one slip thru?...
F chRIs laRry"

That is too old school....fake vitriol has been replaced with real vitriol....

Posted by: chrislarry | March 17, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

df, not sure how I feel about that trade, moving back to #20, and only getting a third rounder out of it....something doesn't seem right....

Posted by: BeantownGreg

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Yeah, I'm just posting what the point value is for the picks based on the chart that most front offices use as a jumping off point. The value isn't there for Detroit to make a trade for the #20 and #33 picks to move up to #13. There would have to be a player of serious value there for them to consider it, like a QB that slips out of the top ten.

I'm all for taking the best available player with the #13 pick, as long as it's a lineman on either side of the ball. But I also wouldn't mind trading back and getting a guy like Oher either.

Posted by: dfbovey | March 17, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I am JASON CAMPBELL. I am endeared by fans for my positive attitude, my disciplined and professional approach to warding off attacks from my critics and the naysayers, my unbounded determination to improve my play, my humble conduct and upbringing, my supportive nature which fosters a spirit of team unity, my unselfishness, and my dedication to become a leader of my team.

Posted by: all_star_0013 | March 17, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

avanig "Looks like i'm going to just have to root for the Steelers now, a franchise coming off a Super Bowl Championship that builds the team the correct way and will be in the playoffs next year again."

Whaddya do, just wait til somebody wins the Super Bowl and pretend to be their fan for the next eight months?

Must get expensive, buying all those caps and pennants.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 17, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"But I also wouldn't mind trading back and getting a guy like Oher either"

I'm not sure that Oher is gonna get out of the top 10.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"What? How does that make sense? So now we're complaining because the team didn't sign more free agents?"

Um, not at all. Read the rest my man, I want to draft, draft, draft. When guys like Jason Taylor steal draft picks it makes me think the FO has learned nothing. Signing Haynesworth (or any big name young guy) is fine if you stop getting rid of draft picks.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I think by 2015, he'll come around by then. The team will have had time to "retool","restructure" and extend more contracts to fit the ever changing future of this blueprint to mediocrity,that is the Snyder Era Washington Redskins.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 17, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

yoder-lay: "Um, talking about before we handed those picks over to Parcells. Hindsight is 20/20, but the Tuna wanted no parts of him for a reason. Plus, you would think some scouting would reveal that his tiny frame wasn't made for the NFC East. A desperation move no doubt, but look who is last in the division with only 4 draft picks to fill numerous holes."

Just a brief correction: Parcells' lack of interest in Taylor had to do with his attitude, not his age or his ability (Parcells loves vets). Second, Taylor is no skinnier than Michael Strahan, who terrorized the NFC East at around 250 lbs (put down the program and look at him, will ya?).


Posted by: Samson151 | March 17, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"Signing Haynesworth (or any big name young guy) is fine if you stop getting rid of draft picks.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who"

Isn't that exactly what happened this offseason? How does that "= same old FO"? Jason Taylor was traded for last offseason, not this offseason.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Second, Taylor is no skinnier than Michael Strahan, who terrorized the NFC East at around 250 lbs (put down the program and look at him, will ya?)."

Good point, I guess I meant the Skins in particular. Giants had a stud d-line all around that allowed for him to make those plays. With Fat Albert I'm sure Taylor would have had a much bigger impact. I'm just bitter 2 draft picks are gone for 3.5 sacks...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the "right way" to use this offseason was to acquire as many average talents as possible, similar to what we did when we added ARE, Carter, Lloyd, Archuleta, Fauria, Patten, Walt Harris, Holdman, etc. like we had for the 3-4 years prior to 2007. Who knew Snyder was on the right track back then, but didn't know it.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Wow...I'm pretty sure the idea is to NOT get into a situation where you have to overpay for Hall and Haynesworth and be left with only 4 picks. The domino effect of last offseason and this one is what screams "same 'ol FO", not just the actions of this one.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Isn't that exactly what happened this offseason? How does that "= same old FO"? Jason Taylor was traded for last offseason, not this offseason."

Well the effects of that trade are being felt this offseason, but I see your point.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Second, Taylor is no skinnier than Michael Strahan, who terrorized the NFC East at around 250 lbs

Posted by: Samson151 | March 17, 2009 11:29 AM |

Strahan was also about 3 inches shorter than Taylor. And had a different body type...if I recall correctly, Strahan started his career at around 265, 270. He got down to about 255 or so when he got past his prime to stay healthier. JT couldn't carry 270 pounds and play the way he plays, no chance.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"Wow...I'm pretty sure the idea is to NOT get into a situation where you have to overpay for Hall and Haynesworth and be left with only 4 picks.

The signings of Hall and Haynesworth are 100% independent of being "left with only 4 draft picks". They sign Haynesworth + Hall, they have 4 draft picks. They don't sign Haynesworth or Hall, they still have 4 draft picks. It's pretty simple.

