No disrespect to Jason Campbell, whom I have inappropriate amounts of man-love for and whose jersey I proudly wear on Sundays, but this is madness: A JC-for-MVP movement seems to be starting.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Clinton Portis is the MVP of both the Redskins and the NFL at the halfway point. It’s not even close and don’t you try to argue with me about it because you’re wrong, I’m right, end of discussion. Alright, fine, Drew Brees deserves consideration, but his team sucks.
But back to this Campbell stuff. Here’s what La Canfora wrote this morning regarding the team’s offensive MVP:
Wide receiver Santana Moss has been explosive and dynamic. Running back Clinton Portis is the most productive running back in the NFL this season by a staggering margin. But both of those guys already hold the single-season franchise yardage marks at their respective positions.
To me, neither would be able to accomplish what they have without Jason Campbell performing at a Pro Bowl level.
If I may interrupt, I don’t know how La Canfora can say Santana and Portis wouldn’t be having amazing seasons “without Jason Campbell performing at a Pro Bowl level.” They had their record-setting seasons with Mark Brunell at QB. In other words, Moss and CP can be awesome with pretty much any live body under center.
To be a young starter in another new system on what is a decidedly veteran outfit on the offensive side of the ball, with people (fans; uneducated media members) ready and willing to run you out of town in the preseason, calling for Colt Brennan and the like, and a wildly popular veteran back-up waiting in the wings, and with your financial future at stake as you get deeper into your rookie contract is pressure enough. But to deliver a 100 passer rating and eight interception-free games, to say nothing of completing two-thirds of your passes, is pretty special.
Alright, now this is making some sense. Expect for the part about people clamoring for Brennan and fans wanting to run Campbell out of town. I never once heard any Skins fans speak about either of those. I’m beginning to think La Canfora is slightly out of touch.
Piggybacking on JLC’s post is Mike Florio, who tends to write things just to get a rise, so take this claim that Campbell is the MVP of the league with a grain of salt:
In eight games, Campbell has thrown zero interceptions. He has a passer rating of 100.5. The Redskins are 6-2, good for second place in the best division in the league.
Most important, Campbell has emerged as a genuine on-field leader despite having to learn yet another new offense.
If Campbell keeps making no mistakes and leading his team to tough wins while competing with the likes of the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles, he should win the prize.
Campbell has been awesome and without him we probably aren’t 6-2, but aside from INTs, he isn’t top-five in any important/semi-important statistical category. Certainly, stats don’t tell the entire story, but I just don’t think anyone could say that Campbell is more important to his team than any other player in the NFL — a claim you could, and I did, make about Portis. Although JC does seem to be a leader, which as we’ve all come to learn this season, is the single most important element in the championship team formula.