Jason Campbell: Where He Goes, the Oakland Raiders Follow

Do the Raiders have leadership?

The initial knee jerk reaction would be to say "of course."

If asked who those leaders are, Nnamdi Asomugha and Richard Seymour are most likely the first names to come to mind and you would be absolutely right. With eight Pro Bowls between the two, there is no doubt they have earned their respect and right to be leaders.

What about on offense?

You would probably be more hesitant in your answer. By stats and the sheer default responsibility that comes with the position, Jason Campbell gets the nod.

But can Jason Campbell really be "the guy?"

If Campbell's stats of the past five years are any indication, the answer would be—maybe?

Since being the 25th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Campbell's career has had a rocky start.

The former Auburn Tiger showed promise in 2006 when he started seven games. The height of his success came in a 6-2 record for the first half of 2008 that ended in a deflating 8-8 season. The call for a new QB by the fans and media didn't stop until April 4, 2010.

During his stint with the Washington Redskins, Campbell had almost as many coaching changes and coordinators as well, the Raiders.

Sympathizers will say this never allowed him to truly develop into a top flight quarterback. Even with the instability of the Redskins franchise, Campbell was able to improve his completion percentage, yards and touchdowns every year.

In all the major stats that define a quarterback, Campbell comes out as a middle of the pack player. An average quarterback is far better than what the Raiders have had, but the Raiders don't need average. They need an elite player to man this team.

Can Campbell be an elite player? That is yet to be seen. The talent and the work ethic is there—unlike the previous signal caller.

The Redskins didn't think so as they traded a second-roun...

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