Gradkowski a spectator


If Hue Jackson has a game plan which calls for the quarterback to do little more than toss a football from his left hand to his right hand, occasionally putting it underneath one arm, then Bruce Gradkowski ought to be up to the task of facing the Denver Broncos Sunday.

More likely, it will be either Jason Campbell or Kyle Boller at quarterback, as they were the only quarterbacks who actually threw a forward pass during the media window Thursday.

Coach Tom Cable said Wednesday Gradkowski was throwing, but “nothing downfield.” Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said before practice, “Those guys are practicing. Jason is getting work. Kyle’s getting work. Bruce is probably getting the least amount of work, but he’s working. It could be a game-time decision for making a decision about who the quarterback is.”

Unless Gradkowski is tearing off his red jersey and displaying an “S” on his chest once the media leaves, he looks to be a longshot at this point.

Darren McFadden was on the field with the offense for the second straight day, meaning he stands a decent chance of being active after missing two games, although it remains to be seen what kind of workload he’ll have against the Broncos.

The only players not present were defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee). Linebacker Thomas Howard was on the field going through some rehab drills with a member of the athletic training staff with a light brace on his right knee.

In terms of personnel, defensive coordinator John Marshall said Thursday the plan was for Quentin Groves to start at weak side linebacker against Denver, with Trevor Scott moving back into the three-man rotation at end along with Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy.

Groves may not get a lot of action even if active. Given the amount of time Denver employs three wide receivers, the Raiders could spend much of the game with only two linebackers on the field.

More to come later . ..


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Norco Bob

    Watching that video with Hue Jackson,..wow,..made me realize no Raider player has been afraid to play bad since Gruden was here,..these players dont play hard because of the coaching staff,..weak…anyway, heres my 5 team parlay for this weekend,…

    Denver -8.5
    SF -2.5
    SF/Carolina the over, 35.5
    Giants + 3.5
    Patriots + 2.5… (my lock of the weekend)

    By the way, halloween game, I will be wearing a Raiders coaches outfit, with Chucky mask I just picked up, also have a realistic looking headset I will also wear.

  • —“Wade Phillips has somehow only won a single playoff game despite having only one losing season in eight complete seasons. (He went 7-9 in 1994 in Denver.) His career record is 82-58.”—

    —“That’s pretty impressive overall, but you boil it down the winning percentage and it’s a little better than 9-7 for a season. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that seems to be Phillips’ fate.”—

    —“He’s a great coach to have if you want to go 9-7.”—


    lets hire fat Wade, and fire him in a few years time when we are used to be a winning season kinda team…

  • MistabrOwn, do you live in Cuba?

  • Norco Bob

    By the way MR,..Iv changed my mind on Boardwalk Empire,..I now think its awesome,..slow start, but remembering back, so was The Sopranos,..this new show is great,..that scene when that dude carved up that hookers face,..wow,..looked real. Great show.

  • Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    Mistic, here is the link for the JR interview.

    For those worried that JR will come back to Al, note he says that there are only “31” teams in the NFL. He looks good but I dont think his Wunderlich has changed…

  • Raider Bong

    The good thing about being an OC for the Raiders, is that Hue Jackson can throw Lechler in there as QB for a play or two, and have him throw a deep bomb to kyle boller.

    if it doesnt pan out, people will just assume “Crazy Al must have dialed up that one from the booth.”

  • President’s a Marxist? That’s funny. I still have to go to work tonight. And I have a rent, cable, electrical, phone, and internet bill at the end of the month. Marxism sucks!

  • Norco Bob

    What is Marxism anyway? Dont feel like goin to Google right now.

  • I have no idea, Norco. But MB says we’re living in it.

  • Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    #142 Fat,
    I wanted to return my defective Madden game to gamstop at the Rose cuz for some reason, I keep winning when I play as the Raiders.
    Wish real-life was like that…

  • Mistabr0wn


    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I have no idea, Norco.

  • fat kidd

    Norco Bob Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    What is Marxism anyway? Dont feel like goin to Google right now.

    marxism is when you go to buy a coke and they say no charge.or you go too a raiders game and instead of buying a ticket they say go right in for free and heres a free beer and a joint and if you see a chic you like take her.

  • Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    Who else thinks that arguing about religion is like arguing about Nacho Libre vs. Napoleon Dynamite?

  • RaiderReggie

    The Raiders got to start Matt Shaunessy. Are they blind. Every time that guy is on the field, good things happen. Trevor Scott is a pass rusher specialist ONLY!!

  • Glutten for Punishment

    that 1st paragraph was soo lame Jerry!!!! FYI