- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 18, 2009


If Jason Campbell skipped the Miami Dolphins’ exciting win over the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football” last week, it was a good idea. The Washington Redskins’ quarterback has suffered enough this season (and offseason, too).

If Campbell tuned in, he would have longingly watched two young gun quarterbacks, the Jets’ Mark Sanchez and the Dolphins’ Chad Henne, enjoy protection by offensive lines adept at pass blocking. He would have envied receivers who know how to get the ball. He would have yearned for a real NFL running game.

Like a little kid gazing wistfully at the Christmas window displaying all the toys he can’t have, these are things Campbell can only dream about.

Sanchez, the rookie whom the Redskins tried to acquire (him or Jay Cutler) before the season, completed only 12 passes. But some of them were beauties, especially those thrown to newly acquired receiver Braylon Edwards. Known as a head case with a case of the dropsies in Cleveland, the 6-foot-3 Edwards looked great against the Dolphins, catching a touchdown pass and leaping high over a defender for a remarkable sideline grab that led to another score.

Henne, in his second year, is replacing the injured Chad Pennington, and he is here to stay. He looked good, too, and why not? His line fended off the aggressive, blitzing Jets, who were distracted by the Wildcat offense and running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. The pair combined for 142 yards (Henne passed for 241), leaving Jets coach and defensive whiz Rex Ryan fuming.

Sanchez has a ground game, too, and both quarterbacks froze the defenses with play-action passes. Campbell has done that on occasion, but his offensive line is shot. Mainly he is handing off to backs going nowhere and running for his life trying to find small receivers who are double-covered and big receivers who aren’t good. Christmas may never arrive.


“You talk about biting. I’m the person that bit every brother in my family.”

Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield during a meeting with Mike Tyson, who famously bit off part of Holyfield’s ear during a fight

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