Jason Campbell: From D.C. Nightmare to Raider Majesty

It was Monday night at Fed-Ex Field in 2009, the Redskins versus the Eagles, and fans waved anti-Snyder signs. The banners read “Fire Cerrato!” and “End Snyder’s Napoleon Rule,” led by repeated chants of “Sell the team!” which rang throughout Fed-Ex Field. All the while, irate fans tossed boxes of popcorn, hot dogs, and sodas at Dan Snyder’s corporate box.

A day later, Snyder banned all anti-Snyder signs from Fed-Ex Field—freedom of expression? Not in Danny’s house.


Months before, Snyder courted Jay Cutler in an attempt to woo him to Washington. Then Snyder laminated Mark Sanchez with food and wine—and later, rumors surfaced that the Redskins were looking at Matt Cassel. The Redskins, however, lost out on all three quarterbacks, so they had a closed door meeting with Jason Campbell to put their young quarterback’s mind at ease.

Campbell responded, "It was like having your manhood questioned, like they were saying I was not a good quarterback while I was still on the team.”

Then Campbell went on to have a better season, statistically, than Cutler, Cassel, and Sanchez.

Later in 2009, on the radio, Clinton Portis ranted, “It's no disrespect to Jason, but everybody in that locker room will tell you—you will never see Jason mad, you will never see Jason's tempo change.

"[He's] going to give you everything [he's] got. But as a leader...it was always, 'Jason couldn't take control of the huddle' or 'He didn't do this' or 'He didn't do that.' That wasn't Jason's character...

"I think Jason, you can't place so much on somebody who's not ready for that situation. I think Jason has enough trouble in getting the plays in and worrying about this, compared to controlling the huddle."

All that from a man who refused to practice, ran to Snyder and compla...

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