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QB Campbell To Return to the Skins in 2010

The Washington Post says that despite coaching changes, Jason Campbell will be back in 2010:

Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell had the best season of his career despite playing behind one of the NFL’s least effective offensive lines. Only two quarterbacks were sacked more than Campbell, who set personal-best marks across the board. The Redskins are expected to bring him back for at least one more season.

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2 Responses to “QB Campbell To Return to the Skins in 2010”

  1. BeltwayBoy says:

    I think bringing him back for at least 1 year makes football sense. I think this is a solid football move by George Allen and Mike Shanahan!

    • djonesvb says:

      When protected by the line and given leeway by the coaching staff to throw downfield, Jason Campbell has been an excellent quarterback. He made good reads, good decisions and good throws. Absent those conditions, and without a corp of receivers suited to the offensive scheme, it is hard to see that another QB will do better, with the possible exception of a gifted scrambler.

      So it makes the most sense to keep Campbell as the starter for another year to find out if he is the QB of the future. Give him circumstances in which to account for himself in which he isn’t regularly pummeled and left on his back. Change the offensive scheme or give him prototypical West Coast receivers. And don’t place him under the threat that any mistake could lead to a high-priced “Quarterback of the Future” trotting from the sidelines to replace him.

      Diversified investments in the offensive line and other areas, where skill gaps are unambiguous, will likely bring higher returns, and at lower risk, compared to the investment necessary for a first-round QB. The approach will allow the team to assess the value of the QB asset they already have while improving the support system for the QB role, which they have to do regardless of who fills that role. Campbell will then likely shine. He is talented and humble. The other players respect and like him.

      But if he doesn’t shine, his future replacement will lead a team with fewer gaps in the skill sets necessary to support him. The conservative approach just makes sense.

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