Oakland Raiders: Cable’s ‘All-In’ on Bruce Gradkowski Saves His Team And Career

Here we go again. What would a season in Oakland be without controversy?

Raider fans have their quarterback this Sunday. Hue Jackson got his quarterback. And probably Bruce Gradkowski's biggest advocate, Tom Cable, got his quarterback this week.

So what's the problem?

Every indication is that Al Davis didn't get his quarterback.

Everyone knows things are run differently in Oakland. Only a few of Davis' loyal minions actually know what goes on behind closed doors.

What we do know is that Al Davis likes control. At this point he has earned as much. Even if he had not earned it, it doesn't matter because he owns the team.

With so little information available, Raiders fans have to read between the lines to understand what goes on in Oakland. In fact, the good folks at ESPN and other major networks essentially have to do the same.

With that said, everything between the lines indicate the Gradkowski move is not Davis' decision.

Take for example, the Raiders were the last team to announce their starting quarterback this week. There are no injuries. There's no real reason to be vague the past three days.

The Cardinals were reportedly preparing as if Gradkowski will be starting on Sunday, so there is no real strategic advantage to waiting.

The reason for the delay seems relatively easy to see. The Raiders coaching staff was presenting their case to Davis to make Gradkowski the starting quarterback.

The media session yesterday with Jackson was not just for the fans. It was primarily intended for Davis. Jackson is considered Al's most favored member of the Raider coaching staff. For now, he's the golden boy.

The fans don't care whose idea it was to pull Jason Campbell last week. The fans just want to win.

Doesn't anyone wonder why a coach on the hot seat like Cable would ever want credit passed to his likely hei...

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