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Campbell: 'It's Not the Coaches'

The hiring of offensive consultant Sherman Lewis is not an indication that Coach Jim Zorn and his offensive staff have performed poorly, quarterback Jason Campbell said today.

"I don't think so. Not at all," he said. "I think Coach Zorn and all our coaches have done a good job, we just haven't done the things we need to and execute the way we're capable of as a team. I mean, it's not the coaches.

"Coach Zorn puts us in the right position to be successful, but we don't do what we're supposed to do all the time and that's on us. You can look at the film and see where the mistakes are made. That's not on them."

A longtime assistant in West Coast offenses, Lewis is expected to provide "a fresh set of eyes," Campbell said. "I don't think that has to be a bad thing. As long as everyone understands what their roles are, I think it could help.

"Coach Zorn still calls the plays, coach Sherman Smith is the offensive coordinator. We believe in what our coaches are doing. That hasn't changed."

The Redskins are 27th in the league in scoring with an average of 14 points.

"It's not the plays and it's not what our coaches are doing," Campbell said. "Again, we see the mistakes on film. We just need to execute better."

By Jason Reid  |  October 7, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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Comments

if you ain't first, you're last...

Posted by: carocanesfan | October 7, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

JC, always a class act. Doesn't deserve all the treatment he gets from some fans around here...

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 7, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: dcsween | October 7, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Sherman's March to D.C."

too soon?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 7, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Campbell: 'It's Not the Coaches'"

Mike Jackson would say it was the man in the mirror, Mr. Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Jason left out "only", as in it's not only the coaches.

Posted by: bostskin | October 7, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

JC17 if it's not the coaches it's you. You're the QB. You drive the offense.

Posted by: kmag1 | October 7, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can also hire former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman as well. Then we'll have cornered the marked on Sherms in the NFL at which point we can petition to move the team to Shermer, IL. (RIP John Hughes)

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 7, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

JC17 if it's not the coaches it's you. You're the QB. You drive the offense.


Posted by: kmag1 | October 7, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse


I think that's what he was getting at.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 7, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Rypien11, no doubt he's a class act, but I want to know whether being a class act improves his QB passer rating. Does it? The question is whether JC has the skills to win some games. He's played 40 games as a 'skin, and he is an average QB at best. It's nice to have a class act, but I'd take a winner first.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | October 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

its not you, its me

Posted by: chrislarry | October 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow - ok, I mean, what's he supposed to say, right? Zoron came out on his behalf during the offseason, so it's back scratchin' time.

But if he fully believes that?! He IS totally lost in this league.

Sure, take responsibility for your mistakes. But as the introduction of mis-direction showed this past week, mistakes by the coarching staff is equally if not more responsible.

As Blache said before the Bucs game, they needed to put the players in a position to win. Which, btw, they did against the Bucs - albeit ingloriously.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I hate comments and quotes like this from Campbell.

I mean, what exactly is he supposed to say?

Campbell is not going to say anything negative about Zorn, especially with his shotty body of work.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think the importance of this hire is being exaggerated. It's very unusual, but the unusual is ordinary here in Washington.

Zorn knows the offense best from a QB's perspective. My bet is that Lewis's first job will be to figure out what Kelly and Thomas are doing (or failing to do) that keeps them from getting open. The W.C. offense is all about running selling one route and running another and my bet is that Kelly and Thomas aren't selling the decoy or, worse, are tipping their routes. Happens to young receivers all the time.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 7, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Translation:

The coaches are fine. We just don't have the quality of players needed to execute.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

its not you, its me

Posted by: chrislarry | October 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, CL

Posted by: forever8-8 | October 7, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It's my fault.....

Posted by: gixxer998 | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"The hiring of offensive consultant Sherman Lewis is not an indication that Coach Jim Zorn and his offensive staff have performed poorly, quarterback Jason Campbell said today."

LMAO. As Michael Vick might say, how about posting a POV from someone who doesn't have a dog in the fight?

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"The game need change and I'm the ma'uckin' cashier."

Is it so much to ask for these dudes to be successful on the field?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Good leadership from JC. It's nice to see this team pulling together instead of infighting. Still a long season ahead...

Posted by: Alan4 | October 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can also hire former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman as well. Then we'll have cornered the marked on Sherms in the NFL at which point we can petition to move the team to Shermer, IL. (RIP John Hughes)

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 7, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse
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They could at least bring me on as a "quality control coach". I mean, I'm on the RI regularly, that should qualify me.

How hard can it be?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Its the whole sha-bang. From the top on down. But at least JC's not blaming the coaches. The coaches share in the offenses woes as do the players. Just because it could be players making a mistake here, a mistake there... its the coaches responisiblity to get these guys to quit making these "mistakes". When you're a professional football team, who are compensated in the million dollar range individually, it makes you look even worse when you are in the 2nd season under this offense/coaching staff and blame a lack of offensive production on "players making mistakes".

