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Old 12-06-2008, 01:21 AM   #1
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Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

I plead ignorance guys, so enlighten me. Does this guy ever call his own plays? If Zorn's play calling is becoming too simplified and predictable as a recent WP article have inferred, would you like to see Campbell call more shots based on what he's seeing out there on the field?
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:49 AM   #2
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

Smith is the offensive coordinator and Zorn calls the plays. Campbell does not call plays in the huddle, but he can audible to new plays based on defensive alignments. The plays that Campbell can audible to are, however, pre-approved by Zorn (i.e., "If the defense gives you this look, you can audible to Y play.")
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:22 AM   #3
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

seems like he has a lil less leeway than he did late last year

he called some good 2 min drills at the end of the year last year

I think that zorn should free him up to do that again
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

Campbell audible is "Blue 32 Red 26 Hike Stand there and get crushed" Has been successful 16 times so far!! Great Job....He just isn't a smart QB
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:26 AM   #5
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

He audibled into a play that turned into a big gain by Portis and that QB draw...
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

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Smith is the offensive coordinator and Zorn calls the plays. Campbell does not call plays in the huddle, but he can audible to new plays based on defensive alignments. The plays that Campbell can audible to are, however, pre-approved by Zorn (i.e., "If the defense gives you this look, you can audible to Y play.")
Like the OP i am in the dark aswell as to whether JC can audible out of a play when he reads blitz. Im sure he can to some degree but ive been watching for it the past few games and havent seen many if any adjustments at the line other than swinging cooley or a TE from one side to the other . . .

have you all seen JC audible out of a play (other than readjusting blockers)? It may be hard to tell sometimes as we dont know what they called to begin with but has anyone noticed JC audible a new play?

If not or if zorn is keeping it simple for now I would think giving him greater freedom to audible will only help next year.

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:32 PM   #7
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

The QB needs to be able to call an audible but JC can't even execute a play despite who is calling it. He is no Peyton Manning by no means as much as I want to love JC.

I heard JC has taken over the responsiblity of OL blocking at the line something Raybach did in prior years. Maybe thats what is screwing up JC. We were supposed to have an up tempo breaking the huddle w/ 15 seconds left on play clock but as the year grows old they break the huddle later and later and JC looks frantic once he drops back.

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Old 12-06-2008, 04:45 PM   #8
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

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seems like he has a lil less leeway than he did late last year

he called some good 2 min drills at the end of the year last year

I think that zorn should free him up to do that again
You mean Collins? Campbell was injured the last 5 games of the year
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

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Campbell audible is "Blue 32 Red 26 Hike Stand there and get crushed" Has been successful 16 times so far!! Great Job....He just isn't a smart QB
I couldn't disagree more. Are you saying he should still try to throw the ball with a guy hanging on to him? Yes he's been sacked, but that's better than an Int.
If the D is brining the heat, an audible isn't going to change the fact that they are coming. If our O-line can't pick up the blitz, they can't pick up the blitz. How many more screens and slants can we run without giving up a couple pick 6's?
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He audibled into a play that turned into a big gain by Portis and that QB draw...

Didn't we lose that game????? Cowboys was it???
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I couldn't disagree more. Are you saying he should still try to throw the ball with a guy hanging on to him? Yes he's been sacked, but that's better than an Int.
If the D is brining the heat, an audible isn't going to change the fact that they are coming. If our O-line can't pick up the blitz, they can't pick up the blitz. How many more screens and slants can we run without giving up a couple pick 6's?
And what if Campbell takes some chances which wind up as a pick six? At least he took a chance. I don't know whose fault it is, Zorn or Campbell's, but enough of blaming the offensive line for all of the Redskins' offensive woes. If Campbell has enough time to check all of his receivers and then decide to go to the check down guy, then the o-line is giving him enough time to throw, and god knows we have seen him to that on far too many third and longs.

The fact is, INTs are not the worst thing in the world. Look at the Skins- they have thrown less INTs than any team in the league this year! But they are 28th in the NFL in points scored. What other conclusion can you possibly draw from that other than that Campbell needs to start forcing more throws? Risk=reward. You have to take smart risks to score, yes, but you have to take risks. How can the Skins complain about inability to stretch the field if they've only thrown 4 INTs all year? All that tells you is that they don't try to stretch it, thus the problems in the passing game.
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You mean Collins? Campbell was injured the last 5 games of the year
err at the end of his season
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

iirc last season (maybe it was '06) JC threw a touchdown pass to Cooley after reading the D and calling the audible to that play - he later admitted he chose that audible because that was one play he could fully remember. As he gets more comfy and begins to master the Zorncoast offense he will be able to make better decisions when changing calls at the line. The truth is no one in the league calls their own plays anymore, not even the great Peyton Manning. The playcaller sends it in, the qb calls it in the huddle, and then the QB and line make adjustments based on what they see in the D if they need to. Even the best QBs have limited options (some more limited than others) when calling audibles, calls that are discussed in meetings prior to games and approved by the OC.
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Re: Do they ever let Campbell call the plays on his own?

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seems like he has a lil less leeway than he did late last year

he called some good 2 min drills at the end of the year last year

I think that zorn should free him up to do that again
This is a great point I've been making all year. For whatever reason when is in the hurryup and in the shotgun he plays very well, And I think in those situations he's at his best. They have to let him play, Unleash him and see if he's gonna be the guy. Protecting him has led us to where we are I think, And with another tough defense today if we don't have a deep threat we can 't score.
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