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.
"Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," a person familiar with the situation said. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."
One source said Campbell's accuracy on deep throws endears him to Davis.
Nine days ago, Cable said Bruce Gradkowski was the "clear-cut" starter and there was "no issue" regarding the situation.
Now Cable is saying he is inclined to stick with Campbell indefinitely, even if Gradkowski recovers from a right shoulder sprain in time for Oakland's next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 21.
"I want to get (Gradkowski) healthy before he really becomes a part of this conversation," Cable said Tuesday. "At the same time, he's getting closer. That brings up, what's going to happen? Right now, my feeling is, we've won four of the last five games with the same guy. When you're winning, you're winning. You don't mess with that."
However, Cable added that he will be the one making the decision on whether to stick with Campbell or return to Gradkowski for the Steelers game.
There have been numerous times over the past month when Cable was steadfast about Gradkowski being the unquestioned starter.
When Campbell passed for a combined 514 yards and four touchdowns in lopsided victories over the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, Cable still said Gradkowski would start when his shoulder healed.
At one point, he said, "We know who our quarterback is."
Campbell is avoiding the situation.
"I haven't talked to (Cable) about it," the quarterback said a week ago. "My main obligation is to just win and keep winning and try to play at a high level. The decision is Coach's decision."
Cable and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson removed Campbell at halftime of Oakland's second game this season in favor of Gradkowski, who rallied the Raiders to a 16-14 win over the St. Louis Rams.
But Gradkowski injured his shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals the following week. He nevertheless started the next two games, before his injury sidelined him before the Raiders played the 49ers on Oct. 17, a game Oakland lost 17-9. Gradkowski has missed the past four games.
Campbell endured the worst game of his NFL career against the 49ers, completing only 8 of 21 passes for 83 yards and two interceptions. But he rebounded with back-to-back superb outings against the Broncos and Seahawks.
"I've been in the league six years and starting for a while," Campbell said. "You have to be prepared for all types of situations. My mind-set right now is not even about that. It's about going out and continuing to try to play hard and at a high level and doing whatever it takes to win."