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | October 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Campbell: 'It's Not the Coaches'"

Mike Jackson would say it was the man in the mirror, Mr. Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Moe - I think that is exactly what he is saying. I will say I think his execution has been far better than most of the other offenseive players, though. The following offensive players have been absolutely useless: Rabach, Heyer, Davis, Kelly, and Thomas. Peyton Manning couldn't succeed with that many slugs in his huddle.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 7, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Aren't coaches responsible to teach the players to a level where they don't make mistakes? Execution is just as much on coaches as it is on players.

Posted by: WallyG3 | October 7, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

They could at least bring me on as a "quality control coach". I mean, I'm on the RI regularly, that should qualify me.

How hard can it be?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Patience my friend, patience. They're working their way through the phone book and their only up to the third Sherman.

If you'd have gone with shaunsherman1 you'd already be on the payroll.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't get it.
I watch other teams with NFL level recievers, not superstars, and they complete slants, crossing routs, deep in-s and seam routs, in stride, ALL THE TIME.

Do you mean to tell me our recievers suck that bad?

Posted by: dieyoudogs | October 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

JC falling on the sword again.. Mr. Snyder gave him no line. Set up for failure? Hey JC, watch your back and get the heck outta here to a real organization. Whatever his shortcomings, they can be helped by a mature, professional organization. That isn't here.

Posted by: Donald8 | October 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If it's players making the same mistakes for over a year now, why are they still starting?
It makes no sense.
Could it be that the game plan is not very good?
Other teams lose the ball on turnovers and still manage to score more than 13 points a game.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

LMAO. As Michael Vick might say, how about posting a POV from someone who doesn't have a dog in the fight?

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

They did. Charlie Casserly.

Then again, unless someone is actually involved, how is their opinion relevant?

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"The hiring of offensive consultant Sherman Lewis is not an indication that Coach Jim Zorn and his offensive staff have performed poorly, quarterback Jason Campbell said today."

So not only do the fans have to deal with poor efforts on Sundays, but now we're going to have to read the the bs propaganda form the likes of Jason Campbell as well.

Does anyone know what Tom Friend has been up to lately? Really wouldn't mind a "behind the scenes" article from him right about now.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

JC is not going to say anything negative, because true leaders dont try to right the ship by throwing someone overboard. This is true leadership, not that Cutler, rah rah, spit in your face crap.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | October 7, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Most of these players have had more than a season to learn this offense. The fact that they still don't know the plays says they're either hopelessly stupid or the coaches can't coach. Either way, we lose.

Posted by: RIP-21 | October 7, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The best thing that could happen out of this latest excess by our illustrious FO is that Sherm Lewis schools up Kelley, Davis and Thomas. Somebody has to teach these guys how to get off the line of scrimmage. If they could just get into the flow, then results will follow. Up to this point, a box of rocks has more football knowledge, common sense and mobility than those three.

The subplot here is being missed, though. Snyder, in a piece of NFL subterfuge, is attempting to corner the market on "Sherms". Next week, they'll announce the hiring of Sherm Edwards. And then, oh boy, just you wait...

Posted by: skinssox01 | October 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Anheuser-Busch InBev Sells Parks in $2.3B Deal
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/07/AR2009100701491.html?hpid=topnews

Bet DS wishes he could get a bail out like this for Six Flags

Posted by: RITCA | October 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't get it.
I watch other teams with NFL level recievers, not superstars, and they complete slants, crossing routs, deep in-s and seam routs, in stride, ALL THE TIME.

Do you mean to tell me our recievers suck that bad?

Posted by: dieyoudogs | October 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

EXCATLY!!!
How can JZ not have some plays for Kelly? I mean, based on the way the CB is lined up on him, they should have a plan in place. If the corners playing off and no LB buzzing out, throw a f*&^%ing slant or quick hitch. If CB's playing up close, toss up the go route, let him box the DB's out, with his frame. Just start getting Kelly (someone other than Moss/Cooley/CP) the f*&^%ing ball! Theyve been preaching since they drafted these 2nd rounders they have to get other guys involved in the offense. Well if the 2nd rounders arent getting wide open, TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF AS A OC OR QB TO GET THE BALL TO THEM!!! Other teams do this all the frickin time! Btw these type passed dont take more than a 3 step drop, so Heyer can just let his guy run by him as usual and with CP blocking, it should give JC just enough time to throw the ball (0.75 seconds?)

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | October 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe even Campbell knows he's the problem.

How could he not?

Through 40 starts, he's won one game by more than one score.

Through 40 starts, the team has scored 30 or more only twice with JC at the helm.

Both are records.

This inability to score points is nothing new. Gibbs and Saunders couldn't finish drives with JC at the helm either.

Nice guy, clearly has won over the local reporters, but he simply doesn't see the whole field and opposing teams know it. There is no way Kelly, Thomas, and every other receiver we've put opposite Moss are as bad as their stats. It would be impossible.

Remember Kelly Washington? Skins brought him in for a looksee in the offseason. By all accounts, he was outclassed by Kelly and Thomas.

Now he's in Baltimore and he has 16 catches in 4 games.

