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Campbell on SiriusXM and PFT Live

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 2:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell did interviews with SiriusXM Radio (Adam Schein and Rich Gannon) as well as Profooballtalk Live (Mike Florio) Tuesday, with the biggest news being that he and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are organizing a week long series of workouts. In both interviews, Campbell declined to disclose the site or time.

The PFT Live session included still photos of Campbell working out on a field with wide receivers Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Some highlights from Campbell’s interviews:

The lockout

“It’s like being locked out of your own house. You can’t get in and use your own equipment, but at the same time, we’re making the most of it. I train with two trainers pretty much four days a week. Some of our receivers have come to town. We’re throwing passes to each other, then they go back to their workouts.”
PFT Live

The scheduled workouts

“Seymour and myself, we’re organizing a team workout for a whole week. I was able to get my playbook and everything. That gave me an opportunity to get guys on the field, we’re going to be able to run plays, and guys are excited about it . . . workout is cool, but at th same time, it will be god for the guys to get together and see each other, actually run some plays, do things as a team. We’re going to do it at a neutral site. We haven’t told people where we’re going to do it. We want it to be about the team, guys being together, able to talk and work together.”
PFT Live

“Seymour and myself have found a complex to use. The guys don’t really want us to tell where it’s going to be. We want it to be about us and our time to build our unity and continue to do the things we’re doing . . . we’ve called guys, making sure everybody is getting their flights on time and everybody can be at this certain location.”
SiriusXM

On a good turnout of players

“I get that sense. The ones that can. When you talk to guys they’re getting excited about being a unit again. It’s kind of like you’re glad when school let out, but now you’re ready for school to be back in.”
SiriusXM

Note: When asked to name players who would attend, Campbell said those expected to attend include running back Darren McFadden, wide receivers Heyward-Bey, Murphy and Jacoby Ford, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly and linebacker Quentin Groves. Campbell said he did not expect players not under contract _ a list which numbers more than 20 players _ to attend.

Talking to offensive coordinator Al Saunders

“Right before the lockout happened I flew to California and had an opportunity to go to the facility and talk with him . . . and get an insight of what direction we’re going in. The positive thing is I’ve had an opportunity to be with Al two years in Washington and now in Oakland. To have coach Jackson from last year, it’s refreshing because you’re not starting from scratch.”
SiriusXM

On his level of security being the Raiders starting quarterback

“I think it’s more deserving when when you feel like you earned it and something wasn’t just given to you. Last year started off rough. Things happened you don’t expect to happen, but you’ve got to work through it, push through it, continue to pray to God and he’ll lead you in the right direction. My main focus has been to get better and not just be a good quarterback in the NFL, but one day to be a great quarterback.”
Sirius XM

The development of Heyward-Bey

“I expect him to make that next stride. He made a dramatic improvement from Year 1 to Year 2, and I think a lot of that had to do with Hue Jackson, his mindset when he got here of pushing him to get to that next level. Darrius is a hard-working guy, and he runs all his routes full speed every day in practice. He wants to catch a lot of balls. He stays after practice, goes to the JUGS machine and catches balls. He’s bulkier, as far as the weight room, but like I told him, man, keep that speed.”
PFT Live

On Jackson being the guy to take the Raiders to the playoffs

“If you ever saw us practice in training camp or even during the season, you always hear his voice, because he’s always a high-energy guy. He doesn’t take anything for granted. He doesn’t like things to be done in slow motion . . . he doesn’t like complacency and he’s going to push everyone on the offense, and now everyone on the team because he’s the head coach. I like his energy and the way he goes about things as far as making guys compete.”
SiriusXM

His relationship with Al Davis

“In training camp, you know when that golf cart pulls on the practice field, everyone just turns around. The energy goes to another level. My relationship with him is good. He’s called me in the office before, he’s talked to me, and it’s not always about football. He askes me sometimes how I’m doing in my life, if there’s anything the Raiders can do to help. Last season, I went out to Oakland for the first time for OTAs, I come back home, and he calls when I got off my flight, just to make sure I made it safely, to make sure things are going good. That’s something that goes a long way with a player.”
SiriusXM

The selection of Steffen Wisniewski in the draft

“I was excited. He’s a big guy, he’s athletic. The good thing is he’s coming to a young team that will put its hands on him and make him feel real comfortable with all the players and the offense. It’s always good to see we’re doing things in a positive direction.”
SiriusXM

Winning the AFC West

“We look at it as being one game away from the playoffs last year because if we were able to pull one of those games out, the Jacksonville game maybe, it would have put us in a position to go to Kansas City and play for a playoff spot for the AFC West championship. I feel we have the team to compete. It’s going to depend on how many guys we lose in free agency . . . what guys do we pick up? What guys do we hold on to? And then get into camp, get going, and start building that chemistry.”
Sirius XM

Retaining Nnamdi Asomugha

“I think there’s always a chance. He’s been here seven, eight years. He played his college ball right down the street at the University of Cal. It’s pretty much going to come down to the contract offer and what are other teams going to offer, and how does he feel about moving forward. That’s a decision that Nnamdi has to make. He’s one of the best guys to play the position in the game and he’s a tremendous asset. In this game that we play, it’s a business, and at the end of the day there are going to be business decisions to be made before guys get on the field. He’s a great teammate. We’ll see what happens.”
PFT LIve

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  • DutchRaider77

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    KK
    Do you think that Crabtree is better than Hakim Nicks, Kenny Britt, Jeremy Maclin or Percey Harvin?
    ______________________________________

    Dunno, but I know he’s better than DHB, as are the rest of those guys.

