By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 1:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here’s how Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha tap-danced around quarterback questions with hosts Adam Schein and former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon in a transcript provided by Sirius NFL Radio:
Schein: Nnamdi, who should be the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders?
Asomugha: You know, Jason Campbell right now. Jason Campbell. Whoever we have in at quarterback, should be the quarterback. And that’s Jason Campbell. He won three games for us there. We just had an unfortunate game this time around but I don’t think that means, you know, starting to shuffle around again and, you know, we all take sides with Coach Cable when he makes that decision. We believe in that. You can’t do that right now.
Gannon: Nnamdi, hasn’t that been part of the problem though? They bring in Jason Campbell and the second week of the season, at halftime, they make the switch to Bruce (Gradkowski). Tom (Cable) comes out and says even when Jason’s playing well that they’re going to go back to Bruce, and of course, you know, I thought that Jason played some pretty solid football there. Then you guys get off to a slow start and they make another change. I mean, don’t you need stability at the quarterback position to really turn this thing around?
Asomugha: Yeah, you absolutely do, but in the, I guess, in the course of the game, that decision was made because we were looking for that same spark that we got when the change was made early in the season. You know, you go through three quarters, I guess, and we’re not doing so well, and that’s not all Jason’s fault, but we need a spark and we put in Bruce early in the season in the third quarter of a game and he comes in and sparks us a little bit and it gives us a change of pace, so I guess that’s what we were looking for this game to see if it happened. And Bruce did a great job when he came in but we weren’t able to get it done. But that doesn’t mean get rid of the guy that’s been doing well the past month, you know. You bring up a good point, the stability and keeping that same guy in there and getting him more and more confident and comfortable, it’s going to help.
Hope that clears everything up.