Let's Not Give Thanks To Bruce Gradkowski Just Yet.

King KContributor INovember 25, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable speaks to his new starting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski #5 while newly benched quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 looks on during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This is basically to everyone who thinks their hate for Jamarcus Russell is justified now that Bruce "Almighty" gave us one win.

Don't get me wrong I am super excited we won, and even beat a divisional leader from the AFC, but #5 isn't the answers to Raider's problems as mentioned in my previous article http://bleacherreport.com/articles/291224-it-is-not-jamarcus-russells-faultnot-completely-at-least

So let's get some facts straight.

This game would have been all but forgotten if A) Special Teams doesn't make that last minute turnover after the touchdown for the chip in FG or B) We lose the coin toss and due to the archaic rules of overtime Cinci gets 14 yards to be in field goal range and Shayne Graham kicks one in for the win.

This upset win was at home when Oakland was a 9.5 under dog against the spread. Jamarcus Russell and the Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles at home against a 14.5 point spread.

Janikowski went 2/3 on Sunday and if he would have had the accuracy then the game would have been more in our favor earlier. Sebastian also missed one against KC which could have been a big game swinger as well, with that W I doubt we still have Jamarcus on the bench.

In KC Jamarcus had 8/23 passes completed and 64 yards with ZERO interceptions. In that same game Bruce had 5/9 for 49 yards with TWO interceptions. Now you tell me which is better?

On Sunday Bruce was still far from perfect, he was 17/34, 183 yards, ONE interception and ONE lost fumble. So he looks like hes 50% completion rate, 232 yards, THREE interceptions, and ONE lost fumble. Those aren't great, and no need to be giving him the big contract. But the stats also highlight that the rest of the team still is playing poorly, still dropped passes, poor pass protection, lack of an established running game, etc.

In fact Oakland's time of possession was almost DOUBLED by Cincinnati. So no, #5 is not doing a good job of managing the ball down field. 

In conclusion, I am glad we won. It was big, and I hope the momentum carries over to Dallas this week. But reality check Raider Nation, Bruce is not the answer, we still need Jamarcus in the long run, and the rest of the team needs to be held accountable for their lack of production as well if we want to keep winning. Stop with all the QB gets the blame and the praise stuff.

p.s.
congrats Nnamndi for getting his first interception of the year on that last play. You only need one to make the pro bowl again! ;)