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Jason Campbell endorsed as Raiders' starter by Al Davis

By Cindy Boren

Things seemed a little too quiet, a little too placid, in Oakland where, as Sam Farmer writes, "all of a sudden [in the NFL], the Raiders are the well-adjusted ones."

Enter managing general partner Al Davis, who has expressed his wish that Jason Campbell be the team's starting quarterback.

"Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," a person familiar with the situation told the San Jose Mercury News. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders' style of play."

That might not be as helpful to Tom Cable, the team's coach and "Ice Road Truckers" lookalike, as you'd think. Less than two weeks ago, he'd called Bruce Gradkowski the "clearcut" starter. Now, though, he says he'll stick with Campbell indefinitely, even if Gradkowski is fully healthy by the time Oakland plays again on Nov. 21 against Pittsburgh.

"I want to get [Gradkowski] healthy before he really becomes a part of this conversation," Cable said Tuesday. "At the same time, he's getting closer. That brings up, what's going to happen? Right now, my feeling is, we've won four of the last five games with the same guy. When you're winning, you're winning. You don't mess with that."

By Cindy Boren  | November 10, 2010; 8:07 AM ET
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My boy Campbell is getting it done despit the haters that hate on him. even though its early is it possible he failures in winning games here was more a result of team play then just him. I sure as h@ll think so. deep ball to Jacoby oh why he has a pocket to step into a throw it and not get hit. At least good to know teams still can protect

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | November 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I can understand why Al Davis feels that way, Campbell is definitely getting it done. I just can't understand why his feelings have become public.

I'm pretty sure Tom "Curly" Cable was coming to the same conclusion anyway, but he needs to maintain credibility with his team... why undermine your coach's authority?

Posted by: Alan4 | November 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The question is why isn't the headcoach 100% positive about the quarterback that's winning football games, as opposed to wanting a different quarterback to be starting. I want the QB that helps my city win football games.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | November 10, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they're setting up a scenario in which Campbell struggles against the Steelers on Nov. 14 and Gradkowski comes in ... he had three TDs against the Steelers in the Raiders' upset last year. Of course, that's a lot of thinking for the Oakland organization...

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

i specifically watched the on NFL network last night. Jason campbell made a few throws, but he surely missed on quite a few too. i was high on JC here in DC, but man. moreso than him not beinga star QB, he still threw passes with the wrog trajectory and was late many times. The #12 guy and teh Oakland TE saved him several times with poor throws. Gradkowski may not be the answer either. but JC is nothing more thana solid NFL backup. He will never be a top 20 NFL QB. and that is from a guy that loved him in DC and did not want him to go. i don't care what statssay. intengibles and the eye test mean more to me.

Posted by: simplewords999 | November 10, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Yep , I too have been saying that JC ws shouldering much of the blame for the state of the Skins the last couple of years. I hope he continues to shine and win big games. The verdict is still out especially for Oakland fans. The first pass to Jacoby Ford was supposed to be a pick. Jacoby made a hell of a play on the ball. The game winning throw before the field goal was on point. He still needs to be more consistent for the Oakland fans to really accept him. I hope he has found a home but there is a lot of football left and fans only remember you for what you've done lately.

With that said, I sure wish Al Davis would sit back and let the games play out. He adds pressure to the situation for the player and the coach. Coach Cable already evaluated the team and said it didn't make sense to make a switch at qb when they are winning.

Man, I want to say I told you so about JC so badly to so many people but we all need to wait until the season finishes out and hopefully Jason is able to really turn things around for himself.

Posted by: JWADE4 | November 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why we are still having reporting on Jason Campbell by the Washington Post... hmmmmm Seems odd because he plays on the exact opposite side of the country, in a different conference and we do not play the Raiders this year. Give it up. He's gone, can we move on now and focus on the Redskins, and not Jason anymore??

Posted by: avbanig | November 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I have killed Campbell over the years. All I wanted him to do was throw the damn ball. He did that on Sunday and his receiver made a play to get them to overtime. I don't know why Cable would put his job in harms way... Give it time, Campbell will make it easy for you to get Gradkowski back in there. I am still a Campbell hater ( I don't root for players who don't get it done here) but it's good to see him play as if his life depended on it.

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | November 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is undeniably proving all the geniuses in DC wrong: he without question has all the tools to be a good NFL qb and is showing that right now. This is the same QB that many of the same geniuses in DC were calling the MVP of the league in the first half of the 2008 season. Go back and read the Redskins Insider from late October 2008, there are countless comments from these same geniuses saying he was a contender for NFL MVP. Then the o-line collapsed in the 2nd half and the line was non-existent in 2009 and yet Campbell still played well. Yet these geniuses now said he couldn't play QB in this league.

I do love telling all these geniuses "I told you so" about Campbell. They were wrong, and they need to hear it. They have won 4 out of 5, and in 3 of those 4 wins he has posted a QB rating of over 117. 117! You geniuses were WRONG. Plain and simple, and the evidence keeps mounting.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I do love telling all these geniuses "I told you so" about Campbell. They were wrong, and they need to hear it. They have won 4 out of 5, and in 3 of those 4 wins he has posted a QB rating of over 117. 117! You geniuses were WRONG. Plain and simple, and the evidence keeps mounting.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 3:48 PM

The so-called geniuses include the owner, Vinny and the current staff.

Posted by: MrChip1 | November 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

MrChip1, you are confusing the Redskins decision to value future HOF QB Donovan McNabb more than Campbell with the fans who thought Campbell sucks as an NFL QB.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

many racist and idiots said campbell was no good at all they rarely mentioned the o-line of the last half of 2008 and 2009..and as of NOW. campbell is having a solid year cable was already making statements about campbell staying the starter before a. davis. raiders have more young draft picks and starters than washington they have young fast and at least 2 big wr's. does not matter if gradkowski is put back in the line-up he is another journeyman with avg. arm and injury prone he would not last 2 games.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 10, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Campbell has been good and lucky. He easily could have been picked on the late pass to Ford ... but that was one play after a holding penalty took away a long completion. Bad luck followed by good luck.

He missed an open WR on a flea flicker (not sure how smart that is to do with a wet football), but an open WR dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball a bit later on.

Reality is that Campbell started the KC game with Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Brandon Myers as his receiving group. Coming into 2010, that group had about 10 career receptions -- combined!!!!

At the end of the game, Campbell walked off with a win -- and he did plenty of good things to help earn it.

Kudos to Campbell. He isn't great, but he is good enough, even with some pretty average pieces around him.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@avbanig -- The reason we're hearing about Campbell is because this was a huge dispute here between those backing him and the haters. I've been 100% behind JC for a few years now, so I for one am glad to see the Post keep up with him.

The JC-haters will never be satisfied. They said stats don't matter... only points and wins. Now he's got stats, points, and a winning record (against all divisional opponents), and it's still not good enough. 92 points and over 1,000 yards offense in two games is not enough! AFC offensive player of the week on ESPN is not enough! So, now the detractors are basing their assessment on "intangibles" -- how convenient.

Posted by: Andrew53 | November 11, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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