Joe Theismann: Jason Campbell Gets It, JaMarcus Russell Doesn't And Never Will

Elias Trejo@@Elias_TrejoSenior Analyst IIApril 8, 2010

DENVER - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 celebrates following the Oakland Raiders' victory over the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 20-19.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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JaMarcus Russell is one of the most criticized players in the NFL. He is a former number one draft pick who has failed to produce and develop in his first three years. It's safe to say that Russell cannot catch a break from all his criticism.

The latest example of this criticism is from a quarterback who may have had the most famous break of all time, Joe Theismann. The former Redskin believes the Raiders should pursue another former Redskin, Jason Campbell.

He was very up front in his belief that Russell doesn't get it, and that Campbell does in his latest interview on Sirius Radio.

"I can tell you conclusively that JaMarcus Russell never will be able to play QB in the National Football League. He just doesn't get it."

He also went on to say that Russell is too big and inaccurate. While these words may not hit harder than Lawrence Taylor coming from your blindside, they are still pretty strong words.

Theismann is campaigning for Campbell, and thinks he would be better suited to be the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.

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What he may not realize is that the Redskins were an East Coast version of the Oakland Raiders.

They have an impatient owner who has no idea how to build a team in today's NFL, and likes to dish out big contracts to free agents that rarely work out.

Campbell handled himself like a professional and he prepared like one in Washington. He also "gets it" according to Theismann. The reality of the situation is that whether he got it or not, he got replaced by the same guy who was supposed to replace Russell.

The Raiders biggest issue is the offensive line which was also one of the Redskins biggest issues. The Raiders must improve in that area if they want any quarterback to be successful.

We have yet to see Russell play well, but we also haven't seen him play behind a solid offensive line or with solid wide receivers.

Despite reports of Russell working out and being with the team during the offseason, the Raiders are still looking at quarterback options.

The best thing that happened to Campbell and his career was to get out of Washington and start over. The Redskins never gave him the protection and talent he needed to be successful.

Perhaps Russell deserves the same fate. The last quarterback to succeed in Oakland was Rich Gannon, who was average before he joined the Raiders.

Many people suggest that having a solid offensive line and quality receivers made Gannon's life easy as the quarterback. Those same people don't think the lack of an offensive line and lack of quality receivers have anything to do with Russell's failures.

Nobody knows who will start for the Raiders on opening day. Theismann believes Campbell should be the guy, not Russell.

If Russell's current failures don't fuel his fire to succeed, perhaps Theismann's words will. Then again, words can never hurt you, but sticks, stones, and Lawrence Taylor can break your bones.

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