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Campbell and the Perfect Season

The Redskins' lack of giveaways has been perhaps the biggest surprise of the season. Well, maybe the 4-1 record is the biggest surprise. But this is close.

Through five games the only turnover was Antwaan Randle El muffing a punt. On offense, they haven't had a fumble or interception through five games. Crazy.

Quarterback Jason Campbell, the guy who handles the ball the most, is at the heart of this dramatic turnaround. By any standard, his play has been stellar - he is the only starting quarterback in the lead without a pick - and compared to a year ago his performance has been downright stunning.

I was joking around with Campbell a little bit Wednesday, and asked him if it is conceivable at this point that he might never turn the ball over again. He chuckled, and, though someone who has often said he doesn't have a superstitious bone in his body, did admit to not wanting to think too much about the amazing streak he is on.

"I try not to focus on it," Campbell said. "I try to just go out and play and enjoy the game and just try to put my team in good situations. It's not just me, but the guys around me do a good job of protecting the football each week. You have to be conscious of it, but at the same time, we're just playing the game to win."

Campbell still says some of Jim Zorn's quirky drills helped get the fumble-itis out of his system. He certainly seems to be sensing the pressure better, knowing when to get rid of the ball and when to hold on to it with both hands and take a sack.

Let's flash back to the end of last season, shall we, or at least to the end of Campbell's season, the last five games he started before suffering a season-ending injury. Campbell fumbled in five straight games, and lost a fumble in four of those games. He lost seven fumbles in his last seven games of 2007. He also threw six interceptions in that span.

That's 13 turnovers in his final seven starts, and eight turnovers in his final five starts of 2007. And now, perfection.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 9, 2008; 8:20 AM ET
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Protection has been a major key to the lack of turnovers. A few of those fumbles of his last year were straight blindisde hits, cant really fault JC for some of them.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 9, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

This is a jinx if I ever saw one. Thanks Jasno.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 9, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Third . . . Campbell really has performed well this season and I think, while the season is still young, is a guy the Skins should lockup long term sooner rather than later. Also, may be able to get a better deal on him too against the cap . . .

Posted by: Skins63 | October 9, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

It's funny because I'm not superstitious with anything else, just football. Everytime I hear a commentator in a game talk about the lack of turnovers I cringe. How stupid is that.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 9, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

scamp--It's about the same as those dudes who cringe everytime Betts touches the ball.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 9, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 9, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

A coupla other things:

Steinberg finishes his tour of Smoot's house:

and he wonders if the Redskins will ever be underdogs again (in the wagering sense):

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 9, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree that we need to lock up JC right now.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 9, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I think Campbell should throw the ball directly to a Rams defender after we are up by 30 points. I'm tired of hearing about this no turnover stuff. It's great that we haven't turned it over but it's just going to be adding more pressure on these guys. I say go up 30 points and throw an INT on purpose so we can stop all this talk and get ready for the next game.

Posted by: Skins1 | October 9, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

LH, I had to look up Stretch and Peck. You win that round. Who are Ethan Edwards and Martin Pawley?

Posted by: Markin21132 | October 9, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

scamp--It's about the same as those dudes who cringe everytime Betts touches the ball.

Posted by: talent_evaluator

"Stop making fun of me, I was once like you." (Homer Simpson)

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 9, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

thats a lot of fubbal talk

Posted by: alex35332 | October 9, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I still pray to the football gods on long field goals. So don't feal bad. Keep in mind, the football gods are the only religious item I recognize, he kinda looks like thor, only he had a leather helmet rather than a viking's helmet and his sholder pads are mad from gold.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 9, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Cindy what's the deal with schleppin' the Bog over here?

Posted by: Gweez | October 9, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

scampbell1975, I agree with you totally. I am not superstitious by nature - except when it comes to my football team! I think EVERYTHING is a jinx. Really wish people would stop mentioning our lack of turnovers - it's great but creating too much pressure.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 9, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

You have to credit everything our O is doing starting w/the play caller himself. The ball is coming out quicker, dudes are open, it's mostly all a thing of beauty at this point. O-line of course is just as much to credit for this...
Not to throw dirt in anyone's ice cream sundae but the turnover(s) will come, however with how we're playing, and depending on who we're playing, I think we overcome that as well... I mean, to come back from a 14 point smacking in 7 minutes in one of the more hostile arenas in the league is impressive enough.

Posted by: P00P | October 9, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see Pacman has grown up...NOT!
Dallas Cowboys' 'Pacman' Jones involved in hotel fight
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Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has found trouble again.

IRVING — Troubled Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was in a physical confrontation with his bodyguards at a Dallas hotel Tuesday evening, according to multiple sources.

Police were called to the scene, but no charge was filed, and neither the hotel nor the Cowboys would comment.

"I don’t have any comment," said Jones’ agent, Worrick Robinson, who is based in Nashville. "I don’t have any knowledge that anything happened. I’ve done my due diligence and I’m not satisfied that anything happened with Adam Jones. I know there are rumors. I haven’t put any stock into any of these rumors except they are just rumors."

Robinson said he did talk to Jones.

"I’m not going to comment on our conversation," he said. "I don’t believe anything occurred."

KTVT/Channel 11 first reported the story, and sources confirmed it to the Star-Telegram.

Any type of off-the-field news involving Jones is exactly what the Cowboys were trying to avoid when they recently told him to keep a low profile. On Wednesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended Jones for the entire 2007 season and then reinstated him in August, dropped by Valley Ranch for a visit.

