Nov 11, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. The Houston Texans defeat the Chicago Bears 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Who is Jason Campbell?

While we wallow in the misery of the Bears first loss since Week 2, we also get to be wonder if our QB1 will be ready to go for a Monday Night Showdown with the 49ers.  Of course, I am referring to Jay Cutler’s concussion.  Likely, we won’t know the deal until Friday at best and Cutler can’t practice or talk to the media until he has been cleared, so buckle your seatbelts for coach-speak at its finest.  While I am sure Lovie Smith won’t say anything about Cutler until he is definitively cleared or ruled out, I can assure you, we will hear plenty about Jason Campbell.  We all know Jason Campbell was a highly regarded signing this past offseason, but who is Jason Campbell?


Campbell, a product of the SEC, played his college ball at Auburn and, as a senior, led them to an undefeated season and a Sugar Bowl victory, where he was named the MVP.  He was also named SEC Player of the year that season.  Campbell was then drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 2005 draft with the 25th overall pick.  Midway through his second season, Campbell was anointed the starter and he spent 5 seasons with the team before moving on to Oakland for 2 seasons, although he only played in 6 games last season due to injury.  Campbell has never quite lived to the hype when he was drafted, but he is about as steady as they come. 


 Comparing Campbell to his counterparts in the division, he compares incredibly favorably.  Campbell is in his eighth season, which is second only to Detroit’s Shaun Hill who has in his eleventh.  Green Bay’s Graham Harrell and Minnesota’s Joe Webb are both in the third season.  Graham hasn’t yet thrown a pass in the NFL and Webb has only three career starts under his belt and a career passer rating of 66.6.  Campbell has 70 career starts, which more than double the other three QBs combined; Hill is second with 26 career starts.  In fact the only stat that isn’t in Campbell’s favor is career passer rating where he posts an 82.9 compared to Hill’s 85.9.  Lest we forget though, most of Hill’s best work has been done in Detroit with Calvin Johnson as a main target.  Campbell has never really had any weapons to speak of in his career unless you count Santana Moss and I don’t.


 Phil Emery knew what he was doing when he brought in Campbell.  It didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize Caleb Hanie was not and never was going to be the answer for the Bears.  So, Emery took out a good insurance policy when he inked Campbell.  I am certainly not going to base my impressions of Campbell by what we saw on Sunday night against the Texans.  The guy got zero reps and was asked to come into the game after standing on the sidelines for a half, not to mention the weather conditions.  I will reserve my judgment until I see him after a full week of reps.  This assumes Cutler can’t go and we aren’t quite there just yet.  My preference would be for Cutler to play, obviously, but I am not going to start crying in my orange and blue kool-aid just yet.


 CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!

 The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…


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  • John Mack

    I’m going to take this time to make a “hypothetical” argument and say if Campbell’s collarbone doesn’t get fractured in week 6 of the 2011 season vs. the Browns, then the Raiders go on that year to end @ 11-5 and Tebow Time NEVER happens! The raiders were a hot 4-2 and watched their season implode, especially after Hue Jackson decides to foolishly trades (2) first rd draft pics ['2012-13'] for Carson Palmer. Ultimately costing Jackson his job and dropping the raiders to 8-8. *SMH* Terrelle Pryor still languishes in the Bay.

  • chipramsey

    “The guy got zero reps and was asked to come into the game after standing on the sidelines for a half, not to mention the weather conditions.” Um, isn’t that his job?

    • Phil_X

      Right on Chip! Couldn’t agree with you more. His job is to be prepared and ready to run the offense on no notice. That’s why he gets paid.

  • Rohit Chib

    JC is a good guy. Tough as nails and doesn’t complain. I’m a skins fan and was sorry to see the skins play him behind a pathetic OL where he got pounded week in and week out. And then Shanny came in and decided he had to clean house and start with his own players so he let JC go. I think the Bears will be happy with him as a backup QB

  • Phil_X

    I wonder if Emery will get a QB in the draft to sit behind Cutler for a couple of years.

    • John Mack

      Depends on what talent is available. There are still a few backups in the league that could be worthy of a closer look: Ricky Stanzi, Colt McCoy, Matt Moore, Joe Webb, etc. There are some interesting prospects that could work with the right scheme, but languish in limbo right now. The Bears might be able to get the next Mark Brunell by trading a low round pick. Whoever it is, without weapons and a stable line it won’t matter and the repetitive cycle will continue. I’m ready for a solid draft that projects stability and continuity for either side of the ball. And if it’s an “unsexy” draft with no-names, but plug-and-play, as well as developmental talent, bring it on! Henry Melton has been starting to come into his own the last season or so. And when he and Jarron Gilbert were selected, there wasn’t that much enthusiasm from the fan base right? If we can select similar caliber and just be patient while it works into our system, again I’m all for it. But will Tice still be our OC? I think he has aspirations to return to head coaching and after 2-3 successful seasons, will he still be here? Maybe there’s a plan to promote Jeremy Bates as the successor, and to maintain continuity. He did a bang-up job [working with the pieces he had in 2010] out in Seattle with Pete Carroll that first year. Remember that entire division was weak so either an 8-8 Rams or the eventual 7-9 Seahawks was going to represent the West.

  • John Mack

    Oh yeah, I forgot…AMEN DECON!