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Old 11-13-2011, 12:30 PM   #16
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Re: Surprise Switch- Grossman will Start vs Phins; Beck to the Bench

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He would have cost us the 4th rounder we got from Oakland that we haven't even used yet? If he had stayed on the team, we wouldn't have spent 2nd and 4th round picks on McNabb. We've definitely lost more than we've gained in regards to the qb situation since Shanny got here.

You say his skillset's not adequate, I say his steady yet unspectacular qb play would've been better than anything McNabb, Grossman, or Beck would've done. We haven't even had average qb play in between those 3 qb's. Campbell has shown he could've provided that, even with the constant changing of coordinators. He played in a WC under Zorn too, so it's not like he wouldn't have been familiar with the concepts.
Well said. I would have been interested to see him in the system in year two. He might not have been the best deep ball guy, but I felt he was always accurate on short to medium stuff.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #17
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He would have cost us the 4th rounder we got from Oakland that we haven't even used yet? If he had stayed on the team, we wouldn't have spent 2nd and 4th round picks on McNabb. We've definitely lost more than we've gained in regards to the qb situation since Shanny got here.

You say his skillset's not adequate, I say his steady yet unspectacular qb play would've been better than anything McNabb, Grossman, or Beck would've done. We haven't even had average qb play in between those 3 qb's. Campbell has shown he could've provided that, even with the constant changing of coordinators. He played in a WC under Zorn too, so it's not like he wouldn't have been familiar with the concepts.
For the win. My thoughts exactly.
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He would have cost us the 4th rounder we got from Oakland that we haven't even used yet? If he had stayed on the team, we wouldn't have spent 2nd and 4th round picks on McNabb. We've definitely lost more than we've gained in regards to the qb situation since Shanny got here.

You say his skillset's not adequate, I say his steady yet unspectacular qb play would've been better than anything McNabb, Grossman, or Beck would've done. We haven't even had average qb play in between those 3 qb's. Campbell has shown he could've provided that, even with the constant changing of coordinators. He played in a WC under Zorn too, so it's not like he wouldn't have been familiar with the concepts.
You don't trade Campbell, you don't get that 4th rounder. He was still on the team when we got McNabb. We cut him loose after getting McNabb.

Kyle Shanahan's WCO has his its deviations from the much more "pure" WCO Holmgren passed down to Zorn.

But still not objectively good enough to make a push for a division win. Considering that New York has made him their bitch since the very beginning(well, except for one game as a rookie), he would not have been enough. In the NFL, you have to swing big in order to win big. That also means recognizing that big failiures will be part and parcel since swinging big often results in losing big.

But Campbell is most definitely inadequate. His deep balls are disgusting, they always angle out past the sidelines, making it impossible for the receiver to catch it. He also cannot back shoulder worth a damn, nor did he ever try to. And fades? Yeah, he couldn't throw that either. He is the beneficiary of one of the fastest and most athletic offenses, and a Carson Palmer who is still getting acclimated made Oakland's O actually look dangerous instead of the pretty good it was.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:42 PM   #19
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Well said. I would have been interested to see him in the system in year two. He might not have been the best deep ball guy, but I felt he was always accurate on short to medium stuff.
The guy never gave any memorable impression of being good at the quick slant, quick out, curls, or any of that. The only thing he was good at was dumping it off to Cooley.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:42 PM   #20
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beck or grossman ... lets be honest, they both suck. everyone knew it, i knew it you knew it and mike shanahan sure as hell should have known it.

i dont put rex or beck failing on shanahan. expectations were not high.

not having a young 4-7 round qb i do, but it doesnt carry much weight.
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IMO we're 0-4... I consider letting Jason Campbell walk a swing and a miss move. The guy isn't a star but he's better than what Rex/Donovan/Beck have given us.

At least with Rex we have a chance to score a TD or two. Beck is not an NFL QB. He's proven that.
Perhaps Shanny's next move is to give the Raiders their 4th round pick back for Campbell. He has completely crapped the bed on managing the most important position on the field.
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The guy never gave any memorable impression of being good at the quick slant, quick out, curls, or any of that. The only thing he was good at was dumping it off to Cooley.
I think a TON of that was play calling. He also was not the beneficiary of a very good offensive line either.
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I'm glad that Shanny is going back to Rex. I think this gives us a fighting chance to win.

I think that the posters who continually slam Rex should be able to recognize that Rex is a capable NFL backup QB whereas Beck simply can't play in this league.

