Oct 27th 2009 7:54PM Yeah, I wasn't even really saying that Jason Campbell can't be an NFL quarterback, but I was saying that he sure didn't look like one on Monday night. And I also agree that the back ups aren't really inspiring any more confidence.
I think that Jason needs to just go out and let it fly. Looking at a model for him, I think that Brett Favre would be a good guy to emulate. He wins a lot of games, but he also has the all-time lead in interceptions. I don't think that Brett is worried about whether or not his guy is open, he's trying to figure out how he is going to get him the ball.
Oct 27th 2009 7:44PM The thing about making the call on whether to go for it is that you can't really know what the other team will do when they get the ball.
Down by 17, you need three possessions to tie, a field goal and two touchdowns. If you kick the field goal first, you are down by 14 and you need to score touchdowns on your next two possessions. If the other team gets one more field goal during the rest of the game, then you will need another possession to win. If you score a touchdown on your first possession, then you are down by ten and if the other team gets a field goal, you still can win with only two more possessions.
It's a difficult decision either way, but if you are just looking at the 17 points then you might look past the possibility that the other team might score.
Oct 27th 2009 1:04PM I agree that the play calling system went about as well as can be expected. I think that Jim Zorn probably did need some help with that end of things, he did not have any experience calling plays before this job. I'm not sure how I feel about the long term possibility for success of this system, but I guess it's probably something they are just using to get through the rest of this season.
I have been a big booster of Jason Campbell since he came to the Redskins, but what I saw last night (and so far this season) was not an NFL starting quarterback. Watching the game on TV it can be difficult to tell what he is looking at down field, but he looked really scared to throw anything longer then 5 or 6 yards. The few passes longer then 10 yards were thrown to guys that didn't have a defender anywhere near them. To succeed he is going to have to throw balls in tight spots and on timing where he has to trust the receiver to be in the right place and make a play on the ball. I just haven't seen that in him this year. If he even looks at the deep guy, he comes off him in less then a second and starts looking at the shorter routes and, even worse, looking at the defense coming for him.
One of the things I heard from Sherman Lewis leading up to this game was that he thought that the Skins needed to try to go down field to stretch out the defense. I recall one play late in the game last night where they were facing a third and long and the Eagles weren't even showing blitz and Jason Campbell threw a little screen pass when there was a three man rush. If he has any kind of responsibility to make a read on that play, there is no way that screen is going anywhere with everyone dropping into coverage. That instance might just be poor play calling, I don't even know if he had another read on that play and the announcers were talking about the Redskins not even having audibles available.
Another thing about the play calling, If you are behind by 17 points at half-time, you need to start thinking about how you are going to make the game longer. Go no huddle, get aggressive about going for it on 4th down (and plan on having fourth down available when calling your first 3 plays), don't settle for field goals, do something. At points in the fourth quarter, I wondered if Sherman Lewis was even trying to win or just trying not to look bad. If you are down by three scores in the 4th quarter, you shouldn't have to take any time deciding whether you are going for it on 4th down. Just plan on it. Go no huddle and throw a deep ball on 3rd and 1, figuring you can sub in and run it up the gut on 4th down. Or go no huddle on third and fourth down and figure they might at least burn a time out getting the right people on the field. Down by that much, fourth down is just another down to try to get the job done.
Sep 28th 2009 10:01AM Jim Zorn needs to think about going for it on fourth down.
At this point he shouldn't have much interest in playing it safe, since there's a good chance he isn't going to be around next season unless he starts winning.
Jul 20th 2009 3:33PM In for one!
Jun 10th 2009 3:15PM I'm in
Apr 8th 2009 1:08PM Pick me peeps!
Mar 23rd 2009 2:34PM I could use one of those. And as far as the economic crisis goes, maybe we should go back the the good old agrarian economy. Although I guess I wouldn't be able to use my speakers.
Jan 15th 2008 8:15PM Rather then make it the endgame mandatory, they might make it so that players who have end game factions can progress a bit faster. The end game factions could be some of the starter factions in the expansion.