The Post this morning has reported that even though Jason Campbell as gone ahead and studied coach Shanahan’s offensive playbook, he won’t be showing up for voluntary minicamp any time soon. [via]
Although quarterback Jason Campbell declined to attend the voluntary minicamp, he has studied the plays the offense will run throughout the three-day session that is scheduled to begin around 10 a.m. today at Redskins Park, two people familiar with the situation said late Thursday night.
The Redskins recently sent Campbell, who has left town for a few days, the offensive script for the camp in an effort to keep him on pace with his teammates despite his absence, the sources said. Although players have said Coach Mike Shanahan’s version of the West Coast offense is more sophisticated than what the Redskins used the past two seasons under Jim Zorn, some of the plays are similar, and both are word-based systems.
Apparently, Campbell is familiar enough with the new stuff that he should be able to catch up fairly quickly, or at least be up to speed by the next voluntary three-day minicamp that begins May 7. That is, if Campbell is still on the Redskins’ roster by then.
Would you study up for a test and then make it clear to the teacher you don’t intend to show up to take it? That’s essentially what Jason Campbell is doing by not participating in these voluntary workouts. So why even bother cracking the books to begin with? Just incase you have no other options?
Whether the players, or the players agents realize what’s being said here through inaction… I’m not sure. But what is perceived by the collective consciousness of the fans is that details of one’s contract are more important than the teams collective goal to win.
And the message one sends by not attending the workouts, whether it be Campbell or Haynesworth – is this:
I DON’T CARE ABOUT THIS TEAM WINNING.
That may not be what players feel, say, or actually want to project in any way… verbally or non-verbally. But you know what? ACTIONS speak louder than words. Not showing up to put the time in on the field with your teammates is what matters. Learning the new offense and getting as many reps as possible is what matters — and if you’re honest with yourself then the process of trying to get better collectively as a team, whenever you have the opportunity to do so, that is the priority. A leader does that. A good quarterback does that. A good teammate DOES THAT.
80% of success in life is just showing up — Woody Allen.
On this team, in this situation, when the needs are this dire — we should expect no less than 110% from the Redskins players. To me, there is no excuse. Not being contractually obligated to participate is not an excuse. And frankly, after what feels like 10 years of listening to Jim Zorn’s excuses — I think most Redskins fans are SICK and TIRED of the bull. There’s only one way you get back to having a winning team, and it’s EXTRA effort from everyone, especially your team leaders.
Yes, Campbell got a bit of raw deal to start his career. Talent with no offensive line. It happened with newly signed San Francisco QB David Carr when he was drafted to Houston as well — every other play resulted in a sack. But the difference between Campbell and Carr is simple — extra effort. If you go back and look at ANY given workout, any sideline chatter with the QB’s, anywhere that Carr could have been – he was there. THATS why he got signed again so quickly… he showed the ability to lead, be depended on, and the anxiousness to get out there and prove himself.
Contractual obligations may get you paid, but they don’t get you championships. Time to put in the extra effort and make the most of your opportunities. That’s what winners do.