It's Official: Raiders Have a QB Controversy

There is no love lost between the Raiders quarterbacks

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bruce Gradkowski

    Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable sees no reason for alarm on the Raiders' quarterback situation, telling the Oakland Tribune on Monday, "There isn’t going to be a controversy."

    He must not be reading reported Tuesday that Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell suspects his backup, Bruce Gradkowski, of meddling in the affairs of Raiders assistant coaches in order to get himself playing time.

    "Campbell perceives, we're told," writes PFT's Mike Florio, "that Gradkowski actively has lobbied quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, who worked with Gradkowski in Tampa, to give Gradkowski a chance to play."

    Grads did get a chance to play Sunday, and engineered an inspiring Raiders comeback win.

    A backup begging for playing time is not unusual. Probably every NFL backup QB not named Curtis Painter lobbies his coaches and coordinators to put him in whenever the team is down so much as a field goal.

    But a starter complaining about the backup begging for playing time is unusual. It indicates the two of them aren't really getting along. And as observes, it could get more acrimonious and Raiders players could begin taking sides.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that on Wednesday Cable will name the starter for Sunday's Cardinals game.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who will forever associate the word "meddling" with the phrase "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids."