Will the JaMarcus Russell Benching Be Permanent?

Wayne MakelaContributor INovember 16, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench after being taken out of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable pulled starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell near the end of Oakland's 16-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as the former No. 1 pick was atrocious all day long, completing just nine of 24 passes for a mere 67 yards.

So, does this mark the end of the NFL&hl=159149&id=4154" title="Russell era" target="_blank">Russell era ?

God, we hope so .

Russell has been absolutely anemic all season long, throwing just two touchdowns to nine interceptions, while struggling to throw for just 1,000 yards through nine games.

The Raiders are just 2-7 with their "franchise" quarterback, but despite the first rounder invested in him three years ago, or owner Al Davis's love for his size and arm strength, his overall play (and most recent play) suggests that he's neither the answer for the 2009 season nor deserving of any more chances for the future.

The only problem is, the only serviceable quarterback on the roster, Bruce Gradkowski, isn't exactly an upgrade, and the Raiders aren't doing themselves any favors by switching from one bad passer to the next.

While there are several reasons that explain the Raiders' lack of success in 2009, one look at Russell's completion percentage in each contest says it all: just five games with more than 50 percent of his passes completed, and only three over 60.

It's become apparent that the old adage "nowhere but up" does not ring true with Russell, as it actually appears that he has gotten worse and worse as the season has gone on.

A statement from Cable is expected to be made sometime this week in regards to the direction the team is headed at quarterback after he refused to commit to Russell following Sunday's game.

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