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QB answer could be Campkowski

I floated the question fully expecting Tom Cable to shoot it down as if he were hiding in a duck blind.

Given that the Raiders had won both of their games this season after a change in quarterbacks, and that the skills of both players are different _ Jason Campbell is more of a methodical game manager, Bruce Gradkowski better in two-minute situations and chaos _ would he be quick to make changes in the future and use both players?

The standard answer is no. Of course not. A team needs a single starting quarterback because of continuity, consistency, leadership, etc.

Instead, Cable, while conceding it was not ideal, invoked Raider history. George Blanda coming off the bench for Daryle Lamonica, and not always because of injury. He ended by saying “I think it’s just a good problem to have two quality players.”

Here is why I think you could be seeing both quarterbacks throughout the rest of the season:

– Gradkowski is the starter for now and has a propensity for injury. Some of it is playing style, taking on defenders, some of it is bad luck. Given the double blow Shaun Phillips put on his injured right shoulder Sunday, a chop to the shoulder pad followed by throwing him to the ground on the shoulder _ he may not be able to go this week against the 49ers.

Attrition is inevitable. Five games into the season the whole Darren McFadden-Michael Bush lead ballcarrier question hasn’t been addressed because one or the other has been hurt.

– There is no evidence that either quarterback is “the guy,” Al Davis’ declaration of Campbell as the next Jim Plunkett notwithstanding. Neither is the guy in a financial sense. Gradkowski is on a one-year tender, Campbell had his contract extended a single year through 2011, presumably non-guaranteed.

I could be wrong, but I don’t see Gradkowski ever being a 60 percent passer. He’s energetic, a worker and he possesses a spark. He gives the offense confidence it can score and is at his best when all is falling apart around him. And that’s a good trait to have for a Raiders quarterback. A great guy to have on a team, not necessarily your longterm solution.

Campbell is a safety-first, measured quarterback who has a knack of engineering long drives because he avoids risky throws and plays. Not sure where the Plunkett comparison came from, because it’s not his nature to be the kind of daring deep thrower Plunkett was. Davis has espoused his offensive beliefs in the past as “we don’t take what the defense gives us, we take what we want.”

Following the Chargers game, Campbell said he got in a groove by taking what the defense gave him and letting the game come to him. He’s been labeled as a cautious quarterback for six years now and it’s hard to see him morph into a risk-taker at this point.

– Fans, of course, want one or the other _ and Gradkowski has already built up the underdog’s following. You can expect dozens of comments below in support of both quarterbacks, with each side putting forth a passionate and sometimes angry argument.

However, there truly seems to be no factions in the locker room, and while Gradkowski and Campbell may not be pals, they work together, say all the right things in public, and realize the situation is beyond their control as to who plays and how much.

“Halfway through the St. Louis game, we put Bruce in, took Jason out, won the game,” tackle Khalif Barnes said. “Bruce got hurt this time, Jason stepped in. They’re real professional about what they do. When you’ve got that within a team you can win. They’re different emotionally _ Bruce is a little more animated. But they’re both leaders in how they approach and take over games. They both control the huddle.”

– If you’re Cable and Hue Jackson, and you’re in a situation that calls for some ball control and first downs, and you think Campbell is better suited for the task, do you stick with Gradkowski? What happens if you’re trailing by six entering halftime or regulation? Gradkowski could be like a shot of adrenaline.

In short, if neither quarterback is what you need to win by himself, then there’s something to be said for being bold enough to use both.

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  • mistic1

    Well at least we can get off the Gardowski thing for a while.

    Sorry to all you “offended” guys.

    LMFAO!

    Mistic …

    It appeared to me that all you were promoting was Black QBs. I really thought that is what you wanted to see.

    Garrard ????

    Let me be clear.

    There is not ONE black QB that I could think of that I would want to see under center for the Raiders right now.

    Not Vick, Garrad, McNabb, Russell, Camplunkett, Pryor, or anyone else that I can think of.

    Because they are black? Don’t be silly.

    It’s because they SUCK!

    ===========================================================
    Are you black? I am.

    You cant clean that up, the fact is you made it about race!

    Vick, mccnabb, gerrard are very good players and have been in this league for years.

    Yes, the guys that i have promoted happen to be black, but who besides you openly uses skin color as criteria.

    I like the guys i mentioned because they can throw and run, and lead a team in a very exciting way. Very much the same way skabs does and everybody loves him?!?!

    Now we know why black people are hyper sensitive to race issues…we are constantly under attack in amerikka!

  • RaiderRockstar

    HD37,

    I never called anybody a “chink” or used the term on this blog in any way, shape or form.

    either you’ve mistaken me with the wrong person or you’re just making things up. which is it?

