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Campbell maintains upbeat attitude

Surprisingly, quarterback Jason Campbell still is upbeat. In listening to Campbell, you wonder if he realizes he plays behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, has been sacked 25 times in eight games - including 11 in the past two - and is considered to be among the Redskins' biggest problems, according to fans on sports-talk radio shows and Internet message boards.

"I know how I feel," said Campbell, who chuckled about the pain of his sprained ankle. "But you can't point fingers and you can't blame anybody. We're all in this together, and the only way we're going to get out of this is if we stick together."

During the 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Campbell twice was removed from the game because of injuries. But he led Washington to its most impressive performance on offense after halftime this season, helping the team pull within a touchdown of Atlanta in the fourth quarter after trailing by 21 points at the break.

Campbell was pummeled in the first two quarters as the Falcons matched a franchise record with five first-half sacks. He completed 5 of 8 passes for only 73 yards and had an interception (off a tipped pass) returned 62 yards for a touchdown. His passer rating was 52.6.

The offensive line was much better in pass protection in the second half, and Campbell showed what he could do when he had time to go through his progressions. He led Washington on 80- and 81-yard touchdown drives - its longest such drives of the season. In the final 30 minutes, Campbell completed 10 of 14 passes for 123 yards with a touchdown. His quarterback rating for the third and fourth quarters was 122.0.

"That showed us what we can do if we execute, guys stay focused and we believe in what we're doing," Campbell said. "We can't worry about the guys we wish we had out there right now and that we have backups in there. I had to block it out and that's what we all have to do. We all know it's hard and we didn't expect to be in this situation, but what are we gong to do to get out of it? That's all that matters right now."

Because of more injuries, the Redskins plan to field their fifth different offensive line of the season Sunday against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field. Stephon Heyer will return to right tackle and Levi Jones, whom the Redskins signed Oct. 20, will be the team's new starting left tackle.

Out of work a month ago, Jones will be protecting Campbell's blind side against the team that has the league's third-highest sack total with 26. The Redskins have allowed 28 sacks through eight games - ranking 30th in the NFL. "Levi is a veteran and he's had a chance to practice and learn what we do," Campbell said. "Hopefully, he'll be able to step in and help us."

Teammates have expressed their support for Campbell, who took a beating as the offensive line broke down during the 2-6 second-half stretch in 2008 and was pounded again during the last two games of another 2-6 run, but "Jason's a tough guy," top wide receiver Santana Moss said. "We know that by now, just seeing some of the things he's been enduring for other years that he's been our quarterback. I just feel like it's one of those situations that you hate to see him go through that.

"But when you see him get up and say, 'Let's go again,' you kind of applaud him for just being the guy he is. He's a tough guy. He gets a lot thrown at him; he takes on a lot throughout the games every week. As an offensive line, I think some of those guys stepped up, too [against the Falcons], said something to each other, let each other know that they got to protect him a little better."

And the line must build on its second-half outing against the Falcons, center Casey Rabach said.

"Obviously, we understand the criticism," he said. "Five sacks in the first half, six sacks the last time we played. That's not how you win football.

"Each and every one of us has to look in the mirror and look at that tape and understand that that's who we are and figure out a way to fix it. Because without that, things ain't going to get better."

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  November 10, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

Behind the O-line, do you mean "up beat" or "beat up"?

Posted by: dcsween | November 10, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

of course he is upbeat, he knows he wont be here next year...first

Posted by: mhartz1 | November 10, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at the 2010 potential free agent quarterbacks. Who's at the top of the list? Jason Campbell...

Posted by: rich20ssu | November 10, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@RedDMV - Shut Up. ...

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2009 1:10 PM |

Heh, heh. You channeling Jay Leno.

Posted by: MrPink

More like Jim Calhoun from UConn.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 10, 2009 2:01 PM |

That too.

Posted by: MrPink | November 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

of course he is upbeat, he knows he wont be here next year...first

Posted by: mhartz1 | November 10, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean next week? Behind this oline he'll be lucky to make it out of the Denver game alive. Then he has to worry about the Cowboys and the Eagles. In fact I doubt Todd Collins is still uninjured after week 13. Andre Woodsen will be injured in week 16 leaving Randle El to start against the Chargers.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Vinny has blood on his hands. I wonder how this turd can sleep at night.

