Do the Redskins owe Campbell an explanation?

May, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

  Campbell

ESPN.com columnist Len Pasquarelli thinks that teams such as the Vikings Redskins, Jets and Bucs owe their incumbent (or projected) quarterbacks an explanation after either making or attempting to make moves to upgrade the position. The Redskins have already met with Jason Campbell to explain their position, but I'm not sure that matters. It has to be embarrassing to watch your team desperately try to acquire someone to replace you -- especially when you've done everything they've asked of you over the past four years.

Campbell is heading into this third full year as the team's starting quarterback, and his second year under head coach Jim Zorn. As Pasquarelli points out, the Redskins can't afford to send him into the 2009 season with a lack of confidence. But is there anything they can say to make him feel better? I guess we'll find out soon.

Regarding the other teams Pasquarelli mentioned, I'm not sure why the Vikings owe Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels any explanation for going after Brett Favre. Rosenfels just showed up on the scene and Jackson doesn't have any right to gripe after the way he's played the last couple seasons.

And call me callous, but I have no sympathy for Kellen Clemens. What has he done to earn the starting job with the Jets?

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