Tom Cable says Jason Campbell shouldn't assume he'll start

Jason Campbell proclaimed himself the starting quarterback in Oakland shortly after the Redskins traded him to the Raiders. But his coach says it’s not quite so clear cut.

Raiders head coach Tom Cable says that when he, owner Al Davis and Campbell had a conference call, the subject of who would start never even came up. And Cable says there will be a competition among Campbell, JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller.

“What it comes down to is that we’ve got five quarterbacks now and we’re going to have a great competition,” Cable said. “There will be some decisions to be made here in the next month or so.”

Many league observers believe one of those decisions in the next month or so will be the release of Russell. But Cable says it’s still possible that Russell could not only stay on the team but earn the starting job.

“Sure there is,” Cable answered when asked if there’s a chance Russell will start for the Raiders in 2010, “if he competes for the job and he’s doing all those things that your starting quarterback is supposed to do. If he’s the best guy, then, yeah.”

With the Raiders, anything is possible. But the smart money is on Campbell starting, Russell getting cut, and Gradkowski, Frye and Boller competing for the other two quarterback jobs.

75 responses to “Tom Cable says Jason Campbell shouldn't assume he'll start

  1. And just because people though the Raiders had a decent draft… “don’t assume they’ll be good” either, come on, it’s the Raiders.

  2. How has Cable escaped the league’s Personal Conduct policy? I mean Ben was not charged had a history of bad behavior and gets six games, and yet Cable has shown a pattern of behavior toward women and assistant cocahes and nothing.
    I guess the rules are different for “management” and “staff”. This is probably one of the few things that I feel Goodell has missed on.

  3. Why wouldnt he start. they need a solid quarterback. They change QBs like a rich white girl change shoes.

  4. It’s possible that Russell could win the starting job, if Campbell and Gradkowski get injured, Frye and Boller continue to stink, and all decent free agent QBs get signed.

  5. He says there’s going to be a great competition, then says a decision will be made in the next five months or so.
    If we needed more proof of what a Rex Ryan-type buffoon Cable is. How are they going to compete in the next month? A Madden 2010 tournament? Or is he trying to imply that these five millionaires are going to fly out to Oakland during their offseason and start competing on the field?
    What a jackass.

  6. ” there will be a competition among Campbell, JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller.”
    Wow, with competition like that he doesn’t stand a chance! (voiced steeped with sarcasm)
    If he doesn’t start with journeymen like that to beat out (and J. Russell who hasn’t done enough to be a journeyman) he doesn’t deserve to be in the league.

  7. Tom is just giving the PC response. He should’ve said “We’re gonna tell JaMarcus to GTFO”

  8. Let’s see here, not only do the Raiders trade for Campbell, but they also sign him to an extension as well…..ya, Tom Cable’s right, there’s no way Campbell’s going to be the starter! –eye roll–
    If Cable starts Russell over Campbell, then his dumb azz needs to be fired. Even Larry The Cable guy knows that Campbell’s the better QB

  9. Yeah I’m sure a 5 man QB competition is going to work out just great… Are they all going to get 5 minutes of playing time in the preseason games? Tom Cable is an idiot. Name Campbell the starter already. The team needs some leadership. A ridiculous QB competition is just going to divide the locker room.

  10. “I feel like I’m going there to be the starter”. From your own story that you just linked. HE FEELS LIKE HE’LL BE THE QUARTERBACK. Who doesn’t feel he will be? He knows he still has to earn it but he thinks he will.

  11. I love how reporters twist peoples words around to make it sound worse than it is. We all know who is going to be starting opening day. I mean really what did you expect him to say?

