It was just over two years ago when the Redskins chose Jason Campbell, quarterback from Auburn University, with the 25th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. He was the third QB taken that day, behind Alex Smith and Aaron Rogers.
Redskin fans, as proven over time, are not quick to warm up to the new QB in town. The Redskins have wasted more draft picks on worthless QB's than just about anybody it seems. Well, thats how it seems looking through the eyes of a Skins fan. Washington's last "franchise" quarterback, 2002 first round pick Patrick Ramsey, played his way out of town by 2006. So, seeing as history with QB's has not been kind to the Skins in the past, it was hard for the fans to label Campbell the "future" of the franchise.
Campbell sat the bench his whole first year, and that was a great step forward in his career. He was able to watch Mark Brunell lead the Redskins to a 10-6 record and the second round of the playoffs. Brunell showed him what it took to lead a team to wins and be a productive quarterback in the NFL.
2006 proved to be the statistical start to Jason Campbell's career. Brunell was the starter through the first 9 games, but a terrible 3-6 start gave Gibbs a perfect opportunity to get his young QB some playing time. Starting the last seven games of the 2006 season also was a great leap in the right direction for Jason Campbell. Why? He learned how to lose! That's right, he was thrown into the middle of a terrible season for Washington football, and had a 2-5 record as a starter in those seven games he played. Why would this be good for a young QB? It showed him that it is possible to lose, that no one is invincible or unbeatable, and you have to take losses with a grain of salt and move on to next week, preparing yourself for whatever task lies ahead. He showed Immense promise in his first season, a quick look at his stats will justify that.
2006 Passing Stats: Jason Campbell
7 games, 53.1 Comp. Pct., 1297 yards, 10 TD's, 6 INT, 76.5 Passer Rating
Those numbers, for a rookie, are not terrible at all, he would have had quite a decent season if you convert those numbers to a 16 game schedule.
On to 2007. Jason was obviously named the starting QB for the season, and Skins fans started to gain hope. Is he the guy? Will he finally be the staple franchise QB the Redskins have lacked for so long? These questions come with every new QB, and so far, none have lived up to the hype. However, Jason Campbell has shown vast improvements week after week, and has led the Redskins to a 3-1 record. He has improved his stats every week of the year so far, and hasn't thrown an interception his past two games. However, today is the day Redskins fans can begin to let the hype sink in. Jason Campbell had a breakout game if I have ever seen one. I've been calling it for weeks now, you just wait, you see these improvements every week, they are going to lead to something huge, blah blah blah. He didn't disappoint today, posting single game career highs in nearly every category.
Week 5, 2007 Vs. Detroit Lions
23 Comp/29 Att, 79.3 Comp Pct., 2 TD, 0 INT, 125.3 Passer Rating
It may be too early to buy into this hype. We've been fooled time and time again. However, I say one thing Redskins fans, I AM EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!