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Campbell Takes Stock

Jason Campbell spoke with Jason Reid, while Jason La Canfora chatted and we awaited a Jason Taylor presser....I'm about Jason-ed out.

Quarterback Jason Campbell said he was disappointed in his performance the first two days of training camp.

"I'm just not playing my type of ball right now," he said. "I know I can play at a high level if I play my type of ball, but I'm not doing that right now. I'm putting pressure on myself. I'm just trying to please everybody instead of just playing, just being myself and letting go.

"I know I'm a good quarterback. I know I don't have anything to prove. I've just got to go let go, go out there and have fun. Just play the game. You play your best when you're just playing loose and having fun. Just don't worry about a whole lot of things. Don't worry about what people think."

Although Coach Jim Zorn said he was pleased with Campbell's progress in running the Redskins' new West Coast offense, Campbell said he made poor throws on several plays in the first session Monday.

"I worry about trying to make every play," Campbell said.

In Zorn's scheme, Campbell must make the correct protection calls for the offensive line and determine the direction of running plays based on the alignment of the defense. "That's not an issue," Campbell said. "As far as controlling the run game, that's something I did in the past; it's second-nature right now. As far as picking up protection calls, I know how to do that. That's something I've done before.

"That's routine stuff you get better at each and every day. The things I'm talking about ..... I just have to relax and play my game. I want to make every throw perfect, but I know every throw won't be perfect. That's how I put too much pressure on myself and the ball gets away from me. "It's only the second day. We're steadily getting better as a team and better as an offense. I can't let one or two throws get me down. I can't worry about making other folks happy and trying to do what people want me to do. I have to do what I can do."

By Cindy Boren  |  July 21, 2008; 2:39 PM ET
 
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Posted by: briz cariz | July 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

First?

Posted by: Not Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

close but you lose

Posted by: briz cariz | July 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"...I can't worry about making other folks happy and trying to do what people want me to do. I have to do what I can do."

Hmmm...who are these people to whom he's referring?

Posted by: Not Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell, you have nothing to worry about. Your playing this year for a new coach and a new system and if things don't go well, heck, it'll only cost you about $40million. You know, the difference between starting $$ and backup $$.

Not saying its fair, but 2008 is your year to be the QB everyone hopes you can be. If you succeed, its big $$. If not, we'll see what plan B looks like.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

ESPN Article on Shockey to the Saints

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3498795

Posted by: Da Kid 6945 | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

close but you lose


Posted by: briz cariz | July 21, 2008 2:45 PM

Congratulations!!! Take your first place prize and go redeem it for cash!

Posted by: Not Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The Giants and Saints have agreed to a trade in principle that will send tight end Jeremy Shockey to New Orleans for second- and fifth-round picks in 2009, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This does not sound good to me for some reason.

Is Campbell trying to convince himself he can play? Sounds like he has no confidence the way that was written.

Posted by: Leevi | July 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Leevi, I was thinking the same thing. He sounds like kind of a head case there. Jason, just play!

Posted by: etrod | July 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the tone of these quotes. JC sounds like a guy with no confidence who is already looking over his shoulder. I get the feeling that JC thinks that this year is giong to be a Ramsey in 2004 situation all over again.

Posted by: subarucharles | July 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So the difference between Jeramy Shocky and Taylor is a 5th round pick this year and a 6th rounder next year??

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"I know I'm a good quarterback. I know I don't have anything to prove. I've just got to go let go, go out there and have fun. Just play the game. You play your best when you're just playing loose and having fun. Just don't worry about a whole lot of things."

By Cindy Boren | July 21, 2008; 2:39 PM ET

This sounds like a man who hears Colt Brennan breathing down his neck.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like JC needs to negotiate with his girl about seeing MammaMia and like such as negotiations after.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Leevi and etrod
Great minds think alike!

Posted by: subarucharles | July 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

JC seriously sounds like a mental overachiever who continually beats himself up and yet can't get into his element. This is the first I've heard this from him though, it's weird that it would develop now, especially since he's getting better, with his coach being pleased with his progress. Maybe it's fear of seeing JT in practice, lol.

