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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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  • mac

    whats your thoughts on it

  • LB

    Peace Out

  • socalraider2408

    Its on tomorrow NATION! Sleep well and get your game face on to dominate the opposition

  • mac

    Someone posted earlier that our line was ok,,the QBsucked,,line or QB,,your thoughts?

  • jmeds

    Bruce sees the field better than Campbell, gets rid of the ball quicker, and is a leader on th field. If healthy, Grads should be our guy this year. The energy is just beyyer on offense period when the guy is on the field. JC is too inconsistent.

  • priesttj

    EVerynody think positive please no side taking in here we need this wiiinnnn and if you’re going to the game give it everything you’ve got pleeaassee.

    We cannot afford to lose this game

    Go Raiders…………peace yall!!

  • mac

    Bruce Garcia,CMON BHP give us smome insight.

  • mac

    k BHP,,and MR,,have a good 1,win lose or tie Raiders till i die

  • priesttj

    Insight on what?? man ask the question clearly.

    If you’re asking me do I think Gradkowski is another Gracia? to some extent yes but he has a stronger arm IMO but yes they are very similar. OK!!

  • mac

    Thats all i wanted to hear BHP,for now,,but what abot nextr year,,our future?

  • mac

    Clear enough for you?even spellchecked

  • Nnamdi21

    “This appears to be a single incident by an employee who acted entirely on his own.”

    ==========================

    Riiiight…

    Thats what they said about Kennedy.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-broncos-filmingprobe

    This dirt bag did it all the time for the Pats while McDaniels was there.

    He knew who the guy was. Must’ve gotten spooked and thought he better spill it b4 they got busted.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jazz 102
    Lakers 96

    Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists and the Jazz scored the game’s final 11 points to hand the Lakers just their third loss of the season. Al Jefferson, acquired to help Utah match-up better against Los Angeles, had 20 points and eight rebounds.

    The Jazz beat the Lakers on the boards in Friday’s game, holding a slight 42-38 edge. Utah, before Wednesday’s win over the Hornets, had been outrebounded in six straight games.

    There was no bigger turning point than the game’s final 2:32 when the Jazz outscored the Lakers 11-0. Los Angeles missed its last five shots, while Williams hit a 3-pointer and assisted on baskets by Paul Millsap and Raja Bell to help Utah pull away.

    Lakers newcomer Steve Blake had a terrible shooting night. He shot 0-for-7, scoring no points. He also fouled Williams on a shot attempt with 4.1 seconds left in the third quarter. Williams then made both free throws, stretching Utah’s lead to 75-72 going into the final period. Derek Fisher also struggled, shooting 1-for-7 with four points.

    the Jazz held the Lakers to 19 percent shooting in the second quarter. The Jazz went on an 11-0 run before halftime, and made up the entire 19-point deficit before the break.

    Earl Watson scored a season-high eight points — with all of them coming in the second quarter. Williams recorded his ninth double-double of the season

  • mac

    boy stil

  • lefty12

    313-nobody cares!

  • mac

    thks bhp,mr is stil ma boy

  • lefty12

    Nite all and GO RAIDERS!!

  • mac

    win is a win

  • RAIDERMAN99

    The decision to start Grads is huge for the Raider organization.

    This move reaffirms my faith in Al Davis.

    I think all those surmising that Cable’s future with the Raids is tenuous because of the decision to go with Grads are dead wrong.

    I believe both Cable and Hue Jax came to the conclusion that JaJason is an utter stiff, and has no future with this team, a long time ago. There’s no way they couldn’t come to that conclusion after watching JaJason’s play in the pre-season, vs. Tenn, the Rams, the Niners, KC and Pitt. JaJason is horrendous. He’s terrible. The worst starting QB in the NFL.

    Mr. Davis will stick with players he likes and be loyal to them almost to a fault. But once he gives up on them — they’re as good as gone.

    Al’s personal pride was on the line with this decision. We all know about him stating he thinks JaJason could be the next Plunk.

    Has Davis completely given up on JaJason ? I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but there’s little doubt that JaJason has one foot on a banana peel and the other out the door.

    I’d be very surprised if JaJason was on the squad in 2011. The only way that happens is if Grads gets hurt and JaJason plays well in relief. Not likely.

    Al, thank you for restoring my hope in your ability to admit a mistake and move on.

    This decision is the biggest and the best one since you dumped JaMoron.

    I believe that Grads can be the long term answer at QB. That’s not a widely held belief. Whether Grads can emerge as a quality NFL QB is certainly debatable. What’s not debatable is that JaJason is a complete turd. There is absolutely no point in continuing to go with JaJason and not finding out definitively what Grads can do.

    It’s that simple.

    Al Davis, Tom Cable and Hue Jackson are absolutely making the best decision possible for the future of the Raiders this season and beyond by sitting JaJason and finding out what BG can do.

  • marios

    Well out of the 2 I prefer Bruce. But I don’t feel comfortable with any of them.

  • RaiderRockstar

    JaJason?

    more like JaRaiderman99 …

    the ceiling for Bruce is about what JCamp gives us already. we need a legit QB, because there isn’t one on the current roster

    if we roll into the 2011 Regular Season with Grads, Boller & Frye at QB, Al Davis obviously doesn’t care about winning!

