If you are looking for news that does not pertain to the lockout, then you’ve certainly come to the right place today! I want to have a discussion about something that came up on the Jay Rich Report. Richardson called Bruce Campbell an “actual freak of nature” and then proceeded to ask him if the rumor that Campbell was making a move back to offensive tackle was true, to which Campbell replied, “Yeah.”
“Really, I don’t mind too much,” said Campbell. “Guard led me to realize a few things like I can run block, which I never knew at Maryland because being a left tackle you didn’t do much run blocking. It was always cutoff blocks or you just had to get in front of a man, you know? So I really don’t mind it. I have a little more confidence at tackle and now even more because of me playing guard. So I’m going to feel alright with it, I just got to see what happens.”
Campbell’s open admission to the positional change and his efforts to play tackle at the team’s offseason activities session in Atlanta back in May suggest that Campbell was told by the higher ups that he will be making the switch almost immediately following last season. It is highly unlikely that he will be moving to left tackle, the spot currently occupied by fellow 2010 rookie Jared Veldheer, and much more probable that the former Terrapin will be making a new home at right tackle.
Reportedly, Al Davis was angered with former Head Coach Tom Cable when Campbell never made it into a starting role on the offensive side of the ball over the last month or so of the regular season. It stands to reason that if Cable was the great offensive line coach that he was cracked up to be, he could have had Bruce Campbell ready to play towards the end of the season.
I was listening to Herm Edwards on Mike & Mike in the Morning and he said that the best way to get valuable learning in this league is to play in the games. He said getting game experience for a rookie is priceless because you can go back and watch the film of yourself and say, 'Okay, I need to work on that,' or 'Okay, I did that very well.' Last year, we saw Veldheer get his chance from the very first game of the season, meanwhile Campbell hardly saw any field time at all.
“I’m ready to accept that challenge. I got drafted into the NFL for a reason,” Campbell told Richardson. “I knew I wasn’t going to have anything given to me. I’m ready to accept the challenge.”
And it’s going to be a challenge for Campbell, there is no question about it. But his size, power, physical makeup, and long arms will go a long way toward making his dream of starting into a reality.
The positional change also changes the way the Raiders will attack free agency. Presumably now, they appear to be locked in on developing Veldheer and Campbell into their bookend offensive linemen during the course of this season. Bringing in rookie center Stefen Wisniewski gives them potentially three out of the five starters they need on the offensive line.
Also, as pointed out by my colleague, L. Dizzle, Hue Jackson has hinted at the idea of moving Samson Satele from center to guard. Throw Daniel Loper into that mix at left guard and you could be looking at the opening day offensive line. But let’s not count out LSU rookie Joseph Barksdale either. There are also rumors floating that the team will re-sign Khalif Barnes and release Cooper Carlisle when they are able to do so.
My opinion is that if they are moving Bruce Campbell to right tackle, then they will most likely look at Barksdale on the interior of the offensive line at one of the vacant guard spots. Barksdale has the power to be an effective interior power-style guard for the Raiders. Meanwhile, Khalif Barnes provides veteran leadership and a solid back-up option for the two tackle positions – plus he’s an emergency third tight end.
I know some of you, perhaps most of you, are going to read this list of names and say that it just won’t do. However, convincing Al Davis of that is an altogether impossible task compared with convincing me. But truth be told I like it.
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Why did I just read this article? I'm not convinced with Campbell's word. We need to still address this O line in free agency. My vote for Gaither
I do not like the idea of having Wiz, Barksdale and Campbell manning down the center position and the whole right side of the offensive line at the begining of the season. That's zero experience on the whole right side. I can see a rookie playing next to an experienced linemen, like last year when Veldheer played next to Gallery, but not 3 inexperienced players playing side by side by side especially now, because much valuble learning time has been missed for these players with no OTA's and mini camps, that's a must for rookies to attend.
I don't think the Raiders have ever lined up an offensive line like this projected one with little or noexperience? Veldheer and Loper are not oozing with experience eitther. One thing for sure, we will find out soon enough how these players match up against good defensive linemen because the Raiders defensive line is one of the NFL's best. If the offensive line can't hold their own against the Raiders defense, it could turn out to be a long season.
Bring back Chris Morris. A proven starter (beat Satele for starting center position year before last) with 5 years experience in the league. Can play both center & guard and can pull for run blocking. He spent most of his time in Oakland as a backup C / LG but has played in many, many, many games filling in for the ALWAYS INJURED Gallery. Also, he doesn't command top dollar. An easy, veteran, pick-up that can add depth and/or jump into the line up at a moments notice.
Barksdale and Wis, Jr. are both unproven and will most likely take at a year or so to get 'seasoned' and learn the system, etc.......especially with the lockout and shortened off season........Wis, Jr. may be able to start this year, but from what I've read about Barksdale, he's very unreliable (skipping practices, only doing enough to get by, etc.)--I don't expect Barksdale to start this year at all.
