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Raiders await QB resolution

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As much as players attempted to deflect the idea that the loss of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was an emotional downer in a 34-13 loss to Washington, at least one player was willing Monday to concede it had an impact.

“You could kind of see it emotionally a little bit, the wind left our sails, so to speak, just a little bit, when that happened,” defensive end Jay Richardson said. “But that’s part of the game. If a guy goes down, the next guy has to come in and step up, and the team has to rally around that guy.

“We could have done a better job of kind of rallying around the next guy coming up and giving him a boost.”

Gradkowski ruled himself out this week with torn left medial collateral ligament and a partially torn right medial collateral ligament, and with three games left in the season, it’s conceivable he is done for the season.

Running back Justin Fargas, who in recent weeks lauded Gradkowski’s command of the huddle and enthusiasm, said, “Well I think we were building something there but we can’t let the momentum or fire be killed by that we have to find a way to keep it going.”

Since coach Tom Cable declined to name a starter following the game and admitted there was some thought given to playing No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye, Russell can’t be considered a slam-dunk choice to start against Denver until the words come out of the coaches mouth.

Cable, who meets with the press at 2 p.m. today (PST), said it was his his call to repalce Russell with Gradkowski, although you can logically assume Al Davis signed off on the decision.

The question is whether Cable would essentially bench Russell a second time, and if Davis would go along with that as well.

Stay tuned . . .

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Einstein

    # los raiders de don rober Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Saw the jamarcus interview after the game. I think this kid’s morale is completely ruined… Heck, even Ryan Leaf went ballistic with a reporter that badgered him about sucking. Jamarcus just puts his head down and whimpers…c’mon man!
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    No he doesn’t. He could careless. He flat out just doesn’t give a sh1t. His morale isn’t ruined, he doesn’t fn care.

  • Thec07

    BRL, will be out of football very soon….
    Take his bling, and fur coat with him….
    And dont let me start on the beanie….

  • The Big Banana

    Miller’s concussion was set up by Russell.

    Cable – either bench Russell or keep Miller and Murphy on the bench until you have someone competent behind center!!

  • Thec07

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Miller’s concussion was set up by Russell.

    Cable – either bench Russell or keep Miller and Murphy on the bench until you have someone competent behind center!!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    POST OF THE DAY…..

  • los raiders de don rober

    Career Completion Percentage: Vince Young 58.1%, JR: 51.9%. VY can run and pass better than JR.

  • Thec07

    BRL, will get someone killed….Ask JLH….

  • los raiders de don rober Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Jamarcus just puts his head down and whimpers…c’mon man!

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    I heard the interview and heard that “noise” a few times. Didn’t know if it was a chuckle, a sigh or what.

    Oh well, who cares, he will be gone in a few months, hopefully.

  • Einstein

    # Thec07 Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    BRL, will be out of football very soon….
    Take his bling, and fur coat with him….
    And dont let me start on the beanie….
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    BRL? what does that stand for?

    His beanie? oh you mean the one with the little fuzzy thing on top that kids wear? LMFAO.

  • Thec07

    Thats BRL’s public personna, not buying it. He laughing all the way to the bank….

  • Thec07

    BRL = Black Ryan Leaf…..

  • Thec07

    Natural selection, BRL is not natural… Survivsl of the fittest, BRL is not fit….

  • Raider Dell

    jhill Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    So Dell,

    He’s waiting to see if Grads can go before naming a starter?

    No mention of Frye?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    frye name was brought up by the pres, Cable never said NO. Wants to wait until wednesday to see where Grads is at.

    My take, a real clear decision of Jamarcus is not as certain as some have thought.

    Maybe we may see Frye, Cable never said never.

  • BadMoodGuy

    Oh god, MR has a new alias.

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    Frye didnt do a bad job in pre season……He will start this week, and he will move this team, maybe not as good as Grad but enough to move the team,but without Gallery and no protection on the left side, you can forget about it, and it will save us alot of embaressment not having JaPieWagon in there, on defense if nam keeps getting boo boo’s on his elbow………well goodnite Irene………

  • jhill

    Miller’s concussion was set up by Russell.

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    File that in the propoganda basket!

    Miller caught the ball, ran 5 yds, broke 2 tackles, THEN got helmet to helmeted by the Redskins player.

  • NorthernD

    Thec07 Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    BRL, will get someone killed….Ask JLH….
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    They destroyed DMac on a pass in the flat as well.
    It was like a shark feeding frenzy when they brought in Russell.
    ” Pad the stats, gonna get me some sacks.”

