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Campbell: 'Offseason ... will take care of itself'

Coaches have praised quarterback Jason Campbell for his role in the improvement of the offense recently despite the loss of several key players.

While playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Campbell the last few weeks has made more plays in the passing game and with his feet than he did earlier in the season, helping the Redskins move the ball. And Campbell also has connected more frequently with second-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly and tight end Fred Davis.

But the bottom line, Campbell said, is that the Redskins are 3-8, so his personal accomplishments don't mean much.

"This is your career, this is what you do, and I always work to do the best I can for my team first," Campbell said. "And in this business, no matter the situation, whether it's a good situation or whether it's a bad situation, you're judged on how you handle it. You want to make sure that you're doing what you need to do to get through any situation. And for me right now, at this point, a lot of it has to do with pride. Regardless that everyone is injured and everything that's going on, I just want to go out there and try to put my best foot forward and continue to fight, continue to move on and not give up.

"I couldn't tell you why we've been going through all these difficulties, but a lot of guys are showing a lot of character by the way we've continued to fight these last three games. We've pretty much been in the hole, but no one's given up, so that speaks volumes. I don't know about the future and what's going to happen, and I really haven't thought about it because that's not going to help me. I'm just focused on these last five games and trying to finish the season on a strong note. The offseason, and whatever is going to happen, will take care of itself."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 2, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Campbell , Jason Reid  
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Comments

First to say I hope JC is around here next year while we develop a long time solution

Posted by: DenverdoesDalls | December 2, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

First to say I hope JC is around here next year while we develop a long term solution

Posted by: DenverdoesDalls | December 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Bradbury you owe me a Jimmy Johns still

Posted by: DenverdoesDalls | December 2, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Agreed that hopefully JC17 remains a Skin!

Posted by: CheyenneWY | December 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Though I'm probably the 8th or 9th to post, I am the FIRST to post that Jason Campbell will start the first four games but up here people already will be screaming for Clot Brennan.

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

If we have a chance to take Jake Locker would anyone want that?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Give him fresh O-line and a young RB, and this team could be sick

Posted by: Salinas1 | December 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, with everything else we have to rebuild I am quite happy with the 12th best quarterback in the league. He is a pro, he is not afraid to take a hit, and most of the time he throws it to our guys.

Posted by: fireballhank | December 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

How about we use 5 or six draft picks on linemen? And maybe one young strong running back who can spell the walking wounded?

Posted by: fireballhank | December 2, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Give him fresh O-line and a young RB, and this team could be sick

Posted by: Salinas1

In other words, give him what he had in college when he was a late first round(most had him 2nd round) pick. He didn't exactly light it up in college.
In this years college teams, who is most like Jason Campbell?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the slobber job Mike Shanahan is getting up here (and probably from The Owner). The guy had a great start when he entered coaching (in the Pleistocene Epoch), primarily because of the success of John Elway, and his teams then slowly and continually declined as a high gained more and more control over personnel. WHY go for Shanahan now? There SHOULD have been a lesson in Gibbs version 2.0. The short term memory loss up here is incredible ... its like a bunch of hamsters, such as. If you are enticed by Shanahan, then the team should go for what made Shanahan what he is ... John Elway ... for some kind of coaching job.

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If we have a chance to take Jake Locker would anyone want that?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If it's with the second rounder then game on.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 2, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The saga of Jason "Half empty/half full" Campbell limps on...and on...and on...

If Vinny, Zorn, the Sherms, etc etc are all gone...I can accept more JC.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 2, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This will be an interesting game Sunday. The Saints are coming off an emotional win, on the national stage, against one of the league's best teams, with a short week to prepare, and are going on the road to play a team that most everyone predicts they'll beat handily.

Meanwhile, the Redskins, though continuing to lose, are actually improving and continue to fight.

I'm not predicting a winner, but if this isn't a classic trap game, there's never been one.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 2, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

dc, its a package deal, if they bring in shanny, Elway's coming with...they're also bringing back terrel davis...steve atwater...they're basically getting the band back together....karl mecklenberg...etc...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 2, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

In this years college teams, who is most like Jason Campbell?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 11:56 AM

I think the combo of QB/RB at Stanford (Luck/Gearhart) is alot like Jason Campbell's college deal ... assuming that Gearhart = the combination of Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. Um, right, never mind ...

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I have mixed feelings on Campbell. On the one hand, if they can get a decent trade, it might make sense to get rid of him. But even if he is not the long-term solution it might make sense to draft a rookie QB, while keeping Campbell in the starting position. I could see justifications either way.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 2, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

freakz, short weeks don't mean as much this time of year, except for the losers, who the Pats are ... so take whoever the Pats are playing and the points.

