Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/20/12
For the most part, Jason Campbell has had a rough NFL career.

He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins in 2005, he was considered one of the top five quarterbacks in the draft that year. At first it seemed that he was primed for greatness. Coming out of college, he was considered one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the history of Auburn University. He put up great numbers at the combine and was drafted in the first round. The only other quarterbacks taken in the first round that year were Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, and San Francisco's Alex Smith.

Once he got to Washington it seemed like he had it made. Hall of famer Joe Gibbs was the head coach, Gibbs had come out of retirement two years before to try and revive the Redskins glory days. So it seemed like the perfect fit. Campbell sat out his rookie season and watched Patrick Ramsey lead the Redskins offense. Campbell finally got his turn in 2006 and would be the starter for the next four seasons. But four different offensive coordinators, a subpar offensive line, a lack of talent around him, and injuries created a huge setback for his young career. After a 4-12 2009 season, Campbell was replaced by Donovan McNabb.

In 2010 Campbell arrived in Oakland. During his time as a Raider, Campbell ran into the same problems that he had in D.C. He would again work under different coordinators and different head coaches as well. Not to mention at times he had to compete for the starting job with guys like Bruce Gradkowski and Kyle Boller. A shoulder injury ended his 2011 season, and that injury would also end his career as a Raider. When Jason Campbell was put on injured reserve, the Raiders traded for disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals signal caller Carson Palmer. Palmer would hold is own for the remainder of the season.

Once the 2011 season ended, the Raiders officially parted ways with Campbell. When that happened, there were many who thought Campbell to be a bust. They thought Campbell was all hype and that he should be gone from the league. But I wholeheartedly disagreed. Campbell was just thrusted into some unfortunate situations. In Washington, Daniel Snyder has pretty much failed as an owner. Bringing Joe Gibbs out of retirement was pure desperation and it failed miserably. The assistant coaches who worked under Gibbs during this time were a revolving door.

Not to mention Snyder failed to bring in the talent to put around Campbell, they especially lacked a solid offensive line. In Oakland it was an even worse story. Despite his declining health, Al Davis still had a firm grip as owner of the Raiders. My he Rest In Peace but Davis was still stuck in the 80's. He made poor hiring decisions in the coaching department, did an even poorer job of drafting and signing talent, and would not loosen the grip that he had on the team. The Raiders could have been much better if Davis had hired a general manager and given more leverage to those below him.

These are the qualities that Jason Campbell brings to a team:

Arm Strength
Quick Feet

Jason Campbell does not get enough credit for his accuracy, but I will admit he needs to develop a quicker release. But now he finds himself in a much better situation. Instead of starting he is now the insurance policy for Jay Cutler. Last year's injury to Cutler and the subsequent failure of Caleb Hanie was a big wake up call to the front office at Halas Hall. So the Chicago Bears brought Campbell in to solidify the backup quarterback slot. Campbell was introduced to the Chicago media on the same day as newly acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Not only will Brandon Marshall be in Campbell's arsenal, he also has Devin Hester, rookie Alshon Jeffery, and of course Earl Bennett. And with Mike Tice operating a run-based offense, the Bears have a whole host of running backs to take pressure off of the passing game. Not to mentioned a re-tooled offensive line. Campbell has stated time and again that he understands, excepts, and is excited about his new role in the National Football League. Jason Campbell is a solid, dependable, and serviceable quarterback who deserves to play in this league.

He just needed to find the right team and the right situation, and now he has that. How sweet it is!

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