Jason Campbell: Is He The Next Drew Brees?
When the trade for Jason Campbell to the Oakland Raiders was announced, everyone in the football world saw this is as a upgrade at the quarterback postion for the Oakland Raiders, as well as a real leader for this franchise for the next five to eight years. Some Raider fans are not as endeared to Campbell, much like some Saints fans were not as endeared to Brees.
Both quarterbacks have had simular success and setbacks in their first few years in the NFL. These setbacks probably caused their orignal teams to move on without them, thinking that they, (Brees, Campbell), would not fit into their system, or that they did not have what it takes to win a championship.
The next few slides will show you why the Raiders should be estatic that they have Campbell.
Like Brees, Campbell was his teams starting quarterback after year one. Also like Brees, Campbell's numbers increase every year. In Brees's last year with the Chargers, he had 3,576 yards with 24 TDs and 15 INTs. Campbell's numbers last year with Washington were 3,618 yards with 20 TDs and 15 INTs.
You would think with production like this, that no team would let these players go. Well Brees did not fit Marty Schottenheimer's system of a big, strong-arm QB. Today you have new coach of the Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan, who felt that Campbell just was not suited for his West Coast system.
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Like Brees, Campbell comes to town with a brand new offensive cordinator that system fits his style. Campbell also has skill position players around him like Brees had when he came to New Orleans.
Brees players were: rookies Marques Colston (WR) and Reggie Bush (RB). He also had second-year man Devery Henderson at receiver and Deuce McAllister at running back. They traded for tight end Jeremy Shockey. And their offensive coordinator is Sean Payton, also their the head coach.
Campbell's players are: Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey at receiver. His running backs are Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, and his tight end is Zach Miller. Campbell's offensive cordinator is Hue Jackson.
Now with the talent and the systems in place to succeed, Campbell needs some time to get totally familiar with his new team so they can win.
Remember Brees did not win the Super Bowl in his four years with the Saints. The Saints were very competitive and fun to watch when Brees first stepped in, but there was not much talk of Super Bowls. As they got more and more battle-tested they were finally able to pursue and win the big one.
Does Campbell and these Raiders have what the Saints and Brees had in order to win a Super Bowl for this prude Oakland team? Only time will tell.