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Tom Cable is reconsidering his quarterback depth chart

Throughout Jason Campbell’s second chance as Raiders starting quarterback, coach Tom Cable has steadfastly said the job would be Bruce Gradkowski’s when the Polish Popgun was healthy again.

A three-game winning streak has a way of changing things.

“I really haven’t wavered, but … when you’re dealing it and you’ve got the hot hand, and things are going in the right direction for your football team, you know, why would you make a change?” Cable said via the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s what I think right now.”

So, um . . . that’s wavering.

“But in the back of my mind, I also say, ‘It’s not really making a change. He was a starter before I made the change with Bruce, and he’s kind of come back and done a lot of good things for our team,’” Cable said.

Cable doesn’t need to justify the move.  Jacoby Ford may have helped Campbell out in a B- effort in the Chiefs game, but Campbell played well in wins the two weeks before.  He’s getting the job done without his best receivers.  The part that Gradkowski supporters seem to miss: He’s coming back from a serious shoulder injury and had a weak arm before.

It’s uncertain if Gradkowski will even be ready for Oakland’s Week Eleven trip to Pittsburgh when the Raiders come off a bye.  Cable won’t make his official decision until the team reconvenes in six days, but it’s clear which way he’s leaning. 

We don’t blame him.

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30 Responses to “Tom Cable is reconsidering his quarterback depth chart”
  1. Steelers+Refs=True Love says: Nov 9, 2010 9:45 AM

    That’s what i’ve been saying, you go with the hot hand! Now if he looks like crap against Pissburgh, I would have no problem with seeing “Polish Power” Gradkowski in there.

  2. ledtear says: Nov 9, 2010 9:45 AM

    Steelers are not coming off a bye?????

  3. ledtear says: Nov 9, 2010 9:45 AM

    Ahh – you fixed it… good…

  4. raiderrob21 says: Nov 9, 2010 9:55 AM

    2 quarterbacks is a good problem to have. Especially winning without your top 3 Receivers (Schillins all season-soon to be back, Murphy 2 games, Zach miller 1 game) your shut down Corner, run stuffer John Henderson, G Robert Gallery 4 games, Mcfadden 2 games! Raider teams of old would have folded with all these injuries and missed games. These Raiders have rose to the challenge, fought through, and have created an identity. They are getting healthier and could be at full strength in a few weeks! Had them at 7 wins before season started, I will love to be wrong!!!!
    JUST WIN BABY!!!!!

  5. parasonic says: Nov 9, 2010 9:57 AM

    Seeing Campbell run and duck for his life for 3 seasons in DC, I’m glad he has some kind of O-Line now. All QBs need time to throw. He’s proving that now in Oakland. I’m def rooting for them.

  6. DEMOLITION says: Nov 9, 2010 10:02 AM

    Let’s go with the hot hand. Sure Campbell made mistakes and sone bad throws, but others picked up the slack. It’s a teamsport. He made tha plays when ge needed to.
    Nothing wrong with having two QBs that can get the job done.
    Nation, stop arguing about this. Remember the days of Aaron Brooks, McCown, Russell!!!’

  7. bodhisattva says: Nov 9, 2010 10:04 AM

    Campbell has the arm and will certainly by now have the teams support. That throw to Ford in OT was a thing of beauty, he’s picked guys out downfield in tight windows in many games this year. With higher-grade receivers, he could really be something. I believe in Campbell.
    Lots of three step drop patterns and some intense D, maybe they pull the Steeler game off. then we can really start thinking about some action beyond week 17.

  8. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Nov 9, 2010 10:14 AM

    If Bruce G. is the “Polish Popgun” should Mark Sanchez be the “Mexican Jumping Bean”?
    Blatant racism in a Greggg Rosenthal article!

  9. jbraider says: Nov 9, 2010 10:17 AM

    Steelers+Refs=True Love says:
    November 9, 2010 9:45 AM
    That’s what i’ve been saying, you go with the hot hand! Now if he looks like crap against Pissburgh, I would have no problem with seeing “Polish Power” Gradkowski in there.
    ___________
    Great comment and great handle

  10. Tdk24 says: Nov 9, 2010 10:20 AM

    Campbell was the anointted starter. Ge disnt do well. This might have been a ploy to get him to respond better. Make him fight for his job. Nothing worth having comes easy.

  11. tooz56 says: Nov 9, 2010 10:36 AM

    First off, Gregg Rosenthal MUST be FIRED !! He made a remark about Polish people, I dont care if he was TRYING to be funny, it’s not PC !! (NOTE..I’m Polish and the remark didn’t bother me even a little bit, just pointing out how thin skinned our “free” country has become ! )
    As for Campbell, he is very inconsistent. He has all the tools to be a great QB except for that FIRE that Gradkowski, the polish pistol, has. After watching the Steelers come at Palmer last night with what seemed like 50 diffefrent blitz packages, JC will have to think faster then he has so far, and get that ball out to one of the play makers. I also don’t believe Grads is even close to 100% healthy, but if he is close, and JC folds under pressure of the Steelers blitz, then Cable needs to make that switch quickly.
    Tom Cable….NFL COACH OF THE YEAR !! Come on Raider Nation the guy has taken crap and is turning it into SILVER !!!

  12. joetoronto says: Nov 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: November 9, 2010 10:14 AM
    If Bruce G. is the “Polish Popgun” should Mark Sanchez be the “Mexican Jumping Bean”?
    Blatant racism in a Greggg Rosenthal article!
    *********************************************************
    There it is again, the race card.
    Keep playing it but remember, the more it’s played, the less it’s worth.

