This is why nobody likes the Raiders

Eagles coach Andy Reid showed the fantasy world some respect by announcing the Michael Vick switch on Tuesday night. Well before the deadline of waiver wire claims.

While Reid would not come out and admit it, he had a twinkle in his eye that said, ‘Hey, look fantasy enthusiasts, I totally get it. Us NFL coaches need to be more savvy and connect with your fantasy players. That is why I am making this announcement right now. You guys will always be cool with me.’

That was subtle, but that twinkle was there.

On Wednesday, Raiders coach Tom Cable announced the decision most knew was coming – Bruce Gradkowski is going to be the team’s starting quarterback. Gradkowski might not immediately jump out at you as a fantasy superstar as say, Vick. And he might not have been the most attractive name on the waiver wire this week. But with a solid matchup against the Cardinals looming, Gradkowski could get some looks from people who started the season with Kevin Kolb and Matthew Stafford as their quarterbacks, like one of the kids in the comment section.

Gradkowski seems like a better option than Matt Hasselbeck, for instance.

I understand that the Raiders have not been fantasy — or reality — relevant (seemingly) since the team was originally in Oakland, but how about a little consideration when making these moves?

Adam Rank

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