Wednesday, January 14, 2009

La Canfora on the QBs

Jason La Canfora finished his review of the state of the Redskins' roster with the QBs last in a series of posts over the last couple of weeks. Although I disagree with his wanting to keep Collins around as the backup, JLC wrote something that should resonate with every Redskin fan about QBs, especially after watching the last couple of weeks of the regular season and the first two rounds of this years playoffs:
But just look at the QBs in the playoffs. Every week - and twice on many Sundays - passers are derailing entire seasons with four-to-six turnovers, poor decisions, imprudent gambles with the football. Campbell never did that. He didn't win enough games for his team, but he certainly wasn't losing them. Even at his worst, he kept his team in games. For all the instability at this position with this franchise for what, nearly 20 years, this kid should remain a big part of the future.
That's the rub. In his first complete year in Zorn's version of the West Coast offense, Campbell did as well as can be expected of any QB operating behind the Redskins' old, slow, and decrepit offensive line. Those upset with the level of QB play need to push for the line to be fixed, at the very least, before blaming Campbell. Also, it is common thinking that a QB needs at least two years in the system before being able to operate freely in it. As JLC notes, Campbell has all the tangibles that are wanted in a QB; size, talent, and smarts. Why quit on him now just when starting him the last two years is about to pay off?

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