Responding to a Bay Area News Group story which said owner Al Davis has made his preference known for Jason Campbell as the Raiders quarterback, Raiders coach Tom Cable said the decision will be his.
“This organization, regardless of what’s written or what’s said, or what some unnamed source, or whatever that is, says, is run by the owner and it’s coached by the coach,” Cable said Wednesday after the team’s last bye week practice.
“As it pertains to this football team, the decisions that go on with players, they’re going to be made by me. I made that clear since Day One. And that’s the way we do business. And, obviously, it’s working.”
A week after saying Bruce Gradkowski would be the starter when healthy, saying, “We know who our quarterback is,” Cable reversed field and said he would be inclined to go with the hot hand. Campbell has won the last three games as the Raiders’ starter.
Gradkowski said he had his best workout since injuring his shoulder Oct. 10 against San Diego and is ready for anything.
“I always feel like I’m the ace in the hole. I’m the X-factor. You want to be the starter,” Gradkowski said. “You want to be the starter for the organization. You want to be that leader and take advantage of that. But also if that’s what you’re dealt with that’s what you have to do. If you have to come off the bench you have to prepare as the starter and be ready. Like I said, whatever it is I’ll be ready and we’ll see what happens.”
Cable, Gradkowski said, hasn’t informed the quarterbacks of anything.
“Coach will sit us down and talk to us. He tells it like it is,” Gradkowski said. “He’ll be straight up with us. That’s what we respect about him. When the times comes we will sit down and talk. There’s never anything being hidden from us. Like I said, I haven’t proved to him yet that I can do everything yet. Today was the best day so we’ll go from there.”
More to come . . .