I lived in Cincinnati my whole life and needless to say the Bengals have always been my # 1 team. However, when I was younger growing up in the late 70's and early 80's I was also a Raider fans (loved Marcus Allen and Lester Hayes). Since I've gotten older, I've pretty much have just stuck to following the Bengals (poor me). Having said that, I still like to keep an eye on how the Raiders do especially when they have a good team (unfortunately much like the Bengals they have not been good for a while LOL).
Anywways, the last time the Raiders were really good was back in the late 90's and early 2000's and it just so happens there coach was a young John Gruden (name sound familiar). The reason they were really good was because of talented WR corps, a descent running game, and most importantly great QB play from an unlikely source. There QB was none other than Rich Gannon who until he got to the Raiders was at best a middle of the road journey man type QB (a little injury prone). He went back and fourth from being back up to starter for several different teams including Minn.,Wash, and KC.
May not mean anything I just think it's an interresting comparison with Bruce Gradkowski. Both guys come from small schools and were releatively later round picks (Deleware & Toledo 4th & 6th round picks) . Both have a reputation for having good skills but not great (still above average). Both are known for being smart and having lots of moxy. Both are reletively mobile and were slightly injury prone starting there carreers.
Now on his 4th team Rich Gannon got his chance with a new young head coach named Gruden and a team with a very talented offensive roster. He made the most it by the leading the Raiders to a Super Bowl and it should have been two if he wasn't robbed by Tom Brady and infamous tuck rule. Let's hope for our sake when and if Bruce Gradkowski gets his chance on his 4th team with a young coach named Gruden as the offensive cordinator and a team loaded with young offensive talent that the results can be similiar and maybe even better.