Raiders coach Tom Cable isn’t publicly closing the door on Bruce Gradkowski playing this week, but it’s obvious Oakland needs a new starting quarterback.
The Oakland Tribune reports Gradkowski has a torn MCL in one knee and a partially torn MCL in the other. He’s not playing anytime soon with that combo.
Cable also surprisingly didn’t endorse JaMarcus Russell as The Big Gradkowski’s potential replacement.
“I think certainly I’m going to look at what the options are and again
as I told you before I’ll do what’s best for this team, what gives us
the best chance to win,” Cable said.
Cable didn’t see the “totally different JaMarcus” that Mr. Russell promised.
“You know after looking at it on film, I see some things that are the
same,” Cable said. “I think that there’s a couple things he did that were good.
Again, I’ll look at all that here in the next 24 hours because if we’re
heading towards a decision at the quarterback spot, then I pretty much
do diligence in all those things and I’ll sit down and look through
Tom Cable is seriously considering starting Charlie Frye over Russell. That can’t speak well for Russell’s lack of progress and future with the team.
If Frye starts, Cable will have decided for the second time this season that a journeyman quarterback with modest physical skills gives the Raiders a better chance to win.
And Cable would probably be right again.