    ______________________________________________________

    Point, I doubt the old man feels stupid for drafting DHB over Crabtree, rather he feels stupid for not drafting any other receiver taken in the first round. Neither DHB or Crabtree have shown themselves worthy to be taken that early by the Raiders (righ now).

    It is like saying the old man is feeling stupid for taking Russell over Brady Quinn.

  • priesttj

    KK You don’t know a thing about me punk, you wantt to start something now I’ll finish it.

  • Bauce Rules

    Brian Shaw is welcomed back home. We would love to have him coach the Warriors. That means we will finally play real ball. A center and shoot guard will play in Oakland

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Neither DHB or Crabtree have shown themselves worthy to be taken that early by the Raiders (righ now).

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CrabMi00.htm

    ————————————————-
    That’s a damned lie. Compare the 2 players numbers.

  • priesttj

    Bauce I’ll take Brian Shaw here tomorrow morning the Lakers are crazy with this Adelman stuff. They got the wrong people running the Lakers these days and it’s going to cost them dearly.

  • priesttj

    They gonnja let a young bright coach with a lot of energy get away.

  • Bauce Rules

    Leftster….I hate 49ers over everything

  • Bauce Rules

    Good bhp….lets officially end the Lakers and let Shaw come home and get the Dubs on track

  • Bauce Rules

    Michael Craptree and DHB both suck

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Bauce Rules Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Michael Craptree and DHB both suck
    ———————————-
    That’s a damned lie.

  • DutchRaider77

    KoolKell Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    Neither DHB or Crabtree have shown themselves worthy to be taken that early by the Raiders (righ now).

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CrabMi00.htm

    ————————————————-
    That’s a damned lie. Compare the 2 players numbers.

    ______________________________________________________
    What? Are you arguing that Hakim Nicks, Kenny Britt, Percy Harvin and Jeremy Maclin have not outperformed Crabtree and DHB? Are you arguing that these guys should not have been taken before Crabtree or DHB?
    How is that a damned lie?

  • Harder2000

    Doesn’t even matter if Craptree is a better player or not – He made it public known that he would never want to go to the Raiders, ridiculed the organization as well as laughed when Hey-Bey was picked at the spot instead of him (noted that he was relieved)! That attitude would not go unnoticed and he wouldn’t and shouldn’t be allowed to pull that crap for top dollars in this organization!

    A point can be made that the other top recievers should have been the pick, and based on what we have seen so far, naturally one of them should have!

    At least Hey-Bey works hard at it, and although the majority of Raidernation doesn’t seem to believe that there is any way he can ever become a great player, there still is an outside chance that he is a late bloomer! Some recievers needs a couple of years to adjust, Rice for one, but when they finally figur it out, they make it count in their third year and forward! Not saying Hey-Bey is one of them, but there is certainly a chance that he could be!
    - Now, should he be played ahead of recievers that outperforms him in practice and in games? NO! But he should be allowed to compete for a spot and show if he has developed and learned enough to contribute in a greater manner!
    You don’t dump a 1st rd pick before he has been given 3 years to develope, unless you are 100% sure that he will not ever work out! As Hey-Bey works hard at it and showed some glimpses last year, he will and should be given one more year (restructuring of the contract could be discussed though)! Then, if he still doesnt get it, then he can be cut and the Raiders has given him every opportunity to become what they had hoped, and can cut ties without looking back!

  • Harder2000

    Doesn’t even matter if Craptree is a better player or not – He made it public known that he would never want to go to the Raiders, ridiculed the organization as well as laughed when Hey-Bey was picked at the spot instead of him (noted that he was relieved)! That attitude would not go unnoticed and he wouldn’t and shouldn’t be allowed to pull that crap for top dollars in this organization!

    A point can be made that the other top recievers should have been the pick, and based on what we have seen so far, naturally one of them should have!

    At least Hey-Bey works hard at it, and although the majority of Raidernation doesn’t seem to believe that there is any way he can ever become a great player, there still is an outside chance that he is a late bloomer! Some recievers needs a couple of years to adjust, Rice for one, but when they finally figur it out, they make it count in their third year and forward! Not saying Hey-Bey is one of them, but there is certainly a chance that he could be!
    - Now, should he be played ahead of recievers that outperforms him in practice and in games? NO! But he should be allowed to compete for a spot and show if he has developed and learned enough to contribute in a greater manner!
    You don’t dump a 1st rd pick before he has been given 3 years to develope, unless you are 100% sure that he will not ever work out! As Hey-Bey works hard at it and showed some glimpses last year, he will and should be given one more year (restructuring of the contract could be discussed though)! Then, if he still doesnt get it, then he can be cut and the Raiders has given him every opportunity to become what they had hoped, and can cut ties without looking back!