Right now, we need to go with Rex. Perhaps next season we'll be able to acquire the player who will be our starting QB going forward. If we do, I'd like to see Rex stay here as our backup QB and mentor to our new starting QB.

P.S. I think that Campbell is the kind of QB who can look good at times. Because of that, he can fool you into thinking that he might turn the corner and become good enough to win with when, actually, he's just good enough to lose with.

If you recall, he was maddeningly inconsistent when he was here except for in the Red Zone where he was consistently bad. I'm not about to fool myself into believing that we'd be better off with him as our QB. My memory is too good for that.

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Yes, he would have. We would not have gotten the fourth rounder we got from Oakland. Nor is his skillset adequate to take a team very far. That's why the Shanahan had to go hunt, because what he was sure to provide wasn't enough to pilot an offense.
Right. As opposed to all the right stuff that Beck/Donny/Rex have brought to town. The point is, letting Campbell go was an 0-fer decision, just like the other 3 guys.

You really think our record in the Shanny era would be worse than it currently is if JC had started every game? I don't.
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I'll be honest and say shanny may have been a bad hire idk I had faith in him but this is getting stupid
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So far the Shanny era has been underwhelming and below expectations.
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So far the Shanny era has been underwhelming and below expectations.
I understand why you feel that way. Nevertheless, I don't share those feelings because I don't expect much at this point. I view this season as year two of a massive rebuilding job.

Shanny did not screw up this franchise. Dan Snyder did, with the help of Vinny Ceratto and others. It's going to take more time to fix it.
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Right. As opposed to all the right stuff that Beck/Donny/Rex have brought to town. The point is, letting Campbell go was an 0-fer decision, just like the other 3 guys.

You really think our record in the Shanny era would be worse than it currently is if JC had started every game? I don't.
You want to lose some money with a certainty. Or do you choose to take a riskier action that has a small chance of major compensation, but usually results in worse outcomes. In football, you have to take the latter option. The scheme demands the QB to be able to complete certain throws, and JC has not shown any consistency on many routes on the route tree.

Understand that utility(defined as "happiness" or "satisfaction" ) from wins do not carry over to the next season. Every time a new season starts, the team gets a fresh, clean slate to write on. The fans level of happiness will be dicataed by discrete results: none if there are 7 or less wins, ambivalence with 8-8 or 9-7 if no playoffs, pretty happy if they make the playoffs, and outright exuberence if the win the Super Bowl. With Jason Campbell, it's practically a lock that he's a 7-9 or worse quarterback. I don't blame them from dumping him and trying to find some replacement. It is not ok they didn't find a good replacement, but they were correct in their assessment that Campbell had to go.
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I have said before that this team should have kept Jason Campbell, not because I think we would be better off record-wise, but I think that it would have allow us to get our QB already. At the least, it would have allow us to get an impact player with that 2nd rounder that we wasted away with McNabb. The bigger point is that Shanahan was not rebuilding at one of the most important positions on the field in his first year. And it is blowing up in his face. MS has f*cked up big time with QBs, and I really hope he doesn't f*ck it up when we get a top 5 draft pick in next year's draft.
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Sir Clinton: You are absolutely correct in your statement that Jason Campbell had to go once Mike Shanahan was hired. There are two main reasons for that:
1. Cambell is not a great fit in a west-coast-like offense. That is not the best match to his abilities.

2. Shanahan comes with the reputation as a QB guru and the only way to maintain that reputation was to get a QB who can perform in his system - - translation: not Jason Campbell.
Here is the problem. Once the decision was made to "ditch Campbell" it became mandatory to replace him with someone better suited to the offense who would flourish in the offense.

That led to the McNabb trade; that did not work. I happen to agree with Brian Mitchell and with Tony McGee who answered questions for the Warpath last year and both said that of the 3 QBs on last year's roster, McNabb had the best chance of succeeding in this offense. But that was not going to happen after the way the 2010 season ended and so McNabb had to go too.

Now comes the damning part. The Skins were left with Rex and Becks; the coaches had seen both of them for a year in THIS system - - and Kyle saw Rex in the Houston version of this system for a couple years before that. That leaves two possibilities:
A. They thought one of these guys was good enough to make this system work. [WRONG!]

B. They needed to go and find a free-agent who could make the system work somewhat better than these guys - - and they came up with Kellen Clemens? What, Vinny Testaverde would not answer their calls?
The huge failure here is that even though Mike Shanahan was correct in trading Jason Campbell, he has been HORRIBLY DEFICIENT in finding someone who is as good as Campbell - - let alone better than Campbell.
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