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CloakNNNdagger
10-02-2010, 03:13 PM
Never remember about hearing about this. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite us.


Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski's search for a home in the NFL took him from Tampa Bay to Cleveland and St. Louis before he arrived in Oakland early last year. Along the way, he attempted to hook on with the Houston Texans team that comes to Oakland on Sunday.

Twice in 2008 Gradkowski worked out for the Texans. The Texans opted the first time to stick with Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels. Gradkowski suffered an injury during his second workout and wasn't offered a contract.

"That was a rough year for me," Gradkowski said. "Now I'm back on track and excited to go into this game."

A few months later, Gradkowski was signed by the Raiders and worked his way into the starting lineup last season and, again, this season. The Texans ultimately signed Craig Nall.

"Every time he has gotten a chance, whether with Gruden (Jon, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach) or now (the Raiders), he's done some good things," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "The fact that he can move around and make plays off schedule is something everybody in this league hopes they have in a quarterback. He's definitely got that. I'm very impressed with the job he's done."link (http://www.mercurynews.com/raiders/ci_16222123?nclick_check=1)

Lucky
10-02-2010, 03:24 PM
I would trade Orlovsky for Gradkowski any day, and twice on Sunday. We got the wrong Pole.

Nawzer
10-02-2010, 03:27 PM
I've always thought that Gradkowski was a good qb. He never got a fair shot imo in Tampa Bay and now he has a legit shot at becoming the Raiders qb for a long time.

m5kwatts
10-02-2010, 03:27 PM
He's not the type of QB thats gonna blow up a workout anyways so it doesn't surprise me.

thunderkyss
10-02-2010, 04:05 PM
I guarantee Gradkowski will "hook up" with a few Texans tomorrow.

First off, & I'm hoping he hooks up with Mario. I'm pretty sure there will be several meetings, with at least two of them going down as sacks.

I'm also predicting he'll meet my boy, Antonio Smith. May not go down as a sack, may be more along the lines of "Roughing the passer" but that's how he rolls.

I also hope my boy Quin makes him regret ever wanting to hook up with the Texans, by way of a Pick 6.

And lastly, I'm sure Bernard is going to schedule an onfield meeting with Mr. Gradkowski. If you're squeemish.... even just a little, I advise you don't watch.

Cerberus
10-02-2010, 05:57 PM
I guarantee Gradkowski will "hook up" with a few Texans tomorrow.

First off, & I'm hoping he hooks up with Mario. I'm pretty sure there will be several meetings, with at least two of them going down as sacks.

I'm also predicting he'll meet my boy, Antonio Smith. May not go down as a sack, may be more along the lines of "Roughing the passer" but that's how he rolls.

I also hope my boy Quin makes him regret ever wanting to hook up with the Texans, by way of a Pick 6.

And lastly, I'm sure Bernard is going to schedule an onfield meeting with Mr. Gradkowski. If you're squeemish.... even just a little, I advise you don't watch.

No, no, no. He is going to hook-up with Texan (in the true sense of the word) WR Johnnie Lee Higgins from Sweeny, Texas.

FirstTexansFan
10-02-2010, 07:03 PM
Rumor I heard was he was gonna hook up with Texan Bill (duck!)

gtexan02
10-02-2010, 07:09 PM
With our secondary, Im sure he'll look like an probowler

GP
10-02-2010, 07:31 PM
I would trade Orlovsky for Gradkowski any day, and twice on Sunday. We got the wrong Pole.

:spit:

:bravo:

rep your way. :still_chuckling:

BSofA04
10-02-2010, 08:38 PM
So Gradkowski will have something to play for tomorrow...f-ing greaaaaat!

MEGA SWATT
10-02-2010, 09:22 PM
So Gradkowski will have something to play for tomorrow...f-ing greaaaaat!

It won't matter. GMAMFB. :wadepalm:

CloakNNNdagger
10-02-2010, 10:13 PM
So Gradkowski will have something to play for tomorrow...f-ing greaaaaat!

It won't matter. GMAMFB. :wadepalm:



He will be going for an
http://www.freewebs.com/herioc-zebra/ActOfVengeance_Logo_msedit5.jpg
:shots::shots::shots::shots:

Kulluminatii
10-02-2010, 10:21 PM
He will be going for an
http://www.freewebs.com/herioc-zebra/ActOfVengeance_Logo_msedit5.jpg

:lol:

Hopefully he'll get his "revenge" :D.

False Start
10-03-2010, 09:36 AM
Meh. He doesn't strike fear into my heart as a QB. He is decent, but nothing to fret about IMO.

Hopefully I wont be eating these words this evening.

thunderkyss
10-03-2010, 09:49 AM
We'll see how bad our pass defense really is. If people start talking about Gradkowski as a top 10, or even a true starting QB, we'll know we suck.

For the record, I don't think we have a CB problem. I'll be watching Demeco, Diles, Adibi, & Barber. They need to step up their game. We're going in thinking the Raiders have a stout running game. If we aren't honest, & try to cheat on that, we'll get burned on screens & draws, just like the previous three weeks.

I'll also be watching our DLine. They have to be able to recognize run vs pass, in order to set the ends & clog the middle when they need to, or squeeze the edges & press the middle when they need to.

