Campbell Offers Early Assessment
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell isn't interested in focusing on the offense's shortcomings to this point early in camp.
Mistakes have been made, Campbell said, and the players' timing and execution must improve. But the Skins still are way ahead of where they were last year through the same point of camp, which heads into day 4 with an 8:30 practice at Redskins Park.
"You can really see the difference from last camp to this one," he said. "Last year, guys were thinking about what they were doing all the time because the offense was so new to us. Coach [Jim] Zorn was really just getting us started with the building blocks, just getting it going, and it was a little bit rough at times. What you're seeing now out there is just totally different.
"Yeah, we need to be sharper and play 'faster' like Coach Zorn always talks about, but that's not the same thing as guys trying to figure stuff out when we're running a play. You can look at guys in the huddle and then see them doing their assignments, and you know everyone knows what to do out there. So that's a big improvement. The rest of it will come as we get more and more reps and just work together. That's what I see."
The offensive line, in particular, is off to a slow start. The unit gave up 38 sacks last season, the league's fourth-highest total, and significant improvement, obviously, is needed in that area.
"You just can't worry or panic or anything like that, because you know all the hard work our guys put in and I know they're going to do a great job this year," Campbell said. "They're just trying to get some things figured out, but we all have confidence they're going to have a great year. We just have to keep building every day."
If you're going out to practice, the Capital Weather Gang reports that there is "abundant moisture in the air."
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