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The Campbell era: past, present, future

Since Daniel Snyder took over ownership of the Washington Redskins in 1999, Rick Maese writes today, the Redskins have cycled through 10 starting quarterbacks: Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Todd Collins and Jason Campbell.

And, while the offseason promises plenty of questions about the front office, the coaches and many players, the biggest question once again may be one the organization has never successfully answered: who will be the quarterback?

"It's not an easy thing to put that whole puzzle together," said former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. "If they decide Jason isn't their guy, then number one, who is? Who's available? Who can you get -- is it someone in the draft? A free agent? Someone in trade? Then second, when you get that guy, now what do you have to put in place around him? Personnel and offensive system to take advantage of what he does? That could mean a lot of people learning something they've never done before."
In that same period, the team has drafted seven quarterbacks, though Campbell and Ramsey were the only two selected in the first four rounds, the only two to start for Washington and the only two anointed as the team's quarterback of the future.
If Snyder's 10 years of ownership have demonstrated anything, it's that quarterback shopping is a perilous venture. The hits are few and far between, and a miss can set back a team for several years. If the Redskins give up on Campbell at the end of the season, they will try to avoid allowing the position to turn into the turnstile it was before Campbell took over the starting job in 2006.

Looking back

A sampling of comments made in the days following the Redskins first-round selection of Jason Campbell in the 2005 NFL Draft:

Joe Gibbs, former Redskins head coach: "But I feel like for us and for the value to the organization long-term, I don't think you ever go wrong with a quarterback. I guess that's what I'm saying: If you've got somebody you think is talented and can play for you, I think you look at that and say, 'Where's the value of the pick?' And we felt like certainly he was the guy we needed to get."

Dave Goldberg, Associated Press: "... looks like a good prospect. But he probably would have been there at 40, the pick the Skins traded, and a lot of people think Charlie Frye of Akron, taken by Cleveland with the third pick of the third round (67), is as good or better."

Unnamed SEC defensive coordinator: "He'd win a beauty contest, and the NFL just sees a tall quarterback with a strong arm. They're obviously not looking at all the other intangibles."

Chris Harry, Orlando Sentinel: "Trading three picks to Denver -- including a 2006 first-rounder -- to take Auburn QB Jason Campbell was the bonehead move of the weekend and furthered the Redskins' reputation as the NFL's most mismanaged front office. Campbell wouldn't have been taken by another team in Round 1, and that first-rounder sent to Denver, given the direction of this franchise, could be the No. 1 overall choice next year. It'll be sad watching Hall-of-Fame Coach Joe Gibbs sink with this ship."

Gary Myers, New York Daily News: "Trading up for Auburn QB Jason Campbell late in the first round does nothing for the Redskins now except create an unnecessary quarterback controversy and more confusion. It makes no sense, which means it makes perfect sense for these dysfunctional Redskins. Why is Gibbs, at the age of 64, taking a late first- round quarterback who is not going to help him win now in a win-now league?"

Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune: "Unless coach Joe Gibbs throws Campbell into the mix right away, this is a draft for next year or the year after."

Jason Campbell, Redskins quarterback: "I'm going to come in and learn as much as possible as quick as I can. Participate in practice, work hard and take everything one step at a time. I feel I can learn a lot from Patrick and especially from Mark Brunell. I think it is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from those guys and take everything one step at a time."

Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn coach: "I knew the surprise in the draft was going to be Jason Campbell. He's had such great workouts for all of the pro scouts coming by. It kind of reminds me of our season."

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News: "When Joe Gibbs was winning Super Bowls in his first go- round with the Redskins, he had stout quarterback and cornerback play. Auburn teammates Campbell and Rogers give Gibbs a chance for that in 2005."

Tony Kornheiser, former Washington Post columnist: "Look, I hope Campbell is great. I'm just wondering if he looks a little better because of what was around him. Auburn had four players picked in the first round, three in the top nine picks! Obviously, the Redskins loaded their shopping cart with Auburn players. I'm stunned Dan Snyder hasn't tried to sign Charles Barkley yet, or at least offered Tommy Tuberville the flat-screen TV he ordered for Laveranues [Coles]."

Carlton Thompson, Houston Chronicle: "Auburn QB Jason Campbell is talented but probably won't play right away, and the Redskins could have done more with their second first- round pick."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 8, 2009; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Campbell  
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Comments

Charlie Frye, of Frye's Appliances?

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

All this NATS, WIZ, 'SKINS shyt is enough to make a hockey-hater (that would be me) acquire a taste for the overhyped "sport." At least the ownership of the CAPS has a clue as to how to run a professional sports franchise. They have "IT" as JOHN MADDEN was wont to say. The others don't and it's enough to make a home-town fan puke.