  • Thec07

    I am willing to bet the team was like….

    Man Grads down, coach we should be warming frye up so he can run the O now…. Cable gives them my hands are tied look, of dejection, and sends BRL into the game.
    Thats when the team went to the post office….

    Game over…

  • Einstein

    Great article:
    McDonald: Forget loss to Redskins, Gruden’s visit gives Raiders fans a chance to dream

    Gruden showed up at Ricky’s last night per the article.

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/raiders/ci_13990673

    “smiling face who wore a Raiders visor and a brand new No. 34 Bo Jackson jersey.”

    `Welcome back Jon Gruden.”

    Gruden is in San Francisco to work as an analyst for ESPN for the Cardinals-49ers game on Monday Night Football. Rather than have dinner in the city, he returned to one of his favorite East Bay haunts.

    “Upon arrival, Gruden went into the memorabilia store on site, bought himself the jersey and insisted those in his group, including play-by-play man Mike Tirico and co-analyst Ron Jaworski, wear Raiders hats.”

  • jhill

    los raiders de don rober Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    Career Completion Percentage: Vince Young 58.1%, JR: 51.9%. VY can run and pass better than JR.

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    58% is not the upgrade I’m looking for. Would rather keep Grads.

  • Einstein

    Black Ryan Leaf, LMFAO. Come on now, show an ounce of respect to Ryan Leaf. Comparing JaM0nkey to Ryan Leaf is a complete insult to Leaf.

  • JB

    # Einstein Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Peyton Manning is a drop back style QB, without much pocket mobility. The difference is he has a brain that he can use, he studies the game, he takes the NFL and his job serious, unlike JaM0nkey, that is the difference between him and any other successful QB that has ever played in the NFL. JaM0nkey will NEVER have it. He had an opportunity yesterday to turn it around, to win his team back, to win his fans back, and to win his job back. ANY OTHER competitor would have CEASED that chance yesterday and would have WILLED a win. He didn’t, he can’t, and he never will. JaM0nkey just Ja Go Away. Worst 1st pick EVER in the history of the NFL.
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    Hey Einstein, the word is seized not ceased. Other than that litle correction, your message is 100% right on.

  • NorthernD

    My guess is that JaMarcus gets the start, but with a quick hook. Either an interception or no points by half.
    Then Frye will come in.
    Unless Frye gets the majority of snaps in practice, he’s not going to look sharp.
    Frye has never signed a big contract, so don’t under-estimate desperation as motivation.

  • NorthernD

    JB Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm
    # Einstein Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Peyton Manning is a drop back style QB, without much pocket mobility. The difference is he has a brain that he can use, he studies the game, he takes the NFL and his job serious, unlike JaM0nkey, that is the difference between him and any other successful QB that has ever played in the NFL. JaM0nkey will NEVER have it. He had an opportunity yesterday to turn it around, to win his team back, to win his fans back, and to win his job back. ANY OTHER competitor would have CEASED that chance yesterday and would have WILLED a win. He didn’t, he can’t, and he never will. JaM0nkey just Ja Go Away. Worst 1st pick EVER in the history of the NFL.
    ***********

    Hey Einstein, the word is seized not ceased. Other than that litle correction, your message is 100% right on.
    =====================
    Give him a break, Einstein was a MATH genius.

  • NorthernD

    I’ve been tempted to use other names to refer to JaMarcus Russell. But I’ve refrained.
    I think in a few years, just the name JaMarcus will be considered an insult.

    “OMG, that guy’s so bad, he’s the next JaMarcus…”

  • JB

    Give him a break, Einstein was a MATH genius.
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    LOL – Your right. Sorry Einstein, your message was received.

  • The Big Banana

    “We knew JaMarcus was a pocket guy,” Orakpo said. “He wasn’t a running threat. So I was able to let loose with all kinds of moves to get to him.”

  • The Big Banana

    # NorthernD Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve been tempted to use other names to refer to JaMarcus Russell. But I’ve refrained.
    I think in a few years, just the name JaMarcus will be considered an insult.

    “OMG, that guy’s so bad, he’s the next JaMarcus…”
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    So true. Maybe they’ll name the new rookie cap (if one is approved) after JaMarcus.

  • Richochet

    After Gruden left, he was pretty much verboten in Ricky’s..except for one person..Ricky’s wife, lol…a HUGE Gruden fan.

    She would alternate between her Raider Gruden jersey, and a Tampa Bay Gruden jersey, proudly so.

    Kind of humorous how Ricky would make it clear she does what she wants, and he doesn’t ever consider asking her otherwise.