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Looks like it’s the `People’s Choice’

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, November 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • armond

    aig-raiders Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    hmmm…wonder why Bruce gets so much love….

    1. We had trouble scoring and winning games last year. The guy only came in and won 2 games last year with 1 of them in Pitt.
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    he gets credit for the pitt win by basically all of us.the cincy game was barely average but he did make the td throw at the end.

    2. JC looked completely lost through 6 qtrs this year and the guy came in and got balls delivered to everyone
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    we all agreed on that. he also didnt put up a ton of points.if so great why didnt he throw more tds?

    3. Our spec team, D, and Oline were a mess earlier this year, and Bruce still avg 6 points per qtr/24 per game during his stint. I dont remember our D or spec team scoring any of those points during his 2.5 games earlier this year. I do remember our D getting shredded by Houston and our spec team spotting 7 points to Arizona while missing 3 FGs.
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    i also remember him missing 4 different td passes. 2 to miller,1 to heybey and 1 2 murphy. even cable and miller pointed out the 2 miller tds that were missed.
    hes not at fault for the special teams but he couldve made his own plays and didnt. that cost us just as much. if jc missed those same throws u would be all over him. a better qb gets atleast 1 of those tds and the game is over.

    4. His worst game as a Raider starter is a 17 points loss to Dallas last year. We were 10 points down coming into the 4th qtr. It wasnt like these other spectacular blowouts under the leadership of JR and JC.
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    dallas kicked our azz plain and simple. he was awful and just as responsible for that. i dont get into that he lost by 17 but the other guys lost by 30. an azz whippin is an azz whippin. the point is he needs to play at a higher level to really make a difference.he should get respect but not this undying love like he is drew brees or somethin. the man benefits from pure garbage around here but he hasnt done much to distance himself from it. thats not an opinion, just the truth.

  • mac

    haha first female referee to call a game lol and no favours to us lol

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

    LB, you want pull the victim card, be my guest. I didn’t come here to bully you. But when you say things like Gradkowski blew the AZ game because he didn’t get into the end zone, when the whole world saw Janikowski muff a chip shot in the final seconds, you just ask for it.

  • priesttj

    AIG

    If I told you your girlfriend was ugly you’d get mad at that to. You cannot seem to accept the fact that someone doesn’t see him as a hero. I’ve told you what I think of the kid if that hurts TOUGH

    Suck it up! that’s how I feel only Gradkowski can change that by impressing me. I loved the Steeler win last year but as far as great QB play in that gam ethere was none. Sorry son gotta give it to ya’ like I see it. Now if he can win the next 3 games by beating SD in SD we have a winner son. I’ll buy all they Gradkowski is great propaganda yu can sell. I just want to win, we wn 5 games last year and Russell won 3 of those 5 call it whatever you want but if he wins I’M IN…………period

  • lefty12

    We should be grateful Henne might start instead of Thigpen.Thigpen is much more mobile and likes to get out of the pocket and run.He had the best game of his life the last time he played us.

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

    priest, you going turquoise or white tomorrow with your ‘fins jersey?

  • aig-raiders

    Priest,

    Do you realize that anytime you use the word “son” is an automatic red flag that you’re about to throw BS at us?

    Yeah, try looking up any QB that threw 3 come from behind TD’s in the 4th qtr other than Bruce. Did we have any 100 yds runner in that game?

    See I knew I got you frickin cornered. Dont worry. We’re not holding our breath waiting for you to be impressed. We’re jsut happy that the best QB on our current roster is playing.

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

    The saddest guy in the stadium tomorrow at 4pm will have on a white dolphins jersey that says “Priest”.

  • mac

    Omg,,ugly fans?,anythings better than blog leeches”mr”,btw fat chicks are good in bed,try 1 ,lose your virginity.

  • lefty12

    I could easily see us lose 2 out of the next 3 games,then win our final 3.Winning in SD and then going to Jacksonville and getting a win will be extremely difficult if not impossible.We should beat the donkeys at home and IMO,we should beat Indy at home then finish things off at KC.

  • LB

    My point is valid, dude. If we scored one more TD, a field goal wouldn’t have been needed. I never said that Jani didn’t blow field goals that day. The reason we were kicking them was because we didn’t score TDs. Grad was the starting QB that day though.

  • armond

    priest-i agree it should be 1 guy. i dont care who it is just do it and be done with it. this is just pathetic. lefty-i hope grads can go out there and play the way his fans think he can. i dont like how hue puts eveything off on both of these qbs. neither qb can carry a team but big dummy hujackman seems to think so. i hate him more than i dislike the qbs. he makes me sick. he throws in some situations thats begging for a run. then he doesnt use dmc as a wr enuff. no bush and dmc 2gether all year. i dont believe we move the pocket nearly enuff. cant stand that damn hujackman!!

