Posted Wed Oct 20th by Monty
When asked who his starting quarterback against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 would be, Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable couldn’t give an answer.
“We have no idea at this point,” Cable said Wednesday, before offering the understatement of the year. “We’ve got some issues.”
QB Jason Campbell, who came into the season as the starter, posted the 2nd worst passer rating by a Raider since the 1970 merger in San Francisco last week. He’s reportedly suffered a knee sprain and won’t practice fully.
QB Bruce Gradkowski, who replaced the struggling Campbell earlier in the year, suffered a shoulder injury and hasn’t practiced in over a week. It doesn’t appear he’ll be ready for Denver.
That leaves QB Kyle Boller of former Baltimore fame. Boller had a decent preseason for the Raiders, completing 26 of 43 passes (60.5 percent) for 360 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs (102.9 rating).
However, his last regular season work was in seven games (four starts) for the St. Louis Rams in 2009. Boller didn’t quite match those preseason numbers: he posted a 61.2 passer rating.
Earlier in the week, Cable told Oakland media that Boller could “absolutely” be the starter against Denver.
All that being said, the Broncos can’t overlook how JaMarcus Russell took over INVESCO Field at Mile High last year and sent the Broncos reeling with a 19-20 loss. The Broncos need to do what they nearly did against a tougher foe last week: take care of business at home.