Because he has a QB who doesn't lock in on his first read and who anticipates receivers getting open instead of waiting for them to get open -- something that is a must in the NFL.

The bad news for Campbell is the national media and former players have finally started to point the finger at him. The local media will have to catch up at some point. Maybe not Reid though -- his mancrush on JC is as big as JLC's was.


Posted by: MylesMonroe | October 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

rah rah, spit in your face crap = the frank blunt truth

I always think a person should speak what's on the mind and heart, but you gotta choose those spots carefully.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget this whole chain of events was set in motion when the front office decided to hire an OC and DC prior to naming a head coach - and then we are surprised when no legit head coach wants to work with us?

Zorn was set up to fail plain and simple. The OC job he was originally given would have been a better fit, that way he would just focus on game planning. But he should have been offered the OC job by the head coach, not the owner!

On top of that, knowing we had a power running offense, our front office decides to go west coast. It's as dysfunctional as it's gets. This wouldn't fly in any other private sector business. Snyder is CEO of the Skins, and the basic job of a CEO is to delegate important tasks to people and then hold them accountable for their results. There isn't any magic to this. After 10 years, we know a few things: Snyder doesn't know how to delegate, has no ability to identify talent in others, and holds the wrong people accountable for results. I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I used to be a Snyder apologist and need to blow off some steam.

The players and coaches certainly deserve much of the blame for this team's performance the past two seasons. Uninspired play reflects on both the coaching staff and the team leaders inability to motivate the players. But let's also have a little empathy for Zorn given the situation.

Posted by: matt200091 | October 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I prefer a 9-7 win over a 48-43 loss.

[This isn't BCS ... you only need to win games to get into and then advance in the post season.]

Maybe I'm over-explaining myself.

Posted by: dcsween | October 7, 2009 12:21 PM

The problem is we are barely winning and not winning and need the Defense to step in to secure any wins we do have.

While we won 9-7 against St. Louis, remember that we needed a Avery fumble at our 5 to secure the game. Otherwise we'd lose 10-9.

And against TB, we needed a JArmon causing fumble on their final drive to secure the victory.

Couple that with the lost to Detriot and never being able to score 30 and hardly making it to 20 against bad teams (And never against good teams) then you have what should be widely acknowledge as a Problem.

The problem of scoring points, even against bad teams. John Clayton has consistently shown the stat of averaging 21 points/game to make the playoffs.

You see all the good teams playing the same exact teams we barely score 10 points on and those teams are scoring 30+ on them. KC/St. Louis/Detriot/Such as....

What we need to see is progress. None has been shown. NONE. That 6-2 mirage was built wholly on CP26. There has been zero progress in the passing game.

So we bring in Sherman to see if our WRs 2nd rounders really are bust or if the passing scheme and weekly coaching up (technique wise) is really up to par (which I doubt it is).

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"true leaders dont try to right the ship by throwing someone overboard."

No, but they sure as hell can hand them their life-jacket and recite the overboard procedures to them.

It's called putting a mf'er "on notice".

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

LMAO. As Michael Vick might say, how about posting a POV from someone who doesn't have a dog in the fight?

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

They did. Charlie Casserly.

Then again, unless someone is actually involved, how is their opinion relevant?

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 7, 2009 12:56 PM |

The Cass thing was on Steinberg, not RI. And Cass was talking about the Sherm thing, not what is ailing the Skins, which is what Camp was talking about. The NYT blog has "gurus" who weigh in from time to time on topics of interest. And they bring stats with to back up their points.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | October 7, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

As Larry David would say, pretty pretty pretty pretty good summary of the current state of things Skin. No need to get snarky with a senior though.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie

Franco--

As a student of the rules of Political correctness, I know Rule One is one can only make fun of one's own groupings.

I'm old, ergo, "Old Git" is a term of endearment to me. Of course, in the 'net it's hard to tell such shadings and ethnicities. For the record, I also can make fun of the Irish, who, while a warm and wonderful race, will sell their children for Whiskey.

(That was first pointed out by Irish humorist david Steinberg.)

Posted by: TheCork | October 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news for Redskin fans and Redskin fans only:

"Washington Redskins football practice was delayed on Monday for nearly two
hours at Redskins Park. One of the players, while on his way to the locker
room, happened to look down and notice a suspicious looking, unknown white
powdery substance on the field. The Head coach immediately suspended
practice while the State Police were called in to Investigate. After a
complete field analysis, the Va. State Police determined that the white
substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice was resumed
when the Chief Inspector decided that the team would not be likely to
encounter the substance again."

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey...remember when the Raiders hired Tom Walsh to be their Offensive Coordinator in 2006 when he had been out of the league for a bunch of years running a bed and breakfast?

Posted by: 4-12 | October 7, 2009 12:39 PM

Walsh was away for 16 years. Sherm Lewis - Only 4.

So Walsh was gone away 4 times longer than Lewis.

Not a good comparison.

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

exactly, RedD - that's what I'm sayin'.

