Mock drafts are out and many experts have the Skins taking a quarterback. Some say Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), other say Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame). Though many outside of the organization are preparing for yet another quarterback controversy in the offseason, Jason Campbell remains confident and hopeful he returns as the leader of the Washington Redskins offense.
Last season Campbell played poorly at times and he played well in certain instances. The issue in my opinion is not his ability to play well, but it is in his ability to string together top notch sequences and more importantly a string of top notch wins. Throwing for 3,600 yards and 20 touchdowns last season doesn’t say much when you career record as a starter is 19-35. It is unfair to place the lack of success that plagues the Redskins solely on him, but he cannot escape the mediocre at best results. Matt Mosley who covers the NFC East for ESPN.com conducted a phone interview with Campbell and inquired about the club’s plans for the quarterback situation.
“The plan is that I’m going to be here,” said Campbell. “[Shanahan] told me that he liked how I’d handled everything over the past couple of years and the whole conversation was real positive. But we really didn’t talk much about the past. When a team goes 4-12, most of the bad publicity goes to the quarterback. But I was still able to put up one of my best seasons despite all the turmoil.”
Campbell further added his excitement and enthusiasm for the new regime:
“With Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen, there’s already a new feeling to the team,” said Campbell. “Guys are going to follow [Shanahan] because he has a proven résumé. The main thing we need is discipline, and you can already see that guys are carrying themselves in a different manner.”
This seem very forthcoming of Campbell to be revealing such information, not normally conveyed to the public. Campbell is known for being tight lipped, and not as willing to divulge too much information. For some clarification on this subject, Chris Russell, Redskins Beat Reporter for 106.7 the FAN DC, did a piece on Campbell and the potential quarterback circus this town faces. He did also ask Campbell to explain what he meant [Mosley artice] via text. Campbell responded:
“The plan right now is that I THINK I will be here, but I am still unsure.”
This is awfully vague, but more of what you expect to hear. Nonetheless, the drop off between statements is indeed steep. One is a confident and the other is so-so in clarity. It remains to be seen what the team will do with its quarterback situation. Based on Mike Shanahan’s introductory press conference in January, he sounded thrilled to have a veteran quarterback in Campbell, and praised his professionalism and ability. However, that was the last we heard directly from the man in charge. The offseason is young, and there is still plenty of time for things to change.