Jason Campbell: Why the Oakland Raiders Quarterback Is Primed for a Pro Bowl

Elias Trejo@@Elias_TrejoSenior Analyst IIApril 8, 2011

Jason Campbell: Why the Oakland Raiders Quarterback Is Primed for a Pro Bowl

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the ground against the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Image
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    The Oakland Raiders are entering the 2011 with playoffs on their mind. The offense will be Jason Campbell's offense to run, and don't be surprised if he is headed to Hawaii after the 2011 season.

    Campbell has been part of two of the most unstable franchises in the last decade. The Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders change coaches like girls change clothes.

    There are many things working in Campbell's favor. Let's take a look at five reasons why he could make a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011.

Darren McFadden

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Darren McFadden is not only a weapon in the running game, but he also has the ability to make plays through the air.

    Last season, McFadden caught three touchdown passes and averaged over 10 yards per catch. He also had the second-most receptions on the team with 47 catches.

    McFadden will give Campbell a weapon out of the backfield on screen passes and when he lines up as a receiver. He can turn a short pass into a long gain for six.

Hue Jackson

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    ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  New Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson looks on during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California.  Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Tom Cable.  (Photo by
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    Hue Jackson will be one of the biggest reasons why Jason Campbell has a solid season. This will be one of the few times in Campbell's career that he's kept the same offensive scheme for two years in a row.

    He doesn't have to worry about learning a new system. All he has to do is focus on getting better and growing in his second year under the same system.

    Jackson will challenge Campbell and give him the confidence he needs to take the next step as an NFL quarterback. 

Al Saunders

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    BALTIMORE, MD - CIRCA 2010:  In this handout image provided by the NFL , Al Saunders of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  ( Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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    Al Saunders has worked with Jason Campbell and Hue Jackson before. Saunders was brought in to be the offensive coordinator. Jackson will still continue to call the plays, but Saunders will help run the offense.

    Both Jackson and Saunders worked with Joe Flacco and know what it takes to help a quarterback improve his game. Their offense is aggressive and sets up the deep ball with their running game.

    This style of offense is the perfect fit for Campbell. He has one of the best fake handoffs in the league.

    With their talented backfield and speed receivers, the Raiders are primed to take advantage of the deep ball. 

Receivers Are Ready

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs down field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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    The Raiders receivers will be a major factor in Campbell's success in 2011. Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford will be one year better and more experienced.

    Murphy and Heyward-Bey are entering their third years in the league. While they haven't put up extraordinary numbers, they have improved each year they've been in the NFL.

    Both have a hard work ethic and the drive to get better. Expect more improvement from the these two next season.

    Jacoby Ford will be a threat to score any time he has the ball. He has already proved to be a dangerous weapon, and Campbell will benefit from Ford's speed.

    Chaz Schilens is also going to be healthier than he's ever been. If he can stay healthy, Campbell will have the best receiving unit he's ever had in his career.

Zach Miller

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller should probably get used to going to Hawaii. Jason Campbell loves his tight ends. Miller has been the Raiders' most reliable target since he was drafted in 2007.

    Miller knows how to get open and Campbell knows how to find him. It's not rare for a quarterback and tight end to be named to the Pro Bowl together. 

    Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez went this year and Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark seem to always be there.

    Don't be surprised to see these to make a Pro Bowl together sometime soon.

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