Jets-Raiders: Do The Oakland Raiders Have Pride?

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 25, 2009

That is about the extent of the quesion: Do the Oakland Raiders have pride?

Do they care about anything more than just getting paid and the excesses of playing in the NFL

Do players care that loyal, proud fans stick with their team and support them financially? 

Born fans that stick with their team rather than be scared away by losses or get beaten down by critics and opposing fans? 

Do the players care?  Do they have pride in themselves?  It doesn't seem like it.

Take QB JaMarcus Russell.

Here is the conundrum. 

Why should I defend a black quarterback who clearly has no pride?

I have been a defender of JaMarcus Russell because I believed that many of his critics were just uncomfortable with the idea of a black quarterback. Many declared him a bust before he took a snap. Was I right to defend him?

When we see him perform, we see he's not progressing.  Does he care? 

Does Russell care that he has an opportunity to change the image of black quarterbacks in the NFL?

So far, I think he has merely reinforced the negative stereotypes of black QBs. He may even be hurting the future chances for black quarterbacks in the NFL, no matter how unfair that is.

The only one who can change JaMarcus Russell's image is JaMarcus Russell.  And I don't think he cares.

One blogger even commented that he would rather lose with Bruce Gradkowski than with Russell. 

Gee, I wonder why.

He'd rather lose with a white leader than try to win with a black leader.  Sounds like Rush Limbaugh.

I applauded Richard Seymour for stepping-up as leader by trying to set the bar high for this team. But they not only fell short against the Jets. They were road-kill.

All I can surmise is that the Raiders are too concerned with trivial things than they are with playing football and giving loyal fans something to cheer for.



After that thumping by the Jets, I don't know that Russell and the Raiders even care.  I don't believe that they take pride in themselves or what they do.  They feel fulfilled by getting a fat paycheck for doing nothing.

Moreover, I do not understand why people are saying, "I don't buy the race argument," when I wasn't trying to make a race argument.  I was merely trying to communicate the fact that still today, any black quarterback represents something more than just himself.

If you can't understand that, then I suggest that you look in the mirror.

Russell has let-down Raider fans ... and he's also letting-down kids that want to believe that they can grow-up and succeed in the NFL as a black quarterback. 

I was trying to appeal to a sense of honor. 

After that game, I don't see it from Russell.  That does not mean that Russell cannot achieve that, but I think it's high-time that Russell be challenged to man-up not only for himself, but as I said, something more than just himself.