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Published on 12/16/2009 at Wed Dec 16 11:57.
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye (3) gets pressured by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jason Williams (58) in a 2009 preseason game.  (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye (3) gets pressured by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jason Williams (58) in a 2009 preseason game. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

The Oakland Raiders aren’t enjoying any type of substantial return on the $60 million investment that is JaMarcus Russell.

Following an injury to QB Bruce Gradkowski, who had already usurped 2007’s top overall draft pick as the Raiders starting quarterback in November, head coach Tom Cable told reporters today that Charlie Frye will start against the Broncos in Week 15.

Frye, who is on his third team in three years, started the season as the Raiders’ third-string quarterback. He saw action in one game (one start) with the Seahawks in 2008, throwing two interceptions and two touchdowns.

That just happens to be the same number of touchdowns Russell threw in nine starts in 2009.

The Russell Era in Oakland is hitting new, Ryan Leaf-level lows. Now the Broncos are tasked with testing the next better-than-Russell signal-caller in Oakland.

If they can intercept Peyton Manning three times, something tells us it will be a long day for Frye.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Anything less than a total beatdown and I'm going to be worried about this team. Denver is favored by 14, so please guys, do not have a letdown!

  • Kevin Allen

    Yeah, Gary I'm with you, this and the Home KC games should both be MAJOR exercises in “fine tuning” the game plan.
    Philly poses a decent challenge but we have what it takes to win there On Brian Dawkins day.
    3-0 and we get in, nothing to wonder about and no scoreboard watching needed!!
    GO BRONCOS Turn it up NOW!!!

  • jonkrause

    JM was a franchise QB of the future… Hey! Just like JC >>

  • Kyle

    In honesty, I'm not taking this Raiders game lightly. Not going to take anyone who's beaten both the Bengals and Steelers lightly AT ALL.

  • Kevin Allen

    I know the Pittsburgh game was in the middle of our 4 game meltdown, but I just feel like we had what we needed to to beat them and just didn't execute. That said, the Raiders did get it done. Cincy to me is still a very strong team but can go either way on any given week. This Schedule sets up very nicely for the Broncos. Win big at home this week, go into Philly and beat a very Jekyll and Hyde team then come home and finish off strong against KC, a great way to cap off what was supposed to be a 3-13 season.

  • robtink242

    I do think that slaughter the Raiders. I have no confidence in there offense and there defense will suffer because of it. Frye was never a solid QB in my eyes. If we keep the pressure on him and keep him contain expect turnovers. Yeah we should never take a team for granted. But we should impose our strength on a weak team. Sometimes we give our competition to much credit. The only thing that worries me is our offense.

  • steeplebomb

    I looked over his stats from Cleveland and before and you're right. Turnovers. He's more accurate than Russell (who isn't) but he throws picks. I certainly don't hope that the team takes this game for granted but as a fan, I can. If we get ahead early, we can let the D line go for frye all night. Hoping for lots of fireworks.

  • kerry

    yeah the offense is the huge worry. i never thought id say that about the Broncos. Hillis is the only healthy RB so he probably wont get a single carry on Sunday.