Word on the Street: Campbell hurts

Word on the Street: Campbell hurts
October 17, 2011, 1:51 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRough week for current and former Redskins quarterbacks...We know what happened locally; Rex Grossman was at his bad Rex best, tossing four interceptions before mercifully getting benched during the 20-13 home loss to the Eagles...(CSNwashington)Meanwhile, on Sunday nightthe quarterback Grossman replaced in Washington - Donovan McNabb- was removed for rookie Christian Ponder in the fourth quarter of the Minnesota Vikings embarrassing 39-10 blowout loss to againstChicagoBears.McNabb was not at his statistical worst, but his penchant for tossing worm burners remained and the offense was stagnant throughout.The 35-year old said he expects to start next week , but the 1-4 Vikings locker room could turn mutinous if significant changes are not made. I'm no fan of playing rookie signal callers, but in this case, the Vikings should not need to ponder about making a switch for very long...(Pioneer Press)The mostpainful exit of all was suffered by Jason Campbell as the Raiders quarterbackreportedly suffered a season-ending broken collarbone duringa win over the Browns. Not sure if snake-bitten is the appropriate phrase, but the Redskins former first-round pick's career has seemingly been one raw deal after another. By the way, does anyone else wonder what the Redskins world would look like had Shanahan chose to keep Campbell for the final year of his contract instead of trading for McNabb??? Yeah, probably better off we don't. This has already been a painful week...Now the Raiders are looking for another quarterback, perhaps to a certain veteran linked to a midwest who is sitting currently sitting on the sidelines. No, not that guy.Back to Rex for a moment, who could wind up coming off the bench next week at Carolina with flavor of the month John Beck taking over at quarterback...I said the benching was merciful because by the time he threw the final pick, one deep inside Eagles territory after the rallying Redskins intercepted Vince Young, the miscues had officially turned from comical to painful (not that they were singularly his fault). The same could also be said for the non-stop Rex bashing.We get it, Grossman bad,or at least is loudly awful more often than you can stomach considering the upside is not at a Pro Bowl level. The Redskins were also ulcer-enducing horrid at countless positions last season and Mike Shanahan chose to work on fixing those spots. The Redskins draftedRyan Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins, they signed Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen, they added Tim Hightower and Roy Helu. Solid start, but can't fix it all in one off-season. Need further proof? Check out the backup bodies they throw out along the offensive line this week.By and large they are better in certain areas, but the team is not a quarterback away from winning the Super Bowl, something the 3-1 start had deluded many into thinking. Seemed like everyone was on board with this back in August. Guess not...though Rex (and Shanahan's bravado) doesn't make it easy...Redskins RoundupReality check time for the Redskins at quarterback, the offensive line and elsewhere (Boswell - Washington Post)Time for the backup plan (Snider - Washington Examiner)Turnovers lead to the re-starting of the quarterback carousel (Daly - Washington Times)Riggo questions Shanahan (D.C. Sports Bog)The Redskins are who we thought they were (Hogs Haven)Breakfast BuffetAnd since we like to keep tabs on those NFC East foes, the Cowboys allowed the go-ahead touchdown to Tom Brady and company in the final seconds, falling 20-16. They also lost oft-injured running back Felix Jones for multiple weeks with a high ankle sprain and starting guard Bill Nagy with a broken ankle... (Pro Football Talk)Though his first career start ended in a loss, Maryland's sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown impressed (CSNwashington)The NBA players are not thrilled with Javale McGee these days (Pro Basketball Talk)Speaking of former Redskins, the trade market for Brandon Lloyd is heating up with interest reportedly coming from a West Coast contender (Pro Football Talk)