Coming into this offseason, it was a question of whether or not to sign nobody, sign a couple guys, or try and fill every hole at once with FAs. They took the middle road. They added players that they believe fit their schemes (we know Dockery, Hall, and Wynn do, and with Tennessee running a similarly principled defense, it's reasonable to suggest Haynesworth will as well), and they did it without sacrificing any assets for the future. This is the best offseason (so far) that Synder's ever had. Nothing about this offseason so far prevents the team from building through the draft. Nothing.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

LEAGUE READY FOR “WAR”
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2009, 10:30 a.m. EDT
As new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith proclaims that he’ll spend every day hoping for peace but preparing for war over the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, a league source tells us that the owners are hoping for “war” — and already are prepared for it.

Per the source, the owners already have been taking steps aimed at ensuring that a lockout will have minimal financial impact.

For starters, and as we’ve previously pointed out, most if not all contracts for assistant coaches hired in 2009 have a two-year duration only. Come 2011, the owners can proceed with a lockout.

Also, there’s a belief that many of the recent layoffs and other cost-cutting moves haven’t been made as a result of the bad economy, but as part of the preparations for a no-revenue work stoppage. (The reductions also help bolster the notion that the economic model under the current CBA doesn’t work.)

Finally, we’re told that most if not all employee contracts that extend into the 2011 season or beyond include specific language reducing compensation in the event of a work stoppage.

So while the union has spent the past seven months squabbling over the procedure for choosing the man who’ll potentially lead the players into battle, the owners have been sharpening the swords and hoarding cans of generic waxed beans. (If you take off the label, you can hardly tell the difference.)

Plenty of league insiders believe that the owners are ready to do whatever is necessary to take back the territory that the union acquired during the last round of CBA negotiations in 2006. The perception is that, with the owners obsessing over the issue of revenue sharing, the union ate the league’s lunch on all of the important issues.

Though different opinions exist as to where the blame for this outcome should rest (rightly or wrongly, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is bearing the brunt of it), the owners are motivated to score a major victory this time around, even if it means an extended period of no football games being played.

We hope it doesn’t come to that. We’re starting to wonder, however, whether it can be avoided.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Here is what I think Campbell will do in 09-10:

369/539 (~65%)
3598yds
225ypg
21/13


Rating will be 89.88

Last year his stats were:

315/506 (~62%)
3245yds
202 ypg
13/6

Rating 84.3

I think that is a believable jump. I hope that he does a lot better, but last year he was right around the average for qb rating. I don't see a huge jump, but he will improve.

Posted by: moosepod | March 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

F real vitriol.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 17, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"Nothing about this offseason so far prevents the team from building through the draft."

That should say "...from making a commitment to build through the draft."

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I personally like how our team is shaping up.

F All Day Negativity

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"Nothing about this offseason so far prevents the team from building through the draft. Nothing."

All that money tied into those contracts has no effect on the future?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Psps23,

You'll obviously back ANYTHING the FO does, and I'm punch drunk from years of promises of greatness and 8-8 finishes so I'll just say agree to disagree.

But the point I'm making is that you're looking exclusively at this offseason and calling it a win. I disagree. You have to lump in last offseason with this one because we're not scrambling for a DE, T and a LB this year if Vinny doesn't go apesh!t on pass catchers in the 2nd round of last year's draft. Not making the Taylor trade alone would have put them in better stead this year.

This team needs to put together 3 or 4 good offseasons in a row or win a Super Bowl (whichever comes first) to get the benefit of the doubt from me. It's "same 'ol FO" in my book until then.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I have been thinking about it, and I am sure that the government has overlooked a major asset that was already in Washington, DC! In these economic times, how could we overlook the ability of the Redskins capologist to get things done? Whether the moves are right or not is another story, but he could definitely help the economy. For years, EVERY analyst said "Washington can't do anything this free agency; they just don't have the cash" or something similar; yet every year Washington surprises with something huge. Lets put this man in on the Finance Comm. and see if he can't pull us out of the recession.

Posted by: moosepod | March 17, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing about this offseason so far prevents the team from building through the draft. Nothing."

All that money tied into those contracts has no effect on the future?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | March 17, 2009 11:57 AM |

You are looking at the overall contract, the only thing that matters is what counts against the cap each year.

These three cost more toward the cap then the newly added three.
Chris Samuels- 6,978

Santana Moss- 6,753

Clinton Portis- 5,671

About 19.5

AH- 7,000

D. Hall- 5,200

Derrick Dockery- 3,200

About 15.4

The same holds true for next year, so don't look at the overall contract look at what the contract cost per year to the salary cap.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg | March 17, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

***Red Winded Jib***

F Tuesdays...

can't think of a more useless day of the week.

Monday = Beginning of the work week for most.

Wednesday = Hump Day, a good day for that activity too in the literal sense, if you ask me.

Thursday = Sort of like a fake Friday to me. Yeah, the next day is usually a work day, but Thursday has a wrap up feeling to me - usually I'm trying to get everything done so on...

