A man in Washington felt it was time for him to try something different, and decided to start an Apple Farm. He met a man and bought apple seeds from him and hoped to grow a prosperous farm of apples. He needed something that would feed his famiy and provide money for them as well. He waited a year, and nothing came. He was a little frustrated, but was patient. The 2nd year passed by, and still no apples. His family was starving, yet he stayed hopeful because he knew what it would bring.
The third year passed, and still no apples. His family was not only starving but now they had no money. They started doubting his decision, and so did he. He started wondering if the man he bought the seeds from even sold him apple seeds. He sold the house and gave up on the farm.
Enough is enough, its time for all the talk to stop. The Raiders are their horrible, usual selves again, and Jamarcus Russell is not to blame. The Raiders have been horrible since their loss in the Super Bowl. Russell is not playing his best football, but trust me, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady would not have very respectable numbers with the Raiders today. Watching David Carr play with the Giants last week made me realize a lot of things. The main thing that stuck out was that we cannot point a finger at Russell for our woes as a team.
I can't think of 1 QB, past or present, that could of been drafted in 2007 and been successful with the Raiders. Two head coaches, and more people calling plays than Verizon has in their network. Russell's hold out was the fault of Al Davis, and the league's rookie pay scale or lack of. The contract he signed was the right number if you look at the trends of the pick and the position. His first full year as a starter for head coach Lane Kiffin lasted half a season. Now he is under head coach Tom Cable, who insists on calling the plays on offense.
This offense has been one of the worst offenses ever, but what are the odds Cable fires himself as the play caller? Our offensive line, which was great with the run game, has been, not so great. Our running game is no where near the strength it was last year, which doesn't help our young QB grow. The O line can't stay healthy or block to keep Russell upright.
If Al Davis wants to play the deep ball, he better find some guys to block for Russell, because this is the NFL, and you don't get all day to sit back there and throw deep. I could go all day about what we need to do, and how we could get better. The word that we need to keep in our minds is Patience. We are no worse than we were when we picked Russell, and him alone won't get us out of his. I feel that we have some special players, including Russell. With all of our offensive nuclues being under 25 years old, there is plenty of time for them to grow together. So Raider fans, be patient, we need Russell to succeed, we have all the seeds planted, we just need to give them time to grow.
As for the man earlier in the article, well he stopped by his old house 25 years later, and was shocked at what he saw. Hundreds of tree's with bright red apples, and a store where his home once was. He walked in to see the man he sold his home to and asked him how he did it? The man said, "A seed won't be an apple tree over night, many seeds won't produce a farm over night either, but when you have the patience and the right enviroment, these seeds will blossom."
Question is will Al Davis provide the right enviroment for our seeds to grow?