Jason Campbell was supposed to bring stability to the quarterback position. He was the anti-JaMarcus, a hard worker with leadership qualities and just so happened to have an arm that could stretch the field. How has that worked out so far? The answer is not very well if Tom Cable says there is “absolutely” a chance of Kyle Boller getting the start in Denver this Sunday.
Bruce Gradkowski doesn’t look to be any closer to recovering from his shoulder injury and Cable will cite Campbell’s knee as a reason to consider Boller. However JC’s putrid performance against the 49ers is the more likely reason the Raiders could be starting their third different QB this season.
Not unlike Darrius Heyward-Bey’s injury/benching one year ago, Campbell’s ineffectiveness will be pawned off on his injury.
Whatever the case this just furthers the continuously spinning QB carousel in Oakland.
This franchise needs stability, plain and simple.
At no fault of Cable’s, he made the right call to bench JC and insert Bruce Almighty. Injuries are something no coach can control. Where the blame can be traced back to Cable is the horrendous play of the offensive line. He might not be coaching the unit but it is his bread and butter and their poor play has cost Cable his best quarterback.
All that being said, this does not mean all hope is lost. Boller could very well lead this team to victory. He played well in the preseason and has received rave reviews for his weekly preparation by the coaching staff.
The problem is that no matter what results may come; Boller is another short term solution. Cable has started 5 different quarterbacks in two years and now he’s even rotating left tackles during the game. While this team is still capable of being competitive despite the constant changes they cannot win consistently without having continuity.
Alliteration aside, a time will come when Cable will have to bite the bullet and ride it out with one QB. He’d like it to be Gradkowski but if not he’ll have to devise a gameplan that suits Campbell and all his shortcomings. This constant shifting of signal callers is a direct link to the last seven years of misery. Times will changes when quarterbacks stop changing. Until then, expect to see another free agent off the street taking snaps in Silver and Black in the near future.