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The Raiders now write Tom Cable's post-game quotes for him

In a day full of benched quarterbacks, there was no more surprising move than Tom Cable’s switch to Bruce Gradkowski at halftime of Oakland’s win over St. Louis.

After all, Jason Campbell was the guy Al Davis compared to Jim Plunkett and awarded a contract extension to.  The Raiders only trailed 7-3 at halftime.  The switch worked, but the quarterback controversy is just starting. 

Here’s what coach Tom Cable said after the game, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune: “(I) made the switch at halftime at quarterback, basically to just give
the team a lift, felt like we needed to change up a little bit and my
job is to win games and do whatever it takes to do that.”

Fair enough.

Here’s the quote distributed by the Raiders from Cable: “Today was about winning the game, it does not necessarily mean Campbell
is replaced as the quarterback for the rest of the season.”

You’ll notice that’s, um, not the same quote.  According to McDonald, at no point did Cable say anything so strong about Campbell’s future.  Cable did say: “I’ll worry about all that tomorrow, really. I want to go look at it.
But today was about winning this game, what did it take to do that, that
was the right choice, obviously, and it worked out, and Bruce came in
and gave us a lift.”

McDonald has forgotten more about the Raiders than we’ll ever know.  He speculates to start his post-game wrap that perhaps Cable’s job was on the line Sunday. Already. 

There were a lot of positives for the Raiders to take from the contest, even if they only beat the Rams by two points. Darrius Heyward-Bey (80 yards) had his best game as a pro. They dominated total yardage and won a game they absolutely needed. 

But you don’t have to be a “Raider hater” for this all to be familiar.  There is coaching controversy; there is mystery over who is calling the shots; there is a quarterback debate. 

Above all, there is Raiders drama.

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41 Responses to “The Raiders now write Tom Cable's post-game quotes for him”
  1. raybin says: Sep 20, 2010 9:12 AM

    Since I’m in an optimistic mood after a win, I’ll say I’m hoping that cleaned up quote just means that Al wants to talk to Cable about the whole thing rather than he’s going to make Cable play Campbell.
    But after a Monday at work, my cynicism will return in full force and I’ll be far more bitter in any future posts on the topic.

  2. raiderrob21 says: Sep 20, 2010 9:19 AM

    Thats all that maters. We’ll take the win and all the drama the media or the front office can create sa long as we

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2010 9:31 AM

    “He speculates to start his post-game wrap that perhaps Cable’s job was on the line Sunday. Already.”
    Ya, Greg, it’s called accountability. I have no problem with heads rolling if they had lost to the Rams yesterday.
    To all the Monday morning QB’s: Yes, they only won by two points, but it was just one of those weird games.
    The Raiders dominated after the first 10 minutes, in all 3 phases, by the way.

  4. Drat says: Sep 20, 2010 9:34 AM

    From the beginning, I’ve said Cable will not be fired, through the losing, the legal challenges, and so forth. I think PFT is missing something here. Spin must always go on in Raiderville, but Davis is not going to fire Cable. Cable is his kind of guy.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2010 9:37 AM

    Chris Johnson in week one and Steven Jackson in week two.
    Both of them did nothing, other than the one big run by Johnson.
    Just the facts, haters.

  6. Warchief01 says: Sep 20, 2010 9:43 AM

    I’m still afraid it will be a long time before the silver and black attack are back.As for campbell, Jim Plunkett he’s not.Not even close.

  7. scrapdawg12 says: Sep 20, 2010 9:46 AM

    Get a receiver Campbell can actually throw to or better yet get Zach Miller more involved. He is your best pass catching option.

  8. FumbleNuts says: Sep 20, 2010 10:13 AM

    Bruce Gradkowski is the QB that SHOULD always start for the Raiders.

  9. jb10 says: Sep 20, 2010 10:13 AM

    more speculation by the media. how has that worked out for the past year? everyone had cable fired after last season. never happened. i think you guys are just bored and need to draw some hits.

  10. Steeler fans are tools says: Sep 20, 2010 10:42 AM

    I’m a Gradkowski guy, ever since last year. And i was hoping he’ed be this years starter.

  11. Legend says: Sep 20, 2010 10:46 AM

    This is news? Uh… this is the Raiders and Tom Cable knew what he was getting into.

  12. DEMOLITION says: Sep 20, 2010 10:57 AM

    Ggregggggg- you sound A’s if you’re writing a preface for a crime-mystery novel.
    Scrapdog- Bruce had the same receivers and Campbell. Bruce got DHB and Murphy the ball. Go look at the stat sheet.

  13. jedicurt says: Sep 20, 2010 11:09 AM

    why get a receiver that Campbell can throw to?
    Gradkowski was able to throw the ball around to both Murphy and Heyward-Bey… hell, both had almost a 100 yards each
    if you have one QB who can get the ball to the receivers you already have, and one you can’t, why are you getting more receivers? just play the QB who can use the players you already have

  14. Andyr2120 says: Sep 20, 2010 11:18 AM

    The updated quote actually answers the #1 question on the minds of most fans and reporters. So, this is supposed to be bad?