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point, Cindy.

Per NFL.com, and acknowledging that rosters are subject to change, with the acquisition of J-Tay we're now tied for first place in number of Jasons, pulling even with Buffalo (Jefferson, Jones, Peters, and Whittle).

Ours are Campbell, Fabini, Goode and now Taylor. Not to mention the beat reporter tandem of La Canfora and Reid. That's a lot of freakin' Jasons.

Dinky Dallas and puny Philly have only two Jasons apiece, haw haw haw! And the Giants... well, not a Jason among them!

Hail to the Jasons.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Any pictures of this Z-Shade thing Zorn built? Zorn the Inventor

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I must admit those quotes are sort-of distrubing! I have faith in him as being the next franchise QB, but these quotes almost make me question that...

Settle down dude! How long have you been throwing a football... If he's not mentally all there, this will never work-out...

Posted by: EinVB | July 21, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

No, this sounds like Brett Favre breathing down his neck. btw, do text internationally if so I need a number to text to. Its two o'clock here and not in bed yet!

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

If necessary he ought to see a sports psychologist to help him get over these freaky jitters. Maybe he might stop throwing INT's when he's about to win.

Posted by: Karen | July 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Lots of over reacting up here.

JC had a few bad throws on his first day of practice. No big deal.

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

From the previous conversation:

Who makes the team?

DE Alex Buzbee, IR
DE Andre Carter, RE
DE Phillip Daniels, IR
DE Demetric Evans, next in line
DE Kevin Huntley, cut soon
DE Rob Jackson, might actually make it
DE Erasmus James, PUP
DE Chris Wilson, in rotation
DT Lorenzo Alexander, always a place for him
DT Matthias Askew, cut soon
DT Ryan Boshcetti, stuck around this long
DT Kedric Golston, next in line
DT Cornelius Griffin, starter
DT Anthony Montgomery, strter
DE Jason Taylor, LE

There you go, a bunch of YOUNG guys except for the starters but one starter just got a year and half younger and has virtually no injury history despite always being labled a small end has been a solid end in both pass rushing and run stopping. Moving to the left shouldn't be difficult with M. Washington behind him but might when Mac is back there but something that should concer us little compared to vastly improved pass rush. Demetric Evans can play more in the one or two games where so team has the balls to attack Jason Taylor's ability to stop the run. Sheesh does anyone actually follow NFL and not just Redskins?

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 2:56 PM

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Somebody tell this dude to cheer up. It's JULY for crying out loud.

Posted by: Mike H. | July 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone turn down the stove, the soup is simmering. Simmmer down and play ball soup.

Wow that was bad...can't believe i'm about to hit..

Posted by: Skinz | July 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Now that Jason Taylor is here, does this mean that we can no longer have Favre pursuits/talks/thoughts?

Posted by: sorta anon | July 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell sounds like he's a pimple ready to pop. He's our leader?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

stumped, A few bad throws are no big deal, but his reaction to it is. He's been in the NFL too long to say stuff like "I worry about trying to make every play." He's supposed to be the team leader, not the team worrier.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor with a proven pass rusher opposite him rushing against slower tackles might actually get 15 sacks this year especially if Griffin can give us the push we saw from before the injuries.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Um, I think we want our QB to be pushing himself and challenging himself to get better all the time, which is what I'm hearing from Campbell in these quotes.

It's the second day of training camp after an offseason learning the new offense... of course there will be kinks, of course it won't feel perfect, but he wants it to be perfect. Sounds like he's being characteristically candid about that. Let's not make this into a referendum on his state of mind!

Anyway, how is he looking? Has anyone seen anything written that indicates other people (on the team or in the crowd) were as disappointed as Soup apparently was in himself these first two days?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

JC will be fine. He's a pretty even keel kind of guy and I'm betting these remarks didn't come off as panicky in person. He's just an introspective guy is all.

