Gradkowski's blessing is his curse.
For all of the grit emotion and reckless abandon he has shown, Gradkowski has shown very little talent. He doesn't have an arm or accuracy as he scratches and claws his way through every game.
Unfortunately, scratching and clawing doesn't make for a consistent football player. Gradkowski's lack of talent is what makes him so inconsistent.
If a throw is easy to make for you, you'll make that throw all the time without problems. If the throw is hard for you, you'll be inconsistent with it because it always takes maximal effort.
Floaters won't always make it to the receiver like on the key play to Louis Murphy on the final drive in Pittsburgh last year. Gradkowski's ball to Murphy stayed in the air longer than Shane Lechler punt.
Murphy came down with the key catch but you can't consistently depend on a throw like that. This year, Raider Nation thought the magic was back after the Ram game.
But didn't the defense holding Steven Jackson to four yards in the second half have something to do with it. Credit should be given to Darren McFadden running for 145 yards on the day as well.
Before you give Gradkowski the credit, he was 4-13 in the fourth quarter of the game. The Raiders would then squeak by with a 16-14 win over the rams.
Gradkowski would then miss four touchdown passes in two games against the 26th and 27th ranked pass defenses. The Raiders lost those two games by a total of eight points.
That kind of inconsistency at the quarterback position will always hurt you.