Okay, typically I just show up at the blog of the upcoming Chargers opponent and offer my services as an answerer to all of your Chargers-related questions. However, this week is a little different. I need to voice an opinion.
I read this not too long ago on here: "Love him, hate him or indifferent about him, Gradkowski gives this team the best chance to win." How the heck does anybody come to that conclusion? I want to dive into the stats with you for a minute, we'll even go pre-Dolphins game, and show you why that's an incorrect statement.
First off, the idea that you should be switching your starting QB every week flies in the face of NFL logic as well as everything the Raiders have been trying to do by drafting JaMarcus Russell, trading to Jason Campbell, etc. If you want to win, the team needs a leader behind the center that they know will be there next week.
Secondly, look at their numbers this year! I know the QB Rating is an imperfect stat, but it does a decent job of telling you if the guy had a good or bad game. Here's how they compare...
Campbell: 69.7, 42.9, 117.6, 10.7, 127.9, 120.9, 76.5, 26.2
Gradkowski: 73.9, 72.5, 78.8, 39.6, 46.9, 63.5
So in 8 games, Campbell has had 3 great, 2 mediocre and 3 bad games. In 6 games, Bruce has had 4 mediocre and 2 bad. Basic math tells us that Campbell is as good as Gradkowski at least 62.5% and will be better than him 37.5% of the time. Is this getting too complicated?
Let me put my thought process in it's most basic form. Bruce and Jason are bad an equal number of times. Bruce is more consistently mediocre, but Jason has more potential to be great. Add in the fact that Campbell is still fairly young, still learning and system and seems like a logical choice for the QB of the future in Oakland....and I wonder why Gradkowski would ever be anything more than a solid backup for the Raiders.
In a nutshell, if I were a Raiders fan I would've been rioting in the streets last week at the announcement that Bruce was starting over Campbell. Please, along with your Chargers questions, tell me why I'm wrong below.