Gradkowski/ Campbell Duo Ensure Raiders’ Rise to AFC West Championship

The pieces are finally locked in for the Silver and Black. For years now there has been a lineage of flaws for the Raiders. This season, however, shows glimmers of greatness.

To begin with, there were the problems in pocket protection—Aaron Brooks can attest. However, the offensive line has improved with LG Robert Gallery, LT Mario Henderson, and C. Samson Satale. Oakland's former QB (J. Russell) had sufficient time, he just held onto the ball for too long.

There were also holes in the run defense. The Raiders were in need of "run stuffing" linemen and once again the problem was fixed with the additions of DE Richard Seymour, LB's Kamerion Wimbley, and Rolando McClain.

Finally, the QB issue. This was resolved with the release of JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders were successful with backup QB Bruce Gradkowski, which proved that the missing piece wasa QB that had heart. This was proven with a great last minute win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gradkowski has a good arm and is exciting to watch. He was certain to be the starter until Donovan McNabb was picked up by the Redskins. McNabb had a new team however this meant that Campbell lost his starting position until a call from Al Davis. 

QB Jason Campbell finds a home in Oakland. Jason Campbell has a great arm and a young core of hungry receivers in Oakland. He also has coach Hue Jackson, who has brought "head turning" competition to the Silver and Black. Jason Campbell appears comfortable, and during OTA's his throws have been on the money.

Oakland's players have welcomed new coach Hue Jackson, and there's been nothing short but positive talk around the team, the media and the league when it comes to the future play of the Oakland Raiders.

Al Davis has done a wonderful job of keeping Tom Cable. He finally released Jamarcus, and when the NFL draft rolled around he chose some great players—i.e. Rolando McClain.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders