Wise man once told me "never count your chickens until they're safely hatched."
Once Oakland Raiders acquired quarterback Jason Campbell, Raider Nation felt the sense of urgency to start their celebrations, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you don't literally win games in the off-season.
For so many years, season after season, so many holes left unfilled, are now being filled with depth of talent, young talent that is, meaning the verdict is still out on them buying into the system, and performing well week in and week out.
One significant change, the quarterback position. The limelight has been placed on Jason Campbell who has all the attributes to be a success here in Oakland , but we have seen his kind time and time again. Since the Rich Gannon era ended, Jason Campbell will make Raiders ninth starting quarterback in only seven years.
Oakland gave Campbell a one year extention to the final year of his contract, giving him two years to get his point across as being the face of the franchise. Same amount of time they gave their 2007 1st overall selection, JaMarcus Russell.
Campbell clearly will be in a better situation in Oakland than Russell during his three year tenure. How much better is yet to be known. Offensive line is expected to be better, with head coach Tom Cable not being overextented, as he like to call it. Cable will be able to focus more on the offensive line being that the playcalling duties are in the hand of Hue Jackson.
Campbell very mobile in the pocket, and throws on the run very well, but I know it has to worry him watching former teamate, rookie Brain Orakpo gather up four sacks in one game against the Oakland Raiders last season because left tackle Mario Henderson simply couldn't block him. Also watching quarterback Bruce Gradkowski go down with injuries to both knees.
Every since former Raider JaMarcus Russell has been release comparing numbers has been the next big thing. We've been discussing how many dollars per win, dollars per touchdown, and dollars per completion, instead we should be welcoming Jason Campbell to the AFC, home of the defense, he will be fortunate enough to have an easier schedule than the Raiders had last year, but still nothing like he had in Washington last year.
Campbell led Washington to a not so impressing 13th rank in the NFC in touchdowns and 10th in the NFC in passing, these are some of the numbers we should be concern about. Things are totally different in the AFC wins are placed heavily on the shoulders of the defense for example Mark Sanchez led the Jets to a horrible rank 31st in passing in all of NFL, but still led them to the AFC Conference game.
Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, and Fred Davis were all great targets for Campbell, will Campbell receiver crop even be similar to that in Oakland?
So Jason Campbell to be, or not be that is the question?