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Jay Cutler ‘felt bad’ for Jason Campbell

Jay Cutler missed Monday night’s Bears-49ers game because he was recovering from a concussion, and backup quarterback Jason Campbell struggled in his place.

Campbell was sacked six times and pressured 11 times during the 32-7 loss. He went 14/22 for 107 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss, and his offensive line hardly afforded him a chance to compete against the aggressive San Francisco defense. Cutler empathized with Campbell.

“I felt bad for the guy. It’s a hard situation to be in,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000 Tuesday. “I think backup quarterback is one of the best jobs and one of the worst jobs. It’s a tough, tough gig, whenever the guy [the starter] goes down.

“Especially a veteran like him. He’s expected to perform at a high level. But I don’t think [the offense] gave him a fair shot.”

The offense most certainly did not give him a fair shot. 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was in the backfield all game and racked up 5.5 sacks. This is the same type of performance from the Bears line that we have seen with Cutler at QB. Cutler has managed to tap dance around the pressure he feels, but Campbell was unable to.

With the exception of Niners fans, I figure most people would have felt badly for Campbell after watching that disaster.

Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton are starter quality, but they signed to be backups

Two underrated free agent signings in the past 24 hours were Jason Campbell and Kyle Orton agreeing to become backup quarterbacks. Campbell signed with the Bears for $3.5 million Tuesday to back up Jay Cutler. Orton signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys Wednesday to back up Tony Romo.

Campbell went 11-7 over the past two seasons as a starter in Oakland and was 4-2 before getting knocked out for the season last year. He’s not a big game-changer, but he doesn’t make too many mistakes and he gives his teams a chance to win.

Orton was 1-4 as a starter for the Broncos before being benched in favor of Tim Tebow. He was claimed by the Chiefs after being waived and went 2-1. He’s capable of putting up bigger stats than Campbell, but he also makes more mistakes.

What’s interesting about these signings is that it shows there are limited opportunities for quarterbacks to compete for starting jobs; most teams feel they have a quarterback or are planning to acquire one through the draft or free agency. Just looking around the league, either QB would be an upgrade for the Vikings, Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns, and Jags. I’m not sure why those teams weren’t interested.

Jason Campbell: Carson Palmer Trade Was a ‘Moment of Silence’

Jason Campbell led the Raiders to a 4-2 record in his six starts this season, but he broke his collarbone against the Browns. He’s expected to miss around six weeks after having surgery. Because they’re in playoff contention, the Raiders decided to acquire Carson Palmer in a trade.

The Raiders are hoping Carson Palmer will be able to lead them to continued success the rest of the season. Based on the price they paid in the trade, the Raiders are likely to keep him as their starter in the future. Knowing that, Jason Campbell was disappointed to learn of the trade.

“I was halfway still on pain medicine [when I learned of the trade],” Campbell said on 95.7 FM Friday. “It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancee looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There’s different things that go through your mind but you don’t want to fill your mind with those thoughts.”

Coach Hue Jackson told Campbell he still believes in him, but all signs point to Palmer being the team’s starter in the future. Campbell will be a free agent after the year while Palmer is signed through 2014.

I’ve said I think this is a bad trade for the Raiders. Not only did they give up too much for Palmer, but I also believe the team is better off with Campbell as their starter. Campbell isn’t flashy, and his playmaking ability is limited, but he’s much steadier than Palmer who has become turnover-prone.

Jason Campbell’s Injury Might Cut Down Raiders’ 2012 Draft Even More

Jason Campbell’s injury suffered in the second quarter Sunday could further deplete an already weak 2012 draft for the Silver and Black. Campbell is likely to be sidelined six weeks after having surgery on his broken collarbone Monday. Even if he can recover that quickly, the Raiders are already hitting the phones in search of a replacement.

As reported earlier, the Raiders are going after Carson Palmer. Sure doesn’t sound like the they have a lot of faith in backup Kyle Boller. Of the many obstacles in the way of landing Palmer, perhaps none is greater than the assets the Raiders have to offer. That, and of course there’s Mike Brown who refuses to trade Palmer.

