By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 12:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A transcription of Jason Campbell’s phone interview with the NFL Network:
Q: Did this feel like a second NFL draft?
Campbell: Yeah it definitely did. It’s been a long weekend. I think last night I probably only slept two hours because I knew something was probably going to happen. By 9 o’clock this morning my agent called me again and said it looked like a trade was going to happen today. He didn’t know where just year but something was going to go through. Then about 9:30 he said the Raiders were the ones who wanted me to come to their team. It went from 9:30 to about 11:30 and then next I know something was done. It’s been a long morning. There’s been a lot of talking going on between my agent and the Raiders and the Redskins.
Q: Have you talked to Cable yet and what did he say about starting?
Campbell: I talked to him this morning, I also talked to Mr. Davis and I talked to offensive coordinator, coach Jackson. They’re looking forward to me coming out there. They’re going to give me the best opportunity I can have to be successful there. I just want to go there with open arms and work as hard as I can and put in all the effort I can and all the work. Get the team to buy into it and help us win and help us win some games. In the right situation we can do some good things together. I see they’re putting a good draft. They’re putting together a defense that has been outstanding. Last year their defense started to become one of the premier defenses in the league. If we can help out offensively and turn some things around anything is possible.
Q: As far as you can tell it’s a competition to start?
Campbell: No. I didn’t get that feeling. I feel like I am going to be the starter from talking to them in detail. I’m going to go out there and put in all the work I need to put in and move forward. From talking to them I think I will be the starter.
Q: What number offensive coordinator is Hue Jackson going to be for you?
Campbell: This is No. 8 out of 10 years since I’ve been playing college and pros. Eight out of 10.
Q: Do you ever sigh and say, “I can’t believe I’m starting something new again?
Campbell: “Yeah, I say one day I’m going to write a book. And if I ever have to put together an offense as an offensive coordinator one day, I got a lot of plays to choose from. The main thing about the situation I was going through so many coordinators is, it gives me an opportunity to adapt to an offense really quick because I have to learn a lot. The only bad part about it is, it doesn’t give me a chance to mature in one offense unless you’re able to take your game to a whole other level because you feel like you’re always starting over. There’s advantages and disadvantages to it but I always try to take the positive out of everything and move forward. But, I guess I feel like I can write a book about offenses whenever I’m done.”
Q: So, you’ve already got eight chapters in that book?
Campbell: “The one thing about running so many different offenses is, every coach is different. Every coach teaches you different. Every coach teaches you footwork. Everyone teaches you different coverages and different snap counts. So, everything is starting over, but I feel like this is a fresh start for me. We went through a lot here last year in Washington. We lost a lot of offensive linemen, key starters. There’s just a lot of things that went on. But I wish nothing but the best for them, coach Shanahan and his staff, because he’s going to do an outstanding job. I’m just looking forward to going to the Oakland Raiders, happy to get a fresh start there and help them turn that program around.”
Q: Just to recap, you are under the impression that you are the starting quarterback?
Campbell: Yes, sir, as far as I can see.