Jason Campbell's Easy-Going Ways Aren't Getting Vote of Confidence in D.C.

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Jason Campbell's Easy-Going Ways Aren't Getting Vote of Confidence in D.C.
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Jason Campbell's high class personality may be hurting his career.

Campbell gets high marks for the way he carries himself and the regard for him went higher as he was under duress from Washington Redskins management this summer.

Though he felt like "tissue paper" in route to the toilet drain, Campbell kept his mouth shut, showed up for work and avoided Jay Cutler-like emotional outbursts.

Just like Patrick Ramsey.

While it has nothing to do with football skills, Campbell's Type B personality is a risk to trigger erosion of support.

There's personal empathy in this. I think Campbell's personality is much like my own and for much the same reason: good old middle-class family virtues.

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

Be polite. Respect people.

Control your emotions. Stay cool under fire always, especially because you are black. You don't want to be seen as one of them.

Sacrifice yourself for the good of the family, or in this case, of the team.

Early in my career, those values stood me well. They got me promoted. As I rose through the ranks, they hurt and I wasn't so quick to recognize why.

It's one thing to fit into a team. It's quite another to lead it.

In my case and in others I observed, it seemed that the more the leader talked in team-speak, the more the bosses wondered if he was hiding behind the team.

Bosses don't want to hear what we need to do. They want to know what you are going to do. They want to know what you need to be successful because they want to get it for you.

Incredibly, they don't evaluate the logic of your statement. They listen for the confidence expressed with the statement. Bosses don't back wishy-washy people.

It doesn't help him that nice guy Campbell doesn't throw his teammates under the bus for not making plays. It doesn't help that he doesn't call out Jim Zorn, who has less experience as head coach than Campbell does as a starter, for calling dumb plays.

It would be inappropriate to hear these things in public. But well-tempered assertiveness is called for now. That's where Type B's are disadvantaged. Assertiveness feels rude. It sounds egotistical. It makes our skin crawl. It goes against what momma said.

Well, momma ain't sitting across the table from Daniel Snyder.

I listened to Campbell's post game comments following the Giants' loss and cringed with recognition.

It's pure Jason Campbell when he said Monday that he's looked at the game film and everyone knows the mistakes they made. Nice, but does not inspire confidence.

We don't need to know that everyone knows what mistakes they made. We need to know what he, Jason Campbell, is doing about it.

No, he doesn't have to throw and catch his own passes while making blocks at the same time, but that's the attitude he has to take.

Off the field, in the office in my own career and in others I've seen, people judge the validity of one's statements by the way it's said. It's silly. It's petty. It's all too real.

It's no more than a style point, but Jason as to speak in declarative sentences from now on. Nothing mean, but no more of those nice "but then again" qualifiers either.

Determination must be his stock in trade.

The risk to Campbell isn't the Giants' defense. It's the sense that, by not asserting himself enough, Daniel Snyder, Jim Zorn, players, and fans like me who still believe in him won't try so hard to help him.

Snyder is lost cause, but the rest of us believe that Campbell has a gun of an arm and steel in his spine. Now we need to see the fire in his belly.

For the record, Jason Campbell will take a step up this season. I look for his numbers to be 33 percent better than in 2008. You read it here first.

 

This story also posted to Redskins Hog Heaven.

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