Colts trying to get Jason Campbell to unretire

AP

As the Colts try to find a competent backup for quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, they don’t have many viable options. And one of their options technically isn’t an option at all.

Per a league source, the Colts are trying to lure Jason Campbell out of retirement. Campbell played for the Browns in 2013, the one year Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski served as the head coach there.

Campbell wasn’t great that year for the Browns (then again, who really has been since 1999?), but he’s got familiarity with Chudzinski and, again, there aren’t a lot of options.

A first-round pick of Washington in 2005, Campbell has 79 career regular-season starts. And he’s only 33, a full seven years younger than Matthew Hasselbeck.

The Colts currently have only two quarterbacks on the roster: Hasselbeck and Andrew Luck, who according to the team is out 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney.

101 responses to “Colts trying to get Jason Campbell to unretire

  1. Trade for Colt McCoy?
    Bring back Brady Quinn?
    Trade for Weeden ?
    What’s Charlie Frye up to?

    The best one isn’t leaving Carolina….

  2. It’s staggering to me that the best option is a guy who isn’t even in the league anymore, who hasn’t played in a year and a half, who sucked when he did play, and who may be completely out of shape by now.

  3. They should try to get Brady. Only problem with that is he comes with his fans and legitimate teams would rather have Ryan Leaf than him.

  4. I never really understood how with all the players in division one college football, the talent level at quarterback is so horrible in the nfl. And yes, I said horrible. That is comparing the amount of eligible players in college football vs. 32 starting jobs in the nfl. It must be due to the coaches and their lack of matching their quarterback with a system they can thrive in. How can we only fill about 12 spots with excellent to good players out of a whole college farm league of players? It’s mind boggling.

  5. He was a solid QB at Oakland until broken collarbone preempted the freakout that brought Palmer off his coach.

  6. Campbell is a statue in the pocket. He’ll get killed behind that line.
    I think Washington (Redskins) should trade Indy one RG3 today for two hamburgers tomorrow!

  7. @robbieboston, I think it has a lot to do with the differences in NCAA offenses. Lots of one-read systems, far less complex schemes, and less talented competition. Think about it: why do most QB prospects fail? It’s rarely because they have a weak arm and can’t make “NFL throws.” You can figure that out at the combine, what routes than can or can’t throw. It’s what happens between their ears that makes the difference most times. A lot of these guys can’t handle the complexities of NFL offensive schemes, the complexities of defenses they play against, transition from play calling where they just look to the primary target and if he’s covered they just run/throw it away/eat a sack, and heightened competition physically and mentally on the other side of the ball. Usually if you flame out, you had a low completion percentage and/or a poor TD/INT ratio, and I’d wager both of those are largely a product of mental mistakes and poor decision making.

  8. Trade for Colt McCoy?
    Bring back Brady Quinn?
    Trade for Weeden ?
    What’s Charlie Frye up to?

    The best one isn’t leaving Carolina….

    —————————-

    Uhhh, the trade deadline has passed.

  9. All real Colts fans should be hoping Luck gets IR’d, and one of the other teams wins the division. They aren’t going anywhere in the playoffs anyways, and Luck is so determined to win that he takes these ridiculously huge shots. It’s one thing to do that o win the Super Bowl, but he’s taking these shots to win regular season games against the Jaguars and Titans.

    If they go 6-10 and don’t win the division, maybe they will finally draft a stud olineman. The worst-case scenario is they win the division at 6-10 or 7-9. They will lose in the first round, but because they won the division (with a losing record), they will be drafting in the 20s again….

  10. Heck, sign Kurt Warner. If it wasn’t for his contract, I would say get RG3 and they could have the top 2 picks from that draft.

  11. willycents says:
    Nov 11, 2015 2:49 PM
    They should try to get Brady. Only problem with that is he comes with his fans and legitimate teams would rather have Ryan Leaf than him.

    Brady Quinn is not interested in playing for an Irsay/Grigson run organization, nor is Ryan Leaf for that matter.

  12. It’s staggering to me that the best option is a guy who isn’t even in the league anymore, who hasn’t played in a year and a half, who sucked when he did play, and who may be completely out of shape by now.

    Thanks for the accurate and balanced comment Captain obvious.
    Colts can only blame themselves for leaving themselves so vulnerable. At least Tebow could run it a few times.

  13. @RobbieBoston…..IMO, the problem is that colleges are no longer running pro schemes. For many years Miami and Tennessee (just to name a few) produced tons of NFL talent because they both ran tradition pro-I formations. Now, the vast majority of teams run west coast “gimmick” style offenses. In reality, most college QB’s aren’t ready to play at the collegiate level. There are enough Urban Meyer’s in the world that can turn a gimmick into a national title. Unfortunately, gimmicks don’t win Super Bowls.

  14. robbieboston says:
    Nov 11, 2015 2:50 PM

    I never really understood how with all the players in division one college football, the talent level at quarterback is so horrible in the nfl. And yes, I said horrible. That is comparing the amount of eligible players in college football vs. 32 starting jobs in the nfl. It must be due to the coaches and their lack of matching their quarterback with a system they can thrive in. How can we only fill about 12 spots with excellent to good players out of a whole college farm league of players? It’s mind boggling.
    ****************************************
    While I don’t agree with you about how the collegiate game compares to the pro game, I understand your question.
    I always thought the same thing with place kickers. You would think that with football in the states and soccer (the other football) played around the world, place kickers would be more available. I guess not.

  15. This has to be the biggest let down for the NFL this year. Not to mention for the state of Indiana. You guys are probably going to end up with Whitehurst. Because I’m sure Campbell isn’t going back to be a yo-yo again.

