The Washington Redskins may not be shedding the stench of dysfunction any time soon.
Former quarterback Jason Campbell became the latest in a long line to offer up some not-so-glamorous details about the curious ways in which the club has gone about its business.
In an interview with Deron Snyder of The Washington Times, Campbell provided a particularly odd example from back in 2009.
Sherman Lewis, a former assistant coach who’d been retired since 2004, was brought on as an offensive consultant in Week 5. Just two games later, he was already calling the plays.
“That was really weird,” Campbell said. “He didn’t even know all the plays. It was just crazy. You could feel the animosity on the field. Lewis told me in all his years in football he had never seen a quarterback deal with so much chaos going on around him. It was a hard position for me to be in.”
Campbell, a first-round pick in 2005, played the first four years of his career in Washington. Though he says there was plenty to love about that stay, the level of distraction carried significant weight.
“The hard thing is the Redskins have a really big fan base and you fall in love with people in the D.C. area,” Campbell said. “That’s the part that makes you want to be there. Then there’s the football side of it. You have a good relationship with the guys who played before you. But the flip side is when you realize there’s a whole bunch of crazy going on.”
Campbell showed some flashes of potential across his four seasons in Washington. His most productive year, despite the aforementioned play-calling structure, was a 3,618-yard, 20-touchdown effort in 2009.
But he was never truly able to settle in amid the constant changes. And moving on didn’t help, either.
Campbell would bounce around the league following his departure from Washington, spending time with the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals across a five-season stretch before calling it a career in 2015.
– With h/t to Pro Football Talk
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