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

If we have a chance to take Jake Locker would anyone want that?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 11:51 AM

Here's my thought on drafting a QB high this year. Don't. Wait until the rookie cap to invest in the QB position via the draft. That way $45 million wouldn't be invested in a player who if a bust strangles the organization for years.

Posted by: TWISI | December 2, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is RFA this season (right?). They should figure out how much they're willing to pay (which is going to be real tricky b/c in an uncapped offseason, TONS of previously expensive but otherwise decent vets are going to be available), he won't accept b/c he will want to see if there is more love out there financially, then tender him at the highest level and hope for the best.

If they don't get a CBA done before start of the league year, he has to stay RFA for two more seasons (I think).

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

dc, its a package deal, if they bring in shanny, Elway's coming with...they're also bringing back terrel davis...steve atwater...they're basically getting the band back together....karl mecklenberg...etc...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 2, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

BTG, can we get Tom Jackson from ESPN the tv network? I like that dude. He speaketh the truth

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | December 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Going back because I missed the posts.......

That Poll that stated should we keep JC17 and 80% said yes. I was one of the 'yeses'. BUT....I only want him back if he's keeping the seat warm or as the back up QB.

And that's what the poll should've really asked.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Twisi,
I have been an advocate of a salary cap on unproven college players(never will happen), and therefore agree to some extent with you. Trouble is, the best NFL teams have the best QB's. Who knows which if any of the current draft class will excel?
Someone on here will cite Trent Dilfer as an example of not needing one. I say to that he was an anomaly and had a much more ferocious D backing him up and a power running game we haven't had in years.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 2, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

va, yup, Jackson is gonna be playing OLB, as well as Shannon Sharpe backing up Cooley/Davis, the three amigo's are gonna be backing up the three amigo's, however the best news is that Shanny is bringing Maurice Clarett with him as well....finally, youth at RB....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 2, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Next Up is that dude y'all call Riggo. Do you see how quickly his feathers change? Dude just blows with the wind and confirms to me that he indeed was capatalizing off the 'We Want Blood' crowd a few weeks ago.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 2, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's my thought on drafting a QB high this year. Don't. Wait until the rookie cap to invest in the QB position via the draft. That way $45 million wouldn't be invested in a player who if a bust strangles the organization for years.

Posted by: TWISI | December 2, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Twisi, interesting point. They should hold off on drafting a QB for other reasons as well, like needing OL. But if Vinnerato is still making decisions this offseason, its all for nothing...

I dont want shanahan either, dcsween. Because looks to me like hiring shanny means no new GM with total control and most likely the return of bug eyed vinny.

FIRE VINNY!!!

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | December 2, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Skins 27-24. Saints traveling on short week after big win, outside against good pass D. Our guys are coming home, desparate.

Don't see it as a blowout at all.

DCsween - Saints -9.5, but could move up to 11 or so. Im definitely taking points.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 2, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The Saints will win this game. I don't see how they lose.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 2, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"The guy had a great start when he entered coaching (in the Pleistocene Epoch), primarily because of the success of John Elway"

Posted by: dcsween

Actually, this is a bad misconception that's been placed upon Shanahan merely because he caught an all-time great at the tail end of his career.

What Shanahan actually does better than any evaluator I've ever witnessed is the ability to identify and develop (a) top-level offensive linemen, and (b) top-level running backs (or taking lesser talented ones and making them seem as if they were top-level).

Shanahan's success was not due to Elway. It was due to Terrel Davis, then Olandis Gary, then Mike Anderson, then Clinton Portis, then Reuben Droughns, then Tatum Bell, etc.

Posted by: psps23 | December 2, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The guy had a great start when he entered coaching (in the Pleistocene Epoch), primarily because of the success of John Elway, and his teams then slowly and continually declined as a high gained more and more control over personnel.

Posted by: dcsween | December 2, 2009 11:56 AM

Have you actually looked at his post-Elway record? Elway retired in 1998. Shanahan coached ten more years and was 91-69. He was in the playoffs four years and hosted the AFC championship game one of those years.

And he was successful because of Elway? That's kind of a bizarre way to slight his record. Maybe it's the other way around -- Elway was successful because of Shanahan? Elway never won a Super Bowl under any other coach.

Shanahan's the real deal.

Posted by: League-Source | December 2, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I value building a dominant O line over all other priorities next season, but I don't think it is wise to use all of our draft picks on O line. Team balance is always going to be essential.

