Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis made a bold statement by stating that newly acquired quarterback Jason Campbell is up to par with two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim Plunkett.
Plunkett is one of the all-time names in silver and black, but when matching up the resumes between he and Campbell, even at this stage of Campbell's career, it is amazing to see that Al Davis may, for the first time in a long time, be right about something when it comes to on the field talent.
Can Campbell fulfill Davis' hopes and turn around this wayward franchise?
At the very least, an NFL team needs its quarterback to be efficient and not sloppy with the ball. Stacking up the first four years of their career, as only possibly at this stage with Campbell and Plunkett, it is easy to see Campbell has the advantage.
Campbell owns a career 55/38 TD/INT ratio through four seasons. At that stage in his career, Plunkett was the owner of a 59/80 TD/INT ratio. Plunkett played for some bad teams during his first years with the Patriots, but 80 interceptions is just unsightly.
Roughly six percent of Plunkett's throws in his first four seasons went for interceptions. At this stage, only 2.3 percent of Campbell's throws end up in the wrong hands.
From 1971-1974 Plunkett operated with a completion percentage around 50 percent. In Campbell's first four seasons, his completion percentage has steadied at 61.2 percent with three consecutive seasons over 60 percent the last three years.
Obviously the NFL is a completely different league now with more onus on the pass, but if there is one thing Campbell has maintained throughout his ups and downs, it is an accurate pass.
Jim Plunkett retired with one of the worst career ratings ever for a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Plunkett's career 67.5 rating is nearly 15 points below Campbell's current career rating. In fact, Plunkett only broke 80 on his rating three times in his career, all coming within the last four years in the league.
Jason Campbell remained attractive to other teams when his days ticked away in Washington for one important reason—his arm.
Campbell's arm suits the big ball offense Al Davis likes to see his team play. Plunkett was an effective quarterback but didn't have the ability to really stretch the field like Campbell, which is something Al Davis loves—just ask JaMarcus Russell.
Like Plunkett before him, Campbell should benefit from a change of scenery. Plunkett owned a 34-53 record with the Patriots and 49ers before arriving in Oakland.
Campbell meanwhile possesses a 20-32 career record with the goal of turning that around in silver and black. Plunkett went on to earn a 38-19 record and two Super Bowl titles with the Raiders.
Despite questionable drafting, many analysts are confident this is a Raiders team on the mend. Campbell could be the right player to reverse the Raiders sub-.500 record over the last seven years.