Oakland Raiders

Jason Campbell Injury: What Available QBs Fit the Oakland Raiders Philosophy?

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 27: David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Adam OdekirkContributor IIOctober 17, 2011

There seems to be a lot of optimism that the NFL is suddenly going to become the NHL and have a frenzy of trades at the deadline. Even if that were to be the case, the Oakland Raiders are limited in their available pieces for trade.

Oakland's 2012 draft order already has more holes in it than swiss cheese, which makes it increasingly unlikely that they would be making a trade to fill the gap that losing Jason Campbell might create.

The good news is that the quarterback who would fit best into the Hue Jackson offense just needs to be signed and not traded for. That man is former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.

There is no doubt that the strength of the Oakland Raiders is their running game, and while Jason Campbell is a fairly mobile quarterback he doesn't add much to that attack. David Garrard has got almost 2,000 yards rushing in his career along with 17 rushing TD's and that is something that Hue Jackson can work with.

The trade off between the quarterbacks comes in the passing game but Garrard has acquitted himself very well, and the type of game plans that Jackson can create for him will help mask that.

Garrard fits into the overall team philosophy of "speed kills" and would be a nice test subject for helping create an offense that might someday be run by Terrelle Pryor.

Above and beyond the fit that Garrard provides on the field, adding him to the team would honor the memory of Al Davis and the further the mission of the Raiders to provide refuge for the cast offs of other teams.

Davis prided himself in being to find the guys who still gas in the tank and use the chip on their shoulder to add to the nasty, bully-like persona that Hue Jackson is trying to bring back.

Clearly, Garrard is not happy with the circumstances with which he left Jacksonville and would love an opportunity to prove that he can still be a starting quarterback in this league.

Oakland would be the perfect place to try and do that.

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