I am beginning to sense annother Head Coaching change coming soon in Oakland, which will yet again slow down the progression, as well as the development of such a young squad. The Oakland Raiders are again the laughing stock of the NFL, it is a tough fact that will damage a fans pride.
Tom Cable has been the most un-readable coach among the 32 total Head Coaches in the NFL. What message are you trying to relay to the young franchise Quarterback, JaMarcus Russell? JaMarcus is a player that comes to play late in games, one many would consider to be a "clutch" player. I know Cable is aware he hindered the teams chance to win the game by pulling the QB, letting Bruce Gradkowski get his second chance to finish a game.
The facts don't add up, Russell was the best option, when trailing San Diego by more than three points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Somehow, on Sunday JaMarcus Russell wasn't the reason why the team wasn't producing on offense.
For the most part, Russell was hitting his receivers in the chest, many of his incompletions were dropped, but none were intercepted. His stat Line, rarely portrays his ability to make big plays, highlights in any of the first 9 weeks. Lets' add in the "should've been caught. So we would add the many perfectly placed passes that bounce from palms to turf.
My first example why taking JaMarcus Russell out that early was a huge mistake, is that he plays his best ball at the end of games. His pass completions are significantly higher at later points in the game, and if you are only down by three at the start of the fourth quarter. How would JaMarcus Russell look with a stat line that read more like 127.13 average passer rating, well that is his Passer Rating on third and fourth downs with distances more than ten yards (I will show you his stats in a twist.
On the many 3rd down and long situations he is 11 of 14 (79%) for 134 yards, an average of nearly 10 yards per completion, these aren't even close to what his numbers would reflect if more of his passes were caught. That's where I am coming into to show you the reality of JaMarcus Russell's "bad accuracy," as the problem to the Raiders recent woes. Not only were they dropping balls, but when they have made great catches most are overturn for almost any reason. Louis Murphey has made a few good catches, that were initially ruled as catches. The Touchdown pass in the endzone, would've been in his first NFL game, right before the black hole And that would've been a memorable moment in the climb back to the top.
That would bring his third and deep situations to a staggering 13 of 14 passes completed, plus the 35 more yards and a TD.
WR's who Catch balls, would have JaMarcus Russell as one of the highest Passer Ratings And that is with his low completion ratio, but count-in the yards lost by big plays taken back, due to penalties that nobody saw. Watch a Raiders game soon, and see what the message is to us real fans. The players the Raiders put out on the field deserve to earn a win having the whole fourth quarter to do so.
Just his fourth quarter stat-line, is quite remarkable to say the least. J Russ is one of the top QB's in the league on Fourth and long, completed 4/7 (58%) for a gain of 86 yards. Again this demonstrates how his faith in his young Receiving Corps will be glorified with plays that become moments in history.
Another fact is JaMarcus has a few INT's that were his fault, one young QB, who actually has an accuracy problem would be, Matthew Stafford, who has thrown 5 TDs and 12 INTs, while starting for the Lions. How about the "Sensational Sanchez," known as Mark Sanchez by most, is being hidden behind a mask of stats that dont matter, 10 INTs compred to 8 TDs, is able to show every skeptic that we can ball again once the team clicks, which will show up late this season to make some noise in the division.
If Oakland get's something working against the Bengals, who will not be as tough and physical as they started the season. The upcoming week is a must win, and J. Russell is the guy at the end of games.