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A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

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View Poll Results: If Campbell is ready to return for the playoffs (assuming we make it), who starts?
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:41 PM   #61
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

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okay, so why would you not let collins start next season as well? that's what i don't understand. If you truly feel you have a better qb, start him...

Are you saying that you start collins next year over a healthy JC?


I guess I'm struggling with the whole idea that these games are too important for a healthy JC, but he's our guy... and what kind of message that sends to him, or to Collins for that matter?
If I'm not mistaken Jason Campbell has to earn the job...if he can't beat out Collins by all means start Collins next year too!
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:47 PM   #62
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If I'm not mistaken Jason Campbell has to earn the job...if he can't beat out Collins by all means start Collins next year too!

again, the guy wasn't benched... he got hurt. So next year we re-sign collins and have an open QB competition in camp if Collins finishes stong?

Im just sick of having QB issues in this franchise, and if we're going to stick with Campbell and are counting on him to be the franchise QB, he needs to be in there. You don't bench your healthy starter in the important games, and if we or the team lacks that confidence, why wouldn't we persue a guy like McNabb?

I would take it as a vote of no confidence in JC.... its not like Collins is out there putting up 400 yards and 4tds/game, and yesterday he played against one of the worst pass D's in the league... if you're going to throw out the Giants game because of the wind you have to also consider the opponent yesterday.
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:57 PM   #63
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

Best player on the field, always! As for McNabb, he is way past his prime! Why bring in a guy who doesn't know the offense when you have one that does and has played extremely well?
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:01 PM   #64
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

No doubt it has to be Collins, he's the hot hand right now.
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:52 PM   #65
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

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okay, so why would you not let collins start next season as well? that's what i don't understand. If you truly feel you have a better qb, start him...

Are you saying that you start collins next year over a healthy JC?


I guess I'm struggling with the whole idea that these games are too important for a healthy JC, but he's our guy... and what kind of message that sends to him, or to Collins for that matter?
This year has nothing to do with next year. Right now ride the hot hand in Collins and Campbell is unquestionably the starter next year. Hell, it's probably a long shot that Campbell would be healthy enough to return soon anyway, so this whole debate is probably all for nothing.

How about this scenario. Just pure hypothetical of course, what if Collins got the team to the NFC Championship and then Campbell was declared 100% ready to go. Would you still make the switch at that point?
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:55 PM   #66
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

This Collins vs. Campbell debate is clearly explained by JLC:

TODD COLLINS - Dude is balling right now. No two ways about it. Jason Campbell is The Future and anyone who even thinks there should be a QB conundrum next season is crazy, to me, but having Collins as Mr. Present ain't bad and Todd has played his way into a hefty payday as a back-up beyond this season. The Skins are going to have to ante up to keep him as an unrestricted free agent.

Save for the fumble on the quick snap to beat that replay challenge, he was excellent. 22-for-29 for 254 with 2 TDs and no picks doesn't leave much to nitpick. Timing was off on some throws, but he has a 107 rating in three games for goodness sake, including that wind-swept night in Hoffa's swamp.

Collins had a pass of 20 yards or longer in each quarter, and the offense did a nice job picking on kid corner Marcus McCauley - who I think is going to be a good one - whether he was lined up on Reche Caldwell (nice game by him, some huge third-down catches) or Santana Moss.. Again, pressed for time before this flight to meet up with my family near Cooperstown takes off (if it does take off), but you guys tell me the last time that's happened around here. The Skins have 7 passes of 30 yards or more in 2-plus games since Collins replaced JC against the Bears. They had 11 such passes in the first 12 games.
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

Collins.....If it ain't broke don't fix it.
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:14 PM   #68
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

Stick with what is working. I love campbell. I'm not saying next year we should start collins but this year it is no doubt. Anyways campbell would not have been playing for a few weeks so his play won't be that good. Not everyone can take a 10 year break and come in and win a game.
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Old 12-24-2007, 10:37 PM   #69
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How about this scenario. Just pure hypothetical of course, what if Collins got the team to the NFC Championship and then Campbell was declared 100% ready to go. Would you still make the switch at that point?

If I were making the call


at 100%... the only thing that would keep Campbell out of any playoff game or superbowl would be if Collins was throwing for 300+ yards and 3tds in the last couple of games. Campbell was a huge part of getting us this far, and I couldn't forget that. He's done the things the coaches wanted to see him do and everyone says he's worked the hardest of anyone on the team. If I'm coaching I reward that by giving him the chance. He's done what was asked of him and beyond to EARN that starting job already... thats why he's the starter.

If it's my team he doesn't lose it because of an injury. Unless he walks into the game and throws three picks in the first half I'd stay committed to him, too.

