By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders didn’t call any reverses against the Chiefs, but a three-game win streak had coach Tom Cable running one on Monday.
In response to a question about what quarterback Jason Campbell had to do to earn his trust, asked in large part because of the previous week’s stance that Gradkowski was No. 1, here is what Cable said:
“He has my trust. I wouldn’t play him. There’s no way, if I didn’t trust Jason I would have played Kyle (Boller). It’s a non-issue. I’m not going to put him out there unless I believe in him,” Cable said. “You’re all getting with where am I going with the quarterback thing, Jason’s our quarterback right now and Bruce isn’t healthy yet, enough to have this conversation, that’s where this is at. ”
The follow-up question was if Cable had wavered at all with regard to Gradkowski as the starter if healthy when the Raiders played Pittsburgh after the bye.
“I really haven’t wavered, but I do have a belief in me about when you’re dealing it and you’ve got the hot hand and things are going in the right direction for your football team, why would you make a change,” Cable said. “ That’s what I think right now, but in the back of my mind I also say, it’s not really making a change. He was starter before I made the change with Bruce and he’s kind of come back and done a lot of good things for our team.
“ What’s the negative of this? Well, I’ve got a problem, I’ve got two good quarterbacks healthy again. That’s the only negative I see about it. I’m probably leaning toward staying with the hot hand.”
How about a hint?
“I think I just gave you one,” Cable said.
Exactly one week ago, this was how Cable fielded a quesiton about staying with Gradkowski as a starter even though the Raiders were on a two-game win streak after being Seattle:
“It’s clear cut. There’s no issue there in my mind. What we’ve done is some nice things in the last two weeks. You got to take your hat off to Jason . . . so, it’s a nice job on his part, as well as the rest of the offensive players. But, we know who our quarterback is.”
More to come . . .