In his usual fashion, the late Al Davis had his Raiders wheeling and dealing. They’ve already surrendered a 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, as well as trading a 7th rounder for their most recent addition in Aaron Curry. Campbell himself was acquired from the Redskins for a 4th rounder. Their 2nd rounder was dealt to New England in this year’s draft. All these moves have trimmed the Raiders’ 2012 draft to only 1st, 5th, and 6th round picks. Not much to bargain with.

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Jason Campbell Has Run Out of Excuses

Of all the quarterback controversies to arise following week two of the NFL season (Eagles, Titans, Bills, Panthers, Cardinals), there is one that utterly shocked me. I would have never expected the Raiders to be questioning whether Bruce Gradkowski gives them a better chance to win games than Jason Campbell.

Putting aside Al Davis’ seemingly laughable off-season comment that he saw Campbell as Jim Plunkett, I really believed that Campbell was going to give the Raiders the stability they had lacked at the quarterback spot since Rich Gannon hung ‘em up in 2004.

Think about some of the names the Raiders have trotted out at quarterback the past five years: Kerry Collins, Marques Tuiasosopo, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, Charlie Frye, Bruce Gradkowsi, and of course, JaMarcus Russell. That’s about as good of a motley crew of has-beens and backups as you will find this side of Cleveland.

With the off-season acquisition of Campbell, it was clear the Raiders had wised up and moved on from Russell. The optimism of having a real quarterback taking snaps from center had people believing the Raiders would be respectable this year. Surprisingly, even people outside the Black Hole were whispering “Raiders” and “playoffs” in the same sentence.

But then it all came crashing down.

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Al Davis: I See Jason Campbell Like I Saw Jim Plunkett

To say Al Davis has high hopes for his offense in the near future would be an epic understatement. If he truly believes the things he says — and we have no reason to believe Crazy Al doesn’t — then he must believe Jason Campbell and Darrius Heyward-Bey can become one of the greatest quarterback/wide receiver duos to ever play the game of football. Not long ago, Davis ordered a press release that compared Heyward-Bey to Hall of Fame receivers such as Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Randy Moss.

The Raiders owner also apparently thinks releasing JaMarcus Russell and acquiring Campbell could turn out to be one of the best moves in franchise history. In a recent interview with Sirius NFL Radio, Davis compared the current Raiders squad to the 1980 Super Bowl team, and made comparisons between his new quarterback and two-time Super Bowl (one MVP) winner Jim Plunkett. It would seem as though anything less than Tom Brady/Randy Moss circa 2007 would disappoint him at this point. Here’s what Davis told Sirius NFL via ESPN:

I really liken this team a great deal to the team of 1980, in which the great Jim Plunkett pulled us out of the doldrums, took us to the Super Bowl as a wild card, and we had so many great players who eventually made their way into the Hall of Fame,” Davis said in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio.

I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett. He has everything. He was 13-0 in college, at Auburn, he can throw up the field, he can run, he’s big, he’s smart,” Davis said. “I really predict great things for him. I hope he doesn’t let me down. I don’t think he will.”

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Looks Like Jason Campbell Has Finally Had Enough of the Redskins Bull****

A few weeks ago on my radio show (which I probably don’t mention enough here, yes, it’s every Friday overnight 11pm-4am PT available at sportingnews.com or 1090am for the So Cal crowd), I made a point of comparing Jason Campbell’s reaction to trade rumors with Jay Cutler’s reaction to the same rumors. While Cutler used the Cassel to the Broncos rumors as leverage to demand a trade, Campbell reacted to the Cutler/Redskins rumors in a mature way. Campbell publicly showed he knows it’s a business, saying that any team that didn’t win the Super Bowl the previous year will be looking to improve the following season.

While Campbell was justifying the Skins’ interest in Cutler, there’s no doubt he was hurt. The guy was the team’s first round pick a few years ago, waited his time, finally got his shot, and felt like they had committed to him as their starter. Now he’s hearing nothing but rumors that they’re trying to upgrade at the position? That they view their quarterback as a weakness? Of course he couldn’t have felt good about everything. The final straw may have been the rumors that Washington’s interested in drafting Mark Sanchez (quick plug, I’m hosting the SNR post-draft show Sat. night 7-10pm PT too if you can listen). That’s not sitting well with Campbell, apparently:

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