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Thursday, September 24: Jason Campbell And Jim Zorn, Up Close

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2009 – 8:25 am

There are a lot of commenters here who like to speculate about Jason Campbell. About his intelligence, about his leadership abilities, and most of all about his relationship with head coach Jim Zorn. And I can insist that Campbell is better than people suspect in every one of those categories; I can write it until my hands cramp up and I can’t type any more, but it was always tough to present evidence to the contrary beyond anecdotal evidence.

Fortunately, NFL Films had both Campbell and Zorn miked up during Sunday’s game, and this resulting video makes things much clearer in just five minutes. It also makes me feel a lot better about the Rams game as a whole. Just fascinating stuff all around.


You can watch it in even higher resolution at NFL.com, but the most impressive parts come through loud and clear here: Read more »

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2009 Captain's Photo, Take 2

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 2:37 pm

When last we visited our intrepid team captains, they had assembled for their group photo only to find that Jason Campbell was wearing a suit that was several shades too light. Today, they tried again.

Much better. Success! And no one even had anything sarcastic to say afterward, even when I asked.

“Jason got enough of it last time,” Mike Sellers said.

Then he stopped to think for a minute and corrected himself:

“No, as a matter of fact, I do have something to say.” Read more »

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2009 Captain's Photo, Take One

Posted by Matt Terl on September 21, 2009 – 1:54 pm

Remember last year’s team captains photo? The one where Cornelius Griffin said his teammates told the six captains “You look gangster’? Well, today was scheduled to be the updated version, and — largely thanks to Jason Campbell‘s choice of ensembles — things did not go exactly as planned.

“You know, there’s nothing gangster about what Jason’s got on right now,” said Mike Sellers, a first-year captain. “Everybody wore their dark suits, but Jason wore a light gray suit, which don’t make no sense.” Read more »

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Jason Campbell's Teammates Call Him A "Tough Guy"

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 5:43 pm

Here’s a partial schedule of how postgame breaks down: the team gets a mandated cooling-off period before the media is allowed in. The first part of that cooling-off period is given over to the head coach’s postgame speech, which occurs behind closed doors; then, while the team starts showering, changing, and so on, the coach heads down the hall to hold his press conference.

I happened to be standing there when Jason Campbell was hustled from the field — where he had been doing postgame TV interviews — to the start of the cooling-off period, and Campbell appeared to be visibly limping, doing a hop-run to get into the locker room.

So I wasn’t entirely surprised when head coach Jim Zorn got to the injury update portion of his press conference. After he got Randy Thomas‘s triceps out of the way (“We’re going to take a look at it”), here’s what he had to say: Read more »

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An Interesting Day At Redskins Park

Posted by Matt Terl on September 18, 2009 – 3:32 pm

I was disappointed that I missed the snake.

Toward the end of open locker room, a small snake slithered out from under Chris Wilson‘s locker, and … here, I’ll let John Keim of the Washington Examiner tell it:

“Somebody do something!” linebacker Chris Wilson said.

Stephon Heyer made several attempts to pick it up and carry it outside, though Mike Sellers chastised him because, “You don’t know if it’s poisonous!” Chris Samuels made the same point.

But Heyer managed to pick it up (it fell to the ground once and coiled up) and took it outside, gently setting it on the ground and letting it free.

Rich Campbell of the Free Lance Star was onhand to snap a picture; I missed the entire thing. This was a source of immense disappointment to me — snake in the locker room! OMG! total blog gold! — and I was kind of bummed out as I headed to my desk.

That all turned around when someone passed my desk and mentioned that LaRon Landry had a monkey waiting for him in the lobby.

The white-faced capuchin was just over two months old, wearing a leash and a diaper and clinging to a stuffed bear, chaperoned by two of Landry’s friends, and he cheep-ed happily when Landry showed up.

“Just a thought over the offseason,” Landry explained, when I asked why he’d gotten the monkey. “I didn’t want nothin’ too big. He’ll get up to fifteen pounds, live 35 to 50 years. When I die, he can die with me.”
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Jason Campbell on (sigh) Brett Favre

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Jason Campbell was walking back to the facility from the practice fields this afternoon when he spotted a media group waiting to talk to him. He smiled his thousand-watt Jason Campbell smile, said, “What, did something happen today?”

And then he answered a bunch of questions about Brett Favre.

Campbell is something of the resident go-to Brett Favre expert for the local media — Favre and Campbell are from relatively close small towns in Mississippi, although Campbell has thankfully avoided the tedious man-of-the-land mythologizing that has accrued around the new Vikings QB — so he knew these questions were coming, and he answered them patiently.

