Campbell says that he and Shanahan have had positive talks this offseason

Pro Football Talk reports today about QB Jason Campbell, and says that the QB and new coach Mike Shanahan have had some real good talks so far this offseason:

In the weeks since Mike Shanahan took over the Washington Redskins, multiple reports have suggested that he’s planning to select a quarterback with the fourth pick in April’s NFL draft. But Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell says that after talking to Shanahan, he believes he has a future in D.C.

“The plan is that I’m going to be here,” Campbell told Matt Mosley of ESPN.com. “[Shanahan] told me that he liked how I’d handled everything over the past couple of years and the whole conversation was real positive.”

Some fans and reporters have criticized Campbell for an inability to throw downfield consistently, but Campbell said that’s not his fault. According to Campbell, he couldn’t throw downfield in 2009 because he didn’t have time to pass.

“I don’t know how anyone can say something like that,” Campbell said. “Don’t you think I wanted to throw the ball downfield? By the time I looked up, I was getting hit. I’m certainly hoping we have an opportunity to make some big plays next season.”

Campbell also noted that even in a bad year, “I was still able to put up one of my best seasons despite all the turmoil.”

Of course, it could also be argued that after the Redskins went 4-12 in a season that Campbell describes as “one of my best,” it makes sense for Shanahan to be thinking about finding a new quarterback.


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