  12. I know Cable is doing the right thing saying it’s an open comp but come the F on. No way Russell is starting and Campbell isn’t. Kyle Boller is awful but might be better than Frye as a 3rd QB. Gradkowski was lighting the redskins up until his OL let him get sacked by Orakpo a bunch of times. It’s going to be really funny if Russell gets cut. What team would pick him up even for league minny?? I don’t even think a UFL team would get him. 1. Campbell 2. Grad 3. Boller is my prediction. Local DC radio had a great comment on Campbell, “Of the 22 QBs left after the top 10, Campbell is better than more than half of them.” I completely agree and he should be a starter somewhere in the NFL.

  13. Bruce is the best QB on that roster by far. Campbell will be Bruce’s Back up. Oakland needs to fire the owner and until then they will continue to make those bad choices.

  14. Who would you rather hook up with, Roseanne or Oprah? That decision is about equal to the Raiders choice between Russell and Campbell.

  15. i see it going campbell,then boller,for what reason i dont know,but for some reason teams become enamoured with boller’s arm strength,he wont do anything good but his arm will prolly get him back up duty and gradkowski’s injury might get him cut,anyway,thats my opinion,for what its worth

  16. For the sakes of football, get rid of Russell before he trips over his shoestrings and gets hurt so he can collect more money this year. He’s like a sucker on a payroll. Doesn’t do anything, doesn’t work and still collects a paycheck. Let Grad and Campbell show what they’ve got, then make the decision.

  17. parasonic says:
    What team would pick him up even for league minny
    ********************
    Considering what Boller has done in his career, I don’t see why Russell wouldn’t get a chance with some team, even if it was for the last spot on the bench.

  18. Gradkowski is the best qb on the team and the incumbant starter.
    Boller has won the most games of all of them and is the most experienced.
    So i’d say its between those two and its Campbell who is going to have to try to win it from those guys.

  19. why are you guys hating on JaMarcus Russell?
    he reads his “read”, then takes his sack,
    or throws his pick.
    HE IS THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES.
    NUFF SAID.

  20. # dafish says: April 26, 2010 11:43 AM
    How has Cable escaped the league’s Personal Conduct policy? I mean Ben was not charged had a history of bad behavior and gets six games, and yet Cable has shown a pattern of behavior toward women and assistant cocahes and nothing.
    I guess the rules are different for “management” and “staff”. This is probably one of the few things that I feel Goodell has missed on.
    ————————————————–
    First off with the Hanson situation, his story(Hanson) changed numerous times. There were 3 other coaches in the room when the incident happened that collaborate the story that Cable told Police, DA, and the NFL.
    After all this happened it became a witch hunt for Cable. You had ESPN dragging out ex-wives from 10 years in the past looking for anything negative to get on the guy. The media villafied Cable, yet he really did nothing wrong. It’s not like he was running for president, yet people were looking for any reason on excuse to make him look bad. What exactly did he ever do that would constitute a suspension? Have a heated argument with his staff? Do you think that has never happened in the NFL? Get off of it already.

  21. Cable this week will let Jamarcus know that he needs to take a pay cut, or get out.
    They traded for Cambell to be the starter. To keep Bruce happy they will call it a competition, but Jason will get the start as well as he should.

  22. My guess is:
    1. Jason “5 Coordinators & Counting” Campbell
    2. Kyle “The Suck” Boller
    3. Bruce “At Least I Can Beat the Bengals” Gradkowski
    4. Charlie “Even Cleveland Cast Me Off” Frye…CUT
    5. JaMarcus “Insert Your Own Fat Guy/Lazy Guy/Daimond Necklace Joke Here” Russell…CUT

  23. Tim Tebow’s Prayers says:
    April 26, 2010 11:58 AM
    Who would you rather hook up with, Roseanne or Oprah? That decision is about equal to the Raiders choice between Russell and Campbell.
    Thanks, nice way to start a Monday morning, I think I’ll puke now.

