As it stands right now, Jason Campbell will be the starter at quarterback when the Raiders face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday — but don’t bother asking him about it. Reporters asked the would-be quarterback that question when the Raiders brought him to the podium this morning, but with little information given up.
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.
Earlier in the week, the Raiders locker room was plastered with a quote from former Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. The gist of the quote was that the Raiders don’t play 60 minutes and if any team hangs in there, the Raiders will give the game away in the end.
Darren McFadden still isn’t practicing and neither is Michael Bennett. That will leave a gaping hole for Michael Bush to reclaim the starting position, and for fellow backs Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece to also step in for carries on Sunday.
Seymour is one-third of the Raiders’ defensive tackle roster going into Sunday. (Photo by Kelly Thomas)
Tuesday, the Raiders cut defensive tackle Jay Alford in order to pick up linebacker Bruce Davis. While doing so, they were able to strengthen their injured linebacking corps, but the net effect is that they now only have three defensive tackles — two of which have already struggled through injuries during the young season.
Longtime Raiders fans might recall a Bruce Davis from the 80’s who wore the silver and black. That Bruce Davis played offensive tackle for 11 years from 1979 to 1989, after being drafted in the 11th round (294th overall) from UCLA by Oakland.
Sam Williams was very blunt about his feelings for the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders upcoming opponent this Sunday. In fact, Williams said that he’s not the only one in the Raiders locker room with these feelings. “We don’t like the Chargers at all,” said Williams of the divisional foe. “We don’t like anything about them.”
Tom Cable spoke with the media Monday, a day after his Raiders lost 31-24 to the Houston Texans in front of the smallest home crowd in over 40 years.
Cable is still not happy with how the Raiders are performing in the trenches and isn’t willing to lay any blame on key injuries as well. With the rule of thumb being 24 hours to get over a loss or beyond a victory, most of Monday was spent trying to figure out what it is they can do to avoid the same performance when San Diego comes rolling in this weekend.
Miscellaneous post game quotes from the Raiders’ 24-31 loss to the Texans.
Houston Texans’ (3-1) running backs Arian Foster, Derrick Ward, and Steve Slaton combined to rush 33 times for 248 yards and Matt Schaub used three different tight ends to complete 10 of his 16 completions in 29 attempts to help defeat the Oakland Raiders (1-3) 31-24 Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in front of the lowest non-strike year attendance for a Raiders home game in 43 years. “I thought the…