  13. R8R_BOB says: Nov 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    RAIDER fans are riding the wave right now and it’s a good wave. I suppose at this point Cable needs to stick with Campbell only because they have a winning record with him as QB. I am not sold on Campbell but with some leadership in him, a bit of confidence and some gusto he could be the quarterback that JaBustus could never be. That awaits to be seen.

  14. BrianMD says: Nov 9, 2010 11:01 AM

    @SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK:
    What you posted isn’t racism. Try reading the “actual” definition instead of being a sheep.

  15. TylerDurden says: Nov 9, 2010 11:03 AM

    Contenders…

  16. Al Davis Is God - Deal With It says: Nov 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    Campbell didn’t play great against the Queefs. Jacoby Ford made him look good with his diving catches and stealing an interception right out of Flowers’ hands. Ford singlehandedly won that game for the Raiders and he should be a starter. I think his play may mean the end for Chad Schillens who can never seem to be healthy.

  17. CHIEF ZEE says: Nov 9, 2010 11:07 AM

    Campbell doesn’t make quick decisions in the pocket and he doesn’t have any fire in him…I’d throw him in the Wade Phillips category.

  18. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 9, 2010 11:08 AM

    Campbell is playing pretty well right now, but he still lacks intangibles.
    He needs to grow a pair so he can finally step forward and lead the team. That’s something he could never do in DC.

  19. tian says: Nov 9, 2010 11:14 AM

    I saw something with that Chiefs/Raiders game. I saw rabid Raiders fans. Seriously. And I saw those Raider uniforms and remembered that reminded me, when I was a kid, that I wanted to grow up and play for the Raiders.
    Welcome back to relevance, Raiders! It seems like the NFL universe is fine, now.

  20. redscare says: Nov 9, 2010 11:15 AM

    Good luck to both guys. The Raiders are in a good spot – two pretty good QBs, neither of whom has a sense of entitlement about the job. Maybe giving both guys chances as needed is the “hot hand” to play until you’re forced to choose.
    Two running backs has almost become the norm these days; could two interchangeable QBs be next?

  21. sixptstar says: Nov 9, 2010 11:18 AM

    JaCampbell sucks. His big passes in the fourth quarter and over time were ducks. It was Jacoby Ford that made great plays on poor throws. I don’t think either JaCampbell or The Almighty Bruce can take us to the Superbowl, but Gradkowski is definetly the better choice. Until we get a decent quarterback we will never be more than a good team.
    18 yards passing in the first half?! Are you kidding? JaCampbell is NOT the guy.
    Ford grabbed the Chiefs by the testicles and shook them until they tapped out. I know it’s a team effort, but he is the one that decided the Raiders were going to win that game.

  22. LunarPie says: Nov 9, 2010 11:19 AM

    Jason Campbell will proove he isn’t the starter by halftime. Hopefully, the Raiders don’t go more than 10 point down by the start of the 3rd Qtr. That’s when the Gradkowski will have to come in and clean up!
    Go Raiders, take the AFC West baby!!!

  23. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    Better run any decision through by Al first or you will end up like Chilly. Oh wait, Chilly hasn’t been fired……….yet.

  24. MNFANINAZ says: Nov 9, 2010 11:55 AM

    How is this team winning games? The freaking RAIDERS… weird. The NFL is retarded this season.
    Go Vikes. meh

  25. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    lets face it, the raiders are not winning because of the QB play of Campbell….two of those great catches from ford could have easily been picked off. Ford just took the ball away on the one, and made one heck of an adjutment on the other. Plus they had to beat the ref’s, where they broke some NFL records for penalties in a game…(they break their own records because of the nfl bias against the raiders, which has become so obvious)
    As far as Campbell, there is nothing electricfying or intense about campbell, but he does have a way of lulling you into a coma in the first half only to wake you from it with some scores……..Keep in mind Dilfer won a superbowl by not turning the ball over. Nothing wrong with competition and depth on a team. Lienart is a UFA next year, and although he had a terrible game this past Sat, I still like the qb Blaine from Missouri as a 3rd pick to develop.

  26. Tdk24 says: Nov 9, 2010 3:24 PM

    Campbell was the anointted starter. Ge disnt do well. This might have been a ploy to get him to respond better. Make him fight for his job. Nothing worth having comes easy.

  27. oakraid says: Nov 9, 2010 6:11 PM

    when the steelers pound campbell into the dirt, if
    I were grads I would pull up lame and let
    campbell take his medicine….there is zero
    chance this team beats the steelers with
    campbell at the helm

  28. RaiderChile says: Nov 9, 2010 7:09 PM

    MNFANINAZ says: How is this team winning games? The freaking RAIDERS… weird. The NFL is retarded this season. Go Vikes. meh
    I guess the Raiders were retarded when they kicked the Vikes butts in the Super Bowl.
    Vikes are the original Buffalo Bills! LOSERS IN ALL THEIR SUPER BOWLS!
    How’s your coach doing these days by the way?

  29. Grimmlock42 says: Nov 9, 2010 8:04 PM

    You gotta go with a Grad if he says he’s ready to go. Campbell is gonna be a deer in headlights when it comes to the steeler defense. Grad on the other hand took their best shots and found a way to win last year. Now that we’re alot better this year than we were last year, Grad is the starter especially against Pittsburgh. We got plenty of time to decide, but the choice is obvious.

  30. jkr says: Nov 9, 2010 10:13 PM

    Hahaha Gradkowski as the starter? The man should not even be in the league! What is wrong with you raider fans? I guess you have been so bad for so long your looking for anything to put your faith in. I feel for you guys what a bunch of sad sad individuals you are. Let me ask you idiot raider fans a question. Why is he not starting in tampa or Cleveland? He’s no good thats why!

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