Is JaMarcus Russell the Answer in Oakland?

Dann HessContributor IJanuary 27, 2009

As a lifelong member of the Raider Nation, the question that is ever-present on the minds of Oakland fans is "Can JaMarcus Russell be the answer at quarterback for the Raiders?"  If the end of last season is any indication as to what we can expect from the first overall selection in the 2007 draft, I feel that we will be in capable hands.

The atmosphere surrounding Russell has not been a good one to develop and prosper in thus far. However, with some luck and and a few smart personnel decisions this can change.

Questions still remain at wide receiver, where a lack of talent has hampered the offense, and the revolving door that is the Oakland coaching position has stunted Russell's growth as well.

But with the right set of coaches in place (stick with Tom Cable,) and an upgrade at receiver, be it through free agency (Anquan Boldin anyone?) or the draft (Crabtree or Maclin would fit well,) Russell should develop into the answer the Raiders need.

However, the Raiders should address the defensive line with the No. 7 overall selection, as Crabtree will likely be gone and Maclin may be a reach this high. 

If JaMarcus continues to improve on his reads, his footwork, and most importantly, his accuracy, he should develop into the quarterback that we all knew he could be. He has shown flashes of the quarterback that can bring an end to the days of disappointment in Oakland.

So to the fellow members of "The Nation," stay proud and know that this once-mighty dynasty will once again be feared and respected by all.