Zorn, et. al, you are ON NOTICE. Get your shti together now - or come pick up your papers...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news for Redskin fans and Redskin fans only:

"Washington Redskins football practice was delayed on Monday for nearly two
hours at Redskins Park. One of the players, while on his way to the locker
room, happened to look down and notice a suspicious looking, unknown white
powdery substance on the field. The Head coach immediately suspended
practice while the State Police were called in to Investigate. After a
complete field analysis, the Va. State Police determined that the white
substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice was resumed
when the Chief Inspector decided that the team would not be likely to
encounter the substance again."

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

haha Red I got that exact email from a buddy two weeks ago, after the Lions game I think...classic

Posted by: mattylight | October 7, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

mylesmonroe

"...he simply doesn't see the whole field and opposing teams know it. There is no way Kelly, Thomas, and every other receiver we've put opposite Moss are as bad as their stats. It would be impossible."


Bingo!

Best post. Period.

There is no way every redskin receiver could be as bad as their stats indicate.

Unless the guy getting them ball ain't all that.

And he ain't.

Gimme a star!

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Mad if we lose. Mad if we win.

Mad if we sign a FA. Mad if we don't.

Every bad draft pick is carved in stone.

Every good draft pick is swept under the rug.

Mad when Tryon plays bad. Mad when Tryon plays well.

Mad when we Fire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we Hire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we bring in a Big Name.

Mad when we bring in a No Name.

Mad if we Run. Mad if we Pass.

Mad if we're Home. Mad if we're Away.

You've made HYPOCRISY A WAY OF LIFE!

I think you just need to find a NEW TEAM!

YOU'RE NOT FANS, YOU'RE DEAD WEIGHT!

GO DRAG ANOTHER TEAM DOWN. WE DON'T NEED YOU.

Posted by: filmchis | October 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Unless the guy getting them ball ain't all that.

And he ain't.

Gimme a star!

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should pick up a QB that led his team to the worst record in NFL history...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If JC was smart he wouldn't point the finger to much at himself.....in the real world if you don't perform in your job you get FIRED!!!!!....maybe the players who aren't doing things the way the coaches draw it up should sit the bench!!! I'm tired of the excuses out of these players, I keep hearing "we are close" or "we are about to break out"...when?????? Why can't they learn from their mistakes and stop making them?? I'm a fan of JC if he is put in the right situation, hopefully this Smith guy will put him in better plays and protections....JC can complete passes when he has time!!

Posted by: jcrabbe1 | October 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If JC was smart he wouldn't point the finger to much at himself.....in the real world if you don't perform in your job you get FIRED!!!!!....maybe the players who aren't doing things the way the coaches draw it up should sit the bench!!! I'm tired of the excuses out of these players, I keep hearing "we are close" or "we are about to break out"...when?????? Why can't they learn from their mistakes and stop making them?? I'm a fan of JC if he is put in the right situation, hopefully this Smith guy will put him in better plays and protections....JC can complete passes when he has time!!

Posted by: jcrabbe1 | October 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Getting the pieces in place for Holmgren!

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | October 7, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

They are not as bad as their stats, and Campbell is not as good as his stats...shouldn't this somehow cancel out?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"It's not the plays and it's not what our coaches are doing," Campbell said. "Again, we see the mistakes on film. We just need to execute better."--RI

Oh Balderdash. Until they strap a lie detector on Soup, Zorn, or Vinny we're gonna get this safespeak thrown at us. Who's their interview coach, Ron Shelton (writer of Bull Durham)?

You can say a lineman made "a mistake" by not blocking his guy and blame that. BUT, if the blocking scheme is faulty and predictable, which it is, and the play calling is faulty and predictable, which it is, and the play design is faulty and predictable, which it is, blame has to be shared.

If I'm a Redskin Olineman, and my team has just gotten a turnover, I know the guy across from me knows the next play will be a stretch left with Portis, with no lead blocker, and with no fake involved. SoI I don't want all the blame because my guy was influenced into Portis's path becaue Zorn and Co. have no creativity.

Posted by: TheCork | October 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

tyvm, Cork

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

You've made HYPOCRISY A WAY OF LIFE!

I think you just need to find a NEW TEAM!

YOU'RE NOT FANS, YOU'RE DEAD WEIGHT!

GO DRAG ANOTHER TEAM DOWN. WE DON'T NEED YOU.

Posted by: filmchis | October 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

U mad?

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's definitely not JUST Zorn.

The offensive line is below average. Portis isn't in shape. The backups to Portis are below average. The 2nd year guys from last year's draft still aren't caught up. And Jason Campbell isn't very aware of what's going on down field and still can't read a defense.

Add that to Zorn's questionable playcalling and that's why they can't average more than 14 points per game over the past 12 games.

Lots of things need to be addressed.

But when you have a front office that declares the offensive line the most glaring need in the offseason, only to ignore it... it's obvious that the problem goes all the way past Zorn and the players, and straight to the top.

Posted by: dfbovey | October 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Slants to our 6'4 receivers should be a staple of this offence. But it's not. Imagine that.

Posted by: FedorEm | October 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually 12 years and 5 years respectively, 4th, but not a comparison..I was just musing.

