Raiders coach Tom Cable is wavering about his quarterback situation. Raiders owner Al Davis may be the cause of that wavering.
Although Cable has insisted that the starting job is Bruce Gradkowski’s as soon as Gradkowski is healthy, Davis has reportedly told Cable that Jason Campbell should remain under center.
“Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn’t see the need to change when things are going well,” a source described as “a person familiar with the situation” told Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune. “He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play.”
What that means, of course, is that Davis thinks Campbell throws a better deep ball than Gradkowski.
Cable hasn’t said definitively who the Raiders’ starter will be once Gradkowski is healthy, but by all appearances, Davis is right: Campbell has an 81.3 passer rating and the Raiders are 4-2 with Campbell starting. Gradkowski has a 71.8 passer rating and the Raiders are 1-2 with Gradkowski starting.
Davis may be widely perceived as a crazy old coot, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong about everything. Campbell is getting the job done.