Tag:Jason Campbell
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:33 pm

Campbell will be next Raiders starting QB

During his briefing with the press today, as captured by the Contra Costa Times , Raiders coach Tom Cable said Jason Campbell will be the starting QB.

This news isn’t surprising, considering Bruce Gradkowski has been out with a torn pectoral muscle. Previously, Cable had said there would be competition for the right to replace JaMarcus Russell.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:43 pm

People Want Terrell Owens on the Raiders? Really?

Terrell Owens and the Oakland Raiders would, on the surface, seem to go together like lamb and tunafish (or perhaps you prefer spaghetti and meatball?): a rambunctious, potentially over-the-hill, often self-absorbed wide receiver with a team known for its dysfunction and willingness to bring on disruptive personnel.

But this is supposed to be the "new Raiders," the team that dumped JaMarcus Russell and finally managed to put together an impressive draft class.

Surely, signing Owens is a complete non-sequitur to Oakland's offseason thus far, right?

Maybe not -- while there haven't been any actual rumors that the Raiders are interested, per se, there are a few folks out there tossing the idea around as if it wouldn't be all that horrible.

Adam Rank of NFL.com first proposed it yesterday, pointing out that both recently humbled parties deserve a second chance (although wisely admitting the notion that it could be a "hacky premise and an easy punch line").

And today, Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune busted out a similar trope : the Raiders need TO.

So, um, do they?

Talent-wise, absolutely. Owens isn't an elite receiving option anymore, but judging him on his performance in Buffalo (based on their miserable quarterbacking situation and even more miserable offensive line) is a bit unfair -- he's clearly better than he was last year and definitely better than any other wideout on Oakland's roster.

There are other good arguments out there too: He'd immediately give new starter Jason Campbell a legit, proven weapon. He'd provide (potentially) a mentor for Darrius Heyward-Bey. He would be relatively cheap to bring in. His attitude would improve immediately just by being removed from the tropical paradise that is Buffalo.

The only question (and it's a really, really obvious one) is how will Owens mesh with the team's chemistry? Poole points out that having his own VH1 show is a nice outlet for Owens' self-indulgence, but I'd probably argue that still having his own show probably means that TO hasn't maxed out on humility quite yet.

That being said, though, if the Raiders went down this road, it would likely be with a cheap, incentive-laden contract that minimizes their risk. Worst case (or best case, if you write about the NFL for a living) is TO poisoning the locker room, causing a full-on silver and black meltdown that embarrasses the Raiders.

Either way, if it happens, it's worth bringing some popcorn.
-- Will Brinson
Posted on: July 18, 2010 11:27 am

Campbell represents vast improvement for Oakland

J. Campbell throws a pass during his Washington tenure (Getty). Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com is making the case that the Raiders acquisition of former Redskins starting QB Jason Campbell was one of the best deals of the offseason.

That’s more a reflection of how bad Oakland’s quarterbacks have performed since Rich Gannon completed 67.2 percent of his passes in 2002. When you’ve got JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Aaron Brooks, Marques Tuiasosopo, Ronald Curry and Rick Mirer starting for you, the addition of Campbell could be a welcome break.

Though Campbell has been maligned in Washington for much of his tenure, where he completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 10,860 yards, 55 touchdowns and 38 interceptions while leading the Redskins to a 20-32 as the starter, the Raiders have welcomed him.

"He's brought stability, and leadership, and professionalism," tight end Zach Miller told ESPN.

Yet, Pasquarelli admits that Campbell isn’t the perfect choice. From the story:

There are some negatives -- Campbell has averaged only 6.63 yards per attempt in his career and dumps off the ball too regularly, has taken way too many sacks, and still lacks some awareness in the pocket. But those negatives are outweighed by the positive components he provides for an Oakland franchise whose progress has been slowed by the flawed Russell experiment.

For sure, Campbell doesn't represent the laid-back Bay Area stereotype. He is competitive and passionate about the game, and his even-keeled nature probably helps camouflage a fiery persona. But he also has a strong arm, is accurate (a 62.4 percent completion rate in his three full seasons as a starter) and understands the game. And the former Auburn standout, who spent some time in Hattiesburg, Miss., throwing with Brett Favre this spring, won't tarnish the Golden Gate image.

The Raiders simply hope Campbell can help the team improve on their No. 31 offensive ranking from last season. You'd think it'd be hard not to do exactly that.

--Josh Katzowitz
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