Who's Up Second?
Okay, so we know that Todd Collins is the backup quarterback for Week 1. We know Jason Campbell is the No. 3 QB for Week 1 - exactly where he was a year ago. We know that if Mark Brunell gets in a game, Collins, unequivocally, is the man off the bench. Beyond that, I'm not sure that Joe Gibbs really cleared up too much Monday night.
Anything else, whether it be in Week 2 or Week 8 or Week 13, well, that's subject to change. This is the plan for now, a plan that is set for Week 1, and, says Gibbs, would only change if Brunell got knocked or pulled from a game. To me, it's pretty clear what the pecking order is, and it's a great job of couching the situation by Gibbs and a great way to keep Campbell's spirits up and make him feel like part of the equation. Shrewd thinking there.
But come on, if Todd Collins comes in and manages the game and the Redskins are a competitive team and Brunell is out a week or so, do you really see Campbell going in the following week? Not me. Not with the expectations for this team and not with the familiarity Collins has in this system. Even Coach Joe conceded that "The Campbell Solution" could be altered at any time, and this issue revisited depending on the play of the other quarterbacks, the team's place in the standing, etc.
Bottom line, should Brunell go down for any reason, Collins gets the first crack to show that he can be the guy for this team. That's all any backup can ask for. And we know how it's gone here the last few years. When Patrick Ramsey took over for Brunell midway through the 2004 season, Ramsey started for the duration of the season; when Ramsey was knocked out in Week 1 last year, Brunell came in and started every game from there on out.
All any coach can guarantee is who his top dog will be going into that Sunday/Monday, and who the No. 2 is. Right now, it's Brunell and Collins. I can appreciate the tact the staff is taking and it all makes sense from their perspective. But I still feel like what happens on game day from here on out will dictate the moves made at quarterback much more so than any long-term proclamations made a week before the season starts.
"Heavy Metal Parking Lot" arrived in the mail last week. Will get it signed as soon as possible and off to the winner of the Redskins chant contests ASAP. It's a nice deluxe version of the documentary Had one etiquette question: Would it be horrible of me to watch it first? I figure I had to cut the packaging off to get it autographed anyway, and it wouldn't hurt if I gave the DVD a spin to test drive it, right? Let me know what you guys think ...
Really wanted to talk to Steve Young for that Brunell story that ran over the weekend, but we never could get on the same page. The last time he called me back was during the exhibition with the Ravens, and I never heard the phone ring. Steve says hi to all his DC fans, however, and says he'll be at FedEx next week as part of the ESPN crew doing the game ...Catch Parcells's pitch for those "Backyard Football Drills" DVDs yet? Likes like Tom Emanski has found his stiffest competition yet for cheesiest sports product commercials of all time ... Here's to hoping Jimmy Farris gets a job somewhere. Second straight year he was one of the last/toughest cuts, but there was just so much receiver depth here ...
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I'll check in again later this afternoon.
By Jason La Canfora |
September 5, 2006; 8:00 AM ET
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