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Jets have talked about Jason Campbell

Gerald Warren,  Jason Campbell AP

It’s widely expected that the Jets are hoping to add a backup quarterback who can provide Mark Sanchez with a little push and/or be a viable alternative if Sanchez underachieves next season.

So far, the name that has come up most often for that role has been Chad Henne. Henne’s experience with new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, his lack of a role in Miami and the remote chance that he’ll get a starting place anywhere else make him an obvious choice for the team.

He’s not the only one, though. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the team has had discussions about pursuing Jason Campbell as a free agent. Campbell is likely to leave the Raiders after leading them to a 4-2 record as a starter before his season-ending collarbone injury. He’s had a bit more success as a starter than Henne over the course of his career, although not quite enough that he can hope to get more than a shot at a starting job with a new team.

Cimini lays out some pros and cons for Campbell in New York. In his favor is the addition of former Raiders receivers coach Sanjay Lal in the same role with the Jets, especially with Sparano talking about using some concepts from Oakland in the offense. Working against him is that some with the Jets feel he needs a lot of practice reps to be effective, something that won’t come if Campbell is serving as Sanchez’s backup.

That latter point would seem to be the kind of thing that would swing the Jets in a direction other than Campbell’s, but you don’t always get your first choice when players have a say in where they wind up.

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22 Responses to “Jets have talked about Jason Campbell”
  1. ampats says: Mar 4, 2012 2:21 PM

    And I thought Peyton Manning to the 3 time Lombardi Champion Jets was a done deal ???

  2. georgebrett says: Mar 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    I hope the best Campbell. It was an unfortunate injury in Oakland but now the Raiders have a top notch quarterback in Carson Palmer. I almost wish that the Raiders would offer him a back up contract just in case of injuries.

  3. toozie21 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:25 PM

    As a Washington area non-Redskin fan, I wish Jason would get a chance. He never had what he needed here, looked good until an injury derailed him in Oakland, now he just needs a chance to prove himself.

  4. tommyribs says: Mar 4, 2012 2:30 PM

    Henne or Campbell would be a big-upgrade over Pop-Gun Sanchez.

    Sanchez had a $-TD Passing game this season and somehow still managed to look terrible.

    Looks like Tannenbaum and Ryan know their butts are on the line and they have to have a real option at QB.

    The over/under on Sanchez losing his job next year is Week 3.

    I am going with the under.

  5. tommyribs says: Mar 4, 2012 2:31 PM

    Henne or Campbell would be a big-upgrade over Pop-Gun Sanchez.

    Sanchez had a 4TD Passing game this season and somehow still managed to look terrible.

    Looks like Tannenbaum and Ryan know their butts are on the line and they have to have a real option at QB.

    The over/under on Sanchez losing his job next year is Week 3.

    I am going with the under.

  6. jeff6381 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:33 PM

    I don’t know why Campbell can never find a home. I think he is better than a lot of starters in the league and I think you can win with him as a starting QB. I have never been a Sanchez fan so if I was the Jets I would explore that.

  7. spedman24 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    Campbell is the perfect fit for the jets. He did everything for Oakland that the Jets want Sanchez to do..

  8. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 4, 2012 3:14 PM

    I wish the Raiders would keep Campbell and send Palmer packing.However when you spend a first round pick and a second round pick for him that just isn’t possible.

  9. j0ey15 says: Mar 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    I don’t understand on a team with limited cap space why they would even entertain the idea of signing Henne or Campbell for 4$ mill a year… Makes no sense

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Jets must have no ambitions other than to go 8-8 or 9-7

  11. heymangold says: Mar 4, 2012 3:43 PM

    tommyribs-

    money passing game? they had 1 WR in holmes that ended up getting tripled once defenses realized that plaxico couldn’t get open with a nickleback on him. their wideouts sucked. the offensive line sucked. sanchez may or may not be the problem, but he’s atleast given a year in the new system to prove if it was him or Schotty.

  12. usmutts says: Mar 4, 2012 3:52 PM

    Jason Campbell is a good football player. He just needs a turmoil-free, stable environment with continuity to become a really good player. I just don’t he would get that with the Jets. Way too much tension and drama there, it seems to me. Besides a whole lot of coaches and players may be gone after next year when they win the Super Bowl again.

