Bruce Gradkowski? You can't be serious? Have the Raiders really been that bad, that Gradkowski is their savior? This would make a perfect joke on ESPN.
Trey WIngo: Hey Adam, what happens to a QB when he gets cut from the Rams, Browns, and the Bucs?
Adam Schefter: Canadian League?
Trey Wingo: Close, he starts for the Raiders!
I'm a little confused: The guy has a career QB rating of 65.9, and a completion percentage of 53.3? How is that a good thing? The dude had one good game against the Steelers, and the other two he was average at best, and now he has done enough to be the starter?
What about his knees? How can a guy play behind a healthier O line than Russell and blow both his knees out? Isn't he more mobile than Russell? Bad knees at 26 isn't a good thing.
Gradkowski was put in at the right time. Of course his numbers were better than Russell's; he had Gallery, Schilens, and Mcfadden back. Also, Cable decided to play Johnnie Lee Higgins more when Gradkowski played. So having experienced receivers helped also.
Did anyone watch the Thanksgiving game? What happened to our offense?
One game made his stats look a lot better than they were. The game before, and the half he played after, are a more accurate showing of what Gradkowski will be.
Here is a disturbing stat for all of you. His career QB rating is only 0.07 more than Russell's, and his completion percentage is 1.2 points higher than Russell's. How does this qualify him as a better starter than Russell?
Russell has played in more games and still has pretty much the same numbers as Gradkowski? Instead of looking at three games, or last season only, we should look at their entire body of work in their careers. Neither QB has really done anything to cement them as the starter for the Raiders.