Here has been the problem with the assessment of Oakland's quarterback situation.
The Raiders entered the season with postseason dreams and the heat on JaMarcus Russell.
Yet, the Raiders also had two rookies at wide receiver and another on injured reserve.
When JaMarcus Russell struggled (and that's sugar coating it) the narrative was that the receivers were wide-open.
Russell would even criticize the receivers publicly and that was met with blowback from fans that didn't want to hear that.
Yet, as the season progressed, so did the receivers and even tight-end Zach Miller. Chaz Schilens returned from injured reserve too.
All of this happened around the same time that Bruce Gradkowski stepped in at quarterback, which begs the question: Did Gradkowski make the receivers better or did the receivers merely progress?
I say that because it may not have been entirely Russell's fault that the passing game struggled.
The receivers were learning by fire and under intense criticism from media and fans, especially the media salivating for the day when they can declare Darrius Heyward-Bey to be an official bust.
I sincerely believe that once the offensive line is over-hauled and the Raiders can run the ball consistently, that either quarterback will be able to lead the Raiders back to the postseason.