Oakland Raiders Expectations of Jason Campbell Are Too High

Peter LomuscioCorrespondent IApril 28, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers on January 3, 2010 at Quolcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders acquired quarterback Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins on Saturday, during the draft weekend, for a 4th round draft pick in 2012. 

Jason Campbell may be an upgrade for the struggling Raiders franchise, but the expectations and hopes should be kept under control in Oakland because Jason Campbell is far from the savior that will save the bay area franchise.

Although Campbell is definitely serviceable and is clearly a big step up from draft bust Jamarcus Russell, he in no way is going to be the leader or difference maker on the offensive side of the ball for the Raiders.

In fact, don’t count on Jason Campbell being that big of an improvement over part-time starter Bruce Gradkowski. Campbell does have the physical tools and arm strength to be a great NFL quarterback, but he has just never put it all together.

Campbell started 52 games with the Redskins compiling a measly 20-32 record.

Campbell was dealt a tough hand in Washington. He was forced to switch offenses basically every season with the Washington Redskins, but he did show statistical progression as his statistics have improved every season.

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Campbell deserves the most credit is his professionalism off the field.

He has withstood controversies off the field about being replaced by Jay Cutler and didn’t slip with any negative comments and continued to play his game. Campbell also managed to take the high road when his leadership was called into question through the media.

Some say a lot of the fault for Campbell never living up to his first round draft spot lies in the hands of the Washington Redskins franchise, but this is letting Campbell off the hook rather easily.

Yes, the Redskins had a miserable offensive line in Campbell’s last season with Washington, but he seemed to always come up short on every big play and missed the open throws when the most was on the line.

Yes, Campbell has great arm strength, but every time Santana Moss burnt his corner back by five yards down the field, Campbell’s errant arm wouldn’t cash in on the opportunity.

Yes, Campbell has the legs to escape from the pass rush, but very rarely does he use them. When the pressure comes off the edges, he has yet to instinctively step up in the pocket to avoid the rush and buy time for his receivers.

Bottom line, the opportunity was given to Campbell in Washington and he couldn’t get the job done.

Now the Oakland Raiders have blessed the quarterback with another opportunity to redeem himself, despite it not being the most ideal situation.

The Raiders finally had a good draft this offseason and the optimism is well deserved for this frustrated fan base.

The Oakland raiders gameplan is going to have to be focused around the running game if they hope for success in 2010. Despite the fact that Oakland’s offense is supposedly a better fit for Campbell, he is going to have to lean on Darren McFadden and Michael Bush on a weekly basis, for him to succeed.

Oakland fans will be quick to see that Campbell comes off as an ideal quarterback to fans that just check the boxscore on Monday mornings because he usually always manages to put up a respective stat line, but when watching his games the judgment on his production alters severely. Campbell will leave many big plays on the field and will hold onto the ball too long leading to sacks and fumbles.

One thing is for sure, when the Raiders win games next season there isn’t going to be many times in the post game it will be conclusive that Jason Campbell their newly acquired quarterback got them the win. He will merely be a quarterback that will try to not get in the way and make the big mistake as the Raiders try to step back into contention for the AFC West.

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