Besides, Sherm is only a "consultant," not a "coordinator." And he only STAYED at a bed and breakfast.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Here's a GM currently available to replace Vinny. His name is Ted Sundquist. This is what he did as the GM of Denver:

During his tenure in Denver, Sundquist helped Denver land players such as John Lynch, Daniel Graham, Al Wilson, John Mobley, Brandon Marshall, Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis (WAS), Reggie Hayward (JAX), Trevor Pryce (BAL), Brian Griese (TB), Deltha O'Neal (NE), and Nick Harris (DET). He also made trades such as the one with the Washington Redskins to acquire Champ Bailey, and another to obtain Dre Bly from the Detroit Lions. Sundquist also facilitated a draft-day deal with St. Louis in 2006, allowing Denver to trade up four spots to select Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler with the 11th overall pick.

Posted by: RITCA | October 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

you idiots Campbell is saying it is him and the rest of the O not excuting so why don't you lay off the guy. He is a straight class act and we would be 10 times worse without him.

Posted by: wstclair | October 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Filmy, you're obviously on the wrong blog, lol.

U still on Tony's Bandwagon? Or Larry Michael's Jock?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

F LeB!tchmade James.

Dude is so pu**y.

Funny how the 9ers accused the Jets of tampering with Crabtree, then the day he signs, they trade for Edwards.

Conspiracy much? I think so.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 7, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Who would have known that LeCrabdribble's crybaby act had sway in the NFL?

We all know it's effective for NBA refs, but now LeBoohoo complains that his boy got jacked and Braylon gets traded?

Wow.

Posted by: p1funk | October 7, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

stclair?! wtSJK?!1? what team are you watching?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Alrighty then, JC.

If you want all the blame, here's a side of pink slip for ya.

Have a nice life.

Posted by: p1funk | October 7, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

JC17 if it's not the coaches it's you. You're the QB. You drive the offense.


Posted by: kmag1 | October 7, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse


I think that's what he was getting at.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 7, 2009 12:46 PM

The problem on offense....No one is taking the blame. JC17 just said it's not the coaches, but who specifically is it?

Everyone but Blache was afraid to go under that perverbial Bus.

And that's the offense's problems. No one is stepping up in accountability. Not Zorn. Not Campbell. Not anybody. Too mush generality BS. I lived in the DC area my whole life and cut through his whole politically correct BS statement....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

No more talking about JC17...we're stuck with him for now -- for better or for worse. How about moving on to other topics, like the draft, carolina, or who to get rid of if 2010 is uncapped?

(On the last question, I vote CP, ARE, JC17 -- unless we give him an incentive-laden extension and no guarantee of starting, Randy Thomas, Daniels, Wynn, Betts, Rock, Frying Pan Hands Rogers, Smoot and a partridge in a pear tree...)

Posted by: mattylight | October 7, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

you idiots Campbell is saying it is him and the rest of the O not excuting so why don't you lay off the guy. He is a straight class act and we would be 10 times worse without him.

Posted by: wstclair | October 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


Classy blame acceptance + Losses + Lack of Improvement = You're fired

Posted by: p1funk | October 7, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Skins' receivers - the wide outs - run such poor and lazy routes it's no wonder we haven't heard from Kelly or Thomas. Moss has had a couple decent games in a row but even he only goes all out when his number is called. I now firmly believe that's a huge part of the problem - on any given play Campbell has to find the one receiver that actually made a sharp cut or some sort of fake during his route. Where oh where is Marko Mitchell? I miss him.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 7, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Everyone but Blache was afraid to go under that perverbial Bus.

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse


I would rephrase that:

Everyone but Blache was afraid to throw someone else under the proverbial Bus.

Hey Chris Horton, you're benched.

Posted by: p1funk | October 7, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

cork, well said, I was unaware a man of your age could still work a computer....what do you know....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 7, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

There is no way every redskin receiver could be as bad as their stats indicate.

Unless the guy getting them ball ain't all that.

And he ain't.

Gimme a star!

Posted by: MistaMoe

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That's right Moe. In his ceaseless urge to self-sabotage, Campbell throws only to Moss and Cooley, just so people will blame him for not hitting Kelly, Thomas and Davis, who are, as we all know, the second comings of Jerry Rice.

LOOK AT THE TAPE: Kelly was NEVER open Sunday. Davis whiffed on a key block. Thomas is a master at performing a self-colonoscopy.

NO, Campbell ain't the answer. But the conspiracy you hint at would also include Zorn, who also would only benefit from having more receivers who could get open, block and catch.

Do you seriously think he's trying to embarrass the guy who hired him and drafted these three undeachievers?

And by the way, the LAST first rate receiver the Skins drafted in the top two rounds was Art Monk, in 1980. It's not like these three bozos are the exception.

