Just when you thought Ole Al was out of tricks from up that sleeve of his, here comes one more.
During an offseason that has seen one move after another, all of which have made sense in terms of steering this once-great team back in the direction of it's winning ways, Al Davis pulls the trigger on what could be the best move yet.
Let me explain. If Jamarcus goes down, we go to a bench that has, at the moment, three quarterbacks, all of which have a 60 percent QB rating or lower.
Andrew Walter? No agility. Cannot move and create on the fly and let's face it, with this line, that may be the case at times. He has not thrown a TD pass in three years and when he did play a 12-game season, he managed to put up a whopping three touchdown passes along with 13 interceptions. No, that was not a typo. 13 interceptions and three touchdowns.
Tui? While he is evasive and can create on the fly, during his best season he played in four games and threw no touchdown passes, and three interceptions.
Recently-acquired Bruce Gradowski? Much of the same but a little better. Thirteen games with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Not to play Mr. Numbers here, but the law of averages says that the chances of our QBs having to step in and actually produce something other than more headaches for Raider Nation are slim to none.
Jeff Garcia provides a great insurance policy for the Raiders if Jamarcus either goes down or does not become the player we all have hoped for. Speaking of franchise quarterback first year jitters, many Pro Bowl quarterbacks start off slow and put up horrible or decent numbers at best their first year or two. Peyton Manning? First year, 26 TDs and 28 Ints in his first full season. Troy Aikman, 9 TDs 18 Ints. John Elway, 7 TDs 14 Ints.
Jamarcus now goes into his second full season as his first was a few games toward the end of the season. This is the time to step up and prove to all who pay their hard-earned cash on overpriced tickets, $9 beers and $20 parking that it's all been worth it. If not let Garcia step in and use his elusiveness and ability to make plays. He is a huge step up from what we had on the bench behind Jamarcus.
Signing Jeff Garcia for one year to guarantee that we don't have to throw in the towel on another season if Jamarcus were to go down is a great indicator that Al Davis cares and he still has some mojo left in his tank.
Improvements to the offensive line, especially Left Tackle and Center with Khalif Barnes and Samson Satele being signed and the locking up of Shane Lechler and Nnamdi Asomugha are are all indicators that Al is finally steering this ship in the right direction.
Signing players that are positions of need instead of the next past Pro Bowler with little to nothing in the tank means Al is listening to those around him.
Hopefully he continues to listen on April 25 and 26.
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