Bills, Raiders prepare for open competition at QB

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bills coach Chan Gailey and Raiders coach Tom Cable both spoke at length Tuesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting’s AFC coaches breakfast about their unsettled QB positions, and neither is committed to a starter.

Cable said his “open competition” would play out throughout the preseason, with Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell splitting snaps with the first-team offense in practices and preseason games. Cable said he isn’t under any orders from owner Al Davis to play Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has failed as a player and leader thus far.

“If that was true, then I wouldn’t have been able to make a quarterback change (midway through 2009),” Cable said, alluding to when he benched Russell in favor of Gradkowski.

The Bills had multiple players spend considerable time under center last season, with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick back to fight it out in 2010. Gailey, who ran a variation of the spread offense as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2008, conceded there could be some available backup quarterbacks who could be attractive to him. He didn’t rule out making a move at some point.

“When you don’t have a proven starter, you’re open to every scenario,” Gailey said.

Brian Brohm is in the mix for the Bills as well.

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