Jones was attending a party at the Joule Hotel in Dallas on Tuesday evening, according to sources. Among the other patrons were several Cowboys players as well as rap star Ludacris and Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg, who are both in the area filming a movie.

Adam Jones and his bodyguards got into a fight that resulted in a broken mirror in a bathroom, according to the sources. This was the second time in the past couple of weeks Jones and a bodyguard had gotten into a fight, a source said.

"We have no comment on the report," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday night.

This is the latest in a long line of off-the-field incidents for Jones. He has been arrested six times and involved in a dozen incidents that required police involvement since 2005. Some of his offenses include possession of marijuana, speeding, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

He was suspended by Goodell for the entire 2007 season for violating the NFL’s conduct policy. Although Jones was still suspended at the time, he was traded by the Tennessee Titans to the Cowboys this past off-season for a fourth-round draft pick. Included in the deal was the stipulation that if Jones was suspended by the league, the Cowboys would receive their original fourth-round draft pick. Jones signed a four-year deal, but did not receive a signing bonus.

Sources said that it’s "highly doubtful" Tuesday night’s incident would lead to a suspension. But it’s likely to raise the blood pressure of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who in the past two weeks told Adam Jones to keep a low profile and stay away from anything that potentially could be a troublesome situation.

Goodell reinstated Adam Jones on the premise that Jones would behave appropriately. On Tuesday after a business event in San Antonio, Goodell was asked about Jones’ progress.

"Adam knows how much emphasis I put on making sure that he makes good choices going forward, that he avoids situations where he can reflect poorly on himself, the Cowboys or the NFL," Goodell said. "So far he seems to have been able to do that very effectively. I am supportive of him and am hopeful that he will be able to do that for the rest of his life. I am hoping he will not only be a great NFL player but he will continue to do the right things so he can lead a productive life off the field as well."

Goodell was also asked whether he talks to players who have been reinstated.

"Yes. I am rooting for them," he said. "This whole policy is not to end careers, but to extend careers. Give people a chance to conduct themselves in a way that we think is appropriate, give them resources to make better decisions and hopefully they will have long careers."

Until Tuesday night, Jones seemed to be on the right path.

"I have to conduct myself like an NFL player to make sure none of these actions come again," Jones said this past off-season.

"I work hard every day to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes. Can I say I would never ever make the same mistakes? No, I can’t say that.

"I’ll make sure I put myself in way better situations than I have put myself in the past."

Posted by: alex35332 | October 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

When the bog has Skins stuff, I schlep.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Just read on the Times, that RThomas didn't practice yesterday either, which is somewhat worrisome.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 9, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Well it's your blog and you can...uhhh.. schlep if you want to I guess.

So correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Garrard on a similiar tear last year with no turnovers and wins with in and around 200 yards passing? I think Garrard is a game manager and I think JC is more than that but it has me a little worried.

(Preparing myself for the backlash of "Dude can't believe you hate JC. Can't believe you aren't happy just winning games. Can't believe you killed 10 kittens this morning.)

Posted by: Gweez | October 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | October 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Footbal/sports jixes are a real, viable and tangible thing....thats why we all believe in them....all real sports fans know this.

I have told this story before, but here it the legendary Santana MNF Dallas game, the room was half skins half cowboys was a nightmare for most of the game with the Puke fans exhibiting the obnoxious behavior they are known for. Right about the 5 minutes to go mark one Pukes fan said "I am going to the kitchen to get my victory beer" I went to despondent to joyous b/c I knew the Jinx had just been shown the opening. Me and my buddy loooked at eachother and knew the fortunes were about to flip. It was the most spirtual moment I have ever experienced. Not 35 seconds later Moss hauls in TD #1.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

How about giving Portis and Betts props for not also fumbling the ball. The offense is more than just one person.....

Is Portis close to breaking the streak of carries w/o fumbling?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 9, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

What's that bag of chicken bones doing in his locker then?

Posted by: ElYeah | October 9, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Let’s see:

-The offense hasn’t given up the ball.
-The Defense has only given up 10 points in the 4th (7 of which were gifted to Dallas in exchange for eating up the clock).

If we get a descent punter I’ll be shopping for my Super Bowl tickets early.

That’s not inviting a jinx! – The punter requirement negates any provoked bad luck.

Posted by: VMIFury | October 9, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I think the reason for the fewer fumbles/sacks is the new offensive scheme. Here's how I see it: In Gibb's scheme, Campbell would lock onto 1 receiver. In reality, what he was doing was limiting his field of vision. If he was looking at Santana up the left sideline, he was completely ignoring his right. He would not see pressure coming, would not step up in the pocket, and would get sacked. At times, this would lead to a fumble as well.

Now, with the West Coast Offense, Campbell is NOT locking onto one receiver. He is making quick reads. He is constantly looking around the field. His vision has improved 100%. He can see the rush coming, can make adjustments on the fly, limiting his contact with defenders.

Posted by: BiggeeC | October 9, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So is Campbell now worth what the 'skins gave up to take him in the 2005 draft? Rhetorical question for most of us. Something tells me this is one question JLC will not take up while Campbell is playing well.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 9, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Well now you've done it! Jinxed a good thing, there bound to give it up this week for sure!

Posted by: Redskinrex | October 9, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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