Scalping the news for Aug. 20
An MRI reveals good news for Jason Campbell and the Redskins. Now Coach Gibbs must decided whether to play Campbell in the 3rd preseason game. My view: Don’t risk it.
Seems like Gibbs knows he got a lucky break:
“We came out of this as good as we could have,” said Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who declined to say which veteran backup, Todd Collins or former starter Mark Brunell, would play if Campbell can’t.
So, if Campbell doesn’t go in preseason week 3 — and I don’t think he should — who should be starting in his place? Should it be the hot hand, Todd Collins, who played well against 3rd-stringers in the Titans game, but also shredded Pittsburgh’s starters and 2nd-stringers on Saturday? Or should it be Gibbs’ best pal, Mark Brunell, who has not lost the confidence of the only man whose opinion counts?
And once we get past who it should be, we must consider who it actually will be.
Neither Collins, who played first against the Steelers and is having a fine preseason, nor Brunell, who played first in the Aug. 11 opener at Tennessee and is struggling, knew who would get the first shot against the Ravens.
Campbell’s seven starts to finish 2006 should make it unnecessary to risk playing him for the rest of preseason, and Gibbs did concede, “Obviously, preseason is one thing and regular season is something else.”