Yes, we can officially stop with the Favre nonsense. We have no cap space. Also, while Cerrato's denials don't mean much, "league" sources not affiliated with the Skins have been reported as confirming the Skins showed no interest even prior to the Jason Taylor deal. I think that $ was always earmarked for Taylor although they were probably going to wait and see how the pass rush looked in the preseason and maybe even the first couple weeks of the regular season.

Posted by: Mike H. | July 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

JC just needs to ball and play his game.

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nate,
I hear the gold QB jersey is great with his eyes... or is that not what you mean?

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I officially declare that no more boy or girl babies can be named Jason. I've had it.
Jason Campbell spoke to the Favre stuff Friday night, over dinner with Jason Reid:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/19/AR2008071901717.html

Posted by: Cindy | July 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Official Redskins blog already very, very transparent. Boo to team owned media...

http://theredskinsblog.com/2008/07/21/redskins-in-the-media-compare-and-contrast/#comment-204

Posted by: chris LArry | July 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

I've got tickets to a Friday the 13th film festival. Interested?

Posted by: etrod | July 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

paranoid nads?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

te,
I get why people are over reacting.

I think JC is just telling it like it is. I suspect he was asked a question like: Jason, how did it feel to be back out there on the field? Or, you overthrew (fill in receivers names) this morning, what's up with that?

No spin, just telling it like it is. He'll settle down. da nada.

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

first!

Posted by: wheelman | July 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's a photo of the Z Shade (I like Zawning better....); scroll down:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/07/jim_zorns_coolkeeping_inventio.html

Posted by: Cindy | July 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Not worried about JC's confidence. These guys are coached in PR-speak, you know.

Saying "I worry about trying to make every play" is standard stuff.

If you were in real estate, you'd say, "I worry about closing every deal," but intellectually you know you're not going to close every one of them.


Posted by: MrRedskin21 | July 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Until people actually hear him say this or watch an interview with him saying this, there's no way to know what his tone is. Just because it reads bad doesn't mean it actually is. He very well could be putting on a media "show" just to make it seem like he's infinitely committed to being the best he can be. I don't see him as one with nervous fingers or being the ultimate worrier (feeling like someone is breathing down his neck). I do see him as one who takes great pride in his work and isn't satisfied with mediocrity. Campbell's mentality is fine.

Posted by: psps23 | July 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is Jason just being Jason. He was the same way at Auburn, wanting so badly to make every throw perfectly it caused him to be too self-analytical and uptight. When Borges came in, he told Campbell to relax. You're going to make mistakes - accept it, my job is to help correct them. You go out have fun and make plays.

It sounds like Campbell is starting to get comfortable enough with the team and the system that he realizes now he has to let go a little bit and trust himself.

Posted by: je suis un pizza | July 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Truth worries that his posts aren't 100% perfect. The Truth says WHAA! The Truth wonders what Jason Campbell is doing crying acting like a 17 year old drama queen!

The Truth says the time is now! START ACTING LIKE IT!

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Anybody hearing anything on alternate jerseys this year? Are they even going to use any? Would love to see them try the ones from last year again. They were sweet. I like the spear helmet from before that as well.

Posted by: Mike H. | July 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

JC just needs to ball and play his game.

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 3:11 PM

Agreed. I'm guessing this is a feeling he's gone through most every season (with new offenses). Last season was no different. If you remember, he was balking at his own play through the first couple of preseason games. [Kind of like when Chris Farley used to interview people, ask a stupid question, then punish himself for it.] Once Zorn's offense becomes Campbell's offense, things will be smoother. That said, its not like the guy has any REASON to feel any pressure this season ...

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Friday the 13th? Nah....Mamma Mia! (Sorry, Alex.)

Posted by: Cindy | July 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Campbell needs to not open up every time a reporter asks him how does he feel. Obviously, he's not a leader if he thinks that way, you cant know that youre a great QB if you dont play great. He just needs to shut up, say at the press conference that practice was great and he looks forward for Aug 3rd, and in the meantime keep getting better. All the other "I know I can play at a high level if I play my type of ball, but I'm not doing that right now" thoughts are just for Jason and his coach...

