Starting The Big Gradkowski Could be a Big Mistake

So it is only Wednesday and as we’ve come to learn, the Raiders most likely won’t name a starter until kickoff on Sunday. But with the reports of Bruce Gradkowski splitting reps with Jason Campbell today it would appear as if there could another change at the QB position in the works.

Sure, Bruce Almighty was the best bet early in the season. Maybe with The Big Gradkowski under center the Raiders would have hung 79 on the Donkeys. But if it ain’t broke then why fix it?

Since dropping the bar beneath JaMarcus Russell standards, Campbell and the Oakland offense has been electric. Now is not the time to rock the boat.

Check the stats and you’ll see JC is better in almost all areas of the game when compared to Gradkowski. Not to mention that there is little doubt that Campbell will be on a short leash anyway. So why not let the man that has led the most dynamic offense in the last two weeks to keep his job?

Has everyone forgotten how horrible Gradkowski looked before he was knocked out of the San Diego game? My man was a Russell-esque 1 of 7. Yes, he did hurt his shoulder and continued to play so that has to be factored in. But before Campbell took the Raiders the length of the field in the second half it was looking like another Charger punk job in our crib.

Gradkowski might very well be the better option. But since when did that matter if the results are Ws? Just win, baby! Right?

You can’t really have a quarterback controversy if you’re losing. But if you’re looking to create one then go ahead and bench the starter mid-win streak and see how that turns out. Hopefully for the best in this case.

Tom Cable and his coaches know their roster better than we ever will. But that doesn’t mean they’re immune from making a mistake or two. Right about now it would be a mistake to pull Campbell just as this offense is rising like Jean Grey after death. The man has earned the right to be benched for poor performance. He’s undeserving of clipboard duties just because the favored thrower is on the mend. Just as Campbell proved his worth so too should Gradkowski all over again.

 One thing that is clear is that there is no clear cut starter. So for the time being you might as well ride the hot hand. With the biggest game being played in Oakland since 2002 coming up, it makes little sense to make changes when things have been working just fine.

No matter who is calling the signals, I’ll be cheering just the same. If it works, then it works. Results are all that matter. But if there’s nothing the wrong with the guy that has helped to put 92 points on the board in two games then why try and reinvent the wheel? Just let it keep on rolling.

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  • travis myers

    I think JC was very gun shy when the Mario Turnstile Henderson was in there. 0.3 seconds to throw will do that to a qb. Since Jared has shored up the position he has become much more relaxed. Although he does make some throws you shake your head at, so does Bruce. I say stick with the hot hand.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    Great point Travis.

    The way the O-line played against Tennessee was just sad. Veldheer has looked great the last two weeks and I think it’s safe to say that Mario Henderson is done at left tackle.

  • raiderj5

    What games have you been watching? Campbell has no touch, he makes terrible descions. Did you think those two wins that they just got were against the leagues worst teams? Bruce all the way baby

  • Chris Shellcroft


    I never said Campbell was the better QB. I’m just saying you don’t pull a pitcher when he’s throwing a shutout even if the only reason there is no score is becasue of the defense behind him.

    Whatever is working is working. So leave it be.

    JC does miss some throws but go back and look at the TD throws to Reece and DHB. He put those balls on the money and I’m here to tell you Gradkowski could never make tosses like that.

    I’m a Gradkowski fan, for sure. But I like winning more.

    Just keep winning, baby!

  • Tyler Thompson

    Go to this link…It’s a pretty good breakdown of why Campbell isn’t responsible for these last two games entirely.