I think you have to look at the FA market and see what can be added at a good value. I do think that pick 1 or 2 goes to bringing in a Left Tackle. Maybe use #4 for a C/G type. We have a HUGE need for a playmaker on offense, probably through RB. So that needs to be addressed.

And Moe, I was thinking about Moss in the slot as well. Sort of a Wess Welker / Ricky Sanders blend.

Posted by: edvar | December 2, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse


JC17 would probably be a great second stringer elsewhere – perhaps in another system, with another coach.

But if you're looking for a guy who can singlehandedly put the Washington Redskins on his shoulders and carry them across the goal line -- even rarely -- you'll need to look elsewhere.

Even if you’re only looking for a quarterback who seems capable of winning more games than losing -- the record he has accumulated here will show that he has yet to prove he is able.

JC17 just doesn't have the talent, tools or the wherewithal to get it done... at least not here, not now, and not with the current coaching staff and group of players around him.

All he has ever given us is an unending litany of excuses for why the others around him have failed to get it done -- while he ticks off some meaningless stats about his own “fair to middling” performance.

Most other pro quarterbacks will tell you that the only stat that really counts is your win-loss record -- and frankly, JC17’s win-loss record is abysmal.

I, for one, am tired of the overused excuse that while he may not be the best quarterback out there, he is better than nothing.

The only way this team is ever going to get on with the necessary business of rebuilding itself into a contender is to get rid of the deadwood, underperformers and other mediocre players who present themselves as only barely better than nothing.

Even JC17 admits that it's all about winners and winning -- which is something that he has consistently failed to be and do in almost five full seasons here in your nation's capital.

It's time to cut him free, and wish him every success ahead... but somewhere else please.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 2, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The Saints had 194 yards passing after the catch

from the Boston Herald, the Skins DB's need to be tackling this week....can't let these guys get that many yac's...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Shanny may be a good coach. But I dont want him and Vinny making personel decisions. I dont want 280 lb OLinemen. I dont want the WCO in DC.

FIRE VINNY!!!

My drum needs new heads, but I still bangin it like it was Marissa Miller.

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | December 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Denver has won one playoff game in the entire time since Elway left, and they play in the AFC West.

Just saying

Posted by: edvar | December 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If anyone looks up my posts here and comments on articles, you'll see I've been sticking up for JC all year.

He's improved from a rating of 65 his first year to hovering around 85 this year. His interceptions, fumbles, and other problems have gone way down. His drops and throwing style have gotten much better under Zorn, and he's come around to better progressions and working many receivers -- when the line gives him time. On top of that, he's one of the leading QB rushers and has a high completion percentage as a passer. All this despite the line, media distractions, being totally snubbed by Snyderatto (in their attempt to get losers Cutler and Sanchez), and the goofiest play-calling system in NFL history.

What he needs to improve, however, are even faster reads, more play-calling freedom, and running a better two-minute offense. A little more experience (and support from the front office and coaches) will bring him this. Anyone remember watching Theismann his first three or four years starting? And look what he became.

Mark my words, with a good line and real rushing threat (i.e., not Portis) next year, JC will be flirting with the top-10 list in the QB ratings.

Posted by: Andrew53 | December 2, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

jason campbell is a valuable piece of the franchise, not only was he a joe gibbs selection, he is a qb that knows how to survive without an o-line, he can only get better from all the issues this season, does he need to improve in some areas...yes? can he improve and make the step....yes? he just needs a better line....other teams know he can play and will go after him in free agency....then we'll really be screwed....another blown 1st rounder....were not that far from really becoming a good team, we've got the defense, some hungry young players too...who have been playing hard on offense...portis and betts need to go as does samuels and randy thomas and randle el, sorry to say that....we need bigger faster, yonger, stronger RB'S behind a BIGGER

Posted by: ghostrider505 | December 2, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM AND HIS HEALTH.....PLEASE PUT PORTIS ON IR AND LET HIM GO HIS OWN WAY AT SEASONS END...IT WAS A GOOD RUN, HE'LL GET HIS MONEY.....HE'S BEEN A THORN, HAS HE WON SOME GAMES?...YES. CAN HE STILL PLAY...YES? HE'S BEEN A DISTRACTION, I THINK HE'S ARROGANT TOO. IT'S TIME FOR EVERYONE TO MOVE ON....HE'S NO ART MONK.

