I think it's fair to say that Jason Campbell, the Redskins' 2005 first-round pick, has yet to live up to expectations. It's not entirely his doing -- Washington is notoriously tough on young quarterbacks, particularly in a Joe Gibbs system (which Campbell found himself for the first three years of his career) -- but that doesn't make fans and media suddenly more forgiving.
Whatever -- as the 'Skins begin training camp, Campbell begins his fifth NFL season. He's also in the last year of his rookie contract, which means that his long-term future in Washington will be decided in the next five months. Some fans (and Peter King!) are willing to give him this season to prove his worth, while others, unimpressed with what they've seen in 29 career starts, would gladly turn the page on the Campbell era.
And that means, of course, to bring on Colt Brennan. Or something.
(By the way, it's worth mentioning that eight games into the 2008 season, when the Redskins were 6-2, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworksi called Campbell his "first half [of the season] MVP." That's not to say Campbell's destined for Canton, just that maybe he's not as bad as some fans would like to believe.)
In February, weeks after the Redskins put a wrap on Jim Zorn's rookie season, The National Football Post's Michael Lombardi suggested that 2009 could be Campbell's last in DC. And maybe that happens. But it won't be because the organization is eager to give the job to Brennan, David Elfin throwaway lines aside.
While backup quarterbacks Todd Collins and Colt Brennan have made their share of nice throws, neither is a threat to starter Jason Campbell. Zorn spends more time with Brennan because the second-year man needs more coaching... and maybe because Brennan could wind up starting in 2010 if Campbell leaves as a free agent. Collins will turn 39 that November -- not exactly prime time for an NFL starter.I can't imagine Elfin believes there's a realistic scenario that has Brennan under center for the Redskins in 2010. And even if Brennan was an option, no way owner Dan Snyder, who has a predilection for high-priced free agents, lets it happen. In fact, there's a better chance that Michael Vick and Antwaan Randle El start at quarterback for the 'Skins in the A-11 offense.
Back on Earth, it's Campbell's job to lose and Brennan is left to star in Chris Cooley short films.