Friday = I come to work and chill - for the most part. Although it's a work day, it feels nothing like it, especially when you have plans that evening or when it's a nice day outside. AND for a lot of 9-5 working individuals (aka SUCKERS) like myself, it's payday!

Saturday = Best. Day. Of. The. Week. This shouldn't be an argument with anyone. Simply put: If you don't like Saturdays, f you.

Sunday = Where to start? Football, recovery from the night before, mornin' after from the night before;), total relaxation, family dinners - oh yeah, and practicing your religious beliefs, if you have'em.

Best days of the week in order:

Saturday
Friday
Sunday
Thursday
Wednesday
Monday
Tuesday

Posted by: RedDMV | March 17, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This is a 4 year contract for AH he will either be released after year 4 which will cost 5.2mil in dead cap, actually less then Brandon Lloyd did, or he will be given a restructured contract.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"I personally like how our team is shaping up."

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse"

My policy with skins is a wait and see approach. Prove it on the field. I don't brag on paper tigers.

Posted by: chrislarry | March 17, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully for Jason Campbell, the confidence factor in being the starter 2nd year in a row under the same system will bring stability and improved decision making.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 17, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Do we give Colt a shot at some point in the year if JC bombs out?
_____
Of course.. the Skins shouldn't just waste a whole season AGAIN!!! If JC struggles the only question should be go with Todd or Colt.. to me that depends on which of the 2 looked better in camp. and do the Skins still have a real chance to make the playoffs.. If Skins are OUT then give Colt the ball as see what he can do.. but if early enough that playoffs are still a chance.. go with the BEST guy off the bench... (If Campbell is benched Skins should look to see if they can trade during season otherwise he just walks at the end of the year and the Skins get nothing for him..)

Posted by: sovine08 | March 17, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

FLOUNDER 21:

I'm not sure KENDELL, DANIELS or WASHINGTON come back. I figured the rookie deals will then fly. But if all three vets sign on-the-cheap, it might take the urgency out of the draft signings, and precipitate some downward trades.

Outside LB is a need even with a cheap MARCUS WASHINGTON, a double need without him.

The assumption is that CHAD RINEHART moves into the LG back-up and PETE KENDELL is not re-signed. The whispers I have heard leave that move in question.

PHILLIP DANIELS may be the answer to drafting a DE at #13 this year, but that move needs to be made, sooner rather than later in my estimation. And that leaves RENALDO WYNN(maybe), CHRIS WILSON, ALEX BUZBEE(off injury), and ROB JACKSON as ANDRE CARTER's back-up. Not good.

And it may be tight, but like you, I believe the lot gets signed UNDER the cap's present rules.

With the fuse-burning negotiations on the horizon between the NFL-ownership-union, who knows what the cap looks like after the blow-up and current contract ends however.

I'm sure SNYDER is anticipating a PLAN A there which works to his advantage. Lots of short-term vets at or near the league minimum then become a great release point in the eventuality of a needed PLAN B which might not be so advantageous to UNCLE DAN.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 17, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is there such a short leash on JC17's tenure with the Skins? I agree that he HAS to do well this year, but he is clearly not the only problem with the Skins O. I love CP's work-horse production but he is not a home run hitter anymore and Betts is not a good compliment to provide a burst. Our #1 WR does all the he can, but he is small and once he burns a couple teams early, teams start doubling him, he gets hurt and then fades. Our O-line has major issues, so again it ain't all on Jason. Matt Hassleback took what 3 years before he started producing pro bowl numbers in this offense. And it's acutally longer than that because he sat behind Brett Favre learning a couple years in Green Bay. Also, when he got to Seattle the first two years Homlgren benched him for Trent Dilfer more than once! QB is a position that takes time and you need other weapons to make the O work. And don't say we don't have time to wait, cause we've sucked over a decade now! Give the man a chance to be in the same O more than two years. Name a successful QB that offense has changed like it has here in Washington during their tenure. You won't find one that has been highly successful.

Posted by: LaLa12 | March 17, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope JC has a great year, too.

I also hope to drop 25 pounds by June 1st, 2009 and grow six inches taller as well.

I'm not holding my breath on any ONE of the three to occur.

Todd Collins is NOT the future, but he COULD (and probably SHOULD) be the present.

Collins' mechanics (footwork & quick release) and skill set (quick target acquisition in the 5-15 yard range) are far better suited to Coach Zorn's offense than JC's (who has a slower release, awkward footwork, and more "relaxed" target acquisition).

Collins has playoff experience on the field (not the bench or IR) with this team.

Were I amongst "The Powers That Be", I'd give JC a six-game hook. Six games to be 3-3 or better.

If you can't pull that off, you ride the pine pony.

I'd give the reigns to Collins in hopes of salvaging the immediate season and hopefully a playoff berth.
Should that not work (ONLY upon playoff elimination or injury to Collins) I would toss the keys to Brennan.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | March 17, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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