Everybody that has seen the first five games of our beloved Raiders' season knows that this year's incarnation of the team has two fatal flaws: linebackers and quarterback. While a subpar linebacker corps is a problem that can be schemed around, especially with our D-line, the awful play of Jason Campbell cannot. If we still had Bruce Gradkowski as our starter, there is no way we wouldn't be undefeated right now.
From intangibles to tangibles, Gradkowski is superior to Campbell in every category except maybe height and ability to throw inaccurate deep balls. Gradkowski's QB rating this season is a very solid 96.5, as compared to Campbell's decidedly mediocre rating of 84.3. Interceptions? None for Gradkowski. And we all know what Campbell has done already in that department. Just with that alone, if we are starting Gradkowski we beat the Patriots. And there would have been no effect on the games we won already. And in the Buffalo game, the real reason we lost was because of poor offensive execution in the second half. Yes, the defense obviously fell apart, but if we had Gradkowski we would have been able to play better ball-control offense, not leaving the Bills enough time to score the 5 touchdowns it took them to beat us.
So there you have it. If we still had Bruce Gradkowski as our starter we would be 5-0. Here's hoping Campbell can find a way to turn it around before it's too late. Keep the faith and go Raiders!