Posted by: clark202 | November 10, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean next week? Behind this oline he'll be lucky to make it out of the Denver game alive. Then he has to worry about the Cowboys and the Eagles. In fact I doubt Todd Collins is still uninjured after week 13. Andre Woodsen will be injured in week 16 leaving Randle El to start against the Chargers.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If ARE is the QB at some point this season, would he fair-catch snaps from the shotgun? Just wondering...

Posted by: mattylight | November 10, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"...of course he (Jason Campbell) is upbeat, he knows he won't be here next year..."


I still say re-sign Campbell to a low-ball deal laden with incentives.

Put him in the position where he, Marko, Moss, Cooley, Davis, Thomas, (unnamed free agent) start a nice receiving core to build around.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 10, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

whateves...

Posted by: chrislarry | November 10, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What Danno should have done by now is go to Morocco Brown and tell him that Vinnster will be on hiatus after season and draw up plan for possible HCs and personnel that they would be coaching. Then set up meet to discuss. All personnel fiascos - Jason Taylor, 3 Amigos, no OL draft - have been the Vinnster's steamers. Personnel gems - Marko, Hortonic - have been Rocco. Rocco rocks.

Posted by: MrPink | November 10, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

MrPink, you're absolutely right, but then again, you presume that Danny is interested in running this thing like a business with a goal to win games, as oppossed to a marketing channel

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of seeing and hearing Theisman and Riggins.......GO AWAY! You had your day in the spotlight.
Posted by: gixxer998

You are SO right. Move over you old has beens so we can hear the wit and wisdom of Jason Campbell and Ladell Betts.

Posted by: TheCork | November 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

we trade our pick down and pick up two OL-men - let Jason stay as the QB next year; we might as well let HIM get massacred behind a less than average line, and either pick his replacement from the next draft or someone who is currently a second stringer for another NFL team.

Until the OL is resucitated, next year will be just as bad as this. There is NO point in drafting a crap-shoot QB in the first round (And ALL college QBS are crap-shoots)

Posted by: JohnDinHouston


I don't like Jason Campbell. I think he is inaccurate, overly risk adverse, and doesn't read defenses well. However, looking at the free agent market, unless Rosenfels hits the market there is zero talent that will be available and not even sure Rosenfels is an upgrade. However, I disagree with "trade down". We suck at evaluating mid-round talent, period. If we got more picks we'd take 37 linebackers, a tight end or two, and a punter. Stay where we are and get the best or the second best offensive tackle in the draft, and hopefully boom perennial starter for years at LT. We can sign a RG, a RT, and a backup tackle in free agency easily. Those are findable, a stud left tackle to start for a decade, not so much. Go tackle first round, QB second round, keep JC for a year while grooming the young guy and see what happens when you have an NFL caliber oline. Take a fast scatback type in the 4th and then go guard, tackle to finish.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

If ARE is the QB at some point this season, would he fair-catch snaps from the shotgun? Just wondering...

Posted by: mattylight | November 10, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

No way man, that's when we unveil the wildcougar offense. It's just like the wildcat except all the ball carriers are over 30.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Red....I got blind faith only for Skins/Bullets/CAPS/MD BBall/such as...

When I put on my Talent Evaluator Hat...it's legit....I wouldn't steer any bama towards the Skins...I'd steer them towards every other NFC East team...

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 10, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, I agree, they should sign him with incentives deal, whether or not he will come back will be seen...

Posted by: mhartz1 | November 10, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Betts did pretty good on sunday behind those bums. Due to a bit more quickness…

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead

Good point, It makes you appreciate how much quickness Portis has lost when Betts appears faster than Mollasses.

Posted by: TheCork | November 10, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I say let him test the free agent market and discover there's no one even remotely interested in having this walking sack of it quarterback on their team.

Through nearly five years on this team -- all we've ever heard and seen from him is one alibi or excuse after another about how he can't seem to get it done.

Of course, to his credit, he has been the consumate gentleman throughout -- probably because he knows he will never be paid so much for doing so little ever again.


Posted by: Vic1 | November 10, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I still say re-sign Campbell to a low-ball deal laden with incentives.

Put him in the position where he, Marko, Moss, Cooley, Davis, Thomas, (unnamed free agent) start a nice receiving core to build around.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 10, 2009 2:13 PM |

Campbell not click with Kelly and DT. Better to start over with diff cast of characters and clean slate to work from.