  • mac

    Lefty,i cant see us winning in SD,i reckon its the oher gmes we have to take care of

  • aig-raiders

    Armond,

    If 24 points per game is not enough for a QB, then I am not going to get into a debate with you on that. You have your opinion and I have mine. Romo had a probowl season last year with 4 guys on the offense making the probowl as well. His team avg 23 points per game. So I’ll take 24 pts per game any day from Bruce given the lack of quality at the WR position.

    1. I think we can all agree that BG has yet to prove he is a bonafide QB in this league.

    2. I think you can admit that BG is the best QB on our CURRENT roster. Even you stated earlier you got frustrated watching JC live at the game a few weeks back.

    So do you want to go into the game with the best qb on your roster or not?

    BTW, I have no frickin clue what you are talking about in terms of BG missing TD throws. The only QB on our roster that has missed obvious TD throws is JC with the 2 fleaflickers and 1 long bomb to Murphy against the Niners.

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

    If it wasn’t for fat chicks you’d be a virgin, Mac.

  • priesttj

    Armond that exactly what I mean about AIG he has selective eyes and memory and any kind of reason is mute when it come st him unless you are in love with Grads I don’t care what he does he can do no wrong. Conversely JC can do no right. He’s pschotic when it cme sto this argument. A bad pass by Grads goes unnoticed a decent pass by JC looks terrible.

    He’s a nutcase………..period

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

    # LB Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    My point is valid, dude.

    …………….

    No, it’s not, dude. Ever heard of Adam Vinitari? Super Bowl 36? Many important games have come down to the kicker. It’s part of the game. A QB’s job is to get the offense in a position to win the game, not necessarily to score a TD. If you’re down by less than 3, and you get into field goal range, you’re better off kicking if you’re in solid position, which we were. It’s higher percentage. You have a better chance of kicking a 20 yard field goal than you do of scoring from the 13 yard line. You risk interceptions. It’s higher risk to try to score. If you can get into FG range and you’re within 3, you do that. And that’s what Gradkowski did. It’s called high percentage offense. It’s called winning. And the game was in the bag until Al’s scholarship kicker muffed the chip shot. Learn something about football, please. For your own good.

  • aig-raiders

    You guys have a good nite and time to get back on the W column tomorrow.

  • lefty12

    Mac-I’m worried about the Jax game.Having to travel back east with them having a pretty good year could be big trouble.

  • mac

    truth hurts. ps we know all about you ,btw im a grandpa,more than you will be with your keyboard love and ron wilf still shots.

  • socalraider2408

    It doesnt matter who the QB is tomorrow! if we dont run the ball successfully and get DMC going it’ll be ugly. We’ve got a chance to regain 1st with KC gonna lose in Seattle(tough place for opposing teams) and SD will lose in Indy. Be strong and not divided! One NATION! the only NATION in all of sports! The RAIDER NATION! its funny how all other teams like calling their fan base (team name)nation. its BS! we are the originators. ONE NATION UNDER AL!

  • mac

    ps go AL,make this team work.and grads is better than jc.

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

    mac Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    im a grandpa

    ……

    I believe it. And you’re probably 30 years old.

  • mac

    The jags game will be tough.time zones are friendly to us this year tho,,only acouplke of games at stupid times,

  • socalraider2408

    I respect The Real MaddenRaider

  • mac

    yeah like seymour glen,,take break,,check your posts and see what a tosser you are,,aside from that love ya x

  • socalraider2408

    all that matters is we WIN tomorrow. we have to stay in the hunt. our Raiders this season are clearly better then the other teams in our division and need to believe in themselves and represent

  • LB

    You are totally focused on the last play aren’t you. As long as we are within a field goal of winning a game, the QB did his job. That’s BS. I guess you are saying that 1/5 in the redzone is ok too.

    Do you remember Scott Norwood? Kickers miss filed goals just like QB don’t score enough TDs in the redzone, Either way you lose.

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

    Mac, what transpired her tonight is that basically you were a cockroach, and I was Raid. Sleep tight, Grandpa. And set some goals for your 35th birthday.

  • armond

    aig i have mentioned awhile back that bg starting over jc didnt bother me 1 bit. as for the td misses u are wrong. miller was open twice in the endzone against arizona and bg missed him. cable mentioned that after the game. he also had murhpy streaking down the sideline open about 5 yards and bg oberthrew him by 15. he had heybey open on a post in the 1rst qtr and underthrew it allowing the db to break it up. he had heybey open in the endzone against houston and underthrew him allowing the db in the play.its silly to say that jc is the only 1 missing tds. they both have. now u are being a homer. i also wouldnt compare him to romo cuz it aint even close. we do agree about him being better than jc. i have never had a problem with that.