  • raidermarty

    Good Morning Nation!
    Well it looks like we’re back to Grads for this one today! Wonder what the about face was all about but maybe they’re just wanting to get off to a fast start against that fin d. Well whom ever gives us a best chance I’m ready!
    I think our d will be the key today so let’s
    CUT IT LOOSE!!!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Priesttj Says:

    You cannot have a decent convo with AIG

    ————————

    Nothing more to say after those words, Priest. Aig is a classless TOOL. Look at comment #1 on the previous blog entry. He wanted Jason to fail to prove his point, and by extension, that means he wanted the Raiders to fail while Jason was on the field. Only a TOOL wishes that upon his team.

    Those of us who wanted Jason to play better are still able to get behind Gradkowski. We don’t want Bruce – and the Raiders – to fail just to prove a point. We want the Raiders to play well and win no matter who is on the field.

    But TOOLS are called TOOLS for a reason.

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

    Good morning all on this very snowy Sunday.

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

    Just to make a small point ’bout the QB debate.If we had a decent O-line and set of WR’s either Qb would look the real deal.

  • Plunketthead

    RR said “if we roll into the 2011 Regular Season with Grads, Boller & Frye at QB, Al Davis obviously doesn’t care about winning!”

    Al does indeed care about winning.
    Theres not enough good QB.s to go around for the 32 teams. Without looking at rosters I would say 16 teams suck at QB. and I bet 6 of the remaining 16 teams would love to upgrade.
    That leaves only ten teams that are happy with their QB and some of those are getting old.

    Bpottom line is no matter how much you want to win, you need a top ten QB. You cant just wake up and say I want one and poof, there it is.
    Nobody gives up great QB’s

    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.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Hopefully this is the last of Jamarcus Campbell.

    I only want to see his open mouthed, stupid, 1000 yard stare, if he is holding a clipboard on the sideline.

    BRUUUUUUUCE!

  • raidermarty

    Who do the queefs play today?

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

    Often wondered why people become kickers and punters.Are they crap at everything else? You don’t grow up wishing to be the kicker/punter of whatever team.

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

    Chefs at seattle Marty.

  • RaidingTexas

    Neilb Says:

    If we had a decent O-line and set of WR’s either Qb would look the real deal.

    ———————

    I don’t know about “real deal”, but a good O-line can make any QB better. As awful as the line was last week, though, you have to go with the more mobile guy against a Miami team that is #9 in the NFL in sacks.

    Hopefully Bruce doesn’t take too many hits.

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

    Chargers against Indy

    Donkeys v Rams.

  • raidermarty

    chiefs at seattle?
    We got a chance!

  • RaidingTexas

    Neilb Says:

    Often wondered why people become kickers and punters.

    ————————–

    Well, if you have aspirations to be in the NFL and don’t like getting tackled, it makes perfect sense. League minimum is $325,000. I would kick the ball a few times per week for that coin. How many of you make that much doing what you do?

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

    Yeah,maybe real deal was a bit strong but you get the gist.

    Always thought you countered a good D by QB roll out,screen passes,shotgun and short passes in the flat.

    But a mobile QB will help as well!

  • raidermarty

    Man a win today would make everything great again!
    It’s amazing how every week a win or a loss completely changes the complexion of the season. Especially at this time of the year!

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

    Think we can win 3 of the next 5.Then it’ll be down to the chefs game.

  • raidermarty

    Somebody here said we might have to go 6-0 in the division to make the playoffs and while that might be true; that will be very hard to do….
    I guess we might could drop the bronco game but we must beat kc and sd to get there.
    I say beat em all just to be sure!!
    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    We’ve got to be Indy as well Marty.

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

    sorry not be but play.

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

    11/28 vs. Mia
    12/5 @ SD
    12/12 @ Jac
    12/19 vs. Den
    12/26 vs. Ind
    1/2 @ KC

  • raidermarty

    I think indy is beatable in the black hole.
    We haven’t played indy in a while but i seem to remember going into indy a couple years in a row and beating manning.
    We can beat anyone if we play well

  • Just Fire Baby

    People on here seem way too confidant that this will be an easy game, no matter who the QB is.

    The Dolphins QB situation is in disarray, but even with it they only lost by 1 point and should have beaten the same Steelers team we were outclassed by, a month ago.

    I think they are going to give us everything we can handle, and this game will be a one position game.

  • raidermarty

    Don’t forget they’re also playing with a little element of desperation too. But that being said I think the RAIDERS will be playing with a little desperation too and I’m looking for us to bounce back with a great effort.
    This is a game we must and should win
    RAIDERS 24 dolphins 10

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

    We gotta take one game at a time.

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

    It doesn’t look like Miami have any kind of offence.If we can score early and get a decent lead then this one’s in the bag.

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Bruce should fire em up today that is something i haven’t seen on the offense lately.

  • r8rpaver

    Tape of 49ers’ practice draws $50K fines for Broncos, McDaniels
    NFL.com Wire Reports

    published: Nov. 27, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. Updated: Nov. 28,

  • r8rpaver

    hahahahahahaha…product of bel-a-cheat

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

    Damn it!! Snowing again.

    To tape another team makes you low down cheating scum.When that other team is the 49ers it just makes you pathetic.