Yes, I'm saying it.
Jason Campbell is now the Raiders' franchise quarterback and will finally have his breakout year in 2011. A lot of the local media and fans may disagree, but I saw everything I needed to see from him last year.
Campbell threw for only 2,387 yards, 13 touchdowns, with eight interceptions and a rating of 84.5.
Those aren't very sexy numbers, so what did I see?
The bottom line is he is the first Raider quarterback to have a winning record in eight years (7-5). What I liked is the fact that he was able to overcome so much to play well down the stretch of the season.
First off, he had to learn his sixth playbook in as may years, but this time, he had to learn new teammates as well. Then he caught a stinger on his throwing shoulder that lasted a good four to six weeks.
While trying to negotiate that, he was benched by a coach that didn't want him and replaced by a fan favorite. While the fan favorite didn't nothing to show why he should play, Campbell never complained.
He stayed on the grind and played very well down the stretch of the season.
He was even able to overcome the Raiders' horrendous pass blocking, rediscovering the legs that helped him lead Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004.
That's how you win over a locker room!
Deion Sanders always says on NFL Network, "I want a guy that's been through something!"