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

    LB Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    You are totally focused on the last play aren’t you.

    ……………

    If only Jano had been….

    Goodnight. Take a football 101 course somewhere.

  • priesttj

    Lefty12

    I think we have a better chance to beat the Jags on that road trip if we play well they don’t stop the run and are average rushing the QB. If our defense travels better I think we win. THe only game left that really scares me is the SD game. And that’s why this game is sooo important we have to win this game or a 3 game losing streak is looming. I even think we may have a chance in SD but we have to play the best game of the year to win.

    We simply cannot keep up the QB carousel if it’s Gradkowski he has to stay the starter………..period no more Campbell appearances unless of course injury. But even if Grads struggle sthey have to stay with him and let him play through it. You cannot play mind games with your starter taht is suicide. Let him have the rest of the year and see if he has it or not.

    Because even if we draft a kid we need someone to play for at least a year IMO. Gradkowski would be perfect if he can stay healthy and play well. he can buy us some valuable time.

    I’ll tell you after looking at Keapernick I really like that kid he has a lot of fight in him and he’s got a good arm with some accuracy and man is he competitive.

  • socalraider2408

    Lets not live by “what ifs???” its a 6 game season from here on out and if we win 4, i think it’ll be enough to get a taste of the playoffs. Once we get there anything can happen. Till then all we can do is BELIEVE!!!

  • mac

    leaving so soon “son” as you know who would say,you aint got it ,,btw you can claim welfare on disabilty.even when the reptards are in power.bring it fatboy.you dont stand a chance …period

  • djohnnyg

    56.Guy Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    How good is Cam Newton? Is he just another system college QB except with a strong arm and good athleticism?

    Before getting excited about another big SEC QB who has a big arm and has all the physical skill sets, remember there was another guy who fit that bill. His name? Jamarcus Russell out of LSU.

  • armond

    jhill also brings up his fugg up at the goaline. he shouldve called a to. guys were telling him that the playclock was winding down but he wasnt having it. he even admitted that he really wanted to sneak it in. if campbell goofed up like that yall would call him stupid. his lil man complex hurts as much as it helps. he hears all the bs bruuce chants and feels he can do no wrong. thats why he is so cocky about being the starter again cuz he has the coach in his hip pocket, the same way russell had the owner in his. well if he doesnt play at a high level then it will end bad for him like russell. cable better watch it 2 cuz unlike the owner he can get fired for it.

  • mac

    Bhp,,what about it,draft or go FA route,both QBs are backups imo, whats your prefence

  • armond

    love kaepernick. wouldnt be surpried if we drafted him. hell i hope we do.

  • priesttj

    Armond

    You cannot have a decent convo with AIG when it comes to these two QB’s man he gets irrational. Neither guy has lit it up they both leave a lot to be desired.

  • LB

    When you get off Grads nads, I will.

  • socalraider2408

    I’m all for Kaepernick as well. He wouldnt be a bad pick in the later rounds and see if he can develop.

  • lefty12

    Priest,I totally agree,we cannot keep playing revolving QBs.That is why i believe we should stick with BG to see if he can be the guy until we get our future-unless he shows to be even more dreadful than JC.If he pans out we could draft someone,if he doesn’t its the open market again.Hopefully he will be capable of handling things so we can draft someone.There are 4 guys I like-Keapernick,Koles,Devlin,and Enderlie.When Seymour mentioned Devlin the other day I read up on him and really like what I read.

  • socalraider2408

    THE ANSWER TO ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS IS DRAFT ANDREW LUCK FROM STANFORD AND BRING HIS COACH WITH HIM. LOL. (WISHFUL THINKING)

  • mac

    so alternate guys ,,,,,cmon bhp, whats the thinking.?

  • mac

    socal,,if only,,lol

  • priesttj

    what are you talking about?

  • socalraider2408

    We should trade away our 2012 1st round pick to Buffalo so we can draft Luck. He reminds me a bit of Rich Gannon. He gets in your face, very athletic, but most importantly a student of the game. He comes from freakin Stanford so hes no dummy

  • LB

    Man, I forgot about that dumb skit. Yeah, he didn’t do anything to lose that game cause Jano should have made the last field goal per Real.

  • mac

    Same thing twat,,the QB situation we got,,if this (for the third time)aint clear enough then get a bigger tv,draft or go the FA route.

  • djohnnyg

    Campbell thinks being the 29th rated passer in the league is “pretty good”.

    Newsflash: It’s not!