Why the Redskins Should Stick With Campbell

Fahim CarimContributor INovember 20, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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I know the much maligned Jason Campbell  has been under fire from the management, coaches, and Redskins fans demanding more from a starting QB.

He has a few defenders though—not really fans, but people who think we have yet  to really see what he can do, and think maybe judgment should be spared for later.

Being in Houston, I have been watching Texans for a while, and saw Sage Rosenfels play pretty effectively in relief of Matt Schaub the last two years. Thinking the Redskins could use him, I came to find out the Redskins drafted him.

Then I thought the Redskins seem to let the wrong player go pretty often.

To this point Campbell has played at least as well as the two guys they wanted to get rid of him for.

Campbell: 10 TD, 8 INT, 66 percent accuracy

Mark Sanchez: 9 TD, 12 INT, 53 percent accuracy

Jay Cutler: 14 TD, 17 INT, 62 percent accuracy

Jason Campbell should be kept instead of drafting a hotshot rookie of some sort. He hasn't had a lot of success and has many detractors, so we could resign him for cheap, and use the money to load up on offensive weapons instead, which have more to do with success than a only a QB.

We have made the investment. We watched him stumble and struggle and get up again, so that he could learn.

Now that he has, I would hate to see that investment go to waste, and have to watch him tear it up for another team. 

I accept that Campbell may go elsewhere and fall on his face, but lets look at his game. He is a really conservative QB and plays solid. He won't lose games, so him going and humiliating himself isn't likely.

But he could easily end up bringing the heat on a power running team like Tennessee, or worse, Carolina (Stephen Davis  still brings a tear to my eye. Why on earth did we let the best running back in the NFL walk off?).  

Fans should really look at him as a second year player because this is his second year in the offense. By that standard he's doing okay. We have never really seen what he can do because each year he is learning the offense. That's why there is the hesitancy and lack of production.

Campbell has also never had really good weapons.

A great QB always has great weapons. Anyone remember Tom Brady before Randy Moss? He was a very good efficient but not great QB. Then with Moss he was superman.

Kyle Orton was a nobody, but he is a feared QB with Denvers weapons.

The WR posse of Gary Clark, Art Monk, and my favorite Ricky Sanders got Doug Williams a MVP in the Super Bowl, Mark Rypien a Pro bowl and a ring, and even Jay Schroeder looked good throwing to them.

Kurt Warner was kind of ordinary when he had no weapons in NY.

Marino wasn't the same once the Marks brothers went down.

If Campbell had real weapons he'd be really dangerous.

In the NFC East I really think Campbell is the second best QB behind McNabb. Romo is really streaky and folds in crunch time. Manning is better than Romo, but despite the whole Super Bowl thing, he seems like a slightly above average QB just in a good system. Without Plaxico he's not the same. He's improving but I'm not sold on him yet.

Campbell's play is consistent, and he has shown himself to be steady even in crunch time. Yes he does get sacked and put the ball on the turf, but that is correctable.

The biggest thing is we have Colt Brennan, who has that gunslinger feast or famine style, as second string pushing him and insurance. There is nothing like a competitive backup to keep the starter sharp. If Campbell stumbles we have the underpaid Brennan to take over. 

A rookie would waste at least one year, maybe two getting used to NFL ball, and be very expensive. For the money you could get a top skill player, an offensive lineman, or another defensive player to pair with Orakpo while keeping both Campbell and Brennan, who might be rising stars—instead of a Tebow who might end up a bust.

In the end Campbell is in position to end this debate himself.

If he plays well and they get about four more wins they will be out of position to draft any of the talented crop of QB's coming out.

If he doesn't, then nobody can argue against getting Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, or Colt McCoy (that's in order of talent level, in case anyone was wondering). They all may be available for a 5-11 team because most of the projected 3-13 teams  picked up QBs last year but not to a 6-10 or 7-9 team.