  15. Samaritan_1 says: Sep 20, 2010 11:21 AM

    There’s no QB controversy in Oaktown. It’s always been Grady’s Raiders.

  16. netdawg says: Sep 20, 2010 11:25 AM

    Hey Rosenthal, were you a grocery bag boy before this gig??? It’s a PR/media distribution, you think the head coach writes those up for the media to collect?
    …you do???
    Listen, there’s a person in this list that wrote that paraphrasing Cable on his quote. How about you spend the rest of the day figuring out who it is and stop infecting the football “media” with your writing.

  17. Raiderfankirk says: Sep 20, 2010 11:26 AM

    Go Bruce!!!!He came in the game yesterday and the whole colosium was lit up with echoing bruuucce. He kicked ass, everyone on the team,every fan in the stands,and everyone at home watching knew what was going to happen. The Rams and their staff had a look of OOO-shit on their faces. Bruce did’nt have a problem w/the O line or getting the ball to all his receivers. He looked an awful lot like the last good qb in oakland, that guy named Gannon.

  18. bwisnasky says: Sep 20, 2010 11:30 AM

    chitown, then root for another team. Gregg… seriously.. give your hate a rest man… it can’t be healthy…. Quit trying to find every little controversial thing about the Raiders just because you think you can start something…. I know it’s easy traffic, but come on man… you just keep reaching and reaching… why don’t you just go ahead and make a topic that says “Gregg Rosenthal predicts Raiders will not win another game this century”….

  19. tango says: Sep 20, 2010 11:59 AM

    This had dead al written all over it ! Although Cable was never formally made the head coach, he apparently has that responsibility so if he benches Campbell, who had a bad day against a very average team and Grakowski comes in and wins it then dead Al needs to just shut up. Until the Raiders start losing let Cable do his job. Sick and tired of dead al !!

  20. HaterzBware81 says: Sep 20, 2010 12:00 PM

    I think Greg is trying to get a job at BSPN, talking all the trash about the Raiders. You did see they won right?
    I love when I see all the Haters crying because the Raaiiideeerrrrs won.. How the Patsies do?
    haha.. Raiders 4 Life. Outsiders can only Hate cuz they Hate that theyre outsiders!!!

  21. JSpicoli says: Sep 20, 2010 12:01 PM

    Great move at halftime. Grads ftw.

  22. Wet Paper Bag says: Sep 20, 2010 1:23 PM

    So I take it that Gregg Rosenthal has now officially been the assigned “Raider Hater” for PFT? Seriously bro, do you do ANYTHING else? When was the last time you wrote ANYTHING positive on the Raiders?

  23. JRod L.A. says: Sep 20, 2010 1:25 PM

    Raiders should be 0-2 and their fans are Skank city! Lame team, organization and halloween clad fan base.

  24. tango says: Sep 20, 2010 2:10 PM

    Hey JRod, how’s the LA team doing ???. Raiders have a good coach, fans but deal al has to go

  25. Raiders757 says: Sep 20, 2010 2:30 PM

    # scrapdawg12 says: September 20, 2010 9:46 AM
    Get a receiver Campbell can actually throw to or better yet get Zach Miller more involved. He is your best pass catching option.
    You got that backwards “Dawg”. It’s the receivers who need a decent QB to throw them ball, and it’s obvious that Captain Check Down Campbell isn’t that guy. Bruce came it and their numbers went way up.
    It’s just like last year. You have a guy who holds the ball too long, looks off his receivers too quickly, checks down, and just plain sucks. Then you have Bruce, who hits his receivers and wins games. The problem is under center, unless it’s Bruce who is under center. Campbell just plain sucks.

  26. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 20, 2010 3:00 PM

    Doesn’t Senile Al realize NOBODY’S going to want to coach for this team? He may as well name himself coach and GM until he finally kicks the bucket.

  27. Wet Paper Bag says: Sep 20, 2010 3:00 PM

    Hey JRod L.A., I’m beginning to see why you are so bitter. You had the Rams…and they left. You had the Raiders…and they left. You have the Dodgers…and they might as well leave.
    Such a loyal fan base down there in La-La land

  28. Testify says: Sep 20, 2010 3:08 PM

    Greg your citing scary Jerry mcfoolish? Cmon man that guy doesn’t have the huevos to ask real questions all he ever does is speculate….

  29. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: Sep 20, 2010 3:25 PM

    Al Davis doesn’t mind a head coach with cojones who bucks organizational philosophy. The coach just has to defend his decision with results in the win column — i.e., Madden benching stong-armed Lamonica in favor of weak-armed Stabler or Gruden cutting strong-armed George and signing weak-armed Gannon.
    That’s why weak-minded coaches never last –e.g., White, Bugel, Norval, Shell 2, [insert name here].

