After spending two weeks to prepare for an embarrassing loss at home to the Chiefs, Tom Cable needs two more days to name his starting quarterback for Sunday’s meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to reports, Cable is mulling over a choice between incumbent starter JaMarcus Russell and backup Bruce Gradkowski.
“It will be focused on winning, period, what gives us the best chance to win.”
The above quote from Cable is a contradiction when one juxtaposes his statement with his squad selection. If this is truly about putting players on the field who give his team “the best chance to win” then why was Darrius Heyward-Bey given more snaps than any other wide receiver on Sunday? Why was Louis Murphy – the leading receiver for the Silver and Black – given a demotion to 4th string once Chaz Schilens returned to the field of play? Why is Javon Walker being paid millions to sit and watch as rookie receivers struggle?
If all these decisions have been about putting the best team on the field, then why do the results continue to get worse and worse?
There is no simple answer, but many indications point towards the man cutting the checks. Since 2003, this franchise has been a running joke whose punch line is always Al Davis.
A.D. might not be telling Cable directly what personnel decisions to make, but there is little doubt that the irrational moves (or lack thereof) have been made with a certain team owner in mind.
So, who does Mr. Davis want to see calling signals on Sunday?
Well…Bruce Gradkowski did show up at the team facility with a “strained hamstring” today. So…I guess that answers that…unless you’re banking on Charlie Frye to take snaps with the first team this week. Sure, it is possible that the Frye Guy will get his chance. Then again, there’s always a chance that Michael Bush could take some snaps under center too. After all, Bush has a career QB rating of 60.4 which is just 5 points lower than Russell’s and 2 points higher than Gradkowski’s.
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