A lot has been made about the acquisition of Jason Campbell by the Oakland Raiders this year.
Some fans are hailing him as the next Rich Gannon, while others don't understand why he was brought in when Bruce "Almighty" Gradkowski had such a solid campaign last year.
Breaking down Campbell's strengths, we see a very solid, yet unspectacular quarterback.
For the Raiders to be successful with Campbell at the helm, they will need to play to his strengths, something his past offensive coordinators have not done.
Jason has a big time arm, he can make all the throws required of a quarterback in the NFL with relative ease.
The West Coast Offense he ran last year rarely calls up its quarterback to stretch the field vertically. It is predicated on the quarterback making quick decisions and throwing a lot of short dink-and-dunk passes.
If there's one thing the Oakland Raiders have on their roster, its speed. Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Darren McFadden are all elusive receivers with great speed. Chaz Schilens has the size and strength to wrest the ball from defenders deep down the field.
If new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson can create the needed matchups with these guys, Campbell has the arm to get them the ball.
Campbell isn't a guy with great intangibles. When the pressure is on, he's not likely to put the team on his back and produce. He needs help.
In his careers, Campbell has four fourth quarter comebacks, one every season he has been the starter. He has also only helped produce seven game-winning drives in 52 games played.
Jason won't lose you the game with horrific interceptions or untimely fumbles, but he won't win you the game either.
In his defense, he has never been surrounded by elite offensive talent, but today's NFL is a quarterback driven league and Campbell has never been an elite playmaker.
I think that an underrated aspect of Campbell's game is his running ability. He averages roughly 200 yards on the ground every season.
An interesting play package I'd like to see Hue Jackson try out is the option play the Tennessee Titans ran with Vince Young and Chris Johnson. Rolling Campbell and McFadden out in the same direction at the same time will force defenders to choose who to defend, then whoever is open will keep the ball.
Running more of the wildcat with McFadden or end arounds with Heyward-Bey could also produce big plays.
The threat of all this will help keep defenses off balance.
Campbell has always relied on TE Chris Cooley during his tenure with the Redskins, so I believe Zach Miller will emerge as his most reliable target on 3rd down. Miller has shown a penchant for getting open and making plays when it counts.
If the Raiders improve as a whole on offense, everyone will view Campbell as a success as well.
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