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As much as it pains me to write this, as I've been a big fan of his since his Auburn days, Jason Campbell has of yet not proven to be the answer/saviour he was anointed to be in the offseason.
In fact, he's not even the starting quarterback any longer, after a whopping six quarters of work.
Entering yet another new offense, Campbell spent the offseason working with his receivers, devouring the playbook, and engendering good will amongst his teammates and the coaching staff.
His performance in Washington, where he seemed to rise above terrible teams to put up decent numbers, gave Raider Nation a cause for celebration when we pilfered him from the Redskins for a measley fourth rounder in 2011.
There were many reasons, tangible, concrete reasons, to think that Campbell would be a huge part in the turn around and return to glory of this edition of the Oakland Raiders.
Perhaps, after JaMarcus Russell, we expected too much too soon.
From the first snap of the regular season, Campbell looked tentative and unsure. He performed quite well at times in the preseason, with no sense of panic and hurriedness to anything he was doing. But in the regular season, he didn't look comfortable; he didn't look focused.
He looked scared. And with good reason.
Our offensive line failed Jason Campbell. Completely and utterly failed him. In that first game, Campbell was under constant pressure from the Titans' front seven and never got into a rhythm. Despite that, he put up good numbers in the game and played as well as could be expected under fire.
Last week, against St. Louis, a weaker opponent with a weaker front seven, Campbell was expected to turn things around and show us the QB we saw on those two opening drive touchdowns in the preseason. The line was supposed to play better.
But they didn't; Campbell was once again flustered all first half and could get nothing going. He did move the team, but then they stalled in the red zone. He threw an ill-advised pick into triple coverage and missed an assignment on a critical fourth down play. In short, he wasn't poised or composed as we expected him to be, and he was pulled after an ineffective first half for Bruce Gradkowski.
Campbell is a very talented guy, but he needs time to go through his reads and set up in the pocket. This line didn't allow him any of that at any point in those six quarters.
His struggles can't all be blamed on the offensive line; when he has had time, he's chosen to check the ball down rather than get it upfield to receivers that were open more often than not.
This was a knock on Campbell coming to the Raiders, but it was assumed that it was because he never had a hold on the job in Washington that he played so conservatively. We now see that's just his way.
His conservative approach and need for time to throw the ball are the main reasons the more aggressive, quick triggered Gradkowski is now starting and Campbell is holding a clipboard for the first time since his second year in the NFL.
One positive to take from this; a player that was thought to be the saviour is now the backup. You can't beat that QB depth.