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Another report says Gradkowski to start

A day after profootballtalk.com reported “all signs” were pointing toward Bruce Gradkowski as the Raiders’ starting quarterback against Miami, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a “source close to the situation” is reporting the Raiders plan to start Gradkowski.

UPDATE: Add the NFL Network to the list . . . another “source familiar with the situation” has spoken.

Interesting in that when Jason Campbell came off the field Friday, he was at least pretending to be the starting quarterback, as coach Tom Cable said he would in the aftermath of a 35-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. My understanding is that both quarterbacks got first-team reps this week, although I couldn’t confirm whether it was one-sided for one quarterback or the other.

Cable and Campbell both fielded questions about having a quick hook for the quarterback without ever saying the hook had already been executed.

In theory, the Raiders would produce a quarterback for network production meetings. That information is supposed to be kept private, but if the Raiders had Gradkowski meet with announcers Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker, it’s conceivable someone got wind of it.

If the Raiders are indeed making the switch, you’d think Cable would at least be willing to stand behind it. Surely he doesn’t think a quarterback mind game will give the Raiders any sort of competitive advantage, as if the Miami defense will be hopelessly flummoxed, never imagining the Raiders would switch to Gradkowski as they’ve already done twice this year.

Perhaps it took awhile for Hue Jackson to get Al Davis to sign off on the change. Miami likes to blitz heavily, and Cable noted that Campbell seemed to become undone by the Steelers’ pressure as the game went on, hence the change to Gradkowski.

Maybe the Raiders will issue some sort of confirmation or denial today. More likely, absolute conformation would come from CBS through their production info, either on their pregame show or before the telecast (which is blacked out in the Bay Area).

If you’re playing these kinds of games with the starting quarterback position 10 games into the season, it means you don’t truly have confidence in either one.

Which means they’ll be looking for another quarterback in 2011.

None of which will matter for the time being if the Raiders win and improve to 6-5 in 2010.

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  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders 28 Miami 10

  • SnB Production

    Focus the draft on the right side of the offensive line.

    Get a veteran receiver to fill the role Schilens was supposed to

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    # YoungAmerican Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Christian Ponder has played pretty well today, too.

    No doubt. Dude can ball.

  • zopi

    You mean Stephen Wisniewski, nephew to Steve, yes, keep it in the family, a center is badly needed.
    It’s correct that neither the Raider WR core and the OL are good enough to compensate mediocre qbs, and it works both ways, a great qb makes the OL and the WRs look good.
    Case in point Brady, Manning, Rivers. Just like good WRs make mediocre qbs look better than they are, Romo, Eli, etc., just as well bad qbs can make good WRs look bad, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, etc.

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    # zopi Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    You mean Stephen Wisniewski, nephew to Steve, yes, keep it in the family, a center is badly needed.
    It’s correct that neither the Raider WR core and the OL are good enough to compensate mediocre qbs, and it works both ways, a great qb makes the OL and the WRs look good.
    Case in point Brady, Manning, Rivers. Just like good WRs make mediocre qbs look better than they are, Romo, Eli, etc., just as well bad qbs can make good WRs look bad, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, etc.
    …….

    Palmer a bad QB? LOL… 5th in the league in yards with 2760 and 6th in TDs with 19. Yeah, he has 15 INTs but so does Brees.

    Palmer plays on a poorly coached team with no running game and no defense.

  • Guy

    Palmer still made bad decisions like throwing into double and triple coverage for ints.

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    # Guy Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Palmer still made bad decisions like throwing into double and triple coverage for ints.
    ….

    He is still considered an elite QB in the NFL

  • TerrapinRaider

    Grads may not be the long term answer at QB but right now he is our best answer. (And that’s the real, without the rose colored glasses).

  • marc

    I find it funny how many comments there are stating that it doesn’t matter who the QB is because the O-line sucks, or the wide receivers suck; that is exactly why it matters!!!

    Campbell has shown zero ability to find any receivers quickly, or to scramble effectively. His screen pass thrown directly into the dirt last week gave me JaMarcus flashbacks that I have still not totally recovered from.

    Bruce gets the ball out. He makes the rest of the team play better/harder. Give him a chance to benefit from our above average run game by playing him when we aren’t trailing by two touchdowns and watch his numbers increase.

    I am definitely not claiming Gradkowski is the answer for the Raiders long-term, but given our options at the moment, for the team that we have right now, he is the correct choice. I am a Gradkowski fan for the same reason this year, as I was last year: Because of the other guy.

  • SnB Production

    I don’t like either of our QBs. I was hoping that JC could repair his career but he’s proven to just not have it.

    Gradkowski is not the guy for 16 weeks….

    AGain, I have always emphasized defense, defense, defense!

    And it will be the defense that carries this team the rest of the season. That and Darren McFadden.

    Tell the rest of the so-called players to just not mess it up

  • http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/home DaRayduh

    It does matter who the qb is, with the o-line system we use, the qb sure as heck better matter. BG fits the current state of our o-line.

  • TerrapinRaider

    What the heck happened to my post?

  • TerrapinRaider

    Palmer may actaully be a much better QB in Oakland than Cincy for the said reasons.

