As the Washington Redskins prepare to gear up for the 2009-2010 season, all eyes will focus on quarterback Jason Campbell. The one-time Auburn star has been the subject trade talk, but has managed to hang on to the starting job.
It's no secret owner Daniel Snyder explored the possibility of handing the job over to former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and USC rookie Mark Sanchez, but for now the ball remains in Campbell's hands.
After an amazing 6-2 start last year, the Skins slumped to 2-6 in the second half of the season, and spent the playoffs at home—watching the games on tv. Campbell will enter his second full season as the starter, and team's success may depend on his leadership and his ability to get the team in the end zone.
Has Campbell's confidence been shattered? He says no way. Taking a very mature approach to the trade discussions, Campbell has stated publicly he understands the NFL is a business, and is concentrating on preparing for the upcoming season.
However his agent, according to several reports, would've requested a trade had the Redskins acquired Cutler or Sanchez. Campbell is in the last year of his contract and has publicly stated he wishes to remain in Washington.
The team had some glaring problems on the offensive and defensive lines last year, and suffered through another season of not having a deep threat for Campbell.
Former Tennessee Titans strongman Albert Haynesworth was signed to a $100 million dollar contract and is counted on to anchor the defensive line. Former Redskin Derrick Dockery was signed to help shore up an injury depleted offensive line.
Wide receiver Santana Moss returns as the Redskins most dependable pass catcher, but a recent mini-camp saw the team once again auditioning veteran wide receivers in hopes of finding help for Moss. The Redskins are hoping two wide receiver draft choices from last year will finally develop into gamebreakers, but so far their progress has been slow.
The NFC East is considered by many to be the toughest and most competive conference in the NFL.
The Redskins will once again find themselves in a dogfight with their hated rival, the Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning and the New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Campbell faces a host of difficult conference opponents, and will once again get the opportunity to prove he should keep his job as the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.