While on my way home from work today I was listening to Sports Radio 610AM, which is my everyday routine. Today, however, Josh Innes and Rich Lord (J & R) really grabbed my attention when they began talking about the Oakland Raiders QB Jason Campbell.
J & R made the following comments about Campbell which, in my opinion, are not totally accurate:
He is a bottom feeder quartback…
He has no big play potential…
There are at least 20 other quarterbacks in the league that I would take over Campbell…
Now, granted, Jason Campbell might not be a household name QB like Brady, Manning, or Brees, the fact that they called him a bottom feeder seemed a bit of a stretch to me. Let us look at some of Campbell’s stats and we will let the stats speak for themselves.
Campbell has the twelfth highest QB rating in the league, he has the ninth highest pass completion percentage, he has the fourteenth highest yards per play average, he has the eighth highest first-down percentage, and is tied for first in the league for times sacked (only twice).
Now, call me crazy, but let us compare those stats to the Texans’ QB Matt Schaub:
Schaub has the sixth highest QB rating in the league, he has the eighth highest pass completion percentage, he has the fourth highest yards per play average, he has the third highest first-down percentage, and is tied for twenty-second in the league for times sacked (six times).
Sure, statistically, Matt Schaub is the better of the two QBs but Jason Campbell is, by no means, a bottom feeder. In fact, this season Campbell is currently rated the twelfth best QB in the league. He has better stats than players like Phillip Rivers, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco.
Do not mistake my empathy for Campbell as anything besides a journalistic viewpoint opposed to that of a couple of radio talking heads.
I still believe that Campbell is truly deficient when it comes to making big plays. I also believe that I too would take most other QBs in the league before I would put him on my roster.
I also believe that the Texans are not going to have to worry too much about Jason Campbell this Sunday. The Texans pass defense is the tenth best in the league but our run defense is eighteenth in the league.
It is a good thing that the Raiders rank twenty-second in pass defense and twenty-ninth in run defense. The Texans, with their significantly weakened offense, will need every advantage that they can get.
However, do not underestimate the Raiders…they still have Darren McFadden!