Yeah, you read that right, Kyle Boller, the 19th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and the winner of the Carrie Prejean Sweepstakes, could start for the Oakland Raiders in Week Seven.
With starter Bruce Gradkowski still not even close to ready following a shoulder injury, the offense was handed back to Jason Campbell for Sunday’s game against the then winless San Francisco 49ers. Things didn’t go so well for Campbell, as he finished the day completing 8-of-21 passes for 83 yards (an atrocious 3.3 yards per attempt), with no touchdowns and two interceptions. That gave him a quarterback rating of 10.7. Yes, you read that right. With Campbell in charge the Raiders racked up just 179 yards of total offense in the team’s 17-9 loss.
It’s not surprising that the Raiders have absolutely no confidence in Campbell. In fact, they’re so disappointed in him that head coach Tom Cable has stated that Boller could absolutely get the start Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
For those who don’t remember much about Boller (and we can’t blame you for that) his career numbers look like this: 844-of-1,487 (56.8 percent), 8,745 yards, 48 touchdowns, 50 interceptions and a career quarterback rating of 70.6.
The 29-year-old Boller is in his seventh year in the NFL, and his most notable achievement is being named the NFL’s Sexiest Quarterback during a poll taken in 2007, beating out Tom Brady.
Boller also holds the all-time Baltimore Ravens records for most interceptions thrown (44) and most fumbles (36).
In 2009 as a member of the St. Louis Rams, Boller filled in for injured starting quarterback Marc Bulger. In a Week Four game against the 49ers, Boller threw and interception and fumbled, both were returned for touchdowns. In all, he started four games in Bulger’s absence and he guided the Rams to an 0-4 record in those games.
For his career, Boller has a 20-26 record as a starting quarterback.
So am I just trying to bury Kyle Boller with all of these damming statistics? Nope. Not at all. I’m actually just pointing all of this out, to show you how much the Raiders obviously hate Jason Campbell as their quarterback. They’d rather give Boller a shot than spend another week with Campbell under center.