Being a Raider fan can be tough these days for many reasons. We haven't had a winning season since our embarrassing loss in the Super Bowl. Everytime we turn on the TV to watch sports or get online to read an article, there is always someone making fun of the Raiders. The Media vs The Raiders is an obvious battle that has been going on for some time. Many people see this and many people don't. The latest example is all the hating that is done towards Jamarcus Russell. No name quarterbacks like Trent Dilfer, who rode the Ravens defense to a title, have harsh comments about Russell. He's been compared to Ryan Leaf of all players, but Russell is only 24 years old. Lets look at some of the players out there that the "Media" have forgotten about. Which makes me wonder if this is just another example of the Media hating on the Raiders.
Brady Quinn was the QB drafted after Jamarcus Russell. He is now backing up the QB with the Worst Rating in the League. Yes, even worse than Jamarcus Russell's. He see's more action in commercials and magazines, than he does on the field. Where is the media here? Quinn's coach would rather start the worst rated QB in the League over Quinn.
Vince Young, just like Dilfer, rode the Titans Defense his rookie year on his way to rookie of the year and the playoffs. He has a winning record as a starter, but apparently he wasn't winning the games, or he would have never lost his starting job. The first QB taken in the draft in 2006, is now riding the bench on a winless team. They were quick to give his job to Kerry Collins when he went down, but they are hesitant to give him the job back, even after his team cannot win a game.
Maybe one of the biggest disappointments of all. Leinhart has Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin on his team. Yet, he cannot beat out 78 year old Kurt Warner for the starting spot on his team. His team made it all the way to the Super Bowl last year, and lost a heart breaker, all with this former future franchise QB on the bench.
The number 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft was . . . that one guy who can't beat out that one other guy on the 49ers . . . oh ya, Alex Smith, no one gets talked about less than this guy. Maybe the closest thing to Ryan Leaf since Tim Couch. No need to waste more time or effort on him, I think you get the picture.
The Former #7 overall pick has been on 4 teams in the last 4 years. He recently lost his starting job to 2nd year man, Josh Johnson, who after three starts is averaging 106 yards per game, and has 5 INT's in those 3 starts.
David Carr the former #1 pick in 2002 is now the back up to Eli Manning for the New York Giants. He'd won more games on the bench, than he's won as a starter.
Couch is the former #1 pick in the 1999 Draft, he was drafted before Donovan Mcnabb. He is now where he belongs, the Couch.
Russell, the Former #1 pick in the 2007 draft is 24 years old. He is 8-17 as a starter with the Raiders. The Raiders since 2002 have won 26 out of 102 games, that is roughly 25 percent of their games. Without Jamarcus as the Starter the Raiders were only winning about 18% of their games, as a starter the raiders are winning 32% of their games. That is not a great number, but it shows the team has been better with him as a starter. Remember, this is a team that made Randy Moss a non-factor. Maybe give Russell the patience and benefit of the doubt.
Trent Dilfer was an undrafted player from Fresno State, who rode the Ravens Defense to a Super Bowl ring. He's been critical of Jamarcus Russell, but how do they compare? Trent Dilfer has a career completion percentage of 55.5%, which is a bit better than Russell's 53.8%, which he had during his first year as a starter. Dilfer's Career passer rating was a Super Champion like rating of 70.2. In Russell's first year, Russell was able to have a 77.1 passer rating. Dilfer did throw a whopping 113 touchdown passes in his career, only to be overshadowed by an even more whopping 129 INT's. Last year Russell threw 5 more TD's than INT's. Is it too late for Dilfer to return the ring Ray Lewis and company won for him?