The Raiders started showing flashes of becoming a competitive team during their three-game winning streak. During that streak, the Raiders resembled a professional football team.
Their offense was running the ball, their defense was dominating and perhaps more importantly, the same guy was under center.
Jason Campbell had started the last four games for the Raiders. Two of those games their offense surpassed 500 yards of total offense.
During that stretch, Campbell threw five touchdowns to two interceptions. Despite his play and the Raiders 3-1 record during that four-game stretch, he still appeared to be on a short leash with coach Tom Cable.
Something must have happened because Cable decided to go with Bruce Gradkowski to start instead.
What the Raiders are doing with their quarterback situation this late in the season and this deep in the race for the AFC West seems to be doing more harm than good.
There aren't many teams in the league today that are switching quarterbacks around back and forth like the Raiders.
The Raiders have a young offense and a new offensive coordinator. It is important for them to keep the same guy under center so their players can mature in Hue Jackson's system.
A wise man once said, "If you have two quarterbacks, it actually means you have none."
This is truly the case for the Raiders today.
The offense was horrible and could not stay on the field. Gradkowski missed many throws that could have extended drives or scored points.
Cable is quick to pull out Campbell when he plays poor but seems to give Gradkowski the benefit of the doubt a lot more. Gradkowski is a Tom Cable guy.
He threw two interceptions, and if it wasn't for Jacoby Ford's amazing catch in the fourth quarter, he could have thrown three.
There have been reports that Al Davis, who favors Campbell as the starter, is letting Cable start Gradkowski to dig his own grave.
Cable has a 14-25 record as the head coach. The Raiders could have missed a great opportunity to make the playoffs this year with the loss against Miami.
They are still alive in the race, but this was one of the games that they should have won at home to keep their hopes alive.
Playoff teams win in November and December and the Raiders can't figure that out.
The Raiders are a very talented team and have a great mix of veterans and young players who can make an impact for the team.
The team is in need of a coach who knows what he is doing and who sticks to a plan and makes it work.
Perhaps Jackson, who is calling the plays this season, will be the top candidate to replace Cable. Many in the Raider Nation hope to get Jon Gruden back.
For Cable to keep his job this year, the Raiders were going to have to make a big leap and become a true contender.
Twelve weeks into the season, the Raiders still can't figure out who their quarterback is and now can't even run the ball to save their lives.
Cable has been on the hot seat since he took the job with Oakland, but after this blown opportunity and poor performance, you can hear Davis preparing to light that seat up.
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