Vince Young: Could He Be the Key to the Oakland Raiders Making the Playoffs?

The Oakland Raiders offense improved drastically from 2009 to 2010, doubling its scoring output and re-establishing itself as one of the best running teams in the NFL. However, despite the improvements, the Raiders offense still has a long way to go before it becomes an elite offense capable of going deep into the playoffs.

That being said, I believe the Raiders are really only two players away from having one of the better offenses in the NFL. The Raiders still need to find an offensive lineman to shore up the right side of their line and a quarterback that can play with more consistency than the Raiders have seen at the position in recent years.

The Raiders may already have their answer to one of those positions in the body of Bruce Campbell. Campbell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft as a tackle out of Maryland. However, Tom Cable immediately moved him to the guard position, where he had a much higher chance of succeeding in the NFL. Campbell barely got any playing time in 2010, so it's hard to tell how much he improved throughout the season. If he is ready to step into a starting role, he would surely be an upgrade over current right guard Cooper Carlisle.

The only position left now is the quarterback.

Many Raider fans thought they had found their answer to the quarterback position this past off season when the Raiders made some moves. The Raiders cut the failure of a human being known as JaMarcus Russell and traded a fourth round draft pick to get Jason Campbell.

However, as Campbell struggled to find consistency this season, I quickly learned why Washington Redskins commonly referred to Campbell as "Captain Check-down". Campbell has a serious problem with thinking too much and not just going out and playing. This often resulted in Campbell holding onto the ball for way too long and many plays to check-down options for minimal gains.

In addition, Campbell had serious issues ...

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