Marques Tuiasosopo will replace Collins as Oakland’s starting quarterback when the Raiders visit the Jets in Jordan’s return to the Meadowlands.
Oakland coach Norv Turner decided to give Tuiasosopo the nod Wednesday, and suggested the Raiders could be in the market for a new quarterback this offseason.
“We’re in a situation where we’ve been inconsistent, struggled offensively at times,” said Turner, whose team has lost two straight and four of five. “Where we’re at, I think it’s probably the right time to give Tui an opportunity.”
After a promising start to the season, the 32-year-old Collins has lately found himself facing constant questions—just like his mistake-prone year last season—about the Raiders’ ineffective offense.
Collins has completed 245 of his 446 passes for 3,118 yards and 16 touchdowns, but has thrown 10 interceptions and been sacked 32 times.
Collins didn’t throw an interception until his 141st pass in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers, then didn’t give up another pick for 95 more attempts. Seven of his 10 interceptions have come in the past four games.
Collins threw for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 34-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old Tuiasosopo has been a backup since the Raiders drafted him out of Washington in 2001. He started one game in 2003 in place of injured 2002 MVP Rich Gannon, but hurt his knee during Oakland’s third offensive series and hasn’t played in a regular-season game since.
“There are no added expectations, no added pressure,” Tuiasosopo said. “When I was playing in college, I’d go out and play. Pressure is a lot of things that have nothing to do with football. I love to play football and I love to go out to compete to win.”
Jordan will be facing his former team for the first time since signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Oakland in the offseason. Jordan averaged 4.9 yards per carry in four seasons with the Jets as a backup to Curtis Martin.
With Martin coming back for his 11th season this year, Jordan grew weary of playing that role and spurned an offer from the Jets to return. As Martin and the Jets have struggled, Jordan has rushed for 844 yards and nine touchdowns, and his 61 receptions are more than any New York receiver.
“LaMont is having a really good year running the ball and he’s had a lot of catches,” Jets coach Herman Edwards said. “He’s playing good for them.”
Martin, meanwhile, is struggling with a knee injury as he tries to become the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first 11 seasons. Martin, averaging 61.3 yards per game, needs 265 in his last four games to reach 1,000.
New York’s quarterbacks also continue to struggle, as five have combined to throw for six touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.
Brooks Bollinger, the starter with Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler out with shoulder injuries, is 0-5 and has led the Jets to one touchdown in those games. New York has the second-worst offense in the league and the worst scoring average—11.9 a game.
The Jets got inside the 20 once in a 16-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
New York, which has lost seven straight, has been plagued with problems on defense as well. The Jets have no takeaways in their last two games, and allowed New England to score a touchdown in the third quarter on a 14-play, 85-yard drive that ate up 8:32.
“You need to make some plays to get energy,” Edwards said. “We haven’t made enough big plays on either side of the ball. That’s what happens to teams that are losing. That’s what’s happening to us.”