  30. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat moron says: Sep 20, 2010 4:14 PM

    tango you fat, retarded, ignorant, window licking, inbred, drooling, moronic, hillbilly, redneck, bigot POS: You’re the only one who needs to shut his fat, retarded face you POS. High School waterboys like you are strictly forbidden from flapping their ignorant, uninformed, illiterate yaps about things they know nothing about. GFY you POS, the Nation doesn’t need you, doesn’t want you.

  31. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 20, 2010 4:41 PM

    greg you keep smoking that pipe…It was very clear…In all reality Campbell did not play all that bad. The raiders d totally sucked the first quarter, the play calling for campbell was terrible, (4th and inches and you do a handoff vs a qb sneak???), the o-line sucked for him, Sea bass missed an ez field goal, and he was in a dazed emotion.
    Bruce came in a did a good job, and the d played great in the second half, as did mcfadden.
    O -line is still suspect esp Cooper Carlisle who whiffed on his 4th and inches block. #60 needs to play rg when gallery comes back.

  32. tango says: Sep 20, 2010 5:00 PM

    aldvisleakoutofhisdependsintohisleisuresuit: You really have nothing to say. Same old BS. You telling the world that dead al supported pulling Campbell ? Get a life and get informed you redundant POS ? Spoke to many in the Raider nation guys yesterday, they all think your an idiot , followed closely by dead al so get clue and talk football !! Your wasting space !

  33. sraidersteve says: Sep 20, 2010 6:36 PM

    Been saying it since Bruce came in last year and lit it up. He’s exactly what this team has been missing since gannon left. He has the fire and accuracy to get it done and knows the offense very well. The only thing you need to tell me is that he was gruden’s guy and that is all i need to know to believe in the guy. It means he’s a smart qb who does his hw before each game and is gonna get the job done. Definitely looking forward to seeing him play next week(hopefully).

  34. tango says: Sep 20, 2010 7:08 PM

    To:aldvisisindepends: Check out myopionionisrigherthanyours: Says it all !

  35. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 20, 2010 7:31 PM

    tango you fat, ignorant, retarded, drooling, window licking, short-bus riding, moronic, redneck, hillbilly bigot: Check out Nobody In The Nation Gives A Damn What A Fat, Ignorant, Hillbilly, Moron POS thinks. It must have been written by God (AKA Al Davis) because I know he couldn’t care less what an ignorant, uninformed, illiterate high school waterboy thinks. My favorite quote from it is “tango the fat, retarded momma’s boy should hoop his forehead”. Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it, lardass?

  36. pga5 says: Sep 20, 2010 11:12 PM

    The difference between Campbell and Gradkowski is pretty simple from here. Grad takes a lot of 3-step drops and hits his man before the pressure can get to him. He’s a WCO guy who really gets into rhythm when he’s able to take those short drops and get the ball out. Campbell gets a lot of 5 and 7 step drops. The plays take too long to develop with Jason, and he’s taking some terrific hits because of it.
    Hue Jax knows the long drops are an issue. In the Tennessee game, when Campbell had the 3-step drops, he was able to get the ball off in good shape. Campbell’s just not a rhythm passer though, and that’s going to be hard for Big Al to accept.
    However, six catches a game for DHB might get Big Al to accept it.

  37. tango says: Sep 21, 2010 3:03 PM

    To:aldavisisarealjerk: If that is your favorite quote then it is confirmed you wear depends like dead al ! Talk fotball. I suspect your one of those guys that hangs around with ugly people so you might not look so bad !

  38. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 21, 2010 4:04 PM

    tango you stupid, inbred, window licking, drooling, banjo playing, redneck, hillbilly bigot: I get out in the world, lardass. Not like a fat, ignorant, momma’s boy hiding in the basement like you. The only thing that’s confirmed is that you’re an ignorant sack of crap whose only knowledge of football is what you heard during your tenure as the waterboy for the high school football team.

  39. tango says: Sep 21, 2010 5:14 PM

    To:aldavisisalmostdead: Not one original thought. Same old BS. read some of the blogs about your boyfriend dead al. Concensus is dead al lives in the 70’s. Sorry to say it is 2010 you POS

  40. Al Davis Is God - tango is a fat bigot says: Sep 21, 2010 6:43 PM

    tango you fat, ignorant, idiotic, window licking, redneck, hillbilly POS: The consensus (that’s how it’s spelled, retard) is that God (AKA Al Davis) couldn’t care less what a fat, ignorant, moronic pile of crap like you thinks. God (AKA Al Davis) has forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know, and that’s not much you illiterate sack of pig crap.

  41. tango says: Sep 24, 2010 5:15 PM

    To:aldavisistrulyboring: Last response to someone that talks like a 3rd grader in the sand box and no football. Your taking up valuable space from those that know what they are talking about and have something interesting to say. When you see dead al don’t gag when kissing his wrinkled old ass. See you later you retarded, ignorant, hillbilly POS.

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