  • DMAC

    # Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Can we all agree Boller is 3rd best? or is he ahead of JC or Grads?
    =================
    No. Boller sucks. Should of kept Colt.
    LMAO

  • J Hill

    HayesDaze37 Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Hey J Hill — Who’s Gardowski?

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    Relax!

    Our esteemed broadcast team kept calling him that in the SF game. Liked the name, it stuck with me.

    Not a Gardowski fan per se, but I admitted long ago that I was wrong about the kid.

    As soon as he wins a game, I’ll unscramble his name.

  • HayesDaze37

    Yes, RRS — It did happen just about a week ago. Someone used the term chink in na sentence, and you morphed it into a off-color joke. I was surprised nobody called you on it then (I didn’t have the time), and I really don’t feel like tracking it down now.

    Now, children…let’s just all remember how hurtful words can be!

  • DMAC

    I said it once and I’ll say it again….
    Campbell is a Raider!!!!!!!!!
    Bruce is a Raider!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who the fk cares who starts, or who plays.
    All I want is some WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WINS!!!
    WINS!!
    WINS!!!!!!

  • J Hill

    mistic1 Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Yes, the guys that i have promoted happen to be black,

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    So here we are, back at the original question.

    Do you have any white guys on your radar?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    what does “chink” mean?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Yes, RRS — It did happen just about a week ago. Someone used the term chink in na sentence, and you morphed it into a off-color joke. I was surprised nobody called you on it then (I didn’t have the time), and I really don’t feel like tracking it down now.

    ***

    HD37,

    now somebody else used the term and I turned it into a racist remark? how is that even possible?

    the term itself is racist you putz!

  • DMAC

    black
    white
    red
    purple
    brown
    yellow
    I don’t give a fk!!!!!!!!!!!
    JUST WIN BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Rockstar, when you always race bait and try to piss black people off, you’re occasionally going to be falsely accused of using a term you really didn’t use. That’s life.

  • popcicledrip

    shawn lights out steriod eater is going to be a raider I hope to run a 3-4 with raiders shawn wimberly scott mclain WoW I hope he’s a raider that would be great

  • J Hill

    what does “chink” mean?

    —————————————————–

    Asian slur

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    And, of course, that’s assuming you really didn’t use the term, Rockstar. Because to be honest, I couldn’t put it past you. I think you’d use any term you could get away with in here to piss off basically any non white, non christian person. Any term you could get away with.

  • HayesDaze37

    Shall I track it down for you, RRS?

    How about your “spade is a spade” baiting? Deny that one also?

    This is what happens when terms like these are used regularly…people don’t even realize how easy it is to start thinking things like these are harmless.

  • mistic1

    # J Hill Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    You do realize that I’m a inner city So Cal Naagghhaa, as my man Bauce would say.
    =========================================================

    I thought you were a white dude asking me something like that.

    Now i understand, you called yourself a naagghhha?!?!

    That is where we are different, Im a black man and would never embarrass myself by being other than a man. You do know that so called naaagagah’s were called 3/5 human beings.

    when you elevate your self to the status of a man, and leave the slave mentality behind you wont have to ask such ridiculous questions.

    By the way every time you go into a public forum like this and defile yourself, by calling yourself a naaggaa,you do more damage than you know. This is why we dont get respect, this is why we have nothing to call our own in this country. Because you know as well as i do “naggaahs aint shi*”

  • DMAC

    FK Merriman!
    He’s garbage off the juice!

  • RaiderRockstar

    MR,

    go jump in the lake

  • RaiderRockstar

    Shall I track it down for you, RRS?

    How about your “spade is a spade” baiting? Deny that one also?

    ***

    Yes and Yes

    but of course you don’t have time or don’t feel like tracking down something that I said because it doesn’t exist. LOL

    you’re an idiot, HD37

  • RaiderRockstar

    i have a meeting in 15 minutes.

    DIG DIG DIG. HURRY!

  • J Hill

    when you elevate your self to the status of a man, and leave the slave mentality behind you wont have to ask such ridiculous questions.

    ——————————————————-

    Yaaawwwnnnnnn !!!!

    I remember BHP and Bauce going down this road, lol.

    Point taken Mistic!

    Just said it for effect so you could get a clearer picture instead of your belt buckle picture you had in your head.

    Moving on now …

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Rockstar, there are at least 4 people on you right now. Face it, it’s not your day. I’ve read comment after comment of yours where you had used phrases like “a spade is a spade”. Vegas likes to do it too. It’s cute. You say little things that you know will anger black people, and just check back to see if you anyone bit. If anyone accuses you of being racist, you say you meant the term in it’s literal sense, not implying race. It’s a game you can play your whole life…until a day like today comes along, where more than one person catches on to your b.s. and decides to call you on it.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    People say that Merriman without the juice sucks. It has nothing to do with the roids, you see, Tila Tekila put a dammed budhu spell on the kid after he tried to give her the “Tom Cable: Gentleman-gentlehand” treatment

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Of course Vegas Raider aka Just Fire Baby does it because he got pushed around by black guys when he tried to get into the music business.