Posted by: MrPink | November 10, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

JC will be an asset for another team next year. He's a class act. I just hope he doesn't have to settle for Tampa of some shiz team like that.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 10, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Z that is food for thought - I'm presuming that they have a real football person making these picks - I guess I can also believe that we will see a unicorn dressed in maroon and black on the sidelines during the games, too

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, Matty and PAskins.... that made my day.

Posted by: AppleScience | November 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you guys remember Trent Green? Yeah that Trent Green that left the Skins and played really well for KC. I am going on record and say the same thing will happen with JC. He will go somewhere with a good line and play very well. Skins and Wizard will never learn.

Posted by: jm220 | November 10, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Trent Green actually looked pretty darn good the one year who played with the Redskins; not cautious good like Campbell, but NFL QB good.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I still like the idea of discussing with the Lions in regards to getting their first round pick, they have put it out there they are not sure they want it, due to economy and salary cap issues. Give em whatever.

With 2 first round picks in top 10 we could get top OL and either LB or RB

Then we get whatever is left in the draft that is best available for QB /LB/ OL/ RB/ DB, there will be alot of qbs out there this draft that we could possibly develop.

Free Agency, I think we could get depth and a starter on OL and possibly a LB, maybe even Vick, Tavaris Jackson, someone that will back up JC.

None of this will work with the following:
1.) serious change in all coaching staff
2.) FO shakeup
3.) D bags in the locker room that dont want to be there, say what you want about Portis, he doesnt seem like he wants to be here, same for Landry, Rogers, etc.
4.) Drop dead weight vets: ARE, Daniels, Rabach, etc

Just my thoughts, god I feel like the Mayor, repeat, repeat...

Posted by: mhartz1 | November 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, Levi Jones was about 23rd in the league in defending against sacks last year among LT. 5.5 sacks in 11 games, or .5 sacks per game. Samuels was 3 sacks in 12 games in 2008.

http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=395369

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

JohnD the only person I believe that can look good behind this line is Vick his first two or three years in the league. No I am not making excusses for JC or saying he is a pro bowler. I am saying no one would look good with this sorry as8 line

Posted by: jm220 | November 10, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No way man, that's when we unveil the wildcougar offense. It's just like the wildcat except all the ball carriers are over 30.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 10, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The wildcougar. Football innovation at its finest...

Posted by: mattylight | November 10, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I still say re-sign Campbell to a low-ball deal laden with incentives....

I say let him test the free agent market and discover there's no one even remotely interested....

What Danno should have done....
--------------------------------------------

Any solution which doesn't start with a laser target designator on Vinny's hamster head is a wasted effort.

Shoulda woulda coulda in a million situations, but so long as Vinny controls the rudder, it doesn't matter if the ship floats or not.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | November 10, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Campbell not click with Kelly and DT. Better to start over with diff cast of characters and clean slate to work from.

Posted by: MrPink | November 10, 2009 2:20 PM

I agree. Even with a new running back.

Posted by: TheJury | November 10, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

mhartz1

"...they should sign him with incentives deal, whether or not he will come back will be seen..."


I think we all need some clarification.

We talk of the team letting both Rogers and Campbell go./

But, if I am correct, both players will be restricted free agents this winter, meaning if anybody takes them, we get compensation.

Thing is, cornerbacks like Rogers are a dime a dozen.

Thing is, quarterbacks like Campbell are a dime a dozen.

So who will give away picks for guys that are not the picks of the litter?

I wouldn't.

Let them both search for partners during free agency, then, before it gets too long, re-sign them with all the required B.S. about redskin pride and whatnot.

The skins might be able to rebuild faster than what most of us think.

So why let some of our okay parts go when we don't have good parts to replace them?

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 10, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Do you guys remember Trent Green? Yeah that Trent Green that left the Skins and played really well for KC. I am going on record and say the same thing will happen with JC. He will go somewhere with a good line and play very well. Skins and Wizard will never learn.

Posted by: jm220 | November 10, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Trent Green actually looked pretty darn good the one year who played with the Redskins; not cautious good like Campbell, but NFL QB good.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Exactly completely not the same thing, Trent Green played very well for the last year he was here, in 14 starts he threw for 3441 yards, 23 tds and 11 picks. But he wasn't a drafted guy or what not so we let him walk and brought in Brad Johnson who played very well for us until Snyder bought the team and let him walk for Jeff George.