  24. Last time the Raider’s QB job was handed over to a player, JaMarcus “stole” the show – er, I mean money. Cable wants committed guys, so running up the “competition” flag up the flag pole one more time is no big deal. Gradkowski and Campbell are the real QB competition Cable is talking about. After what Gradkowski was able to do at the end of last season, he certainly should be given a chance to compete for the starting job. Also, don’t buy into that JaMarcus is done as a Raider, because I don’t. Forget the reports of JaMarcus not reworking his deal, as that was reported when things began to unravel on Russell last October. Perhaps all of the extra time since then has changed his mind. I don’t see Al Davis completely walking away from JaMarcus unless Russell makes it absolutely clear by refusing to take a significant pay cut.

  25. You can bet your house on the fact that the day Cable orders Russell to GTFO, Russell will destroy the team buffet table on the way out.

  26. Maybe its Cable that shouldn’t assume, assume he will still be the head coach come Sept.

  27. @ dafish – We understand haters need to hate so we will give you a break.
    The NFL did review everything that happened and interviewed everyone in the room that day. They then said Cable was not at fault, but you must have forgot about that.
    As for anyone that thinks Bruce is our best QB you must be smoke some good stuff.
    Campbell will start and I say keep Russle around to back him up. No one out there can denie he has a chip on his shullder and this might be the thing that drives him to finally use his talents. I think he will do his contract but we gave the man over 35m already so why not 6 more to see.

  28. Like I said not so fast…If J-russ has any ounce of pride, he better be ready to compete, because right now Jason Campbell has the upper hand.

  29. ‘Tom Cable shouldn’t assume that he’ll be the head coach of the Raiders much longer.’
    -Crazy Al Davis

  30. # vsn says: April 26, 2010 12:51 PM
    Gradkowski is the best qb on the team and the incumbant starter.
    Boller has won the most games of all of them and is the most experienced.
    So i’d say its between those two and its Campbell who is going to have to try to win it from those guys.
    Gradkowski stinks, and always has. He got dumped by the bucs and browns. He had one good game against the Steelers and he is supposed to be a viable qb now? Brady Quinn beat the Steelers so should he be the starting qb? Russell isnt good but its not exactly like he had a lot of talent last year or Gradkowski set the world on fire. If the Raiders are smart they will get rid of Boller and Frye, have Russell take a pay cut and he and Gradkowski can fight for the number two spot.

  31. Raidertg has it right. Get rid of Frye and Boller and let Gradkowski and Russell battle for the number two. Russell is universally panned but he didnt exactly walk into a great situation like Clausen did. Furthermore Gradkowski had one good game against the Steelers during the stretch where they lost to the Browns and the Chiefs so there is nothing to be excited about there. He got dumped by the Bucs and the Browns, there is a reason for that.
    Stupid move by Cable, a qb looking over his shoulder is a qb that is tentative and the raiders will suffer for that. Name Campbell the starter and let the other guys beat him out if thats the way you want to do it. A five qb competion, asinine.

  32. this isnt news. Of course he has to say there is a competition. It is the OFF-SEASON where teams make decisions on who is the starter.
    Clearly Campbell will win the competion .

  33. This is between Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowsi, that’s it. If anyone thinks other wise, you are dumb. Gradkowski gained the respect of the team with big wins over the Steelers and Bengals, Tom Cable just isn’t going to hand the job to Jason Campbell.
    I think this is a team on the rise.

  34. All of you are wrong…. Because when it boils down to it… Jamarcus will take the pay cut because he will at least still be employed and making some sort of money because I’m sure he isn’t smart with money by the looks of his jewelry collection. He knows better… The raiders will pump his head full of your gonna be the starter bs and convince him to change his gauranteed money to incentive based money and he will sit on the sidelines like the bench warmer he is….

  35. I say Tom Cable shouldn’t assume he will be the Raiders coach at the end of the year.
    Seriously…don’t you read the comments…or did you think it would be cool to post the exact same sentiment 10 people before you did???