I love what Collins is doing right now, and I don't want to take anything away from it and appreciate it to the point where it pains me to detract from his accomplishments through this conversation, but I can't help but be guarded about crowning him our savior just yet... There's got to be a reason he hasn't started in 10 years. If he were that good someone would've seen it before he was 36 and the guy would've landed a starting job somewhere by now.


Let me play devil's advocate.... Its your team Matty, and we're going into the NFC championship game. Lets speculate that Collins hasn't been giong berserk, but playing well and managing the games well.

How do you explain to a perfectly healthy JC that He's not going to play, but not to get discouraged because he's our future QB without having him question your loyalty to him... Why would he go out next year and lay it on the line for you... stand in the pocket and take the hits to deliver the ball.... work so hard in the offseason and take his game to the next level, if once at the pinnacle, you're willing to jerk the rug out from under him...
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

If Collins keeps playing at his current pace I'm sure even Campbell could understand the decision to keep rolling with the hot hand. If he can't handle that sort of decision he's not cut out for playing QB in this league.
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

Opening Day next year, not a doubt in my mind our starter is and should be Jason Campbell....

But if we win another game with Collins, there is no way you can mess with that right now. If we somehow lose and still get in, than I want Jason to play, but you can't take out a qb whos won four straight (if we win Sun) over a QB that had previously lost 4 straight....Campbell will be and probaboly is the better quarterback, but I'm a huge chemistry guy, and this offense has it right now.
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Opening Day next year, not a doubt in my mind our starter is and should be Jason Campbell....

But if we win another game with Collins, there is no way you can mess with that right now. If we somehow lose and still get in, than I want Jason to play, but you can't take out a qb whos won four straight (if we win Sun) over a QB that had previously lost 4 straight....Campbell will be and probaboly is the better quarterback, but I'm a huge chemistry guy, and this offense has it right now.
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

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so... sellers should just stay on the sidelines, too? And hey, why don't we cut rocky, jansen, rogers, too. we're winning without them.

wtf??? am I really the only one who does't see this as an issue. Collin's pass protection played a huge role in his success. I'm watching the game right now and there are several instances where he has over 3 seconds with an 8 man rush to throw the ball... that's freaking amazing... and the cooley touchdown he held it for around 5 seconds...
Most of the other guys have made all the good points for keeping Collins in, but here's my two cents; First as Matty said, this is all probably a moot discussion. Based on the JLC article Campbell hasn't done ANY running yet, even on a treadmill. Let's say the docs clear him to play (there is no way he is 100% in two weeks when he hasn't even stepped on a treadmill yet), are you going to risk permanent damage to the health of your franchise QB, when you have a back-up QB who is playing very well and the team is winning?

You mention "hurting Campbell's confidence" in a couple of posts, by not playing him. Let's say Campbell plays and his knee gets hurt again and requires 6 - 8 months of rehab, I'm pretty sure that will hurt his confidence and performance a lot worse than not starting a playoff game when his back-up has been winning and improbably lead the team to the playoffs. Again, talking about confidence, what if Campbell comes back in the playoffs, turns the ball over 2-3 times and the Skins go home. Not a great confidence booster either.

What Collins brings right now is confidence to the offense that he can execute and not make critical game-changing mistakes. It also brings confidence to the defense because they can be more aggressive and not be as concerned with possibly giving up a score that we can't respond to because the offense has struggled or is turning the ball over.

You mention the improved pass-pro and Collins having 3+ seconds with an 8-man rush. You still need to make the correct read and make an accurate throw with the heat on. I noticed Collins stayed calm in the pocket under a heavy rush, made good reads and threw accurate passes. He threw slants, outs and curls very well. Campbell has struggled with accuracy on slants and some outs this year, many times throwing low. The TD to Cooley, pass-pro was very good, but Collins also read the D perfectly, saw Cover-2, looked off the Safety to the outside and hit Cooley down the middle. I would like to think Campbell would make this play, but he is still basically a rookie as far as playing time goes and most 1-2nd year QBs probably don't make that play.

As far as cutting the other guys that are out, QB is a unique position and has to be handled differently than any other position on the field. Campbell will get to where Collins is in understanding the system, making the right plays, and eliminating the mistakes and the only way is through playing experience. Campbell is the guy in Week 1 2008 but right now Collins is hot, the team is winning, and Collins should continue to start. Collins is a back-up QB, he understands his role and right now is performing it very well.
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:36 PM   #74
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

Collins is the captain of this ship for the rest of this year. WELL EARNED!
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Re: A Playoff question: Campbell or Collins?

I say if JC is 100% you go with him. That said there is 0% chance he is ready by the first round of the playoofss if he isn't even running right now. It just isn't going to happen. Collins gets the nod until JC is able to take full control in my mind. Let's hope it is a problem we have to deal with.
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