Posted by: TheCork | October 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

OK moving on Carolina. Not ahting on the D to much but has anyone else noticed all the missed first tackles. This last week Horton Fletcher and Tryon( no really) were the only one making tackles.
This week with Carolina comes D Williams, he is the kind of RB who when given second and thrid chances houses it. If where not raping him up the first time we will get run all over. There not gonna run him up the middle theve seen what AHAy does. They will stretch it out though and this is where weve had problems. If were not making sound tackles this game it could get ugly. Please make delhomme beat us with his arm, please.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"You idiots Campbell is saying it is him and the rest of the O not excuting so why don't you lay off the guy. He is a straight class act and we would be 10 times worse without him."

Ten times worse? That's not possible. Seriously, the offense could not possibly do worse. It is historically inept at this point.

Todd Collins isn't even good. A journeyman. And the Redskins looked ten times better under him than JC.

In 40 starts, JC has beat one team by more than one score.

Collins did it three times in four frickin' games.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | October 7, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

cork, well said, I was unaware a man of your age could still work a computer....what do you know....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 |

Either pick up the dog poop like I hired you for, or GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

Posted by: TheCork | October 7, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

i'm sick of all the BS excuses that come out of JCs mouth over and over again... we're not executing, we're not getting it done. ENOUGH OF THE EXCUSES AND START GETTING IT DONE OR ELSE YOU BETTER START SAYING YOU'RE NOT AS GOOD AS YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE AND GET OUT OF THE WAY

Posted by: mopp04 | October 7, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Through 40 starts, he's won one game by more than one score.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | October 7, 2009 1:05 PM


If that stat is legit..... Always backed JC because I feel the front office has neglected the offensive line, and up front is where championships are won.

But cripes.... if that is true. May be time to reconsider.

Thanks for posting that.

Posted by: saltine182 | October 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Where are those slants to our tall receivers? Not being called, or thrown, for whatever reason, they're not there.

Short dropbacks and quick slant passes are supposed to be a big part of the West Coast offense, right? Those can make up for some shortcomings in pass pro, right?

What's that you say? JC can't throw to those kind of routes effectively? Well, then, do you think maybe you have the wrong guy at QB? And you had Chase Daniel on the roster and you let him get away?

Doggone it!! How did all this happen?

Posted by: SkinsfaninNebraska | October 7, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

beep beep......

someone tell corky what that means.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 7, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a bunch of negative fans in my life. This team is 2-2. We either improve or keep on suckin. I'd rather start slow and finish strong as opposed to what happened last year. How bad were the Iggles at the start of last season - benching their QB?...how bout those G-men that wnated their own coach fired but turned it around and beat the Pats in the Superbowl. yes, we need to be agressive on both sides of the ball - thats playc alling. For 2 weeks straight Campbells thrown 2 nice deep scores to Moss - let these guys play to their strengths and stop tryin to install systems!

Posted by: lszovati | October 7, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

i play organized sports regularly and I try to maintain, as a whole, a winning pct of between 0.400 and 0.600

What my point is, is that we go through runs of losses and runs of wins. When we go through runs of wins it's b/c everybody is focused and everybody is executing properly and wants to win on every play. It's not the coaches, I believe that, it's the players being fully committed to playing the game all game long because they want to. 85% of winning really is "individual pride" to be a winner and communicate effectively with the other 10 guys on the field with you

Posted by: jbrady84 | October 7, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm JC, I love you, but if the problem ain't the coaches...who is it?

That's right. You say it's yourself. Probably not a wise choice in a contract year.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 7, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

JC is worried. He know that this "new" set of eyes just hired will confirm the obvious to management...it is you, JC, not the coaches!

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 7, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I mean, it's not the coaches.
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No it's mainly Campbell.. But I guess Campbell figures defend the coaches and they will even be less likely to pull me in the next game... 27 ranked offense and 3 of the teams played were the Rams, Lions and Bucs.. There may be 5 teams ranked worse but I bet all played tougher teams...

Posted by: sovine08 | October 7, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe no one, including the journalist, picked up on Campbell's revealing quote: he's not going to be just a consultant, but the offensive coordinator. Interesting.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | October 7, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the highly drafted wr's that aren't producing. Orakpo hasn't done anything special or shown the potential to do so. Neither has Campbell, Rogers, Landry, etc... They aren't playmakers. Jarmon shows flashes but he hasn't been "coached up" yet. Once he gets "coached up" we won't hear from him again. I believe at least some of these guys would be more productive for other teams that know how to utilize their talents.

Posted by: coparker5 | October 7, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So does anyone really beleive when Sherman tells Zorn to do some things in certain ways and we here in Washington expect Zorn to do what is told?

I still do not see the point of hiring Sherman when a head coach normally does what "their" instintcs tell them to do.

The only way Sherman can contribute as if he would actually call the offensive plays during the game.

Will this happen? I don't think so.

Posted by: DesiHungama | October 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, yea, you're sorta right JC. Its ownership mainly, then coaches, then players who turn the ball over 3 times and/or fail to execute the plays.

Verstehen?

Posted by: AWWNats | October 7, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Daniel Snyder needs to hire a consultant to get "a new set of eyes" on the ownership.

After 10 years, I'm convinced it's neither the players nor the coaches.