  36. Cable is going nowhere. The man is doing a great job with the Raiders. Granted his play calling royally suck but that is Hue’s job now.
    @Dogma1 -Bruce has not and will never be the answer to the Raiders or any team out there. He is not a starting QB. Don’t get me wrong he is a great guy but that does not win games

  37. YOU NEED A NEW TITLE FOR THIS ARTICLE!!!
    Once again you are trying to start some stuff for the raiders. He never said that Jason shouldn’t assume that he won’t be the starter. I watched his interview with the media and you are putting words in his mouth. He simply said that they had not discussed who would be the start and that the best quarterback will start, which will most likely be Jason Campbell. Why cant you just let the Raiders enjoy the weekend of finally drafting correctly and making a smart trade without trying to bring them down by making some false comments.

  38. Typical Cornholio putting words in people mouth’s. Campbell did not proclaim himself the starter nor did Cable say that “Campbell shouldn’t assume he was the starter”.
    Jeez can’t anybody read a freakin’ interview transcript?!?

  39. Jason Campbell sucks.
    The Redskins were smart to get rid of him. And this petulant child is getting the same treatment by the Raiders – because he doesn’t produce and holds onto the ball way too long.

  40. Campbell is the best QB in the lot, he’d still beat them in a competition during the Preseason. It will only take 2 series of play to show he’s better than those guys. That being said, don’t know if he’s the Raiders’ long term solution.

  41. How the hell did Shanahan get fleeced for a 4th round pick in 2012? That is the most ridiculous deal I ever heard of. He couldn’t get a better offer that THAT from anyone looking for a potential starting QB? Buffalo? Jacksonville? Jason was not well suited to a dink n dunk West Coast offense, but he has a rocket arm that is accurate downfield. It’s a shame that his game is so limited.

  42. Jason Campbell has already been photographed in Oakland having a meal with Hue Jackson according to Jerry McDonald…
    “Campbell is already in the area, and was spotted at a Jack London Square restaurant with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson by a reader with a who sent a photo.”
    There is no qb competition.

  43. I know that the Russell haters love Gradknowski but he’s NEVER won an NFL starting job. He was handed the job in Tampa because of injury and LOST IT. He was handed the job in Oakland because JR didn’t get the job done. When push comes to shove, he may know the offense better than Campbell but Campbell will win it. Campbell, as well as Russell, has dealt with a terrible OL and still managed to stay healthy, something that you can’t say about Gradknowski and Frye.
    Unless they have some serious injuries this year among the WR and DHB somehow gets on the field as much as he did last year, EVERY QB in Oakland, Russell included, will have a much better year than last year. Injuries hurt them early and both Murphy and DHB were dropping a lot of passes (even the ones that Gradknowski threw) plus DHB had the added “benefit” of not being able to keep upright when running routes.
    Let’s get real about what happened last year. DHB sucked out all the oxygen off the field when he was in and Murphy played like a rookie WR for quite a long time. If you look at his 4 starts, BG was 65 of 117 for a 55.6% com %. Take away LM and DHB and he was 55 of 86 for 64.0% comp %. When he was throwing to them, he was 10 of 31 for 32.3 comp % and that’s ONLY because Murphy did a better job (35.0%) than DHB (27.3%). No excuses for Russell but he got saddled with DHB for all the time that he was in and Murphy wasn’t playing all that great then either.

  44. Seriously … these people who think Campbell should be handled the QB position are the same people who thought JaMarcus was going to be the next Peyton Manning … lol.
    Let’s face it Campbell is a super star compared to JaMarcus but in the real world Campbell is a backup QB.
    I’m just wondering why can’t people admit when a black QB is lousy … they have no problem calling down the lousy white QBs.

  45. Gradkowski got dumped by the bucs because for some inexplicable reason Gruden decided he needed 10 quarterbacks in the off season. then bounced by Cleveland because thats what Cleveland does. they get rid of every good player they have because they think that is going to work. stop bagging on Gradlowski. the guy did more with this team than anyone else has since Gannon was here. as far as I’m concerned, its his job to lose.

