By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 12:16 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here’s how Hue Jackson responded when questioned about why the Raiders would be sticking with Bruce Gradkowski as the starter when Jason Campbell has led the club to more than, 1,000-yards of offense in the last two games with quarterback ratings over 120:
“Jason’s done well. Obviously, as Tom said, nothing’s been decided for this week. I live in the moment. My job is to make sure we’re ready to play this week, and until a decision is made on Friday, which it hasn’t been right night, I’ll worry about that when that time comes. I know Jason’s out here practicing. I know Bruce is out here practicing. The most important thing is that we put the guy that will give us the best chance to win.
“I hear everything that’s been said, but my biggest thing is we’re going to go play, and somebody’s going to be under center come Sunday. And obviously Jason’s done a tremendous job. Bruce is working. I think he’d be the first to tell you – he’s working hard every day – he’s not exactly where he wants to be, but we’ve still got a few more days to see where we get to.”
In other words, it’s a non-issue and will be treated as such until Gradkowski is physically ready to play.
A couple of more Jackson observations about the quarterbacks:
Q: Is there any risk to making a quarterback change now?
Jackson: There’s risk in anything you do. Obviously, any time a guy has had success and all of a sudden someone comes in, there’s always that period of adjustment. We’ve had that. I’m not going to say it’s an adjustment that we can’t overcome if that’s the decision that’s made. But I also know that there is an adjustment period to anything you do in that situation. But if it is him and he goes and plays, he’ll play well. If it’s Jason, I expect him to play well.
Q: Can Bruce make all the throws he needs to make?
Jackson: I think he’s working toward that. I think he’ll tell you he’s not exactly there, but he’s throwing, and I think that’s the most important thing. The balls’ coming out of his hand, he’s hitting receivers, and I think he’s feeling much more comfortable than what he did a week ago.
No sign of Nnamdi Asomugha or Zach Miller in the locker room. It’s not unusual for injured players to stay out of view of the media.
The Raiders should make a ticket announcement later this afternoon regarding ticket sales and if the local television blackout will be lifted. They could also announce an extension _ which in most cases mean there will be an announcement of a sellout the following day.
More to come later following the media practice window . . .