No official word as of yet from the Oakland Raiders and head coach Tom Cable but Jason La Canfora is reporting that Bruce Gradkowski will get the nod for the starting QB gig over Jason Campbell.
Clearly feeling the pressure to win, Cable has given Campbell all of six quarters as the starter. Playing behind a patchwork offensive line didn’t do Campbell any favors but seeing Gradkowski thrive behind that same band of blockers didn’t help Campbell’s cause either.
Only two weeks into the season and already Campbell’s future in Oakland looks about as bright as gothic costume party.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind going forward.
For one, Gradkowski has been the best option at QB for the last two years now. Even if he were healthy this offseason, you felt as if Bruce Almighty wasn’t going to get a fair chance to compete for the job once the Raiders both traded for and extended Campbell’s contract. The move is a shocker only in how early in the season this has occurred but is not a surprise when you look at the game tape.
Gradkowski’s ability to make quick decisions, throw on the run and be decisive in the pocket is exactly what it takes to have success given the circumstances and constant juggling along the O-line. Campbell spent too much time clutching the rock and made too many errant throws.
Secondly, Campbell should not fret that this is the end of his season.
He should stay ready and know that there is a good chance he’ll get back onto the field. While The Big Gradkowski’s mobility helps to negate the constant protection breakdowns it cannot prevent injury. That same line left Bruce with MCL injuries in both of his knees last season.
Coach Cable has made his mark on this organization by doing things his way. At least that is the way it would appear with decisions such as these. Who knows what Al Davis thinks of the QB change but one thing is for sure if it equates to success, Mr. Davis will have no choice but to applaud the move.
Of course, there are rumors that Davis is looking to promote Hue Jackson and can Cable. Given that it was Jackson’s call to bench Campbell this past Sunday can’t bode well for Cable as any success that may come in the future could be, in the eyes of Davis, traced to Jackson and not Cable.
You just can’t win for losing when coaching under Al Davis.