Jason Campbell vs. Bruce Gradkowski: Will Talent or Results Win Out in Oakland?

There is no doubt in my mind that Jason Campbell is a more talented quarterback than Bruce Gradkowski. He has prototype size, a stronger arm and has put up much better numbers in his career than Gradkowski.

One could also argue that Campbell has not been given much of a chance to get acclimated with a team and another new system, an annual occurrence for Campbell.

Another problem for Campbell is the fact that as a classic drop-back passer he needs protection to succeed in a vertical passing game. That's not going to happen until the line gets much better!

These are both valid points to consider. The problem I have, so far, is that Campbell doesn't pass the eye test for me.

When Jason is on the field the team, both offensively and defensively, does not seem to be giving maximum effort. The same as last year when anyone not named Gradkowski was lining up under center.

For whatever reason this team team believes in Bruce Gradkowski.

I'm not sure why that is or how it came to be, but it's abundantly clear this is a different team when the "Polish Rocket" is on the field.

Gradkowski is the rare player whose numbers can be thrown out the window when judging his impact on the game. How can numbers be quantified to show his impact on the entire team?

They can't, except in wins and losses.

When Bruce stepped on the field last Sunday I could tell from the body language of the team that Oakland would win the game. The offense took the ball down the field and put points on the board. Then it was the defense's turn to show their belief in "Bruce Almighty".

The whole first half they were getting abused by Steven Jackson, both in the run and short passing game. They looked like a totally different unit forcing a quick three and out, a unit consumed by the buzz in the stands and on the sidelines of "The Gradkowski Effect".


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