Raiders’ offense tanks with Campbell under center

Posted Oct. 19, 2010 @ 1:39 a.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

One week after beating the Chargers for the first time since 2003, the Raiders had an opportunity to shake off a rough start to the season, put a winning streak together and position themselves as the Chiefs' top challengers for the AFC West lead.

They didn't take advantage of it, though, falling 17-9 to the previously winless 49ers, and as a result, they are 2-4 through six games for the fourth consecutive season. They're also 0-7 in the past two seasons in games following wins.

QB Jason Campbell, who started for the injured Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), completed just 8-of-21 passes for 83 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions. He had an MRI done on his knee, which he injured in the first half Sunday, but head coach Tom Cable said Monday that Campbell has only a sprain and that it's not serious.

Cable, however, did not rule out starting third-string QB Kyle Boller next week vs. the Broncos at his press conference Monday.

The PFW spin

There was a report before the game Sunday that the Raiders had made every player on their roster available for teams interested in making a trade. If the report is accurate, that would seem to indicate that whoever is making the personnel decisions in Oakland doesn't have much faith that the current players can compete even in a watered-down division.

Judging by the team's showing on offense Sunday, we would have a hard time disagreeing with that evaluation, but the yet-to-be-named Week Seven starter at quarterback was still one of the big topics of conversation during Cable's session with the media Monday.

Gradkowski will likely get the nod if he's healthy. The offense has looked better with him under center than it has with Campbell taking snaps. It sounds as if Boller will get serious consideration for the starting job even if Campbell is healthy and Gradkowski can't go.

That's not a scenario the Raiders envisioned heading into the season, and it's going to be difficult for them to ever get on a roll with so little consistency at such an important position.