1st Day On The Job: My First 24 Hours As The Raiders New General Manager
So they say, it is never a good idea to write when you’re mad. You should especially refrain from saying things about the people and things you love most...or so they say.
I have published articles about the upswing of the organization and I stand by my feeling that generally speaking, things are headed in the right direction.
Here is a snapshot of what I would do during my first 24 hours as the general manager of the Oakland Raiders.
Michael Bush becomes the new starting tailback. Darren McFadden doesn’t touch the ball again until he proves he can hold onto the football. Explosiveness is great, but worthless when you constantly give the opposition the ball back at key points in the game.
Jamarcus Russell is a bust. Face it, I hate to admit it, but it's true. If Paul Hacket cannot straighten him out with his 40+ years of experience, no one will. He is still locking onto receivers constantly and I have never seen a slower decision maker in the pocket. This man makes Ben Roethlisberger look like he makes lightning quick decisions.
When Jamarcus came reported to camp for the first time and he was interviewed on "Behind The Shield" I thought to myself, we are in big trouble. He lacks intelligence and the work ethic necessary to be a successful quarterback in the National Football League.
Jamarcus Russell, is no longer my quarterback. I am tempted to let him start the remainder of the season, but I don't for the simple fact that I need to develop my young receiving corps. So Bruce Gradkowski is my new starter.
I also cut Javon Walker immediately, since he is obviously nowhere in the long term plans for our organization. I also make Mike Mitchell a full time starter and hope to get him as much experience as possible.
Tommy Kelly gets called into my office and I tell him if I ever see him jogging after a scrambling quarterback again he will never play another down of football for my organization. In addition, I start Des Bryant for the remainder of the season.
John Marshall is next to receive a call. I would ask him to explain to me the rationale behind allowing Kirk Morrison to be responsible for covering Brandon Marshall for a quarter and a half. With the exception of Asomugha, Howard, Seymour and Huff, the defense played with no discipline and a complete lack of heart.
I would also start looking at what veteran free agent quarterbacks are available next year, and beg John Gruden to consider blowing off the soon to be available Notre Dame job and consider coming home to Oakland.
It is officially time to start paying close attention to the college game and finding a defensive tackle, a legitimate cornerback like Eric Berry and perhaps another WR.
I know that you probably think less of me, but this is my fantasy not yours.
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