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Jason Campbell: Making Raider Nation Forget About JaMarcus Russell?

Jimmy HalCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins passes the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It is widely assumed that new Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is a much needed upgrade than the draft bust that was JaMarcus Russell.

It is clear from both mainstream media and Oakland Raider fans alike, that if Russell were to stay with the Silver and Black, the team and franchise would continue to plummet. Luckily, the Oakland Raider franchise has come to this realization as well, cutting ties with the disappointing quarterback.

Now it seems to be a new vibe with Jason Campbell that is being felt with the team, and has the fan base smiling once again.

About a week ago, it was being reported that Campbell was working out with the indecisive Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Now as the mainstream media strictly focused on Favre's intentions on returning to the NFL, Raider fans rejoiced in hearing about Campbell's work habits.

Many B/R authors mentioned Campbell's off-season activity in their articles—explaining how refreshing it is to have an Oakland quarterback taking pride in his craft. Though, this news would soon be over shadowed by a more negative message.

Just a few days later former Raider quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested for possession of Codeine Syrup—the main ingredient for a popular "Hip-Hop" drink known as "Purple Drank." It's a very dangerous drink that causes the mind to have a strong side effect of lethargy. A characteristic common of Russell's reputation that often brought criticism.

Instantly, Campbell's good work ethic was tainted by Russell's bad habits. Though, Raider fans still realize that Campbell is helping to bring a changing a culture in Oakland.

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Though current players have not personally jabbed JaMarcus Russell, their comments leave little doubt that he was holding back the team, and that they are displaying faith in Russell's replacement.

Imagine, if the Raiders hadn't traded for Campbell and decided to stick with their underachieving investment, only to have his illegal behavior and/or intentions be linked to the Oakland Raider franchise.

The media would rip the Raiders apart.

So, although the media may not have praised the Raiders for Campbell's work with a future Hall of Famer, at least they can not pin Russell's lack of judgement to the Raiders either.

I don't mean to speak for all of Raider Nation, but on their behalf I would like to thank Jason Campbell for his dedication not only to the Raiders but to football as well as we are all fans of the game.

So even if Campbell does struggle in 2010, at least we know he will be giving his best effort. That is something we can at least respect.

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