The Raiders haven't had a quarterback to be proud of in nearly ten years. Not since Rich Gannon was behind center could anyone say that the quarterback for the Raiders consistently led them to victory. In fact, in the past few years, whatever wins the Raiders had were usually despite the play of the quarterback.
Last season was the first time in a while anyone could truly see the play at quarterback begin to improve. At the start of the season the quarterback duties shifted back and forth between Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell. Then Gradkowski went down with a shoulder injury in week 11 and the job was Campbell's alone for the remainder of the season. Here is how things shake out currently:
He was acquired in trade with the Washington Redskins during the draft, and early reports were that he was promised the starting job upon arrival. Coach Tom Cable disputed these reports and when the season began it became clear that starting was definitely not guaranteed for Campbell.
He was the starter to begin the season but after a poor effort in week two against the Rams, he was pulled in favor of Bruce Gradkowski. Then in week five against the Chargers, it was Campbell's turn to come in for Gradkowski at which point he helped the Raiders pull out their first win over the Chargers in 13 tries. He was rewarded by getting his starting job back. Gradkowski would come in for Campbell again in week 11 but almost immediately injure his throwing shoulder and be lost for the season.
Campbell returned the next week and played quite well in the final five games of the season. Over those final games he had a 63.8 completion percentage, 6 TD's to 2 Int's, and a 96.8 passer rating. It appears after a shaky beginning to his Raider career that he is used to his teammates and the game plan. And for the first time in his career, next year he will have the same offensive play caller. He has gained the respect of Hue Jackson who spoke glowingly of his quarterback at the end of last season. It appears that Campbell has cemented himself as the Raiders starter for the foreseeable future.
Bruce Gradkowski was the Raiders' sparkplug at the quarterback position in 2009 but he went down with injury late in the season and has not been able to stay on the field since. He is set to become a free agent and may not return. Even if he returns, he cannot be counted on to stay healthy should Campbell go down with injury.
Kyle Boller was brought in during the offseason and as usual he looked good in practice and in preseason but terrible once he was called upon in a regular season game situation. He is a suitable third stringer but nothing more.
JT O'Sullivan was signed late in the season when Gradkowski went down due to injury. He is not expected to be on the team next season unless the Raiders have no better options.
Charlie Frye started a game late in 2009 and didn't look too good. He has hung around as a clipboard carrier and was on injured reserve all of last season. He may be back for training camp but, like O'Sullivan, will only be a Raider if the team has no better options.
Overall this is not a solid group. What was thought to be a great trio in Campbell, Gradkowski, and Boller heading into last season, turned out to not be so great after all. In the end Campbell was the only dependable one of the group. Solid starter but no reliable backup.
Roster Status: Moderate
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With a good defense and a healthy offensive line, Campbell can get this team to the playoffs. He won't get far there though because he breaks down under constant pressure.
The Raiders definitely need to address the quarterback position in the offseason. First and foremost, the Raiders must not resign Gradkowski. Grads, in his mind, believes that he is the deserving starter, and will openly fight the backup role. If he stays, there will certainly be another quarterback controversy, and Jason Campbell and the entire Raider team does not need that kind of distraction again. Campbell played his best when Grads was out of the picture and when he was not looking over his shoulder, and towards the end of the season, looked very comfortable in his starting role. Plus, with Grads' inability to stay healthy during the course of the season, lack of arm strength, and the way he floats his passes, he actually is more a liability than a benefit, as his (5-15) overall career record as a starter is proof of that, and numbers do not lie Gradkowski fans.... The Raiders need quality backup quarterbacks who understand their role and can physically hold up if called into action. Boller was terrible as a starter last year, but he has potential, and most importantly, he understands his role, and I think he should be kept on as a third stringer.
Levi, you had a mock draft a few weeks back that had Cam Newton falling out of the first round. If this scenario happened, or he fell into the later parts of the first round, I think the Raiders should definitely make a run at him. Newton would be a perfect quarterback to groom for the future, as his potential is unlimited. With Hue Jackson as our head coach, who has a proven record of developing young quarterbacks, Newton would definitely gain by being a Raider, and after (2) years of learning the Raider system, could very well be ready to be a succesful and dynamic starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. I know a lot of people are down on drafting a physical freak for a quarterback, but Newton brings a lot more to the table than JaMarcus Russell, as he is way more mobile, has much better footwork, has proven himself in the highest of pressure filled games (leading Auborn to a National Championship), and accomplished the most a guy could in college (a Heisman and a national championship). There is tremendous upside involving Cam Newton, and if the Raiders are fortunate enough to be able to land him in the draft, then his addition would certainly improve our immediate quarterback situation and in a couple years, possibly make the Raider quarterback position one of the strongest in the league.
Boller did not get enough snaps to say he did not look good or bad during the regular season. If I am not mistaken he only played breifly in 2 games and only for a handful of plays each time.
Not saying he should get a shot to start or even asked back....But to say he did not look good when he played is not really fair he did not play enough to look good or bad. He has one thing going for him his wifw is Hot!!!!