Posted by: Meepo | October 7, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

its the whole offenseive line....there isn't one. If we got a new coach, most of the offense would be out of a job....but we need to start with the owner...who should let them play their game....cut the umbilical cord Synder and go play Madden, you can win at that (maybe)

Posted by: bowiemdh | October 7, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Its the coaches and the ownership. The owner treats the team like he is in a fantasy football league. Snyder refuses to build a cohesive team from the ground up. He trades away almost all his picks and buys has been superstars. The offensive seems like it is from the 1930s. It is predictable and boring as all get out.

Posted by: Dessalines | October 7, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Mad if we lose. Mad if we win.

Mad if we sign a FA. Mad if we don't.

Every bad draft pick is carved in stone.

Every good draft pick is swept under the rug.

Mad when Tryon plays bad. Mad when Tryon plays well.

Mad when we Fire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we Hire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we bring in a Big Name.

Mad when we bring in a No Name.

Mad if we Run. Mad if we Pass.

Mad if we're Home. Mad if we're Away.

You've made HYPOCRISY A WAY OF LIFE!

I think you just need to find a NEW TEAM!

YOU'RE NOT FANS, YOU'RE DEAD WEIGHT!

GO DRAG ANOTHER TEAM DOWN. WE DON'T NEED YOU.
Posted by: filmchis"

Nice post........

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Can't believe no one, including the journalist, picked up on Campbell's revealing quote: he's not going to be just a consultant, but the offensive coordinator. Interesting.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder"

You have to be joking. No one (even Washington Post readers) could be this stupid.......hahahahaha

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Rypien11, no doubt he's a class act, but I want to know whether being a class act improves his QB passer rating. Does it? The question is whether JC has the skills to win some games. He's played 40 games as a 'skin, and he is an average QB at best. It's nice to have a class act, but I'd take a winner first.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | October 7, 2009 12:47 PM

Cambell has a better passer rating than Tom Brady! He had a pretty awful game this last week but overall he has not been the problem. Too many mistakes by too many players are dooming us.

Posted by: rpetersen | October 7, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

JC, you have a way with words. Great how you basically said, "I suck as QB and so does the rest of the players.

Posted by: Sincear202 | October 7, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that most people want to blame Jason Campbell. If he was responsible for the blocking I'd say yeah blame him when he messes up but listen, no matter who calls the plays or what pass or run play for that matter is called the O-line must block. Look at Favre and that other old over the hill guy in Arizona they are having pretty good success because they have versions of the "HOGS" up front blocking. This allows the runners to do their jobs and gives the recievers time enough to get open and the QB time to find them. If JC had seven seconds to throw the ball as Favre did on Monday night I don't care if defenses doubled Santana every play he would find a way to get open with that much time for the QB and Cooley would be open.Plus they could get Fred Davis more involved, I'm not sold on Kelly and Thomas yet. The Skins no longer go after those "HOG" type O-linemen its the dirt bags now who are really to small to be able to beat defenses down with run blocking and make them to tired to rush the passer when it's time to pass or just out right kick butt in pass protection too as Jocoby, Grimm, May, McKenzie, and Lachey, and Jeff Bostic and company use to do. Whose to blame just look up the chain of command, its "Ole Danny Boy" himself.
If you get shot in the right leg you don't ask a doctor to operate on the left one instead, unless your "Ole Danny boy!" Then you go out and pay a cool one hundred million bucks to a guy who really hasn't helped to improve a defense (not that they were bad to start with) finishing no worse than 5th overall the last several years.
Until "ole Danny Boy" sells the team or rebuilds the O-line and there are some very positive changes I want be a Skins fan anymore, and I want root for any team if I'm not pulling for the Skins.
So if anyone needs to stand up and take responsibilty it is "Ole Danny Boy" him self and the first thing he should do is fire Vinny and hire a real GM who knows that being shot in the right leg requires medical attention for that leg and not the left one. Then the GM would hopefully bring in some "HOG" type linemen and things would be better in Skin Country.
Hey Danny boy a hundred million could have rebuilt the whole line with some qaulity players.

Posted by: rmilton | October 7, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The main problem w/ this franchise is the boneheaded management at the top. Bringing in a "consultant" as a fresh set of eyes undermines the authority of the current coaches and automatically creates tension. If Snyder doesn't think that Zorn's up to the task of running the offense/team, he should replace him. The hiring of Zorn in the 1st place was moronic: QB coach right to head coach w/ all of the qualified coordinators available around the league? C'mon Dan, get a clue. I'm getting a bit tired of the Campbell bashing. He's an average-at-best quarterback in this league, but he seems to be a class act and isn't the major problem w/ this franchise, it's the guy who signs his paycheck....

Posted by: randysbailin | October 7, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It takes time to read defenses and JC very seldom has time to do anything.
Points to ponder:

Missed blocks, running wrong routes, holding penalties, dropped passes etc, etc, is the player's fault not the coaches.

Coaches don't run routes (they probably could run them better than our receivers), coaches don't block, tackle or catch. It is execution - even on the plays that we think the coach should not have called. If the players execute ANY play properly, it will work.

