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Looks like it’s the `People’s Choice’

Bay Area News Group writer Steve Corkran is reporting that Bruce Gradkowski will indeed be the Raiders’ starting quarterback Sunday Miami, citing three sources, two within the organization and one in Gradkowski’s camp.

Thus ends a week-long charade which started following a 35-3 loss to Pittsburgh when coach Tom Cable said with conviction that Jason Campbell would remain the starter, a notion he never refuted during the course of the week.

Profootballtalk.com wrote of “all signs” pointing to Gradkowski Friday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora quoted “sources familiar with the situation” Saturday as saying the Raiders planned to start Gradkowski.

Campbell even played along Friday when asked if he was concerned about being removed if he didn’t get off to a good start. Campbell did not meet with the media Wednesday, the day the Raiders’ starting quarterback speaks to the press. When reporters came to talk to Campbell on Thursday, he instead walked to a closed locker room after a short conversation with senior executive John Herrera.

Did the Raiders keep a secret as an attempt to gain a competitive advantage? It would seem to go against Cable’s often-stated rationale that “It’s not about them, it’s about us.”

Considering Miami’s ability to put pressure on the quarterback and Campbell’s struggles when facing a rush, it would seem all Cable had to do was go back to his old axiom, “We’ll do whatever gives us the best chance to win.”

A cynic would suggest offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and Cable finally got the green light to start the quarterback they preferred.

Regardless of how the decision came to be, it’s likely to light a fire under the home crowd, most of whom consider Gradkowski the people’s choice.

As for Campbell, it probably seems like a million years ago that Al Davis considered him the next Jim Plunkett. Assuming the second year added to his contract isn’t guaranteed, it’s hard to imagine bringing Campbell back at more than $4 million after he’s been benched three times (halftime of the St. Louis game, third quarter of the Pittsburgh game, and again after Cable originally said he would start against Miami) and then be asked to pretend he’s the starter.

Raiders officials could not be reached for comment.

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  • Plunketthead

    I think we kick Indys butt.
    One of the easier games out of the 6 left

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    You think Indys an easy game?

  • Plunketthead

    JFB

    I understand why College does not groom many great QB’s. It is the hardest position on the field.

    What I do not get is why the hell cant they produce at enough great kickers and punters for the thirty two teams?

    What are your thoughts

  • Plunketthead

    Neil

    I think all our games are tough. Colts are struggling. No running game, They are almost out of WRs and the defense is down as well.

    Peyton is upset which he has never seemed to be before.
    Contract year, going to play somewhere else, etc may be weighing on him.

    They might even be out of the playoffs by the time they travel cross country to play a Cold (hopefully) game. But if they still have playoff hopes, we can be extra fired up.

    Yes I think it is easier to beat the colts then maybe every game left

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think when you watch these guys kick and punt live, you realize just how ridiculous these guys are nailing the ball.

    You sit on Mt. Davis and Shane damn near kicks the ball up to you, lol.

    You would think there would be more, but Shane was a HS start QB. He was literally the best player on his HS team, and yet here he is a few years later, relegated to only a punter.

    Makes you realize just how elite these athletes are in the NFL.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    BSJ is pleased with this news.

    Carry on.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Black Out Lifted: http://tvmov.net/

    No fee, nada, no games.

    Enjoy Nation.

    F>ck the tuck, and the NFL.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Peyton’s upset?………just how much money does he need?

  • Just Fire Baby

    We have to make Miami one-dimensional today on offense. They are struggling to throw the ball obviously, and no Marshall should only increase those struggles.

    But if they can successfully run the ball, they can work in some play-action, get the TE involved and really grind out the clock.

    We can not let them sustain long drives and pick up those 3rd and 5′s they will put themselves in all game.

  • sec144r18

    We take the fun out of functional.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    8 in the box JFB?

  • Just Fire Baby

    8 in the box JFB?

    **************************

    Maybe not at first, but if the game prolongs and that is what is needed than absolutely.

    Have to put them in “and long” situations. Can’t give up 3 yards on first and than 4 on 2nd.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning Nation!

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 8:06 am
    BSJ is pleased with this news.

    Carry on.
    =============================
    OK then, 37-7
    Go Bucks!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Play them the way teams played us when Art was Coach.

  • Kirk

    If we play the stupid vanilla schemes we played last week, we will lose.

    Does New England ever use vanilla schemes?

  • aig-raiders

    Raiding Texas,

    If you’re gonna put a lable on me at least do it right. YOU DAMN RIGHT I HATED JASON CAMPBELL. He was, is and will always be a fraud NFL QB. BTW, I didnt have to root for him to fail. I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO FAIL. When you knew the result ahead of time, you dont need to root for it. It’s like fixing an election. Get it? Have I made myself clear?

    Someone is bitter his boy wonder got his a$$ benched today.

  • M Lonetree

    JustFB, Neilb,

    easiest way for the Raiders to make the SeaMammals one dimensional on offense is for the Raider offense TO SCORE SOME F_ING POINTS!

