It would have been easy had the Raiders closed the season as they had started it.á Take a 2-7 Raiders team, end with three or four wins and the real work could begin.á A housecleaning that would see the team shopping for a coach, a quarterback, and possibly looking for another guy to earn the featured back role.á Essentially, it would be a full purge and reset of an underachieving squad that has disappointed for seven years straight. Instead, the team showed signs of life under Bruce Gradkowski.á The hard-working quarterback sparked wins over the Bengals and Steelers over a three-game span to bring the Raiders to life. After he got hurt against Washington, two things became clear- the teamÆs second half winning ways were likely over, and JaMarcus Russell was irredeemable at quarterbac ...
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