Jason Campbell fared well in seven late-season starts last year. He didn't make the highlight reel very often, but he avoided sacks (just seven) and fumbles (one) and proved that he was a decent decision maker. Campbell must improve his accuracy and show that he can handle the entire playbook. Backup Mark Brunell is on his last legs. His arm is spent and he bails on too many plays. Todd Collins is a well-traveled third stringer. Rookie Jordan Palmer is Carson Palmer's brother, but most of their similarities are buried in the DNA sequence.
The question I'd put on reader(s) is whether or not Skin Patrol's faith in Campbell is justified or merely hope sprung eternal. I felt he showed enough last year, particularly in protecting the football (about as well as any quarterback with as little experience as JC), whereas I feel we're headed in the right direction. We have a robust running game and willingness to employ it, evidenced by our 4th in total rushing yards in 2006 and an explicit preseason coaching commitment to the run. And Clinton Portis is back. All that should take enormous pressure off Jason Campbell, who also gets the benefit of having actual snaps with the first team offense for an extended period of time. Yea, I'm on record: he's going to be just fine (unless he isn't).