Jason Campbell: A Lesson in the NFL Business

David CotignolaContributor IIApril 5, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21: Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on December 27, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The acquisition of Donovan McNabb by the Redskins is a perfect example of the NFL Business Machine as we know it.  Unfortunately for Jason Campbell, it is more like a gag from the Keystone Cops.  You know the one, where the guy gets the rug pulled out from under him.  

Now just a roster move waiting to happen, Campbell is in a race against time.  The starting quarterback jobs are fast filling up.  Now Marc Bulger is added to the mix.  The draft is weeks away.  Michael Vick is still out there.  There are others too.  What can Jason Campbell do?  

Honestly, the best thing he can do is try to exercise a little patience.  Jason Campbell has the tools and talent to be a great starting quarterback.  If, IF, he can find a situation where can truly develop.  The situation in Washington was so muddled and chaotic that any quarterback would struggle.  The key is, he can't go from one disaster to another, which is why losing the chance to start for Shanahan is such a blow.  

As much as I think he would be a great fit for Oakland, I think it's a mistake to go there. I do not see Tom Cable as the type of coach who can develop a quarterback into a champion, nor do I see the Tom Cable administration making it past 2011.  Jason Campbell needs a coach who is going to be there for several years and be successful. He also doesn't need to go somewhere where he will be looking over his shoulder all season.  

I hope he can find the right fit and get the chance he deserves to evolve into that franchise quarterback I'm confident he can be.  To be honest, I think he'd be a good fit in Minnesota (of course Bret might still come back.)  I'd also think he'd be an upgrade in Jacksonville and Carolina, but one poor season in 2010 will probably spell the end of the current respective coaches tenure. Time will tell what happens to Jason Campbell, but I hope he takes that time to find the right team, not the first team to come along.