Pardon my ignorance, as I'm very new to learning the ins and outs of the Washington Redskins, but it seems as if the past regime in Washington tried to get rid of Campbell every chance they got. But why? And why on earth is nearly every mock draft showing the Skins taking a QB at #4?
As I see it, from a purely statistical point of view, JC has markedly improved every year. Every single year his QB Rating, completion percentage, TD's, and yards per attempt have gone up. Yet, his sacks have also gone up each year (43 times last year!), and he fumbled the ball 13 times in two of the last three season.
Again, I'm not as well versed in all things Redskins as you folks probably are, but those numbers seem to point out two things to me, (a) JC is consistently evolving, while (b) the offensive line is consistently devolving.
Washington ranked eighth in the running game during the 2008 season, then a horrible 27th this this season. Granted Clinton Portis was perpetually injured this season, but when the O'Line allows the fifth most sacks in the NFL, while opening running lanes for a measly 94 yards per game... well, something stinks. And methinks it's not necessarily Jason Campbell.
So why not take a QB in round one? Well, because that's neither where the problem lies, nor where the most improvement can be achieved. A better O' Line immediately makes the QB better, while a rookie QB with the same under-acheiving line... well, that's just an accident waiting to happen.
With improvement to the offensive line, everything gets better. First, the running game gets better, which keeps the opposing defenses honest and stops them from cheating back against the pass on every down. That in turn, helps TOP and keeps the defense off the field, thereby allowing less points. A better line gives Campbell more time to throw, and less time on his back. Thirteen fumbles is insane, but he won't keep that up if he's not constantly blindsided.
Now I realize many of you are likely to tell me about how the reason JC takes so many sacks is because he' slow on his feet and slow to act. OK. But the point is this, Campbell is getting better every year. He's pretty much the only thing the Skins have going that has shown consistent improvement. They say don't fix it if it's not broken, but I instead ask you this: Why 'fix' the only working clock in the house?
Do the Redskins need a new QB? Perhaps. But this year? In the first round? I think not. And I think it's just not in the cards. There's a new sheriff in town. Mike Shanahan is a very good QB coach, and he should be given a chance to further develop JC. Well and it's not like a rookie would start over JC this year anyway.
Shanny's not afraid to take a QB in the first-round, but you should also realize that he's only done it once out of all those years he was searching for Elway's replacement. And in this specific case of the 2010 season, there are simply more important positions to draft at #4. Coach Shanahan and assistant Bobby Turner are going to bring in their own zone-blocking scheme. So IMO it's much more likely that Mike begins to shore up the O' Line while giving Campbell a chance to develop under his tutelage. And for what it's worth, I believe that's where the focus should be... the O'Line and the running game. Not the constantly improving young QB.
Thank you for reading my first Redskins post. And pardon me if I may have used terms like we, or they, or you guys. I'm a brand new fan. I followed Coach Shanahan here. I'm confident he will do well for 'us'!
I look forward to any thoughts you may have.
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