Campbell had stability under Gibbs and has had multiple years under Zorn now and is doing nothing but regressing. There's a reason nobody in the league wanted him, he's much more Patrick Ramsey than Trent Green when he leaves here.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 10, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I think Campbell will be our B next year. No one in the league will want him after this year. He is a restricted FA. And honestly the Junkies were talking about it this morning, there are no better FA options out there next year. So build the line, and tailor the playcalling to suit his strengths. I do not see another option. That pass to Sellers was perfect.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 10, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Also, rookie OL are rarely that good out of the box, it takes a couple years to get good. Clady last year and Oher this year seem to be exceptions.

Posted by: zcezcest1"

I beg to differ. Don't forget Joe Thomas and Jake Long. One of Carolina's first round picks last season when both Deangelo Hall and Jonathan Stewart went off? Jeff Otah, RT. Nick Mangold was a stud from the beginning for the Jets. Sam Baker was an immediate starting LT for the Falcons in their turnaround season. This is a consistent theme among plenty of talented linemen that goes back. Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, and Chris Samuels were all big time out of the gate. And you already mentioned Ryan Clady and Michael Oher.

The common thread between all of these guys: they were all first round picks. Every year quick impact linemen come out. You gotta pay to play though, and all we've thrown in was one 3rd round pick in 10 years.

Posted by: psps23 | November 10, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Like how Reid talks about not writing about the offensive line anymore but still takes little jabs and Landries here and there.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 10, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thing is, cornerbacks like Rogers are a dime a dozen.

Right moe...you find me another cb, who can turn interceptions into drops, and still can't defend the dreaded double move...dime a dozen my eye....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 10, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

weep weep

Posted by: League-Source | November 10, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 10, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

weep weep

Posted by: League-Source | November 10, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

for the draft, I trade down and try to get more. Clady was around 12th overall, Oher was 20 something.

My draft looks like this.

Trade round high 1 pick for lower round 1 pick and second rounder. Trade two 2nd rounders for late first rounder.

Then I pick as follows:

1 OL
1 OL
3 OL
4 OL
5 OL
6 OL
7 OL

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, Mista Moe.

There will be zero market for Campbell and Rogers, so it will be up to us to decide if they are worth the roster spot.

I'm wondering what would happen if Campbell simply decided to not play with the Skins. Would his rights open up if he were not signed after a certain date? If so, then we wouldn't get anything for him.

The smart play for the Skins is to sign him to a low-ball tender (i.e- one that does not trigger the 1st round compensation). And then allow him to sign somewhere else. That would net us a 2nd rounder, which is better than nothing, and I could see some teams taking that gamble.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | November 10, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I will bet my next paycheck (not a lot of money)that if all of the talk about Jason C. not being with the skins comes true, this is what you will see.
Jason C. goes to a team with a successfull O-Line and leads the team to the playoffs of Superbowl and goes to the Pro Bowl! Have we not seen this before with the skins??? I remember a field goal kicker.......maybe now in Philadelphia.

Posted by: brianhowery | November 10, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Best case scenario 2009-2010 OL:

RT- Judd Reinhold
RG- Rumur Willis
C- That 1/2 kid from 2 1/2 men
LG- The artist formerly known as Prince
LT- Hitting Coach M. Maguire

Posted by: ElYeah | November 10, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I was in Tampa when Steve Young was there and run out of town because he couldn't play... behind a horrid line. Same for Vinny Testiverde. Jim Plunkett was run out of New England.
I slso remember Washington fans bashing Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson.

The problem is not Campbell.

Posted by: Redskinrex | November 10, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Snyder should keep Campbell around next year to run the team's daycare facility. He would be such a great role model working with the kids - so patient and nurturing.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 10, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Good idea coparker5! He is such a nice guy he deserves something. Campbell is not a QB he is a P u s s y! Nice job running out of bounds at the end of the game. I'd heate to see you put your head down and attempt to get a first down. I can't wait to see you outta here. Campbell is the problem and has been for years. He is stupid, slow, can't stop looking for Santana, and should never have been drafted by this or any other team. Goodbye looser!

Posted by: Rappcounty | November 11, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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