- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2006

Second-year player Jason Campbell was named the Washington Redskins’ new quarterback this afternoon during coach Joe Gibbs’ weekly press conference.

Campbell, who has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game, will start Sunday for the Redskins against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.

Mark Brunell was demoted from No. 1 quarterback to No. 2 and Todd Collins from No. 2 to No. 3.

Though the Redskins are 3-6 (and in last place in the NFC East) and Brunell compiled a season-low 49.4 passer rating in yesterday’s 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the move still came as a surprise. Gibbs has been steadfast in his loyalty to Brunell and in his unwillingness to signal that he is giving up on this season.

But Gibbs and his staff apparently saw enough as Brunell on Sunday threw more one-hoppers and 6-yard passes to the flat when 9 yards were needed for a first down.

The change is the third by Gibbs in two-plus seasons of his second tenure with the Redskins. In the middle of Game 9 two years ago, he pulled Brunell and sent in Patrick Ramsey. He also kept Brunell in the game in the season opener last season even though Ramsey, who started, was healthy enough to return following a first-half injury.

Brunell, 36, was completing 62.3 percent of his passes but threw only eight touchdown passes in nine games this season. The Redskins rank 22nd in passing offense and 20th in scoring.

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