Oakland Raiders’ fans should get ready for the Kyle Boller era (even if it’s just for one game) to start.
The fact that Oakland coach Tom Cable strongly said Monday there is a chance that Boller could play Sunday at Denver, probably means the team is expecting it at this point.
This is just my thought, but here is why I think Cable believes Boller may be the guy: Starter Bruce Gradkowski is not close to being ready with a shoulder injury. He’s missed almost the past seven quarters. Oakland can’t rush back Gradkowski, but it can’t afford to play much longer without him. The Raiders are simply a better team with Gradkowski than without him. But if he’s not healthy, he’s not healthy. What can you do?
Also, it’s clear the Raiders are not confident in former starter Jason Campbell. He has been miserable in his three starts. He gave the team hope last week when he performed well in an upset win over San Diego after he spelled the injured Gradkowski. But Campbell had a passer’s rating of 10.7 Sunday in a loss to San Francisco. He was just terrible. Clearly, the trade for Campbell in April – that was supposed to be the catalyst of a franchise resurgence --- is not the answer for the organization.
He has a sore knee, but he also may have no support of hitting the field again.
So, perhaps Boller enters. Yes, he is a No. 3 quarterback, but there are some positives. He was in Baltimore with Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, so he knows the system. Plus, the former No. 1 pick has started 46 NFL games. It’s not like he’ll be lost Sunday if he has to play.