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Samuels Comes to Campbell's Defense

Jason Reid reports

Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels (knee) returned to practice today and expects to start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Samuels, who is confident the Redskins could still qualify for the playoffs despite their 1-3 record in November, expressed disappointment about the intense criticism of quarterback Jason Campbell on TV and sports-talk radio this week.

Campbell's impressive play in a 4-1 start helped put the team in position to reach the postseason, and the fourth-year player has the confidence of his teammates as Washington attempts to finish well, Samuels said.

"Its tough to play in D.C. because everybody is focused on the Redskins no matter what," he said. "And any time you start out a season like we did, and it's almost promised you're going to the playoffs, and then toward the end of the stretch you lose some games and you're kind of struggling to get in, competing with some other teams for the wild-card slot, people are going to be talking. And any time you're not scoring points out there, your quarterback is going to get most of the blame.

"If you're riding high and you're scoring a lot of points, your quarterback is going to get most of the credit. That's just the way it is. Jason understands that and we understand that as well. But it's tough and I hate the way Jason is catching a lot of the flak. Part of it is it's us on the O-line. Part of it is it's the receivers. Part of it is it's the tight ends and running backs. We all go together. Any time you play the quarterback position, you've got to accept that role, you've got to pretty much know you're going to get blamed if things don't go well, but we're all in it together."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 5, 2008; 1:43 PM ET
 
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FIRST time Campbell will start in Baltimore, eh?

Posted by: MigMora | December 5, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Greg and Alex, the problem is not the data gathering, its the data processing and data analysis, plus the decision criteria upon which choices are made. More/better data on Mike Mamula would have made him a better player or a better fit for the NFL. The problems are at the top information food chain, not the bottom.

Posted by: dcsween | December 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

jc didn't understand it at first, his initial reaction. dude was whining about how everyone is "throwing him under the bus"...as oppose to whom jc??? boo hoo! it comes with the job. can't stand the heat...

alex, greg, vinny said that each skins scout is responsible for 30 schools.

Posted by: dealer1 | December 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, keeping up with this blog and all the new posts is like trying to stay ahead of a tsunami.

Posted by: tafka | December 5, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

alex, agreed, limit the number of schools they have to cover, find out stuff about each guy, is he a 'glass eater', etc.

Cork, my point was that I believe the Ravens spent more than just a first to acquire Boller, like 2 firsts, or something like that. It wasn't just a first round pick IIRC...

Good for Samuels for standing up for JC...and for somewhat calling out the offensive line, and the rest of the offense. Now for the love of God, go out there and knock someone on their backside...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 5, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

agreed with sween. problem at top. otherwise why not select a LB from UTEP rather than a LB with a history of knee problems from the U? not hating on mac but he did miss most of last year while i'm sure the UTEP dude played...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 5, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

top OF THE information food chain

Posted by: dcsween | December 5, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

bottom OF THE barrell

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 5, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

See,
I think the top is to blame for a large part too but not all. I don't buy that Vinny is so dumb that if a good scout were to tell them, this guy has a big problem with "X" be it injury or personality, that Vinny would ignore it.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

That said I don't think Vinny is smart enough to know what to look for in a good scouting report (than nor am I).

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

alex, if vinny was smart/competent he wouldn't be interviewing people like spangola who ridiculed him and his billionaire owner or hiring people like marty who fired him afterwards or picking fights with a local beat reporter or doing what he did in 2000 or being a draft dodger as if it were a draft to go to a war...the dude just knows how to kiss the right a $$

Posted by: dealer1 | December 5, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

jc didn't understand it at first, his initial reaction. dude was whining about how everyone is "throwing him under the bus"...as oppose to whom jc??? boo hoo! it comes with the job. can't stand the heat...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 5, 2008 1:50 PM

*yawn*

haven't you made it well known that you don't like the guy that much, or think he doesn't have "it" to take this team to where it needs to go? of COURSE you're going to make comments like this.

why don't you try and surprise your fellow bloggers from time to time. i swear based on the thread topic, some of your posts (not just dealer) are very, VERY predictable.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 5, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Dealer there is a major gray area between the level of intelligence that you are talking about and the knows how to read and write level that I am talking about.

I by no means am going to put Vinny in the top 1/2 of the NFL GM's.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Then why doesn't the rest of the team help a brother out?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 5, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

what happened to everyone.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

... I don't buy that Vinny is so dumb that if a good scout were to tell them, ...

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 1:59 PM

There is also a tricky subjective issue there with finding a "good scout" ... hiring a lot of scouts would not necessarily result in a lot of (or more) "good" scouting reports. My image of a college scout is some cranky, old, weathered guy with an "eye" for talent (and a "mouth" for hanging out with sailors).