The 'Skins have not had a high scoring team since the "Fun Bunch". That is not what NFC East teams have been known for. We run, run, than play-action pass. We play good defense. This fascinatin with 20 or more points is just that - a fascination. You can blame the QB all you want, but it just shows your lack of knowledge of Redskins Football. If we did score over 20 points in the past, it was because the running back had over a 100 yards rushing. When was the last time a 'Skins QB threw two or more TDs in a game when the running back had less than a 100 yards? MistaMoe? JohnDinHouston? RedDMV? MylesMonroe? Bueller, Bueller, Bueller!! I normally don't comment on this blog, but I read it everyday. Most of you guys get it more than you miss. But you are wrong if you lay the blame at JC's feet. He said the right thing, the scores will come and so will the wins.

Posted by: SPUD2 | October 7, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

A weak right side of the line with two guys who would lucky to be on the practice squad on a good team is the start of the problem. They don't run block well enough for any defense to have to commit 8 in the box. Portis is older, beaten up, and no longer a home run threat. Once the running game is stopped, then teams drop back into zones and dare JC to beat them by throwing to his two young WR's who have yet to prove the can (a) get open or (b) hold onto the ball when its thrown their way.

The O-line has been in decline since Joe Gibbs was here, but Vinny has been too busy signing overpriced talent on the defensive side like D. Hall and Haynesworth or drafting pass catchers. Any good team is built first through the offensive and defensive lines, not through skill players. Look at the Giants and Philly & why they have been successful for the last decade.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 7, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Cambell has a better passer rating than Tom Brady!
Posted by: rpetersen | October 7, 2009 4:17 PM
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I have never seen a better argument that the passing rating is MEANINGLSS!!! To put Campbell in the same sentence as someone who's lead his team to a perfect regular season, 3 time Super Bowl winner, and future Hall of Famer is a JOKE!!

Posted by: sovine08 | October 7, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Because he has a QB who doesn't lock in on his first read and who anticipates receivers getting open instead of waiting for them to get open -- something that is a must in the NFL. The bad news for Campbell is the national media and former players have finally started to point the finger at him. The local media will have to catch up at some point. Maybe not Reid though -- his mancrush on JC is as big as JLC's was.
Posted by: MylesMonroe
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100% correct!!! Campbell has not just been bad this year.. he's always been bad. Yeah his defenders talk about his compeletion percentage or low numbers of interceptions.. but we who can see clearly know it's because he limits himself to short safe passes. We knew if he ever tried to air it out it would just lead to more picks.. which it did Sunday. Personally I don't care about Reid's man crush.. but Zorn's man crush is hurting the team...

Posted by: sovine08 | October 7, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are told to get up to the plate and hit a home run but are given a golf club to do it. Snyder provided the golf club.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 7, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This team is not going to get any better until everyone admits that they are making mistakes, owner, GM, coaches, players, janitors, etc

This is one sick puppy of a team and sugar-coating it doesn't help. JC is a good guy, but I think he knows that he won't be here next year, so he is being classy for his next team. So is Zorn, who is at fault the most and never admits any mistakes. What gives?

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | October 7, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it.

Why don't any of the bloggers in here get it either? Is it possible that I am the only Skins fan who realizes that it's not the offensive scheme that isn't working with JC at QB, it's that JC doesn't work well in ANY offensive system.

Dude flat out sux.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | October 7, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Mad if we lose. Mad if we win.

Mad if we sign a FA. Mad if we don't.

Every bad draft pick is carved in stone.

Every good draft pick is swept under the rug.

Mad when Tryon plays bad. Mad when Tryon plays well.

Mad when we Fire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we Hire'em. Mad when we don't.

Mad when we bring in a Big Name.

Mad when we bring in a No Name.

Mad if we Run. Mad if we Pass.

Mad if we're Home. Mad if we're Away.

You've made HYPOCRISY A WAY OF LIFE!

I think you just need to find a NEW TEAM!

YOU'RE NOT FANS, YOU'RE DEAD WEIGHT!

GO DRAG ANOTHER TEAM DOWN. WE DON'T NEED YOU.
Posted by: filmchis"

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE! WE ARE WHO WE ARE! EITHER STICK BY THEM AND DEAL WITH ALL THE BULLSH!T! OR GO FIND ANOTHER TEAM! SNYDER AIN'T GOING NO WHERE SO IT IS WHAT IT IS!
ALL HAIL! R.I.P SEAN T!

Posted by: cgassripMeast21 | October 7, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Talk is Cheap..and the DEADskins have the off the field Bu** S*** DOWN..........

You can't spin Dysfunctional..and this team is just BAD......groveling in the mud right there with NFL DREGS like Cleveland, Tampa Bat, KC, St Louis, Oakland, Detroit, Seattle...Carolina........No amount of Delusion and Koolade benders can change the on field FACTS !!!!!

Be patient down there in the "Queen City" ...your prayers for a WIN will be answered this Sunday !!!!!!!

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | October 7, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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