During a closed-door meeting in owner Daniel Snyder's office in April, Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell listened attentively as Snyder voiced concerns about Campbell's performance last season. Snyder told Campbell he wants him to become a franchise QB, Campbell recalled Monday, but he has not reached that level yet in Snyder's opinion.
Snyder called the meeting to clear the air about his efforts to replace Campbell, Washington's starter for the last 2 1/2 seasons, during the offseason and encourage Campbell to assume more leadership. Although Campbell didn't agree with everything he heard in the meeting that Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive VP of football operations, and Coach Jim Zorn also attended, he left Snyder's office more determined to succeed.
As training camp opens Thursday, Campbell plans to shoulder more responsibility for how the Redskins perform in their 2nd season under Zorn, whose job security seems, at least in part, linked to the QB's performance. And after Snyder's recent pursuit of potential replacements for Campbell, this season could be his last with the Redskins unless he has a breakthrough year.