Oakland Raiders

Jim Plunkett Vs. Jason Campbell: Not Unsimilar Starts

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12:  Jason Campbell #18 looks to pass in the preseason game againsts the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Kevin ErnestContributor ISeptember 15, 2010

This morning, like every morning and night, I Googled "Oakland Raiders", This morning I was just disturbed. There were numerous articles talking about Jason Campbell's "mediocrity" or "in-sufficient" skills. They claim that these traits of Jason Campbell will be the undoing of the Raiders. I was appalled. This was after only one game.... One single game. Then it got me thinking...

Last night I had the weirdest dream.....

So when I play the popular video game Madden NFL, I am known as a superb field goal kicker (of course that is easy when you have Seabass working for you). Last night I had a dream that I had to kick the field goals in the 1981 Superbowl (the season that started in 1980).

When I woke up I looked up that Superbowl online and realized that was Jim Plunkett's first Superbowl win with the Raiders. Wikipedia said that Plunkett was the second string QB behind Pastorini. (DISCLAIMER: this is all before my time. All I know is what I have found online.) When Pastorini broke his leg, Plunkett got his chance to shine, but that isn't how it panned out for him... After relieving Pastorini, Plunkett threw 5 interceptions against the Chiefs. This wasn't the chance that Plunkett had in mind, but guess what..... He led us to the Superbowl that year and was the Superbowl MVP that year. (PERSONAL NOTE: Why Plunkett is not in the HOF is an atrocity to the sanctity of the NFL)

Now... Jason Campbell didn't throw 5 interceptions, but he did throw one and fumbled twice I believe. This was far from what he had planned to accomplish. But as we have seen... History does report itself (yeah i know... pretty cliche'). I'm not saying that Jason Campbell is going to lead us back to the promised land (even though I so wish it).

I am saying that we shouldn't lose all our hope after one game and we DEFINITELY should not start thinking about shopping Jason Campbell away. The Raiders have been known as a team that gives players a second chance. I just ask to please let Jason Campbell prove himself (or do the opposite) this season before we determine his judgement.

Maybe my dream was an omen that the Raiders will be victorious this year. We just might be able to hoist up that Lombardi trophy just as Jim Plunkett did in 1981.

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