  13. wethog66 says: Mar 4, 2012 4:08 PM

    Cambell would be a good back up in NY, but He wouldn’t stand a chance as a starter. He couldn’t handle snipes from the DC media when he was the Skins #1 and he will shrink from the spot light that is the NY media.

    That, and Cambell isn’t an upgrade over Sanchez. Cambell has a cannon arm, but lacks the stones/intelligence to use it properly.

  14. backindasaddle says: Mar 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    Get ready for a massive QB controversy in NYC with the Jets. It will be blown up into gargantuan proportions and filled with as much salacious slime and filth as the New York media scum bags can possibly dig up or otherwise manufacture. This should be highly entertaining!

  15. heisthejuan says: Mar 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    For a team that doesn’t want a divided locker room next year, isn’t Campbell or Henne a pretty big risk? It’s very possible that either of these guys could outperform Sanchez in camp. What does Rex do then? You can’t justify having Sanchez as the #2 at his current price tag, but you also can’t just hand him the job because he gets paid a lot. Would they consider getting Pennington back? Serious question.

  16. goawayeverybody says: Mar 4, 2012 5:24 PM

    Jason Campbell? As a backup…. to Mark Sanchez?

    You gotta be kidding me. Jason Campbell played very well for the Raiders last season – much better than Carson Palmer in fact. If anything, Sanchez should be backing up Campbell!

  17. tatum064 says: Mar 4, 2012 5:28 PM

    Nice landing spot for him. Good guy and has never thrown for more INTS than tds…

  18. villa41 says: Mar 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    Jason Campbell? As a backup…. to Mark Sanchez?

    You gotta be kidding me. Jason Campbell played very well for the Raiders last season – much better than Carson Palmer in fact. If anything, Sanchez should be backing up Campbell!
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    So did you watch any of the games or just look at stat lines on the TV shows to wrap up the football week? Jason Campbell DID NOT play better than Carson Palmer. Jason Campbell is what he is. A caretaker QB who can get an offense through if he has all the pieces around him, and that’s exactly what he had in Oakland early last year. He had a healthy Darren McFadden, healthy wideouts, and a strong offensive line in front of him. He did what the Raiders asked – hand the ball off in a variety of ways (reverses, pitches, straight runs, etc.) and make the occasional play in the passing game. Jason is not the type of QB that can carry the team on its back when what normally works (i.e., the running game) isn’t. Having said that I would welcome him back as Carson Palmer’s back-up, but I don’t think its going to happen.

    Speaking of Palmer, do I have to spell this out one more freaking time. The man came off the couch and gave the Raiders the best QB play the team has had since Rich Gannon. Anyone who actually watches the games knows this. Most of his picks were in the first two games when he was still extremely rusty. You think its easy picking up a whole new offense with no offseason whatsoever and getting the timing down with your receivers? Give it a try and see how it goes. Palmer’s arm is completely fine, and I can’t wait to see what he can do with a full offseason to prepare and with all his offensive weapons at his disposal (especially McFadden).

  19. mdc21787 says: Mar 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    as a redskins fan, i always wanted jason to succeed. when he left for oakland i found it weird as hell to see him in the black and silver but still rooted for him. the fact is, the guy is average. you can put him behind a solid o-line and give him his choosing of any nfl reciever and he will still avg a 80.0 passer rating a QUALITY backup but no more

  20. pisano says: Mar 5, 2012 12:30 AM

    The Jets have a real problem, they know Sanchez isn’t the answer, but where do they find a good QB, and if they find one what do they do with Sanchez? I don’t think many teams would take him or want him, especially with his contract.

  21. goawayeverybody says: Mar 5, 2012 1:54 AM

    villa41 ur on crack. Campbell led them to many victories against tough teams and only made one truly horrible throw all season. Carson Palmer looked lost in every game he was in. Lost!

  22. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2012 5:11 AM

    villa41: Right on, you absolutely nailed it.

    Campbell could be enough for the Jets to win the Super Bowl, the problem is that he wants to start, and he’s made that very clear.

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