Zero $$$$ to see RYAN ZIMMERMAN. Zero $$$$ to see AGENT ZERO. Zero $$$$ to see ALBERT HAYNESWORTH, all of whom I will say are great players and trying their best to represent themselves, their families and their franchises with excellence.

Ownership is the answer, and in the cases of the LERNERS, ABE POLLIN, DAN SNYDER and his partners, "IT" is sadly lacking. Something should be done in professional sports in this country for long-term season ticket holders.

A minority 1% voting voice in decisions across the board where franchise operations are concerned. Not quite as pronounced as the GREEN BAY model, but a similar situation for season ticket-holders with 10 year's uninterrupted purchases of the expensive seats. Equity for their patronage and loyalty.

At least then, the fans can't claim a total disconnect from decisions to ban signs at games, etc.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 8, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Do the Redskins have a responsibility to their fans, many of whom have remained loyal to them during yet another disappointing season?

Hmm, probably not. The Stuff-Mart doesn't have to tell me how they chose who leads the second shift. The Bank doesn't have to tell me how they decided to offer a generous .0000212% interest rate on my checking account.
I'll admit that Hamster Nation has an undying, unquenchable thirst for the intricate details of the playcalling process, but that doesn't mean the team has some sort of responsibility to go colonoscopically inside the locker room.
At this point in this season, they don't even have a "responsibility" to win some games. Their "responsibility" to the fans would be to have some sort of spark on offense to turn sunday afternoons from three hours of painful ineffectiveness into something that goes well with a beer, rather than something you need three beers to stomach.

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Unless -- and you conspiracy theorists out there, you know who you are (and more importantly, we know) -- the team is in cahoots with the breweries and LCD manufacturers to spur overconsumption of these products. Because if JC takes a sack on 3rd&long that pushes out of field goal range, I'm definitely throwing something through the TV.

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

In the midst of confusion, chaos, and uncertainity, clear goals must be maintained.

Therefore, to wit and et al:

F Dallas

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Great research in finding all those quotes. The "fans" that continually bash the Redskins NEVER mention Joe Gibbs as having any responsibility for the current problems. Those three picks That Gibbs gave to Denver for Campbell could have been picks used to bolster our OLine and/or reserves. That was Gibbs' call, not Cerrato or Snyder. Gibbs also gave away a second round pick in the Bailey/Portis trade. Gibbs also gave up yet another second round pick to move up and take Rocky McIntosh in the second round, when he could have easily taken McIntosh in the third round. Remember McIntosh had a fifth round grade on him because of his knee issues. Gibbs also did very little in the "Second Day" picks. In four years, Gibbs left us with Blades, Golston, Montgomery and Doughty. That is very little to have in reserves. Where are Gibbs' picks: Wilson, Molinaro, White, McCune, Newberry, Broughton, Lefotu, Simon, Sartz, Palmer, Ecker,
In four years Gibbs' only OLine pick was Lefotu. Gibbs was President of football operations, yet all the blame goes to Cerrato, who was VICE President of football operations? Makes no sense to me. During Gibbs' tenure in charge, Washington had the FEWEST draft picks in the NFL. Many of those missing picks were second rounders that teams need to build.

Posted by: midniterc | November 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Great research in finding all those quotes. The "fans" that continually bash the Redskins NEVER mention Joe Gibbs as having any responsibility for the current problems. Those three picks That Gibbs gave to Denver for Campbell could have been picks used to bolster our OLine and/or reserves. That was Gibbs' call, not Cerrato or Snyder. Gibbs also gave away a second round pick in the Bailey/Portis trade. Gibbs also gave up yet another second round pick to move up and take Rocky McIntosh in the second round, when he could have easily taken McIntosh in the third round. Remember McIntosh had a fifth round grade on him because of his knee issues. Gibbs also did very little in the "Second Day" picks. In four years, Gibbs left us with Blades, Golston, Montgomery and Doughty. That is very little to have in reserves. Where are Gibbs' picks: Wilson, Molinaro, White, McCune, Newberry, Broughton, Lefotu, Simon, Sartz, Palmer, Ecker,
In four years Gibbs' only OLine pick was Lefotu. Gibbs was President of football operations, yet all the blame goes to Cerrato, who was VICE President of football operations? Makes no sense to me. During Gibbs' tenure in charge, Washington had the FEWEST draft picks in the NFL. Many of those missing picks were second rounders that teams need to build.

Posted by: midniterc | November 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

that's what MOST if not all coaches will do if you put them in charge of personnel... they will always give away draft picks for players who they think will help them right away.

that's why I've always been against the dual duties no matter who the coach/GM is... just because Bill Parcells can do it, doesn't mean everyone else can do it too

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what Lewis may or may not have to say.