Posted by: dcsween | December 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Samuels, who is confident the Redskins could still qualify for the playoffs"

confident that we could. we are all certain that there is a mathematical chance. But no one is confident that we will.

Posted by: TheCultureOfLosing | December 5, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

the talent evaluation questions have certainly not yet been answered....Vinny dan and Z will have to work closely to insure we get players who can perform under the style that Z ultimely wants to play ie west coast....the lines on both sides need to be addressed as a priority, then an impact player at WR/ and or third down back...not real happy with the Portis/Betts combo...my opinion has long been Betts would have been more than capable as a starter ( either for us or someone else) but provides no spark or change of pace as a backup/third down back....Betts size, style (down hill straight ahead runner without much speed or open field moves) is essentially what we have in Portis only Betts is not quite as good or physical, tough and is certainly not the heart of the team that portis is...little things like that when it comes to evaluating your roster are in the end critical to making your team super competitive instead of decent.... we are a decent team because overall we have a bunch of decent players but lack the few difference makers even at a position like third down RB who can make big plays that change games...you can pick apart the roster at WR, RB , DE, PR....but remember the first priority is line of scrimage (both sides)then impact players at the key places mention above....this assumes you have the right QB/coach...

Posted by: OriginalOldschool | December 5, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I declare myself eligible for the 2009 draft.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 5, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sween,
Right on. I think of that type or the oddball kinda creepy (in a non-perverted way) guy who goes to games day and night lives in hotels and his car, shopping only in CVS and dive liquor stores, bribing groundskeepers and the locker room cleanup guys to let them into parts of the stadium to sneakily meet with players.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Old School,

Good models for a running back combo would be Riggins/Joe Washington and Stephen Davis/Brian Mithcell - good observation.

Posted by: Markin21132 | December 5, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

From the Redskins blog:

And Jason Campbell looked solid if unremarkable today, checking down a few times and completing a nice pass to Chris Cooley in the end zone. Cooley said afterward, “Jason comes to work and works hard everyday. He’s not a guy that just shows up because he has to show up. He comes here and he works hard, and he’s very, very dependable.”

As Ryan O’Halloran recently noted in the Washington Times, wide receivers develop notoriously slowly in the NFL, and it’s hard to argue. Slowly though it may be, Devin Thomas is definitely improving. I asked him after today’s practice why that was. “I’m just trying to fly around and do everything fast. I’ve been reading my books so I know what I’m doing out there, and Jason knows I’ll be there when he looks my way. He’s starting to see me working and going harder out there, and he’s starting to trust that I’m going to be there.”

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 5, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

agreed with sween. problem at top. otherwise why not select a LB from UTEP rather than a LB with a history of knee problems from the U? not hating on mac but he did miss most of last year while i'm sure the UTEP dude played...

Posted by: dealer1

Seems our FO thinks very highly of itself and it's ability to forecast knee issues. M. Kelly and Rocky. I think if you have knee issues in college, your probably going to have them in the NFL, (not for long, or no fun league, take your pick)

Posted by: lsskinsfan | December 5, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"If you're riding high and you're scoring a lot of points, your quarterback is going to get most of the credit."

Not according to some of the less objective Redskins fans. When we win, it's because Clinton Portis carries the team. When we lose it's Jason Campbell's fault.

But I guess there will always be detractors out there. Just keep on truckin' JC. The stats don't lie.

Posted by: psps23 | December 5, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

BLAH BLAH

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 5, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Samuels should have said something like this "But it's tough and I hate the way Jason is catching a lot of the flak. Part of it is it's us on the O-line, particularly that slouch Jansen over there messing it all up! Part of it is it's the receivers............."

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | December 5, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

C'mon. Give Jansen a break. He did have his right leg mangled last year...damn that was nasty.

I love JC.

Anyone who constantly blames him for everything that's wrong with the offense this year should stuff it. It takes a TEAM to WIN and a TEAM to LOSE. You can't blame him if the O-line won't give him enough time to throw, or if receivers can't get separation from the defender.

He's not Superman, you know.

Honestly, did anyone actually think we would have as good a year as we're having? If you said, "Yes", I'm gonna have to call you out on bullsh*t.

We should be thankful that we're one win away from having consecutive non-losing seasons in a decade.

Posted by: 88mph | December 5, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

If the team is doing good with a strong running game and when that bogs down you start losing, whose fault is that? Passing game! That starts with the QB. He takes a lot of sacks, a lot of those are because he holds the ball too long. Throw the damn ball!

Posted by: OMFG | December 5, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

shut up and block!

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 7, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

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