  • aig-raiders

    We shut down their run game and dont fumble we win. That simple.

  • M Lonetree

    Go Billy Joe Hobertkowski! Yay!

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Time to go.Things to do before gametime.

    Have a great Sunday everyone.

  • M Lonetree

    BoSJack,

    watching local program last evening about the Silver and Black, it was extraordinary how many people were wearing #59 Condo jerseys.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Win the turnover battle and ST battle and we should be good.

    Just don’t want to underestimate the ‘Fins.

    Well coached team, that is physical, plays down-hill and has a pretty good D.

    Those are the type of teams we have struggled with the last few years.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    AIG, I think the “Alamo” analogy works best.

    You root for Davey Crockett, but you just know defending the Alamo itself is gonna fail…

    Just cuz you know it will fail, doesn’t mean you hate Crockett, Travis, Bowie, etc.

  • aig-raiders

    We struggled against KC because of our idiotic QB. We should have never struggled in that one. If Bruce plays like the Bruce we have seen and know, then we will be ok. It will be decided by 7 points in our favor.

  • aig-raiders

    Crockett, Travis, Bowie…those guys had balls to stand there and did their thing.

    Sorry but JaPuke aint those guys. If Crocket played football, I doubt he would have slid before the first down marker.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Cambell is a classic “Lawn Chair” Quarterback.

    He sits back their is is lawn chair, sipping a drink with a parasol, applying sun block to his nose…

    He is made for the Rest Home Offense, cuz dude is on vacation when he drops back to pass.

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Waddup Fellas…should be in the Bay in the next hour or so. Any recommendations on a particular tailgate party to check out? Black Hole Bound Baby! Only my 2nd time ever checking us out in Oakland. Section 103… Let’s get it!

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    AIG-if Crockett were in the NFL he’d be the only starting QB to sack the opposing team’s QB.

    He once stole his opponents political speech and delivered it as his own. Classic.

    Just backing up your notion that “knowing something is doomed to fail” doesn’t mean you have abandoned the team.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    NOW we got a game!
    When Bruce came in last week he initially went five for five and drove ‘em downfield-until the interception.
    Regardless of the interception Bruce moved the team where Campbell didn’t.
    I’m a lot more optimistic about winning than I was two days ago.
    Raiders 28-17!
    Make some NOISE at that game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Aig, I never put a “lable” on you. I don’t even know what a “lable” is. You’re probably too much of a TOOL to even figure that one out.

    Unlike you, I don’t get emotionally attached to players. I want the Raiders to win. I don’t invest myself into individual successes and failures of specific players. I just want the players on the field to do what it takes to win.

    If you’re going to make accusations, be prepared to back them up: WHERE … WHERE … WHERE DID I EVER SAY ON THIS SITE THAT JASON CAMPBELL IS A BOY WONDER??? WHERE DID I EVER SAY HE WAS EVEN A GOOD QUARTERBACK???

    You’re not going to be able to back up your idiotic TOOL comments because you can’t. I have never, ever said anything even remotely close to that about Jason. In fact, nobody on here says that about Jason. You make unfounded assertions because you like to argue.

    TOOL.

  • bg22958

    What the eff is wrong with all of you Bruce supporters. Look, I love the guys work ethic and enthusiasm. I enjoy watching him keep plays alive with his feet but this guy is not an NFL starting caliber QB. I am not much of a stats guy but the stats really tell the tale between these two. Bruce has more INTs than TDs, has a 53% completion rating (Ok for college level but never good enough for the pros unless your Mike Vick or Vince Young), and he has a 66% QB rating. That’s not just this year but OVER HIS ENTIRE CAREER. Whereas Jason Campbell has an 82% QB rating and 60% compeletion rating and quite a few more TDs than INTs. This year is no different.

    Is Jason Campbell a stud? No. But at least he is a pro caliber QB who if blocked for and given a run game can make this an explosive offense. How many times did Bruce lead 500+ yard offensive explosions? None.

    When you have a new QB and a new OC working together for the first time with all new offensive personnel to both you have to realize it’s going to be a bumpy road. How good can Campbell be, I won’t pretend to know, but we will never find out if we keep sitting him to put in a journeyman level QB. Patience Raider Nation, patience.

  • Jay

    Big deal, Bruce is starting.

    Meanwhile, neither QB was responsible for giving up 35 points. You trying to tell me a “run-oriented” team is supposed survive off of barely 60 yards rushing in Pitt?? The only consistent thing the current WR core does is fail to get open. Neither QB was responsible for a porous blocking effort that gave up 6 sacks.

    Who cares who starts at QB. This team still has problems that scream “not ready for the playoffs”.

  • kellygreenninja

    I’ve watched every game this year from start to 0:00 on the clock. I didn’t even want to bother watching this one until I found out Bruce was starting.

  • RaiderRobG

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt9YWyb7f5E&feature=related

    BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!