  46. C’MON CABLE….DON’T START YOUR COMPANY TALK….WE ALL KNOW WATS COMING….TELL THE GODFATHER TO GIVE JaMARCUS “AN OFFER HE CANT REFUSE”

  47. # dafish says: April 26, 2010 11:43 AM
    How has Cable escaped the league’s Personal Conduct policy? I mean Ben was not charged had a history of bad behavior and gets six games, and yet Cable has shown a pattern of behavior toward women and assistant cocahes and nothing.
    I guess the rules are different for “management” and “staff”. This is probably one of the few things that I feel Goodell has missed on.
    ——————————–
    It’s not the commissioner’s job to discipline somebody for something that allegedly happened 20 years ago (i.e. domestic abuse of a former wife/girlfriend). Also, the Hanson case was thrown out. Yes, Roethlisberger’s cases were thrown out, but he had multiple incidents – Goodell didn’t discipline him the first time, only after the second time.

  48. I don’t really get why JC thinks he will be starting
    He has never shown anything great and has blown in almost all of his season but one in which he was AVERAGE
    Maybe he should try not sucking and then proclaim himself the starter?

  49. @theTRUTHwillSETuFREE
    “yet, he really did nothing wrong”
    Oh really? By his own admission, he hit his first wife. At least one other woman he had a relationship with said he hit her. The guy appears to be a bully at the very least. I guess your definition of “wrong” varies from mine.

  50. Raider3:16 says: April 26, 2010 3:28 PM
    Typical Cornholio putting words in people mouth’s. Campbell did not proclaim himself the starter nor did Cable say that “Campbell shouldn’t assume he was the starter”.
    Jeez can’t anybody read a freakin’ interview transcript?!?
    —————————————–
    Campbell did say that he got the impression over the phone from the coaches and Al Davis, that he would be the starter. now maybe he misunderstood, but he did say it. Take any way you wish.
    for those actually thinking Russell should be kept around, it’s not going to happen if he’s not willing to take a pay cut. If he even injures himself in mini-camp, the Raiders will owe him a little over six million more dollars for absolutely nothing. It’s either take a pay cut, or hit the road for him. to think he’s going to man up and has a chip on his shoulder is very wishful at best.
    Also, way to go PFT for not posting my earlier comment. I guess it was immature enough for your standards. What I said was the truth and contributed to this thread, but for some odd reason your handlers decided not to post it. Next time I’ll make sure to fill it full of foul language derogatory comments. Maybe then you’ll post it, because God forbid someone posts something that makes sense around here.

  51. Cable is playing it smart by not eliminating a QB in April. He’ll sing a different tune in June, but Frye and Boller should not buy any property in California this year. Russell probably already owns a few diners, so it’s too late for him to pack his bags,

  52. “With the Raiders, anything is possible. But the smart money is on Campbell starting, Russell getting cut, and Gradkowski, Frye and Boller competing for the other two quarterback jobs.”
    Ill take that bet. Russell will not be cut this year.
    Here are the stakes if Im right you stop writing on PFT for a year… If your right Ill stop coming to PFT for a year or Ill come to PFT ten times a day
    for a year. Which either one is your preference is fine by me.

  53. # Big Tex says: April 26, 2010 7:20 PM
    @theTRUTHwillSETuFREE
    “yet, he really did nothing wrong”
    Oh really? By his own admission, he hit his first wife. At least one other woman he had a relationship with said he hit her. The guy appears to be a bully at the very least. I guess your definition of “wrong” varies from mine.
    ————————————————–
    Tex, I see you posting on every topic of the Raiders. Your just like all the media goons. Your a Hater…..plain and simple. Do you really think it’s fair to bring something up that happened 20 years prior to him taking the coaching job with the Raiders and use it against him? Think about every wrong thing you’ve done in the past……what if someone who didn’t like you dug something up and used it against you??

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