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Arkansas Bengal
06-25-2014, 04:19 PM
Hue Jackson on importance of Jason Campbell to Andy Dalton

By Jason Marcum (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Jason%20Marcum) @JasonB_Marcum (http://twitter.com/JasonB_Marcum) on Jun 25 2014, 10:02a 5 (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/25/5841404/hue-jackson-on-importance-of-jason-campbell-to-andy-dalton#comments)
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The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) didn't add many free agents this offseason, and most of them will be seldom-used backups. That's at least he case with quarterback Jason Campbell (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1522/jason-campbell), but just because he's not playing, it doesn't mean he won't impact this team.
Taken with the No. 25 overall pick by the Washington Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins) in 2005, Campbell has never been under a stable situation. He's had numerous offensive coordinators and head coaches in his nine years in the league, but Hue Jackson was one of his favorites.


"Hue’s a competitor," said Campbell, via Bengals.com (http://blogs.bengals.com/2014/06/19/campbell-likes-what-he-sees/). "He’s not going to let anybody get pushed around. He’s a guy that wants to take the fight to the opposing team and he’s going to motivate guys really well to get the best out of them."


For the first time in Andy Dalton's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130796/andy-dalton) young career, he'll have a backup with significant starting experience. Bruce Gradkowski (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1809/bruce-gradkowski) had 11 career starts before signing on to tutor Dalton as a rookie.

Since then, Dalton has started in 51 games (including playoffs), but that's still not as many as Campbell's 79 career starts in 86 games.


"I think he brings a veteran’s presence," said Jackson of Campbell. "He’s been around the league, he’s been with different teams, and he’s seen a lot of different defenses. I think he has a calming effect on most people. He’ll be good in the quarterbacks room with Andy and he’ll do a good job that way."


Dalton agrees, and is happy to have someone whose been through the fire and has wisdom to share.
"He’s been around for a long time and came in with a good understanding of the game," said Dalton. "This is year ten for him – we always joke around about how old he is – but he’s had a good career. He’s a cool, easy-going guy and we have a great relationship."


Campbell knows Dalton is the man in Cincinnati, and he likes what he's seen of the fourth-year pro.
"Andy’s got a lot of games under his belt," said Campbell. "He’s won a lot of games and he’s been to the playoffs three years in a row. So it’s not a mentor-type thing. It’s more a matter of helping him see things from afar that he might not notice at the time. I just want to do everything that I can to help him and at the same time stay prepared and do the best that I can do."


http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/25/5841404/hue-jackson-on-importance-of-jason-campbell-to-andy-dalton

mongo
06-25-2014, 10:03 PM
What a poorly written article... Still, I think it's pretty spot on. I think Jason Campbell is going to be a big plus for this team. Gradkowski's greatest accomplishments in the league had been his dubious victories over the Bengals. He never brought any substantive mentoring to Dalton. Campbell can be a real mentor to Andy, a real mentor to AJ (who, as third on the depth chart, won't get more than dinner scraps in coaching and reps), and a viable option to win a few games should Andy get hurt.

texbengal
06-26-2014, 08:50 AM
What a poorly written article... Still, I think it's pretty spot on. I think Jason Campbell is going to be a big plus for this team. Gradkowski's greatest accomplishments in the league had been his dubious victories over the Bengals. He never brought any substantive mentoring to Dalton. Campbell can be a real mentor to Andy, a real mentor to AJ (who, as third on the depth chart, won't get more than dinner scraps in coaching and reps), and a viable option to win a few games should Andy get hurt.

X2. And he's the best backup they've had since Kitna left town. At least I feel like he can win some games should Andy get hurt (speaking of, it's rarely mentioned but Dalton is a tough kid... He's missed part of one game in 3 years - a testament to his toughness and to the O-line).

I never liked Grad at all, and shuddered at the thought of him coming into a game. Same with Josh Johnson. And even if Campbell leaves after this year, I have hopes that AJ #2 can develop.

Bengals1181
06-26-2014, 09:00 AM
its definitely the first time since Kitna that I've no longer felt "if we lose our starting QB, we're screwed."


I liked Fitzpatrick, but when he was here he was still very young. He was more potential than polish at that point.

dex
06-26-2014, 10:35 AM
X2. And he's the best backup they've had since Kitna left town. At least I feel like he can win some games should Andy get hurt (speaking of, it's rarely mentioned but Dalton is a tough kid... He's missed part of one game in 3 years - a testament to his toughness and to the O-line).

I never liked Grad at all, and shuddered at the thought of him coming into a game. Same with Josh Johnson. And even if Campbell leaves after this year, I have hopes that AJ #2 can develop.

I hope this is the one and only year we have to carry 3 QBs, but that might be determined by McCarron's development. Not sure how many teams will carry 3 QBs this season. Off the top of my head I've got Houston, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Oakland, New England. Other than New England most of those teams will have open competition for the starter jobs. Also, I'm not convinced that Houston is in a rebuilding phase, but the others are. They won't be having to waive a quality player/prospect the way the Bengals will be to make room for that 3rd QB. We don't know who that 54th roster player might turn out to be; the one that will have to be waived and hope he ends up on the practice squad. Could be someone like Hewitt, Whitlock, Wright, Robinson, Hopkins, Moch, Flowers, Porter, DiManche, Lewis, Westerbrook, Westbrooks...

Oldcat
06-26-2014, 01:39 PM
Cleveland ought to, since they get a few injured every year.