News | Washington Commanders -

Coach's Corner: Saunders On Campbell

Every week, chats with a Redskins coach about a hot topic. This week: associate head coach-offense Al Saunders discusses Jason Campbell and how he'll respond to his knee injury:

"Jason is a young quarterback who is a work in progress, so you'd like him to have every opportunity to take every snap he can in a game environment and in practice. But he has been with us all summer and put in a tremendous amount of work.

"Even though he's out right now, he still stays mentally involved and he has taken the walk-throughs [practices]. He took all of the snaps in the offseason and in training camp. As long as [the injury] is not protracted situation where he misses a lot of time, he'll be fine.

"How has Jason progressed? Well, he still has a long way to go. Jason has improved dramatically in all phases of the game, from his presence in the huddle and his ability to manage the huddle to managing the game. His footwork is much quicker and more compact when he throws the football.

"His accuracy has improved dramatically and his ability to made decisions and know where to go with the football in a timely fashion has improved greatly.

"Jason's decision-making will continue to be developmental for the next five years. Joe Montana was working on that after 13-14 years in the league. In every phase of the game, you continue to develop at a higher level.

"So any time Jason loses off the practice field is time you can't gain back. So hopefully he'll be back soon and be able to go.

"Would the injury affect his confidence any? I don't know why it would. Once in a while you're going to get banged up in this game.

"He has a sore leg right now. And in this game, in his position, there are going to be times when you're going to get banged up.

"One of the intangible qualities that separate some of the great quarterbacks from some of the average quarterbacks is the ability to play hurt. You're going to get hit and you're going to have times when you don't feel 100 percent. How does a guy respond and react to that?

"So while you don't want to see your quarterback injured, this is just another part of his growth and development. How will he come back? How long will he miss? Is he someone who can play with an injury?

"We're going to find out, and I think Jason is going to find out where he is in that regard, too."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.