Raiders coach Tom Cable says that quarterback Jason Campbell shouldn’t assume that he’ll be the starting quarterback in 2010.
Still, a source with knowledge of the situation tells us that, absent a complete meltdown by Campbell, he’ll be the Week One starter for the Raiders.
So why is Cable throwing water on the anointment of Campbell? The likely explanation is that Cable is trying to instill a sense of competition in the offseason program and coming training camp. It’s also possible that the Raiders want JaMarcus Russell to think that he’d have a chance to keep the job if he agrees to restructure a contract that currently pays him $3 million in guaranteed salary and $6.45 million in non-guaranteed salary.
Regardless, Campbell currently is in line to become the next starting quarterback — and hopefully to provide the kind of leadership that the offense hasn’t enjoyed since Rich Gannon retired.