Jason Campbell and the Raiders will get a fresh start in 2010. Campbell was traded to the Raiders after the Redskins obtained Donovan McNabb from the Eagles.
Campbell became the favorite to start immediately after he was traded to Oakland, and now that JaMarcus Russell is gone he is the new quarterback of the future.
Campbell should enjoy a successful career as the quarterback for the Raiders and here are some reasons why he will be successful.
Last year the Raiders offense struggled for many reasons, one of them was coach Tom Cable calling the plays. Cable was wearing too many hats last year, and that made it hard for him to succeed in some areas.
Hue Jackson brings in a swagger to the offense that has been missing for quite sometime. Jackson will have all control of the offense and he should help Campbell and the rest of the young offense gel and develop well.
Campbell's relationship with Jackson will be a key part to Campbell's success in Oakland.
Last year the Raiders offensive line struggled. Khalif Barnes and Robert Gallery missed a lot of time due to injuries and that hurt the offense because there was a major lack of depth.
This offseason the Raiders have addressed that depth by adding some quality offensive linemen through the draft. If this unit can stay healthy it can be solid, or at least a lot stronger than last year.
Look for improvement along the offensive line which will help Campbell succeed with the Raiders.
A successful back field will have one back that carries the ball 50% or more on all the running plays, and has one guy who carries the majority of the rest.
A team that gave us a perfect example of a multiple back system was the Dallas Cowboys. Marion Barber carried the ball over 50% of the time, while Felix Jones carried the ball over 30% of the time. That left Tashard Choice with about 15% of the carries.
It's important to let one or two backs get into the flow of the season and get their touches. Last year Cable tried to evenly distribute the carries between three backs.
This was a mistake and it hurt the running game a lot. With only Michael Bush and Darren McFadden scheduled to take the majority of the carries the Raiders offense should be in much better shape.
Each back brings something different to the game, and they both should contribute to Campbell's success in Oakland.
The Raiders started two rookies last year at wide reciever, and it showed. While it may have been a bad thing for last year's quarterback it will be a great thing for Campbell this year.
Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are hard working young men. Their struggles last year only motivated them to improve during the offseason. Heyward-Bey has shown plenty of dedication and improvement during the offseason.
Murphy showed flashes of the kind of star he can be with his mean blocks, never giving up on plays and great catches. With a new quarterback and new system these two guys should have a much better year.
Chaz Schilens is also a player to watch out for he is tall, fast and has great hands. He could easily be the number one guy for the Raiders this year at receiver.
Johnnie Lee Higgins is also a very dependable wide out when given the chance.
Zach Miller will make the Pro Bowl in 2010, you can mark my words on that prediction. Despite the fact that he was the Raiders only constant threat on offense last year, he still managed to get open and make plays.
The improvement of the Raiders receivers should only open up the field more for Miller. His great hands and athletic ability will be on display in 2010.
Look for Miller and Campbell to become a great pair on the field.
The Raiders defense will be much improved for many reasons. They have added key players to help them stop the run on defense, and have added key pieces on offense to help them stay off the field.
If the Raiders offense can stop from going three and out on most of their drives this defense can be a top ten defense. Scoring on this defense will be tough, and this will take pressure off of Campbell.
Look for Campbell to help the defense out a lot and to get a lot of help from the Raiders defensive unit in 2010.
Say what you want about Al Davis, hate him or love him, he will do whatever it takes to make his team better. Yes, some of the moves haven't worked out, but he is active in always trying to make his team better.
You don't bring in guys like Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, DeAngelo Hall, Richard Seymour and John Henderson to make your team worse.
He will make sure Campbell has everything he needs to become a successful quarterback with the Raiders. Campbell is really a Davis type of quarterback. He has the big arm, the strength and the speed to be the kind of quarterback to run the Davis style offense.
Campbell will enjoy having Davis on his side, because he protects and takes care of his players.
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