  16. They could do a lot worse than Campbell. He never made it as a starter, thought he did play well in Oakland before getting hurt. He was always one of the best 40 QBs in the league but not the guy you want as option #1.

    He’s been out of the league but he’s still young enough and would be a better game manager than many of the scrubs who have played QB in that division over the past couple years.

  17. “They should try to get Brady. Only problem with that is he comes with his fans and legitimate teams would rather have Ryan Leaf than him.”

    There it is, the most stupid thing I’ll read all day.

    SMH

  18. DONT DO IT JASON!!! if you unretire now you’ll be forced to start you’re 5 year wait all over again until you’re eligible for CANTON, its not worth it bro…

  19. latenightroach says:
    Nov 11, 2015 3:44 PM

    They’re desperate if they want Captain Checkdown

    ————————-
    If he is Captain Checkdown what does that make alex smith?

    emperor checkdown?

  20. wvuandsteelers says:
    Nov 11, 2015 3:06 PM
    Heck, sign Kurt Warner. If it wasn’t for his contract, I would say get RG3 and they could have the top 2 picks from that draft.

    And Trent Richardson went 3rd so they could have the top 3 picks from the 2012 NFL Draft

  21. Someone beat me to the Jeff George comment that is all.
    But really I agree how can the NFL have the largest and cheapest (no direct cost to them) farm system and not produce enough good quarterbacks? I think others have hit the nail on the head, these coaches are all A type personalities and the vast majority won’t tweak their system to the talent they have. Instead they try to make quarterbacks play in systems that don’t suit their talents and don’t build their teams around that.

  22. Bernie Kosar! He’s made an offer to the Browns but, Pettine is too insecure to want that much talent around him.

  23. I didn’t bring up the differences in offenses from pro to college but it was in my mind. I just find it crazy that outbid all that raw talent, there are currently 8-14 pro qb’s that are good to excellent and can really be stars on their teams.

  24. dewey51 says:
    Nov 11, 2015 3:35 PM
    Colts trying to get Jason Campbell to unretire

    Why?
    __________________________________________

    Because unlike Ryan Mallet, Jason will actually be on the team plane when it takes off.

  25. Tebow really is The Answer.

    Watch Luck take 6 weeks off and the Colts win the division at 8-8 or 7-9. He comes back like Nixon- tanned, rested and ready and leads tem to the AFC Championship game where the Patriots or the Bengals blow them apart.

  26. Hey, Jason had at least one killer game for the Browns that year. Like truly killer game… 100x better than I’d ever seen him do in a Bears uni the year before.

    Has no one mentioned Nathan Enderle?

  27. You mean there’s no cast off Eagles quarterback for Ryan Grigson to woo with a Brink’s truck full of money? What a shame

  28. I’m guessing the offensive system and terminology is still primarily Pep’s.
    Pep was once the QB coach of the Sex Cannon if I’m not mistaken…

    “Don’t call it a comeback.” -LL

  29. Clearly, it would be (attempting to get Campbell to un-retire) for the remainder of this season, but why didn’t the Colts draft/bring on a 3rd string to develop? If (40 year-old) Hasselbeck goes down, then what? Just another reason to fire HC Pagano.

  30. And to think, when these clowns started whining about the Champs, the league believed them and their drug-addled owner. Everything since then has really shown the wisdom of that confederacy of dunces.

  31. tedmurph says:
    Nov 11, 2015 3:20 PM

    Too bad McNabb’s in the can.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, but in a few days he’ll be eligible for the work release program.

  32. I laughed at the Kurt Warner suggestion for about 10 seconds…then I thought…if a team was in a position to make a run for a playoff spot, he would be perfect. Just try to draw him from a cushy spot in the studio and the warmth of Arizona.

  33. Freeman just finished his FXFL season. So he has recent game experience. Granted competition level isn’t much but, it beats having been on the couch for a year, plus. He’s “only” 27. I’d kick those tires.

  34. The easy choice is Matt Flynn, but I hav no problem with Tanney playing. Thought he would get a look in Cleveland, and as tough as Hasselbeck is, his 40 yr old bones don’t need to be playing in the 4th quarter if they are up 20 or down 20, so put in Tanney and see what he can do.

    If the Colts actually bring Campbell in, it will show that they learned nothing from the Kerry Collins disaster.

  35. I just scrolled all of this and didn’t see Kyle “throw the pig skin a 1/4 mile” Orton. hell , Orton , Trent Edwards, Losman , Young, the kid from Washington State, Leinart. There’s 7 former Bills a better option then Campbell. And the fact the colts are exploring qb options Incase hasselbeck goes down, does not look good for seeing Andy Luck again this season.

  36. Ryan Leaf??? C’mon man! First you’d have to get his parole board to get him out of jail. He *IS* in jail, isn’t he?

  37. Wow, I mean there aren’t any competent backups around? I get that Chud is familiar with Campbell, but dude is probably way out of football shape. Hopefully Hasslebeck can get it done. Unlike Luck, he knows when to get rid of the ball. Luck’s tendency to hang on to the ball until the last second is great at times (see several plays in the Denver game), and it also is what gets him walloped. Hasslebeck didn’t get sacked in the two games he played, bc he dumped off the ball quickly. And with the schedule lightening up a bit…the Colts can make it though, though I kinda wish (hate to say it) they’d go 6-10 and miss the playoffs so we actually have a draft pick in the top 15 for once.

  38. To all those suggesting trades: NFL Trade Deadline has passed. This is a complicating factor.

    That said, if the deadline had not passed, Washington would be pushing RGIII hard and Irsay is just wacky enough to go for it.

    The NFL should move the trade deadline back til later in the season and you would see more action…

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