OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders lies on the ground after being sacked against 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 *** Jason Campbell
Oakland Raiders fans should be ready for an earful of "We told you so!" at the pubs, sports bars, and wherever they encounter Redskins fans now that the Raiders have benched Jason Campbell just one and one-half games into his tenure with the silver and black.
If you are irritated by their smack talk, realize that Jason Campbell is none too happy a camper either.
Both Campbell and winning contestant Bruce Gradkowski have been kept unavailable for comment since the quarterback controversy flared up in the Raiders' 16-14 win over the Rams. But Raiders coach Tom Cable discussed Campbell's head space in remarks after practice Wednesday.
"He was disappointed," Cable told the Oakland Tribune. "but you know, if I understand him and what he’s about, he’ll battle with this."
"We are going to need both of them. This is a long season," Cable said. "The opportunity for (Campbell) to go in and play quarterback will be just around the corner. Now he’s just one play away so he has to prepare himself and be ready to go, and I think he will be."
This comes amidst reports that Campbell felt Bruce Gradkowski was inappropriate and excessive in his lobbying assistant coaches for playing time.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is inappropriate and excessive in his love of 1970s Oakland Raiders party anecdotes.