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.