October 16, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell (8) leaves the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: What If Jason Campbell Hadn't Gotten Hurt?

What if Jason Campbell hadn’t gotten hurt?

The Oakland Raiders would be in a totally different situation. And a good one at that. What you have to realize is that before he got hurt, he was on a roll, and I mean a big one. The Raiders were winning games, and his stats were some of the highest on his career.

Jason was the big man on campus at the time, and Raider Nation thought nothing could bring him down. Well, apparently a career-altering injury could. The NFL has a lot of what-ifs and could-have-beens, but what happens happens, and this was one of those moments.

The Raiders could have been the best in the AFC the way they were playing when he was calling formations. Who knows?

Campbell was a solid quarterback that simply didn’t do what he needed to in order to stay with the Washington Redskins. Therefore, he was shipped off to the Raiders, where he was gladly taken in as the then-newest member of the “Oakland dynasty.”

Campbell was in the process of taking them to the promised land, their first postseason birth in almost a decade. He was on the verge of becoming the next great Raiders play-caller.

Just think of what he could have done in Oakland. He was forming into a star.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Campbell wasn’t going to do it alone. He had great coaching in Oakland, a solid receiving and running back core, as well as a young and hungry defense.

I think that this Raider team would have turned up and turned out for the next few years, and seriously dominated the rest of the AFC West division.

If Campbell hadn’t gotten hurt, the Raiders would not have traded for Carson Palmer, who at the time seemed like a decent replacement for Campbell.

Well, that turned out to be the wrong move. Completely, totally, and utterly wrong.

Palmer failed. That’s it. He simply failed. He pretty much tanked his own career, but the bad management of the Raiders surely helped.

All because of one unfortunate play, Jason Campbell became a backup in Chicago for Jay Cutler, and is now fighting to start for the Cleveland Browns.

Yes, the Cleveland Browns.

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  • holy roller

    hell, if pastorini didnt go down (i was the only fan not cheering) we could’ve been dogmeat for years…..nice article but I think JC checked down way too much and his long touch…uh, naw…..let’s see him win in clevelend!

  • Miles

    What is being forgotten here is who went down directly after Jason Cambell. Yes Darren McFadden who at that time was far and away the most impressive RB in the NFL. Cambell’s success was directly linked to DMC’s outstanding play. Teams could not stop the rushing attack and therefore left one on one match ups with our blazing fast receivers when the safeties pushed up into the box to help against the run. Even with Cambell at the helm the Raiders would have struggled without DMC. Yes I know we still had Bush but he was never the home run threat McFadden is. There were lots of occasions Bush got out in the open when covering for the injured McFadden and couldn’t take it to the house. Jason Cambell was a great game managing QB for the Raiders, but without DMC there was no game to manage!

  • bill kush

    I don’t think it really matters. You could do that what could of who could of all day long. Either way Campbell is long gone & so is more than half of the team & coaching staff from then. We are on to bigger & better things.