  • popcicledrip

    merriman is still a tuff as nails even off the juice ask tila LOL

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    – Fans, of course, want one or the other _ and Gradkowski has already built up the underdog’s following. You can expect dozens of comments below in support of both quarterbacks, with each side putting forth a passionate and sometimes angry argument.

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    Jerry reads the blog!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Why are we talkin about race when we should be talking about beating the whiners..

  • J Hill

    you’re an idiot, HD37

    —————————————————–

    LOL!

    That comment really got RRS fired up.

    I swear it’s like a reality show in here.

  • RaiderRockstar

    MR,

    if the topic is incest or Al Davis … i’ll ask for your opinion

  • DMAC

    # Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    People say that Merriman without the juice sucks. It has nothing to do with the roids, you see, Tila Tekila put a dammed budhu spell on the kid after he tried to give her the “Tom Cable: Gentleman-gentlehand” treatment
    ===============
    Sorry Macho, but Merriroids ain’t schit w/out the juice.
    I still remember this punk at the coliseum doing his lights out dance after a a few sacks. Kid is garbage now.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    i have a meeting in 15 minutes.

    ……………

    LOL. Please. Do you expect anyone here to think you could possibly be employed in the capacity in which you would ever be required to attend a meeting? You’re either living in ma n pa’s barn, or you’re working at Wendys.

  • J Hill

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Why are we talkin about race when we should be talking about beating the whiners..

    ——————————————————

    That’s my fault!

    My bad!

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Raiders will sign Merriman, guaranteed.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Why are we talkin about race when we should be talking about beating the whiners..

    ***

    good point

    SHUT DOWN GORE!

  • RedneckRaider

    Sooooo… how exactly does Hines Ward fit into a Black/White QB debate…

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    MR,

    if the topic is incest or Al Davis … i’ll ask for your opinion

    …………….

    you’re swinging a swiss army knife around at a gun fight.

  • DMAC

    # A.B. Paine III Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Raiders will sign Merriman, guaranteed.
    ==========
    Puke!!!
    I rather bring back Luke “the juice” Lawton back than this clown.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im pretty sure this is a dangerous game for us… The niners are 0-5 but there not as bad as there record shows… This will not be an easy game and this team needs to come out fired up and take it away quickly

  • J Hill

    dneckRaider Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Sooooo… how exactly does Hines Ward fit into a Black/White QB debate…

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    He doesn’t ..

    He’s a WR!

  • RaiderRockstar

    You’re either living in ma n pa’s barn, or you’re working at Wendys.

    ***

    unlimited internet access on the clock at Wendy’s or in barns?

    MR, please think before you type

  • HayesDaze37

    RRS — If you insist, I’ll track it down after lunch. You could just say, “oh well, I thought I was being funny,” and leave it at that. Although it isn’t/wasn’t funny…

    I’d just as soon not even have these discussions on this RAIDERS FOOTBALL blog.

    It’s a GREAT time to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    hey DMAC! don’t discriminte people who have used the juice! thats where I draw the line! oooooo yeah!

  • DMAC

    Stop Gore!!!!!!!!
    We Win!!!
    Smith will do what he does best…..
    Make plays, but turn the ball over also

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • mistic1

    # J Hill Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    when you elevate your self to the status of a man, and leave the slave mentality behind you wont have to ask such ridiculous questions.

    ——————————————————-

    Yaaawwwnnnnnn !!!!

    I remember BHP and Bauce going down this road, lol.

    Point taken Mistic!

    Just said it for effect so you could get a clearer picture instead of your belt buckle picture you had in your head.

    Moving on now …
    ==========================================================

    Ok fair enough, you had me flash’n for a minute. Im back its good.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Vick, Garrad, McNabb, Russell, Camplunkett, Pryor
    ===============================================
    Vick would be my choice out of that group. The rest suck! Out of 32 NFL QB’s, most suck. There are White QB’s that suck and Black QB’s that suck. As Jack Webb would have said, “That’s the facts Ma’am.”
    Al Davis when he made Art Shell the first Black HC was also the first one to fire a Black HC. That him a proponent of racial equality. Hire and fire equally. No discrimination.

  • RaydaSwagger

    The Raiders should sign Merriman. I agree he isnt the same without the juice but he would have something to prove agaisnt the Ferry Ego Chargers. That’s worth signing him by itself. He would have a serious ax to grind for those two division games.