The Redskins have dropped four of their last five games, and at 7-6, they'll need to win out to even have a shot at the postseason. There are plenty of reasons for the slide, although the most popular is the inconsistent play of quarterback Jason Campbell.
It comes with the job, but the injuries along the offensive line certainly haven't helped Campbell's play. And that was never more evident than Sunday night against the Ravens. Campbell was under pressure all evening, which is what happens when you're without your starting right tackle, and your left tackle goes down midway through the game.
After Chris Samuels left with an arm injury, the Redskins called on Justin Geisinger to replace him. Not a week goes by that a backup has to come in for an injured starter, but this was different. Geisinger is an interior lineman, and according to the Bog's Dan Steinberg, hadn't taken a single rep at tackle in five years, which dates back to his days at Vanderbilt.
Yet there he was Sunday night, lining up at left tackle ... and promptly watching Terrell Suggs blow past him on his way to Campbell. But again, when you dress seven offensive linemen for a game, you'll sometimes have to improvise. It happens. One question, though: why didn't Zorn give Geisinger some help with Suggs? Maybe have a tight end or a running back providing a little moral support if nothing else?
For his part, Suggs was a concerned when he saw Geisinger line up opposite him.
"I actually pointed at Jim Zorn and said, 'You can't do this, you're going to get your quarterback hurt,' " said Suggs, who praised Geisinger's effort under such stark circumstances. "I was like, 'I don't think this guy is supposed to be here. You've got a mistake.' "
Good news, though: Stephon Heyer took over the left tackle duties a series later and Campbell escaped Baltimore in one piece. Going forward, the job will fall to Jason Fabini, so consider your worries assuaged, Mr. Sizzle.
Terrell Suggs Was Worried for Jason Campbell's Health on Sunday Night originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Tue, 09 Dec 2008 12:41:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.