  • CJ Legend 34

    1231.edward teach Says:
    For the record Ed he was not ripped by me!

    I liked watching Crabtree’s effort to go up and get the ball and the moves he could make in space. His foot work was awesome. He had great hands and lets be honest the NFL game is more 8-10 yards catching than a whopping 40+ yards a catch game.

    Crabtree had great hands man and his second effort could be seen every time he played. They would key on him every game and he would go up and make a big play.

    I don’t think he will ever have be a Hines Ward but he kind of reminded me of that type of player.

    Chaz was always hurt to say we had that in Chaz was crazy. If he was not hurt but man we knew Chaz was glass and you know you take the best talent in the draft. Especially in the TOP 10.
    ——————————–
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    I find it ironic that folks are saying that we should be using DHB differently; i.e. on bubble screens and so forth.

    Those are the exact same routes and types of plays that Crabtree excelled at in college (as well as catches in the red zone, when everyone in the stadium knew he was getting the ball), and that he was ripped for in here for “only” doing those things.

  • Silverandblack666

    “What? Are you arguing that Hakim Nicks, Kenny Britt, Percy Harvin and Jeremy Maclin have not outperformed Crabtree and DHB? Are you arguing that these guys should not have been taken before Crabtree or DHB?
    How is that a damned lie?”

    I think everyone on this blog would agree with you except the crabby old man who overdosed on metmucil and crapped his adult diapers named KoolKell!!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Putting DHB & Crabtree in the same category is a damned lie.
    However you want to play the semantics, ok?

  • Just Fire Baby

    That’s right…..I forget Shaw was from the town.

    Well…….still would like someone who has manned the sideline at some level before.

    Have to do something with this backcourt though.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Harder 2000 – You are 100% right!

    Craptree would have been a Raider if he wanted to come here but he was a diva and arrogant as they come. I think he was the better pick but I am glad he is not in our locker room.

    I think at the time Craptree was a better pick but I thought DHB had the most upside between the two.

    What I really wanted was for us to take another lineman with the first pick and try to move up with our second to take Nicks.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Crabtree was insulted as Hell, that a player the caliber of DHB was drafted ahead of him.

    So shoot the guy, ok?

  • CJ Legend 34

    At this point in their careers I would say yes but they all came/come with some downside.

    Hakim Nicks – I would loved it if we took him in the second rd.
    Kenny Britt – Really Raider like speed verticle but he is trouble. Just got arrested in April for a high speed car chase. Just a matter of time until he is a has been.
    Percy Harvin – Has migranes that may shorten his career and he misses a game here and there. He would have most likely clashed with DMCs style and could have slowed his progress. Plus, Ford is a threat down field now.
    Maclin – Would have been a nice pick and fit into our scheme. I would rathe rhave Maclin then DHB but I still felt DHBs speed and size at the time could have given him more upside. Ford, lot like Maclin but I can’t argue this pick.

    DHBs – Work ethic, peronality, speed, frame makes him a good pick just not a top 10 pick. He was/is a developmental WR that we took to high, but we will see.
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    1265.Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    “What? Are you arguing that Hakim Nicks, Kenny Britt, Percy Harvin and Jeremy Maclin have not outperformed Crabtree and DHB? Are you arguing that these guys should not have been taken before Crabtree or DHB?
    How is that a damned lie?”

    I think everyone on this blog would agree with you except the crabby old man who overdosed on metmucil and crapped his adult diapers named KoolKell!!

  • Harder2000

    @ CJ , Yeah, think most had another wish than Hey-Bey as we had several needs! I had my eye on an Olineman or Raji, but kind of hoped we would trade back to add some picks.. I thought Crap was the best pure reciever, albeit not the typical raiderspeed guy and quite the diva, but had thought we would go with Maclin if we went WR.. Glad we didn’t get Craptree! He has outperformed Hey-Bey so far, but has not been what many (including my self) anticipated, and his diva attitude is so far from what we have been striving for in recent years!
    I actually really liked Hey-Bey’s attitude and intangibles, but he was clearly a reach and hasn’t shown the development needed to succeed! I really hope he is a late bloomer although it would seem most probable that he wont make it! He has been bulking, up to 235 lbs, is a speedy and tall reciever – if he can finally get the routes and snatch some balls (if he can get a chemistry with JC), then he would physically be the perfect Raider reciever: Fast, Big, Strong and a good blocker to help in the rungame! I give him his full three years, close my eyes and hope for the best – if it doesnt work out he must restructure or be cut..

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    New POst

  • HairyBush

    Jason Campbell’s success in 2011 — his first season under Hue Jackson — was largely complemented by a dominant running game.
    Campbell’s QB rating never dropped below 105.5, reaching as high as 127.9, in games that the Raiders averaged an unsustainable 216.4 rushing yards. He threw eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in those five games. Otherwise, Campbell’s rating was 65.7 with a 5:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The good news is that both Darren McFadden and Michael Bush should return, but the Raiders can’t rely on Campbell to carry their offense. per rotoworld
    —————
    duh

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