ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders thought they had put miserable passing performances behind them when they released draft bust JaMarcus Russell in the offseason.
Instead, Jason Campbell delivered a performance against the San Francisco 49ers that was worse by some measurements than Russell ever had.
Campbell went 8 for 21 for 83 yards and two interceptions in the 17-9 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. His 10.7 passer rating is the worst for a Raiders quarterback since Ken Stabler posted a 9.9 against Cincinnati in 1975.
"He struggled with some things," coach Tom Cable said Monday. "There were times early in the game where I thought the protection around him was a little shaky but it seemed to improve as the game went on. He did some nice things making plays with his feet. But at the same time you have to make some of those plays more often than what we're doing right now."
With starter Bruce Gradkowski's status in doubt because of a shoulder injury and Campbell nursing a sprained left knee sustainedin the first half against San Francisco, Cable said third-stringer Kyle Boller could start next Sunday against Denver.
Cable said he would likely make a decision on his starter Wednesday.
The Raiders (2-4) acquired Campbell in the offseason to help turn the franchise around. He was benched after six quarters but got another chance when Gradkowski was knocked out of the San Diego game with a separated right shoulder.
Campbell did a decent job in relief, helping the Raiders snap a 13-game losing streak to the San Diego Chargers. But he could not repeat that against the Niners. He drew a 46-yard pass interference penalty on the first play of the game. But even that pass was underthrown and could have been a touchdown if Campbell had hit Louis Murphyin stride.
Campbell completed his first three passes of the game as the Raiders drove inside the 10 on their first two drives. They settled for field goals both times and only got into position to score again once more.
The Raiders did not complete a pass in the second or third quarters and had only three after the first quarter. Two came on back-to-back throws, a short pass that Zach Miller turned into a 22-yard gain followed by a tipped ball that Miller caught with a dive for a 26-yard gain.