I want the Redskins to win. Lewis talking to the media, or not, won't help the Redskins win.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 8, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Midnite,

Great points on Gibbs pick, but I still would do the Bailey/Portis trade... I think a different Oline, things turn out differently. Portis has been a top 5 back in this league and our Defense has been a strong point, all along. ( except 2006 ) Otherwise, I agree with your statement. Snyder would never bad mouth Gibbs, which if Gibbs truly "owned" those drafts, this roster is largely his. Lastly, Cerrato has made some decent picks but going into this year, NOT addressing our biggest problem was a HUGE MISTAKE!

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 8, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

the portis plus a second round pick for bailey trade was a bad one... the kinda trade a coach/GM would make.

any competent GM knows you can always find a good running back in the draft.. you can't always find an all pro CB that easily

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

(Since 1999) ... the Redskins have cycled through 10 starting quarterbacks: Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Todd Collins and Jason Campbell.--REDSKIN INSIDER

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To paraphrase JFK, America hasn't seen a collection of quarterbacking talent like that under the same roof since Ryan Leaf dined alone."

Oh, and as much credit as Gibbs deserves for his three Super Bowls during his first stint, an equal amount of credit goes to Bobby B.'s GM skills.

Posted by: TheCork | November 8, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

In four years Gibbs' only OLine pick was Lefotu. Gibbs was President of football operations, yet all the blame goes to Cerrato, who was VICE President of football operations? Makes no sense to me.

Context, my friend. Gibbs took over Spurrier's team, which showed exactly how bad the wrong choice for head coach can be. 2004 was a lost season, think of the ~20 new players Gibbs had to bring in. The one area that he didn't have to do too much rework on was OL -- Samuels, Ray BRown, Dockery, Randy Thomas, Jansen, Raymer at center is a pretty decent oline. Recall that Dockery was a pup, and Bugel was a bit down on him, but most of that line was young, tough, and not injury-prone.
But the defense was a mess, and there was no skill on offense (I'll just drop Trung Canidate's name here, which should send the appropriate shivers down the spine).
Gaack, looking back, no wonder they don't invest in the oline... they probably have Spurrier flashbacks whenever they think of doing so.

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Did NOT know that Jim Zorn not only went to the hospital for Cooley's surgery, but scrubbed up and watched it from the operating room.

Also, Cooley's blog and the link to his post-op call to Elliott in the morning really helps personalize the o' blond head.


http://www.eitmonline.com/eitmonline2/media/eitmlive/A333482DC7_cooley_EITM102809.mp3

Posted by: TheCork | November 8, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Cork,

A couple of us put it out here in posts last week. For some strange reason, WaPo never said much about it. I thought it was pretty impressive for Zorn to beat Cooley to the hospital at 4 30 am... Says a lot about the man that Zorn it. I have never been one about conspiracies, but strange that no one really picked up on this story. Maybe it is commonplace for coaches to be at key players' surgeries? Gibbs did.

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 8, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Must be a slow news day.

Posted by: juanpickett1 | November 8, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

the portis plus a second round pick for bailey trade was a bad one... the kinda trade a coach/GM would make.

any competent GM knows you can always find a good running back in the draft.. you can't always find an all pro CB that easily

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I know that it was a lot, but he still was a Top 5 back, year after year. 27 other teams haven't been able to say that year in year out. So just expecting to draft a good RB is a bit cliche. Think back to '04 when he was 23 yr old 1500 yd back.

I don't think it was lopsided. I actually think it was good for both teams.

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 8, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

beep - inactives

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 8, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

MARKO IS ACTIVE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 8, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

well clinton portis himself was a second round pick. michael turner who the skins will face today was a 5th round pick...

portis's predecessor in denver, terrell davis was a 6th round pick... steve slaton of the texans was a 3rd round pick, ray rice of the ravens was a 2nd round pick

after Riggins retired during Gibbs' first stint with the Skins, what did they do? they always went after veteran RBs... George Rogers, Gerald Riggs, Ernest Byner... Gibbs was always a coach who prefered veterans over rookies

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

14 - nothing and game OVER! Why do they keep playing JC. JC must have some good pictures....

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 8, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

14 - nothing and game OVER! Why do they keep playing JC. JC must have some good pictures....

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 8, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

the lack of effort and lack of disciplin is so overwhelming that I am not sure if these guys even really care....I cant even put into words how embarrassed I am to be fan of this pathetic team...and i WILL stick with them no matter what but man its hard to take anymore.............

Posted by: cosmiccatnip1 | November 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Clegg, the trade of Bailey for Portis was a fair trade. Both players were disgruntled, both players were very good at their positions. But Denver got a slightly better deal because as a rule, CBs are more valuable than RBs. But it was a very close trade, so I'm okay with it. I'll even call it an even trade. But the point of my post is that Gibbs made a VERY bad decision to just give Denver a second round pick on what was already a close-to-even trade.

Posted by: midniterc | November 8, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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