Texas T
10-03-2010, 10:13 AM
We'll see how bad our pass defense really is. If people start talking about Gradkowski as a top 10, or even a true starting QB, we'll know we suck.

For the record, I don't think we have a CB problem. I'll be watching Demeco, Diles, Adibi, & Barber. They need to step up their game. We're going in thinking the Raiders have a stout running game. If we aren't honest, & try to cheat on that, we'll get burned on screens & draws, just like the previous three weeks.

I'll also be watching our DLine. They have to be able to recognize run vs pass, in order to set the ends & clog the middle when they need to, or squeeze the edges & press the middle when they need to.

This has been my thought. Everyone has been talking about how the secondary in not that bad it's been the caliber of QB they've faced. Well no one would ever put the G-man in the same category as the others so if they still give up a boatload of yards we will know we definitely have a problem.

thunderkyss
10-03-2010, 11:13 AM
This has been my thought. Everyone has been talking about how the secondary in not that bad it's been the caliber of QB they've faced. Well no one would ever put the G-man in the same category as the others so if they still give up a boatload of yards we will know we definitely have a problem.

Exactly, except I'm saying pass coverage, not secondary. I agree our secondary has been playing well. I believe our LBs Have been killing us. Watch for 100 yards receiving to RBs, FBs, & TEs.... & pay attention when we are in zones, when the reCeivers get the ball, which part of the field they are.

And scheme. If you watched what Washington did with their zones, they were rolling the CBs & safeties all over the field, Matt sees the CB drop off the receiver, throws the ball, and you see Laron Landry rolling down to cover the WR.

Or if the safety drops down to pick up a RB, the CB would roll over the top to cover the tightened. Our DBs are either man, short, or deep. I think that is a little predictable.

Wolf
10-03-2010, 11:42 AM
This has been my thought. Everyone has been talking about how the secondary in not that bad it's been the caliber of QB they've faced.

problem I have with the statement that is going around(not singling you out, it is that I have heard the statement at work and around the web) is that in order to go to the playoffs and do some damage in the playoffs, you have to beat a Manning, Brady,Rivers etc etc..

The Texans will have to fix the defense (secondary, front 7 (or should I say 8 with pollard coming in to help).. and if it is due to inexperience in the secondary. well I hope that learning curve kicks in around week 12 or sooner :D

gtexan02
10-03-2010, 06:13 PM
Irony

Ryan
10-03-2010, 06:16 PM
Dude has some gnads for running into Pollard twice and gettin the piss knocked out of him. But also incredible stupidity.

GlassHalfFull
10-03-2010, 06:20 PM
Yep, he hooked up with Pollard twice.

gtexan02
10-03-2010, 06:22 PM
Yep, he hooked up with Pollard twice.

And Nolan

Texan Asylum
10-03-2010, 07:41 PM
I guarantee Gradkowski will "hook up" with a few Texans tomorrow....

And lastly, I'm sure Bernard is going to schedule an onfield meeting with Mr. Gradkowski. If you're squeemish.... even just a little, I advise you don't watch.

Since I've already repped him, could somebody please rep Mr Kyss for the prediction of the week!

Corrosion
10-03-2010, 09:02 PM
I gotta give Gradkowski some credit , he's one tough sob and is really calm in the pocket under pressure .... his recievers didnt help him much today outside of his TE who had a really good game.

Its easy to see why he's starting for them over Campbell.


If they could put some pieces around him they could be a pretty good offensive team.

gg no re
10-03-2010, 09:03 PM
I gotta give Gradkowski some credit , he's one tough sob and is really calm in the pocket under pressure

From what I saw of him today... Bruce's balls could fill the bay, and the testicular fortitude oozing out of them could flood the world.

gtexan02
10-03-2010, 09:13 PM
I gotta give Gradkowski some credit , he's one tough sob and is really calm in the pocket under pressure .... his recievers didnt help him much today outside of his TE who had a really good game.

Its easy to see why he's starting for them over Campbell.


If they could put some pieces around him they could be a pretty good offensive team.

So far we make every offense look like its got potential to be all world.

The AZ cardinals have had over 40 points dropped on them twice, and the Raiders couldn't pull out a win.

JB
10-03-2010, 09:21 PM
I gotta give Gradkowski some credit , he's one tough sob and is really calm in the pocket under pressure .... his recievers didnt help him much today outside of his TE who had a really good game.

Its easy to see why he's starting for them over Campbell.


If they could put some pieces around him they could be a pretty good offensive team.

Yep, I think they are a good young upcoming team. Reminded me a bunch of the Texans of a couple of years age, allbeit with a better defense.

Corrosion
10-03-2010, 09:24 PM
So far we make every offense look like its got potential to be all world.

The AZ cardinals have had over 40 points dropped on them twice, and the Raiders couldn't pull out a win.

Im just giving the guy some credit for how he plays the game .... he's not the average puh cee QB.


I'd offer a case of Shiner along with Orlavsky and Leinart and see if Cable bites .....

JB
10-03-2010, 09:38 PM
Im just giving the guy some credit for how he plays the game .... he's not the average puh cee QB.


I'd offer a case of Shiner along with Orlavsky and Leinart and see if Cable bites .....

Make it a pallett of Shiner, Orlavsky and Wilson....