    Cincy cannot run the ball and has a terrible defense. Its been analyzed before showing how much better Palmer plays (his best) when Cincy can run the ball on occassion. And they win games.

    He can be a viable option here; but what is his contract status?

    Given a good defense and running game; which we have – Palmer can actually win a lot of games here.

  • TerrapinRaider

    But you can put the Vick pipe dreams down – that’s simply not going to happen.

    Best guess for potential QBs assuming they are available: Grads, Palmer, VY or draft pick with Grads starting next year until he is ready. The problem with a draft pick is I don’t see Al wanting to start over from stratch. This team can win now with the right/experienced QB.

  • SnB Production

    Terrapin,

    I would have no problem bringing in Carson Palmer. I wouldn’t bring in Vince Young though. He’s not focused on football. HE’s focused on B.S. And players focused on B.S don’t fare well in Oakland. You can’t play for Jeff Fisher? You can’t play!

    I would bring in Palmer and have him, Gradkowski and some young late round pick compete in camp in an HONEST competition.

  • SnB Production

    Brandon Marshall is out! …

    Tell Hue to run the ball and tell whoever is the QB to not throw any INTs.

    Defense will take care of the rest

  • Raiders for life

    I wonder if AD was involved with the Pitts play calling.
    Or are the coaches that incompetent?

  • morilla

    For the love of god, why in the world would you want to bring Palmer in here? Another retread? No way.

  • JB

    ZMiller & LMurphy were both playing partially hurt last week & it showed. They should not play this week unless there are 100%. Actually, I’d like to see Ford start at WR and really stretch the field. I also hope we get to see more of NMiller. I’d like to see him run out of the slot on crossing patterns. I think he’d really be able to do some damage there especially if Grads is rolling out.

  • JB

    # morilla Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    For the love of god, why in the world would you want to bring Palmer in here? Another retread? No way.
    *********************

    Plunkett was a strong armed retread and that seemed to work out OK. I think Carson Palmer could really thrive here with a running game & and a defense.

  • SnB Production

    Morilla,

    We have what we have. Franchise QBs…hell…just serviceable QBs are not easy to come by. As a result of the JaDavis experiment, the Raiders find themselves in a situation with the worst QB situation in the NFL and no immediate relief in the draft.

    Its relatively easy and inexpensive to bring in retread QBs. Hopefully a guy like Palmer can reignite his career.

    The two guys the Raiders have now are not going to develop into QBs that will make this offense a good one.

  • lefty12

    Palmer signed an extension thru 2014 on Thursday.He isn’t going anywhere,although he’d be a great addition.

  • lefty12

    Sorry,old article.But he is signed thru 2014 and I doubt the Bungles will let him go.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    It’s funny how people are tryna re-write the history of Grads.

    He’s better than JC. Waaaaaaayyyyyyyy better.

    It’s says more about JC than anything. The only reason Grads wasn’t starting was because he was injured. Remember that? JC and Grads went into a week of practice and one came out the winner. It’s really more simple than everyone on this blog is making it out to be.

  • Toyz

    Grad is better then JC with this OL but if we can draft/FA some OL JC would be better

  • BornInOakland

    Ya know, tomorrow is tomorrow and next year is next year. I don’t give a damn who starts or finishes at quarterback tomorrow. All I want to do is see the Raiders WIN. It doesn’t matter who does it or how it happens at this point.

    In 2011, I want to see a QB who is the same guy every week and can WIN for the team. No doubt. But tomorrow, I don’t give a damn.

    Oakland: 27
    Miami: 17

  • Toyz

    here here

  • Toyz

    oak 24

    mami 13

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Toyz…

    where, where?

  • morilla

    You want Palmer to reignite his career with our receiving corps? Good luck with that. He gas two of the best receivers in football and is still irratic as hell. I understand our situation, neither is the future.

    Who is? I have no clue. My confidence in the org drafting a QB is shot and there is slim pickings around the league.

    I am really am excited about the teams improvement. Let’s just keep it rolling. See you locals up there for the Denver game.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    F@#$ yeh!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Raiders 90
    Dolphins 0

    Tomorrow we’re going to be calling him Bruce Stabler.

  • 504 Raider

    If we get a better O-Line and JC starts next year we still wouldn’t win because the blueprint is out that all you need to do is blitz him every single play. If JC got max protection and time to throw, his stats over his career says it will be a 2 to 3 yrd pass to the RB plus the YAC.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I’m telling you, this back and forth will continue all year.

    …………………..

    You say that is if you don’t know who the culprit of this back and forth is. You know who the coaching staff wants to start.

  • SnB Production

    I hope Bruce can do it.

    Don’t see him as long-term….be a great turnaround

  • aig-raiders

    Well, it looks like things are going the way I wished for. Xmas came early for me today.

    1. I wanted JC to start against Pitt so that we can put his myth and overhype to rest.

    2. Grad is now finally starting. The last time he started, our spec team, D and Oline were all struggling. Now those 3 areas have improved.

    so long as he stays healthy, I feel strongly we will win the division. 4-2 with a healthy Grad to finish the season.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Bruce is long term. He’s a pro bowler if we just start him permanently and run a realistic, balanced game plan. A pro bowler. I said it. And you know I’m right.

  • morilla

    Wow, iPhones auto-correct is awful.