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Campbell’s Time Running Out?

8 Dec

Redskins Ravens Football

Jason Campbell has now had plenty of time to develop as an NFL QB. How much longer are Redskins fans going to have to wait for him to blossom into the leader we thought he would become. His slow, sleepy demeanor is frankly disturbing to me. Have you ever seen him get fired up? Have you ever seen him clap his hands in an effort to rally his teammates? Have you ever witnessed him admonishing a teammate for a mental lapse? In fact, have you ever observed him (on or off the field) showing any emotion whatsoever? The guy, I’m sorry to say, is a zombie.

This team needs a leader and that leadership is clearly not coming from Campbell nor from the slightly kooky, “hip hip hooray antics” of woefully inexperienced Head Coach Jim Zorn. Daniel Snyder and his cronies have made blunder after blunder in running this team. Deon Sanders, Steve Spurrier … must I continue? Snyder pays far too much to get far too little out of this group of players — and coaches. We need to trade for a QB or start thinking about giving Hawaii’s Colt Brennan a shot behind center. If not, I guess we’re looking at another 10 years of frustration and mediocrity in a football market that deserves far better.

Right now, we’re staring at a possible last place finish in the NFC East and an early end to what started out as a very promising season. Snyder can always go out and buy himself another Bentley to put a smile back on his face this holiday season.  The rest of us in Skins Nation are left holding a big old bag of coal. Bah Humbug, indeed!

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‘Skins are on a roll — can they keep it up?

6 Oct

Quarterback Jason Campbell has yet to throw a pick in 2008
Great win over the Eagles on Sunday — the Rams, Browns, and Lions are next.
Barring a letdown, they could be 7-1 before butting heads with the Steelers and Cowboys at home.
Here’s the Eagles re-cap from ESPN.com …  The Redskins completed a remarkable two-week swing with a 23-17 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field to improve to 4-1. This is no longer an upset-minded team. Quite simply, this has all the makings of a playoff team.Washington withstood a furious start by the Eagles, and then spent the final three quarters dominating every aspect of the game. Eagles coach Andy Reid was left mumbling something about putting his team in the right position, which for now is dead last in the NFC East.A week after gashing the Cowboys for 144 rushing yards, the Redskins picked up 203 against the Eagles. Philadelphia came into the game giving up 53.8 yards per game, but Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts combined for 70 in the first half alone. Portis finished with 29 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown.With the Redskins facing fourth-and-1 at the Eagles’ 38-yard line with 2:48 left, Zorn never hesitated to call Portis’ number. The running back plowed forward for three yards to seal another huge division win. And when Zorn emerged from the visiting locker room later, Portis’ family members were waiting on him.

“I hope you don’t think I abused your son today,” Zorn said to Portis’ mother. Some of you might recall that Portis was critical of Zorn’s play-calling after the loss to the New York Giants, but that game’s now a distant memory.

On Sunday, the Redskins couldn’t have asked for a worse start. The Eagles scored on their first possession, and following a Redskins three-and-out, rookie DeSean Jackson returned a punt 68 yards to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

That’s when Zorn made an important decision. He stuck with a game plan that included a steady dose of running plays to the left side and passes to Chris Cooley. With the Eagles taking Santana Moss out of the game, quarterback Jason Campbell stayed calm and relied on other players.

“It would’ve been easy to get away from the game plan and get pass happy,” Campbell told me after the game. “But it was too early for that. We had a good game plan, so we just decided to stick with it.”

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