Apr 25, 2005, 5:51 PM EDT
I’m not one to whine much about media bias against the Redskins. Yes, there is a lot of negative reporting about the Redskins. It’s hard to find a Skins draft grade out there above what I got in high school physics (and there’s a reason I’m not a rocket scientist). My line of reasoning has been based on the fact that until they make the playoffs again or at least post a couple of consecutive winning seasons, the critics will be out there.
Sometimes, however, the critics get caught in a biased moment. When something they said in a context that doesn’t involve the Redskins suddenly does pertains to Danny Snyder’s team, the positive spin becomes inoperative and turns negative, or vice versa depending on the situation.
Read the following statement and tell me who made it:
Campbell looked really good — so good that you find yourself wondering: How can a scout watch this kid and not label his arm, athleticism and field presence all first-round gifts?
Was it Joe Gibbs or Vinny Cerrato? Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville? Some homer Redskins blogger out there?
No, it was said in this article by Peter King. Yes, the very same Peter King who annually draws the ire of Redskins fans when he leads to charge to block Art Monk’s entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The very same Sports Illustrated writer who hasn’t had anything good to say about the Redskins since the Norv Turner era.
To say that he is ga-ga over Campbell in the article, which was published two weeks before the draft on April 11, would be an understatement. You have to click over to the third page before you find the nut of the story:
Next I watched Campbell. My first question was: Where’s this guy been hiding? The simple answer: Behind Brown and a very big Cadillac. Campbell is 6-4 3/4 and 230 pounds. His pass-drop is quick and textbook perfect. He sets up well in the pocket, bouncing athletically until he finds his receivers. He never flinches against a pass rush, moving deftly this way or that to avoid traffic. He throws on the run better than Rodgers or Campbell. On one throw against Kentucky last fall, he rolled out from his 46 to his right, then flicked a sideline throw 19 yards downfield for an in-stride completion. That’s the kind of throw he’ll be asked to make 100 times a year in the NFL.
He concludes in regards to what quarterback the 49ers should draft among Alex Smith, Aaron Rogers and Campbell:
I hope they take another look at Campbell. I sure would if I were Mike Nolan.
But, hey, if you’re Joe Gibbs, you’re a fool to make the trade for the 25th pick in the draft in order to take a quarterback who is in the writer’s view an equal to the #1 overall pick, according to King.
On Monday on PTI, King literally laughed at the Redskins for drafting Campbell, saying that it was obvious that the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. He made absolutely no mention of the fact that he thought that Campbell was Smith’s equal. If he did, then that would have blown the whole media template established that the Redskins are the gang that can’t shoot straight.
If you’re trading a couple of mid-rounders for a shot to get an guy who’s as good as the best quarterback in the draft, that’s a pretty shrewd deal. That’s something that, to the Peter Kings of the world, the Redskins can’t make. So, just like in the Nixon White House, previous statements become inoperative. Campbell’s talents are first-round gifts when another team might be looking at him. When the Redskins take him in the first, they’re bumblers.
We’re always suspected it, but now we have the goods on at least one of them.
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