I waited until after he was done with those questions to ask him the one thing that I was most curious about: doesn’t he ever get tired of answering questions about Favre? Read more »

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Morning Practice – Throwing To The Wrong Guys

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2009 – 11:41 am

This morning’s practice was relatively light and short — no pads, just shorts and shells, and over in less than 90 minutes. Which was good, because the heat was coming up fast.

Many of the previously injured players returned to at least do some light work with their position groups, including J.D. Skolnitsky, Carlos Rogers, Malcolm Kelly, Mike Williams, Randy Thomas, and Devin Thomas. Not practicing were Jeremy Bridges, who we knew about, and speedster Anthony Alridge, who has an injured toe. And rookie Kevin Barnes hyperextended his knee yesterday and was forced to take things very slowly today.

Today, according to Coach Jim Zorn, “was a skills practice. We had a lot of drill work. Our quarterbacks, except for that 7-on-7, really did a lot of servicing and we served both offense and defense. We threw to linebackers, defensive backs, just trying to get the idea of quarterback ball speed and interceptions.”

Well, the ball speed thing definitely worked out okay — on one occasion, Todd Collins nearly took off Lendy Holmes‘ head with a pass. But today’s drills mean, essentially, that the quarterbacks spent an awful lot of time this morning throwing to the wrong guys.

So I asked Jason Campbell if that sort of thing worries him at all. Read more »

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Afternoon Practice – Almost A Trashcan Challenge

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 5:50 pm

Afternoon practice was more interesting for the insanely long injury report than for anything else notable that happened. Again, many of these guys would’ve been able to play if this were a regular season game, almost all of them did conditioning drills on the side, and some of them are already scheduled to return to practice tomorrow, but here’s the list:

  • Lorenzo Alexander (foot)
  • Alfred Fincher (groin; also now sporting a stylish mohawk)
  • Malcolm Kelly (hamstring)
  • Anthony Montgomery (knee)
  • Reuben Riley (ankle)
  • Carlos Rogers (calf)
  • J.D. Skolnitsky (hamstring)
  • Devin Thomas (hamstring)
  • Randy Thomas (knee)
  • Eddie Williams (hamstring)
  • Mike Williams (groin)

Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, and Albert Haynesworth didn’t practice, but that’s what’s become expected at second practices.

Kelly, as you can see above, was one of the ones who did some work on the side — and after practice as well.

The post-practice drills were particularly interesting, mainly because they replaced a promising trashcan challenge between Jason Campbell, Colt Brennan, and Chase Daniel. The trashcan was set up in the back corner of the endzone, and the quarterbacks were out around the 10-yard line. Campbell went first, dropped back, and missed. Brennan was next, and he hit on his first try. Read more »

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Jason Campbell Is On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated, 2005 Edition

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 1:32 pm

When Jason Campbell was asked after practice how he felt about being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he actually seemed slightly unimpressed. I mean, there are 52 issues or so a year, with the players from 120-odd professional sports teams (along with golfers, cyclists, Olympians, and so on) competing for the spots. It seemed like it should be a big deal.

Here’s Campbell, though: “I’m honored to be on the Sports Illustrated cover. I remember when I was on it before, when I was at Auburn. But it’s definitely a great honor and thanks to the guys around me, my teammates and everything.”

So here’s that earlier cover, courtesy of the SI Vault.

I like that the cover quote here is ALSO about people questioning Campbell’s abilities. Adds a nice sense of continuity to the whole thing. Hopefully the headline of the article about him will prove equally prophetic: “Senior Quarterback Jason Campbell Came Of Age When It Mattered Most”

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Uh Oh, Maybe.

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 2:08 pm

I’m not a big believer in jinxes, hexes, bad luck, or anything like that. But a dig through the SI.com archives of the magazine to next week’s issue seems to reveal this:

Yes, f’reals. No articles yet (update: see below), but I’m told this is the national cover, so … if you’re a believer in the SI cover jinx, it may be time to start burning some sage or something.

A cautious congratulations to Jason Campbell, though: not counting the incidental appearance of the Redskins defense on the Johnny Unitas memorial cover, Campbell is the first Redskins player featured on the SI cover since Stephen Davis in 2001.

UPDATE: Mister Irrelevant has the press release, as does Dan Steinberg.

UPDATE 2: An excerpt from the article, after the jump. Read more »

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