Sometimes I have to stop and check myself. I’m of the camp that believes Jason Campbell isn’t the savior of this franchise. He’s perfect for here and now but for the future I just don’t see him putting another Lombardi in Al’s cabinet.
Whatever my opinion of Campbell’s skill level is doesn’t really matter though. Today I became hyper aware of why he is so important to the Oakland Raiders at this very moment in time.
Campbell popped up on PFT Live today and had a chat with Mike Florio about the state of the Raiders and what he’s been doing during the lockout.
Showing why it’s important to have true leadership at the QB position, Campbell discussed the workouts both he and Richard Seymour have been organizing. Turns out Campbell is getting together with his young receivers during this down period.
When asked about Darrius Heyward-Bey, Campbell said he sees DHB taking that next stride in his important third season.
When Florio tried to stir the pot by asking about Tom Cable’s man crush on Bruce Gradkowksi, Campbell kept it honest. He admitted to being frustrated by the uncertainty of his job status which is more than expected. But he also kept it positive by talking up Hue Jackson.
Then Campbell dropped the P word by stating his desire to honor Raider Nation by getting this franchise back into the playoffs.
All in all there is no possible way you could hate on JC after listening to him open up about anything and everything from his opinion of Oakland’s draft to his tumultuous time as a Redskin.
After it was all said and done, I had a frightening thought – imagine how terrible things would be if JaMistake was our QB right now.
There’d be no workouts of any kind. If the guy wasn’t doing it when he was collecting phat checks then there’s no chance he’d have any interest doing it on the love. There’d be no way he could handle all the expectations that come with just 8 wins. And there is no way at all he’d be studying his playbook every night like Campbell.
In short Campbell’s steady hand is exactly what this franchise needs right now.
Never mind going forward. Despite all my Campbell complaints fact of the matter is he’s the best QB in the East Bay since Rich Gannon. It is no coincidence that the offense came to life once he got a consistent chance to be the starter. Those 7 wins in 12 starts speak for themselves.
With Campbell the Raiders are in good hands. There’s really no way I can hate on that. I’m still not ready to cosign with Al and call him the next Plunkett but I have no doubt Campbell can get this team to the playoffs. Given the previous seven years before he got here I really have no right to act like that’s not enough.
For now, I couldn’t be happier to have Jason Campbell at the helm of the ship. Plunkett had to prove a lot of people wrong so I’d be more than happy to eat my words about Campbell too.
Maybe he’ll never be Plunkett but there’s no way Campbell will ever be JaLazy.
Right about now, I have no doubt Jason Campbell is the best possible QB for the Oakland Raiders. 5 years from now – no matter who is playing QB in Oakland – if this franchise is back on top then there is no doubt it couldn’t have gotten there without having Campbell at this very point in time.