This is my first time writing for Bleacher Report, But I've been reading everybody else's articles for the past few months and have found some very good reads. I have been a Raider fan from birth and it seems right seeing as I was born the very same year we won our last Super Bowl (1983-84). I also have had Silver and Black hair (naturally) since the third-grade.It's in my genetics apparently.
I am very excited. I get to see my first Raider game this year. Which is difficult to get the chance seeing as I live in TN. I am going to the Cleveland game on Dec 27 and have great seats(1st row, behind visitor's bench). The best part is that the Raiders are picking up momentum. Behind a young "Journeyman Quarterback" no less. And Boy, has he played great, or what?
What's funny is alot of Gradkowski's detractor's say "He's just a journeyman quarterback". Having traveled from Tampa Bay, to Cleveland to Oakland in nine months. Do you know who else was a "Journeyman Quarterback"? #12 Rich Gannon. He went from the Vikings to the Redskins, out of the NFL, and to the Chiefs before joining the Silver and Black. He also had a "weak arm". What he did have was so mobility, a strong work-ethic, and a passion for the game. Gradkowski also looked very "Gannon"-like sunday throwing around James Harrison on the TD to Shcilens with what the announcers used to call the "Three-Quarter Release" that Gannon was so good at. He also made the guys around him play better and inspired his teammates He demanded the attention of the squad and kept them focused. Something else Gannon was great at. So, I'll gladly give a "journeyman quarterback" a chance. Also Gruden drafted Gradkowski because he had alot of the same "intangibles" Rich had. Sounds like a good enough reason to give the man a chance. The best part is he is alot younger than Gannon was when he came to the Black Hole.
As for the pass Murphy had to fight for, sometimes even the best needs a WR to fight for the ball. Isn't that right, Mr. Brady? Randy Moss ain't looking so hot now, is he? Sorry, but I had to throw that in there.