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Jeremy Jarmon Signs

Posted by Matt Terl on July 28, 2009 – 1:58 pm

The Redskins signed supplemental draft choice DE Jeremy Jarmon today, leaving LB/DE Brian Orakpo as the last remaining unsigned 2009 draft pick. Terms, of course, were not disclosed.

It is now safe to go back to the post from the Kevin Barnes signing and mentally scratch out the “(Sort Of)” in the title. When and if I hear news about Orakpo, I’ll pass it along, but my read on the subject hasn’t changed since I wrote on the subject in that Barnes post. Read more »

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Still Hearing That Michael Vick Is NOT Coming Here

Posted by Matt Terl on July 28, 2009 – 10:11 am

In case you’ve somehow missed it, here’s a quick update of the rumor mill as of this morning:

Basically, you need to know three things:

1) Michael Vick was conditionally reinstated to the NFL yesterday.

2) The Redskins are connected to every big name free agent who hits the market.

3) Tanner Cooley mentioned on Twitter last night that Vick had been spotted at a restaurant in Ashburn, Va., not far from Redskins Park.

From there, it was a short ride to all the panic and soul-searching and enthusiasm and confident Vick-is-a-Redskin pronouncements you would expect.

I’ve been hearing for weeks that there was no way Vick was coming to the Redskins , and nothing that I’ve heard in the last 24 hours has changed that. Which, I’ll be honest, makes me pretty happy.

The team that makes the most sense to me for Vick? It would have to be the Patriots. Read more »

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Thursday, July 28: Jim Zorn Discusses Jason Campbell, His Philosophy, and Year Two

Posted by Matt Terl on July 28, 2009 – 8:09 am

Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com and I sat down with head coach Jim Zorn not long ago to discuss the start of Zorn’s second year as a head coach. One of the things I was most curious about was — surprise! — what Zorn’s expectations were of Jason Campbell.

I wasn’t only interested because of Campbell’s much-talked-about tumultuous offseason; there are two other elements of the Zorn/Campbell dynamic that intrigue me. First, the word on Zorn’s system has always been that it might take a QB a year to master it. And second, I’ve always felt like Zorn had more faith in Campbell than people generally assume.

Here’s the portion of the interview that addresses those two questions; check out the whole thing at Redskins.com.

Q: What specifically in Jason Campbell’s development this offseason is going to help drive where this offense goes?

A: “He’s much more explosive away from the line of scrimmage. He’s playing at a higher physical level, just in terms of his ability. He has made himself understand what we’re trying to do. He understands more about the athleticism that it takes to play the quarterback position. And I think he’s seeing that he’s a pretty good athlete.

“What he learned last year, even up to game 16, was just the nature of being on the line of scrimmage and controlling the run game, controlling the passing game and controlling the protection situations. And then, when the ball is snapped, he learned how to read and throw on the kind of rhythm that we expect from him.

“Jason progressed as he went along. Now, with the comfort of the terminology, with the comfort of what the expectations are, I think Jason has risen up.”

Q: In looking at your past history as a quarterbacks coach in Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck in his second year in this offense made a good, solid jump in terms of production. Can Jason Campbell do the same?
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