Campbell didn't do too bad in games last year and got some valuable experience. He could start at RT or RG--gonna have to start sometime.
In my opinion, Carlisle did really well last year. Opened A LOT of holes for D-Mac. If he doesn't fit into Power Blocking, fine, we need another RG. Satele?....with Wis, Jr. (or Chris Morris) at Center?
At center we've got Satele....or Wis, Jr......(Or Chris Morris?)
Daniel Loper did OK at LG last year but, honestly, he definitely was not a better LG than Chris Morris. Period.
Veldheer did a terrific job at LT for a rookie. He will only get better. Don't change a thing.
I suspect Campbell will start at guard or right tackle, because of lack of experience.
But I wouldn't write him off being the left tackle of the future.
If he plays well at right tackle, I suspect Hue would probably move him to left for the 2012 season.
Veldheer is a prototypical right tackle. He's one of the best maulers/ run blockers I've ever seen as a rookie. The way he moves the pile is amazing. And Oakland actually ran to the left quite a lot because of this.
You know, you want him at right tackle, with the tight end, long term.
I think if Bruce proves he can play at a high level in the NFL, he'd play left tackle.
Teams who have strong offensive and defensive lines, nearly always win, no matter how average the talent is at other positions.
I'm glad Al has finally seen the light on this.
New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New England have been drafting heavily on their lines for decades. And they've also been winning for about the last 15 years!
I was definitely not happy with the way Tom Cable handled the offensive line as head coach. This guy was so overhyped as an offensive line guru, yet he did nothing to develop Bruce Campbell. Obviously, Campbell was Davis' personal project, and as a coach, pleasing the owner and developing his protege should have some significance. It didn't whatsoever, and I don't blame Al Davis for being furious with Cable over not playing Campbell at last years end, and the way he handled him... The very fact that the Raiders are changing to a power blocking scheme shows how dissatisfied they were with Cable's Zone Blocking system, and how he ran the oline......
I would definitely like to see the Raiders pick up a stud offensive lineman, and a guy like Jared Gaither would be a great addition, as he is even more of a physical beast than Bruce Campbell..
If indeed they intend to try to develope Veldheer and Beast Campbell to be the starting Ts of the future, i am not sure it will be with Veldheer at LT - Could switch them around as Campbell has the physical makeup to man the LT, while Veldheers great road blocking qualities, short arms (33" is not that short, but not 36 3/4 " as Campbell) and pass blocking issues could be better utilized at RT, as well as Veldheer might have a better and more easy transition to RT, as he seems to be a quick study ... Good thing that G has helped Bruce though, and having him adjust to more power blocking in the run game has definately helped him adjust to our scheme! Too bad he has not been given playing time though, he could have used it!
... The move of Veldheer to RT with the reasons why has been vigorously and firmly advocated by DARKKUSH and a couple more in here, and in this scenario i am inclined to agree with the logic! - although if they were to change positions i would prefer Veldheer as a G because of his runblocking, athleticism and speed!
Still would appreciate Gaither or another big T to start at one of the spots, as well as a G - in the case of both Veldheer and Campbell starting at T with Wiz Jr at C, we would need two solid starting Gs - to help hold the line together -of which we currently have none! Satele is interesting but far from a sure thing, and Big Barks is still unproven, while Loper is not good enough to start (really, he is not a starting quality G!)..
Interesting thought, but imo we will need quality, veteran Oline help no matter how the players are divided in the five slots, and starting two young Ts could spell trouble for JC!
so we don't need ANY help at tackle? If Campbell isn't ready and Veldheer can't pass block too well still, what are we left with? Barnes? no thanks.
i would be happy with Gaither (moving Veldheer to RT) but from what I've read, he seems to have a bad work ethic and might be injury prone.....but I think I would gamble on it IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT.
I also like Clabo at RT.....if the price is right.
Fitch, I agree WHOLE HEARTEDLY about the inexperience on the right side. Not a good Idea.
@DARKKUSH Where did you hear that? That would be a God send.
I agree. But, at the same time, you have to respect what he did with the running game.
He's a "running game" guru, if you ask me. Not a offensive line guru.
Why Seattle were desperate for him.
@Harder2000 Thank you for the vote of confidence Harder. you are right there with many of us that KNOW FOR A FACT that this line is nothing close to being done. veterans need to be here... it's just that simple. would our DL be what it is w/o the Seymour signing? HELL NO. if the OL is left alone and Wylie/Wiz are going to be left with these rookies and 2nd year players, its going to be a long year.
@bshogie read that one wrong. meant to erase comment. haha my bad.
@DARKKUSH .... A very long year!
Looking forward to see what we do in FA!