Posted by: jason | July 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN

Even through the weekend, the Saints tried to broker a deal for Shockey. On Sunday, they tried to get in the middle of the Jason Taylor trade to see if there was a way they could make a three-way deal that brought them Shockey, according to multiple sources. Taylor went to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-rounder in 2010.

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Cindy,
I was hoping for something Zexyer than that. oh well. Continue to dream.. Maybe something with a giant Z on it, or they could at-least change the cloth color to something with the logo on it. Snyder could sell em to the rest of the NFL for $.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Scary. Ask Colt that same question and get some insight and organized thought. He seems to submiss such critical parts of the game and then chide himself for bad performance without taking much responsibility.

When he's the coach he can play his game.. for now, play the coache's !

Posted by: Dik | July 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Who makes the team? With ages indicating how old they will be at the END of 2008.

DE Alex Buzbee, IR 23
DE Andre Carter, RE 29
DE Phillip Daniels, IR 35
DE Demetric Evans, next in line 29
DE Kevin Huntley, cut soon 26
DE Rob Jackson, might actually make it 23
DE Erasmus James, PUP 26
DE Chris Wilson, in rotation 26
DT Lorenzo Alexander, always a place for him 25
DT Matthias Askew, cut soon 26
DT Ryan Boshcetti, stuck around this long 27
DT Kedric Golston, next in line 25
DT Cornelius Griffin, starter 32
DT Anthony Montgomery, strter 25
DE Jason Taylor, LE 34

There you guy TWO, 2 guys over 30 from the whole bunch. Stop the myths about the old line! YOUTH - one starter 24, top reseerve is 25, one starting end 29, one former 1st rounder with injury history 26. I'll take 7th rounder on that with this line than overvalue a schlub in the 2nd rounder because of what we got anyday. O-line next year but trade out of the first and two guys that can then start in 2010. But that's future - that's for offseason, not rraining camp.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

non story, can we get some eyeballs on practice and see who is lucking good, sucking wind, any fights?

Posted by: chrisLArry | July 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Crazy cats from NO always looking for a three way.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Crazy cats from NO always looking for a three way.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 3:27 PM

You know that one was wrong. LMAO

Posted by: jm220 | July 21, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

BangBen, they picked up J.T. Mapu/DT again yesterday ... so he should be added to your roster cut list.

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

beep deep

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Shockey a late season knee ligament injury along the lines of Double Move? If so, seems like a risky move by the Saints if they expect him to be ready to go for the season.

Posted by: dcsween | July 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone ever heard Peyton Manning or Tom Brady talk like that? Better yet, Brett Favre?? The kid is in his fourth year in the NFL and that is really some Pop Warner talk he's using. Sounds a little immature for a pro-QB.

I really, really like Jason's arm and style of play but mentally he sounds a little too much like, well, ME!! It DEFINITELY explains his mistake-proneness in pressure situations.

Posted by: Dan P. | July 21, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The Truth repeats a question he asked earlier - "Should The Redskins look to TC earlier if JC isn't getting it done?"

The Truth thinks The Redskins are in a win now situation!

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Keep ya head up JC. I think you can be a pretty good QB. You definitely won't please the idiots around here who are still whining about Ramsey not getting a fair shake.

Posted by: Brian | July 21, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Campbell = Ramsey. He was drafted too high. Only the Redskins took these projected thrid rounders in the late first round. And they happen to be average QBs with a lot of expectations and pressure.


It has been a curse of this franchise since Heath Shuler not drafting elite QBs because they are scared of the bust potential so they draft average talent QBs with big arms.

Posted by: Martin | July 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The Truth hopes Matthew Stafford returns for his senior year, but if not thinks The Redskins might need to look at him if things don't go well for Campbell this year.

The Truth reminds everyone that UGA >>>>> Auburn!

Posted by: The Truth | July 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Todd Collins was perfect on each one of his throws.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

bangkokben,

Thanks for the info, but your missing some key things. One - the starters are the older guys. Two - Most of the younger guys are not that talented. Translation: Old line and no depth. Same can be said for the O line!

The Snyder Skins still do and will always suck! I miss my Washington Redskins!

Posted by: Rob P | July 22, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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