Had some thoughts on this column, excerpts of which have been blockquoted:
Jim Zorn repeated the same things at his news conference Monday that he has said week after week in this wreck of a season.
What is needed is not tinkering but a wrecking ball.
Major change needs to be on the table if the Redskins are to have any chance of salvaging a season headed – at best – toward a 5-11 finish.
I love one-sentence paragraphs.
And each line is so right on, man. WE NEED A WRECKING BALL! YEEEAAAH! GET RID OF CERRATO! LET’S DO THIS!
What needs to be on the table is a change at quarterback.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. If the Redskins are headed for a lost season, I’d prefer they not bench the one guy with any hope for being their QB of the future.
Why not Todd Collins?
Because he is very old and, aside from a four-game stint in a system he’d been in forever, not good at playing quarterback.
It’s not as if the Redskins are failing despite strong efforts from Campbell: He threw for fewer than 200 yards in his past two starts and in five of his past eight in the regular season.
I was not aware that passing yardage is the one true measure of success. (Also, Campbell is averaging 220 yards per game.)
What could this team possibly have to lose at this point with a change at quarterback?
Well, a franchise quarterback, for one.
Would they score fewer points?
Maybe, but if this is “at best … a 5-11 season,” that doesn’t really matter.
The Redskins scored 17 or fewer points in nine of their past 10 games and are on pace to put up 234 for the season, which would be their second fewest in a 16-game season. And save for the opener against the Giants, they have yet to face a good defense.
Agreed, this offense stinks. The offensive line is a nightmare. The receivers are subpar. The only good tight end is either double-covered or blocking. The star running back has high mileage. But, yeah, back to this QB thing …
There always has been an underlying belief that the offense moves better with Collins than it does under Campbell’s direction.
It’s related to the belief that the backup quarterback is the most popular guy in town.
Hall of Fame quarterback and Redskins radio announcer Sonny Jurgensen said before the loss to Carolina on Sunday that the Redskins would be 4-0 if Collins had been starting.
That’s a stretch – beating the Giants in the opener was problematic no matter who was at quarterback.
Thank God that was qualified as “a stretch.” Needed that. Brought me back from the edge a little bit.
What do the Redskins have to lose now – given the state of the offensive line – other than Collins’ body?
Loverro repeats himself here, so I’ll do the same: a franchise quarterback – or at least the most likely franchise quarterback on a roster devoid of them – who is relatively young and, based on every key metric, improving.
Collins might not be eager to get behind that patchwork line against Kansas City on Sunday.
The quarterback, whoever he is, likely will take a beating. He will have little time to drop back and make split-second decisions. If you believe your eyes, Collins handles that situation better than Campbell.
He certainly has. In Al Saunders’ offense. Two years ago. For four games.
We should be long past the notion that Jason Campbell is the quarterback of the future.
I’m not past the notion that putting Joe Montana in this offense would make him look like Billy Joe Tolliver.
It’s obvious that the one thing Dan Snyder got right this winter was his pursuit of Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez.
Cutler is a better quarterback than Campbell, but what would it have taken to get him? The pick that was used on Orakpo and then some? Same goes for Sanchez, but that’s even more suspect because it’s no sure thing that he’s any better than Campbell. He started one season in college and his pro numbers are worse than Campbell’s ever were. (For example, he’s averaging a near league-low 183 yards per game.)
If Zorn really is asking questions, he should be long past the tinkering phase and into the try-anything phase.
That includes a change at quarterback.
Again, Loverro is repeating himself, so I’m done here. Go ahead and put Collins in, but I’d prefer to at least wait until JC gets hurt. Should be any day now with that shit storm of an offensive line. Then you can have Collins and trade the farm to draft Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen or Jake Locker or whoever the fuck and pray he turns out as good as the dozen or so QBs on Earth that are better than the one we’ve already got.
Update: And just like that, Campbell is benched after a scoreless first half against Kansas City. His play was middling, and Collins may be an improvement, but I don’t see the point, unless you’ve given up on Campbell.
Update No. 2: Nope, Collins wasn’t an improvement. His numbers were even worse and the Redskins hand KC its first win of the year, 14-6. FML.