It starts with expectations. Unrealistic expectations.
The new quarterback arrives to rose petals and a symphony, the old quarterback is tossed out with apple cores and moldy lettuce, and life will once again be splendid.
Why, you ask, do I say "inevitable"? Because we have been down this road before.
At his absolute best, when receivers run precise routes and the halfback duties are manned by a 1,500-yard machine and the offensive linemen all play like
Hence, in an ideal world a guy like Campbell is holding a clipboard, watching
Yet thanks to the three years of hell otherwise known as The
If the narrative sounds even vaguely familiar, well, it should. Time after time after time, OK quarterbacks have been acquired with unjust fanfare, only to fall short. How did
Perhaps the quarterback who endured the most Campbell-like path to doom was a man named
When Tampa Bay quarterback
They didn't have to ask twice.
As predicted, Williams became an Oklahoma Outlaw. Thompson was immediately hailed by the Tampa brass as everything their old starter had been -- and infinitely more. According to the Bucs, Thompson had a stronger arm, better decision-making abilities, enhanced mobility, a faster release. So what if he struggled to beat out (egad)
As is the case with Campbell, Thompson was an ideal backup who could have possibly been a marginal starter alongside a strong supporting cast. But Tampa Bay's offensive personnel was dreadful. Save for halfback
By the time the 2-14 travesty had ended, however, it was clear Thompson's days as an NFL starter were numbered. He was replaced by
Can Jason Campbell avoid a similar plight?
Odds are against it.