Should Jason Campbell start the 2011 season as the Raiders’ starting quarterback, he’ll face Sports Betting odds that are long when it comes to having success — and for good reason.
The Oakland Raiders’ 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers did as much to demoralize the fan base as it did to wipe away any sort of momentum the team appeared to be building in recent weeks.
Jason Campbell was practically run out of Washington when the Redskins beat out the Raiders for the services of Donovan McNabb. Being traded to a perennial cellar-dweller usually isn’t ideal for a starting quarterback — especially if that cellar-dweller has trouble protecting their signal caller.
If the Raiders have any player on their team that has been elevated to the mystical rock star status that is normally reserved for players like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, this week it would have to be Raiders’ quarterback Bruce Gradkowski — at least he is amongst the Raider Nation, and those who report on the silver and black. As the saying goes, there is nobody more popular than the backup quarterback on a team without a consistent starter at the position.
16 years ago, this game between the Rams and the Raiders was called the battle of Los Angeles. Today, it’s a battle of ineptitude. The Raiders, trying to avoid a record eighth straight 10+ loss season, will host the Rams, trying to win their second game in the last 28 contests. Kickoff is 1:05 PM PST, Sunday at at the Coliseum.
Those were the first words out of Tom Cable’s mouth when he addressed the media Sunday afternoon, and although there’s no doubt he was being honest, it’s a good bet that those words were severely understated. The Raiders, underdogs to most objective prognosticators, looked more like the Art Shell team of 2006 and nothing like the team that some have pegged to win the AFC West this year.
The last time the Oakland Raiders faced the Tennessee Titans, (Oct. 28, 2007),Vince Young was still considered a future perennial Pro Bowl quarterback, Lane Kiffin was still Al Davis’ mini-me, and Raider Nation was debating between Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, or JaMarcus Russell being the starting quarterback for the silver and black.
The Oakland Raiders will have plenty of work to do before the season begins in two weeks. A day after promising fans at the Raider Nation Celebration that the losing seasons would end this year, the silver and black stepped on the field and mixed brilliant play with horrible execution.
Many pundits had the Raiders pegged for their first pick of the draft. It was obvious, much like it has been over the last decade, the Oakland Raiders were going to select the best height/weight/speed guy that was still on the board with the eighth pick of the NFL Draft. That’s why Darrius Heyward-Bey became a Raider last year and why JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden became Raiders as well.
Right now the Oakland Raiders’ quarterback situation is quite possibly the most talked about, most scrutinized, and most rumored story concerning the National Football League. Well, at least it is here in the Bay Area.