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Al Davis Demands that Jason Campbell Plays

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders runs against Eric Barry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Campbell;Eric Barry

    Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable sounded unsure this week when asked whether he'd be going with Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback when the Raiders face the Steelers in two weeks.

    "I really haven’t wavered," Cable waveringly told the Oakland Tribune, "but I do have a belief in me about, you know, when you’re dealing it and you got the hot hand, and things are going in the right direction for your football team, you know, why would you make a change?"

    Cable will not make a change, as he's been reportedly given an offer he's not allowed to refuse. Owner Al Davis has demanded that hot hand Jason Campbell stays in at quarterback.

    "Raiders managing general partner Al Davis has expressed to coach Tom Cable his desire for Jason Campbell to remain the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, according to sources inside and outside the organization," reports the Oakland Tribune's Steve Corkran.

    "Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," a team source told the Tribune. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."

    So don't expect to see another Gradkowski miracle this year when the Raiders play the Steelers.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who congratulates Cincinnati Bengas owner Mike Brown on being the fastest owner to reach 200 losses.