Oakland Raiders: Jason Campbell Showing Much Needed Leadership

Joseph McNealCorrespondent IMay 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on January 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."
-Henry Kissinger

What is going on with my beloved Oakland Raiders? Not only are they improving in the wins column, but now we are seeing true leadership in a time of uncertainty.

There is a lockout in place with no end in sight. The owners and the players are far apart according to everything we are reading in the press. With all of that being said, the Oakland Raiders are flying under the radar but are getting the job done. Why are they getting it done?Leadership.

Last year Jason Campbell was pulled from his starting position against the Rams, and it looked like he was going to spend the rest of the season on the bench. He came back against the hated San Diego Chargers and led the Raiders to victory. This year he has taken the next step in his role as the starting quarterback.

What a difference a year can make.

It was written many times last year that he was the quiet, lead by example type of quarterback as opposed to Bruce Gradkowski, the fiery, get in your face type. Well, well, it looks like Jason has done just what a starting quarterback in this league needs to do, “Don’t talk about it, be about it.”

As we all know talk is cheap. Proof is in the pudding. Well, for the last month or so, Jason has been working with receivers Darrius Hayward-Bey and Louis Murphy. They have been in the gym and on the field working on timing and mastering the playbook.

This is what a leader does. This is the mantel that Jason has assumed. Jason and Richard Seymour are even taking it further. They have organized team workouts, and they are getting as many of the guys together as possible.

A lot of Raider fans were reading about other teams working out and were worried if the Raiders were doing anything. Jason jumped on twitter and responded to fans with the following

Fan tweet: "Hope you guys are all gonna practice! Gotta have my raiders in tip-top shape! Call 'em up!"

Jason’s reply: "Being in shape is not an issue, keeping our chemistry is the key. I'm watching game on the couch right now because I'm sore like crazy from drills and workout today."

Fan tweet: "The Oakland Raiders Are Falling Behind"

Jason’s reply: "Raiders aren't behind, I was throwing with some my wide receivers weeks ago, and no tv or paper had to know. We know, all that matters."

Fan tweet: "You and big sey are team leaders. I'm going to do this everyday until someone organizes some workouts."

Jason’s reply: "me and sey already organizing workout schedule as a team."

Jason also tweeted: "See Raider Nation, just want all you guys to know that the players are putting in work on the low!!!"

This is the leadership that the Raiders have lacked for some time. Not from the owner or the coaches but from the players. Jason has taken the steps to not only put in the work he needs, but he is getting his teammates involved to do the same thing.

He wants to win and is willing to do what ever it takes to do just that, win. This is leadership! Go Raiders!

"The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does—and what it does is more important than what it is or how it works."
-Colonel Dandridge M. Malone