Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Cable reveals Raiders' QB plan
By Bill Williamson
Oakland coach Tom Cable said if Jason Campbell is healthy enough to play Sunday he will be the starting quarterback at Denver.
If Gradkowski (shoulder) and Campbell (knee) can’t play, Boller will start. Cable said earlier in the week that Boller could absolutely play Sunday at Denver. Bruce Gradkowski didn’t do much Wednesday and he has missed the past seven quarters. Campbell finished the San Francisco game, but he was not effective at all.
Still, if he can go, Campbell will play Sunday. The fact that he was limited and practiced some, means the Raiders will try to get him out on the field if Gradkowski doesn’t make a sudden comeback.
In Denver, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said he knows the Raiders will try to run the ball and he won’t worry too much about trying to figure out who will be the Raiders’ quarterback.
“It won’t change their offense, I don’t think,” McDaniels said. “They are still going to run the football a bunch. They have run it as much or more than most of the teams in the league. They have very few negative runs. They are going to throw the ball down the field to those receivers and tight ends -- that is their philosophy (and) that’s their style. They are very good at doing it, and I don’t expect it is going to change dramatically, no matter who the quarterback is. I still think that we are going to get challenged in the deep part of the field. We are going to have to play the running game a heck of a lot better than we did last year when we played them in the second game, and that’s really the key — we have to stop those things from happening no matter who the quarterback is.
Meanwhile, Oakland running back Darren McFadden was limited by a hamstring injury that has kept him of the past two games. Backup tight end Brandon Myers was out with a concussion.
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey didn’t practice Wednesday with a ribs injury. Receiver Eddie Royal was out with a groin injury.