Posted by: ghostrider505 | December 2, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Campbell stay too. However, it looks like the schemes will be gone with the coaches so we are talking about him learning yet another new system. Perhaps he is playing better now because he understands the current system more...would it be completely out of the question to find another west coaster to coach the team, at least to give a little stability?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | December 2, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If the Redskins don't resign Campbell to a long-term deal, I'm sure he'll receive some significant offers from other teams where he would be an upgrade. People who bash him on this website seem to forget that the Redskins have one of the worst (if not the worst) lines in football, but JC has prove to be tough and resourceful. Does he make a few more mistakes and miss a few more throws then I'd like? Yes, but he's continually improved and would be able to adapt to a new offense quicker than a rookie like Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy.

As evidenced by the struggles of Mark Sanchez, a rookie QB will have his ups and downs. It could take another 3-4 years with a rookie QB to even know if he can play at Campbell's level. QB is the least of our issues on offense. We need two offensive tackles, a guard, and possibly a center. Portis is near the end of his career and Betts is finished after his knee injury. A young stud RB will be a close 2nd after the line. Our secondary is another weakness and we'll likely need another staring CB and safety.

Leave JC in place, give him a decent contract, and provide him the support necessary and the team should improve next year.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 2, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of his questionable talent, there is no classier current Redskin. I wish JC17 well and hope he obtains success wherever he goes.

Posted by: jbanks979 | December 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is 5-16 his last 21 games.. enough said. Yeah he can blame the OL or the WR's or the play calling.. bottomline Aaron Rodgers plays behind a crappy line also.. and Packers are in the playoff hunt. Campbell lost to the Lions.. no excuse. Campbell twice couldn't get in FG range in the last 2 minutes against Dallas and Philly.. He is by far the worst of the 4 QB's in the NFC East. Most of us knew after 2007 Campbell was a 2nd rate QB.. yet we wasted 2 more years on the guy.. NO MORE! Get rid of Campbell PLEASE!!!

Posted by: sovine08 | December 2, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I think that who becomes a star QB on any given team is partly a matter of luck. Jason will probably never be the equivalent of Montana, Young, Elway, or Marino and maybe not even the equivalent of Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, the Manning brothers, McNabb or McNair. Therefore, one can't blame management for wishing they had a QB who was something like one of them. But obviously wishing and hoping isn't going to guarantee the success of any given high draft choice. Life is too uncertain. There's no way to predict or guarantee future results.

Posted by: seltzer1 | December 2, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Jason will PROBABLY never be the equivalent of Montana, Young, Elway, or Marino and MAYBE not even the equivalent of Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, the Manning brothers, McNabb or McNair.
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Are you kidding me??? He's not in the same league as those guys.. What we are trying to figure out is if Campbell will ever be as good as Gus Frerotte or Tony Banks.

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

We will never make the playoff with Campbell..so please, please, get rid of the dude. He's not a starter in this league.. I'm sorry JC fans.

Perfect example Skins fan.. VY 99 yard drive to win the game... honestly do you think campbell could had pull that off?? And, what makes me sick is JC to me is better then VY in some ways..

Posted by: taylormade218 | December 2, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me??? He's not in the same league as those guys.. What we are trying to figure out is if Campbell will ever be as good as Gus Frerotte or Tony Banks.

Right! He's not even better then those guys GF or TB because those guys shouldn't never been starting QB in this league.

Posted by: taylormade218 | December 2, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I've seen enough of Campbell to know that he doesn't deserve to be stuck with Snyder and Cerrato.

GET OUT JASON! Go somewhere where you'll actually have a chance to succeed.

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 2, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I heard the league is changing the name of the Fair Catch signal to "The Randle El."

It could cause some confusion, though, because some of us have already started calling another move "The Randle El." You know, it's the one where the guy does a quick spin move when there's no one within 10 yards of him and then takes off, top speed, toward the nearest sideline.

If we had a top-flight punt return man, we'd be in the playoffs.

(The truth is often spoken in jest, but not in this particular case.)

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 3, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

And that so-called "Late Hit" that the Eagles got away with at the end of the last game...

The league looked into it. It was a good no-call.

It wasn't Roughing the Passer, because the game was essentially over at that very moment. The way they described the ensuing slam to the turf was "that the defensive player had incorporated the Quarterback into his victory celebration. . . Similar to when offensive players spike the ball after a touchdown, only, in this case, he elected to improvise regarding his choice of projectile."

They say they're going to look into making a new rule in the offseason that bars using ANY opposing players in victory celebrations.

That's why they call it the No Fun League.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 3, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is going to be a star in this league. He was the talk of the NFL during the first half of last season. It's not his fault that the o-line broke down during the second half and the owner decided to spend all of his money on defense during the off-season. If Jason doesn't remain a skin, I hope he goes somewhere that has good management and o-linemen.

Posted by: postwell1 | December 3, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

pack yer bags Jason, you got to go.

Posted by: DRIFTER69 | December 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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