The Black Quarterback Killer

The Oakland Raiders just traded for Jason Campbell and I feel like calling the NAACP.  I mean how many black quarterbacks do the Raiders have to kill?  Weren’t Aaron Brooks, JaMarcus Russell and Daunte Culpepper enough?  How many careers have to die before everybody realizes it is an epidemic?  I don’t care if they added a year to Cambell’s existing contract to give him $4.5 million in 2011 he will feel like getting out anyway he can.

Just listen to the poor guy talk, I don’t think he gets it.  “I look at this as getting to start over.  I talked to Mr. [Al] Davis, and he wanted me for two years.  He wants me to help their team to a new level.”  When asked if he was promised the starting position by the Raiders, Campbell said he “got that feeling”.  “Had I stayed [in Washington], there was no guarantee I was going to be the backup. Now I have a chance to go play for a team that really wants me.  “I’m going to work hard to make sure that happens.”

The man might have started 52 games for the Washington Redskins since being a first-round pick in 2005.  And thrown for 55 touchdowns, 38 interceptions with a career passer rating of 82.3 but he is going to the Raiders where they need alot of help.  One of the Raiders QB’s biggest problems has been getting sacked and Campbell won’t help that at all.  He has been sacked 102 times since the 2007 season which is third-most in the NFL.  The good news is Campbell is coming off his best season having thrown 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a passer rating of 86.4 andcompled 64.5 percent of his passes.

The poor guy doesn’t know what is going to hit him.  The Raiders need soo much help and structure that even if Campbell is an A grade quarterback he still can’t get them in to the playoffs.  The Raiders need Al Davis to retire or at least let someone else make the calls in Oakland.  They are still drafting and acquring players like it is the 70′s. 

Look at who the Raiders drafted in the fourth round today, Bruce Campbell OT and Jacoby Ford WR.  Yes, they are both combine guys, the kind of guys who look awesome with a stop watch on them but maybe not in real games since they are lacking something.  ESPN has reported, “There’s no question Campbell has elite potential but very an unpolished prospect and a far better athlete than football player.  He’s also had some problems staying healthy.”  They continued with, “Ford was a track star at Clemson and he can run away from defenders.  Still, he is not as explosive changing directions and his hands are very inconsistent.  This was a typical Raiders pick.  Ford has elite speed, but has work to do in route running and securing the football.  He will undoubtedly stretch the field, but will need to advance his receiving skills more quickly than the unproductive Darrius Heyward-Bey.”  I wish Jason Campbell and the Raiders luck, hopefully they will get it right someday.


Farhan Latif writes exclusively for CloudFantasy.  Email him here

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