Yes that's right, I said it. JaMarcus Russell is extremely good. Don't believe me? Want proof? Well I could show you an overhead slide-show presentation...or you could just ask Chad Ochocinco .
According to Ochocinco, Russell is the last person we should be blaming for the Raiders' offensive struggles.
"Man, JaMarcus is extremely good," Ochocinco said in a conference call Monday morning. "You have to remember a quarterback can only be as good as his supporting cast. Case closed. Always will be."
"You take a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning; you take them out of their supporting casts, you take them out of the elements they're in now, and you put them in JaMarcus' situation; do you think it would be that much better? I'm just asking. Realistically."
But really, what is a QB to do? His receivers suck, most of his o-line can't block, Tom Cable is terrible at calling an offense and there isn't even an offensive coordinator on the coaching staff.
His receivers can't catch, run the right routes, or get open. Do you disagree? When two receivers run into each other at full speed it can only mean one of two things: Either they are running the wrong routes, or the guy calling the plays has a sick sense of humor.
The o-line sucks, aside from Henderson and Gallery. Too bad an o-line consists of five players not two. Satele is often over-powered by bigger line-men, Carlisel can't make a block without holding and Green can't remember the snap count. Russell has no time and has been sacked in less than 2.5 seconds on many occasions.
Then there's the coaching, which is horrible. It's the coach's job to properly prepare the team for its next opponent. There has only been one game which I would say we were prepared for offensively: week one against the Chargers.
Then there's the play-calling. If the Raiders' offensive play selection doesn't leave you scratching your head asking, "WHY?", you must not be watching the same games I am. The Raiders seem to come out passing nearly every game. Then when they have success on the ground they stop running. Funny thing is the run game is the Raiders' strength but you wouldn't know it from the play-calling.
Bottom line is, Russell is not as bad as he's made out to be. If you put new rims on a piece of shit car, guess what? You're still driving a piece of shit car. Whoever the Raiders put at QB will have the same results as Russell.
If you want proof, look at Gradkowski: 44.2 QB rating, no TDs, 2 INTs, a lost fumble and nothing to brag about aside from an 11.3 yard per carry average.
Russell is hands down better than Gradkowski, and better than Frye, if and until it is proven otherwise.
Here are some more quotes by Ochocinco regarding the Raiders:
"I don't know man, I don't know. Dude, watching the Raiders on defense that front line is awesome, the corners are awesome. I can't for the life of me understand how they are not winning. I don't get it. Because what I see on film, the record does not show. Because they look a lot better than their record shows so I'm not understanding what's going on."
"I will never play for the Bengals again, and you can take that to the bank"
"Oh, man, I'm just coming to give the Black Hole the best show they've ever seen. I'm not sure if they've really had much to look forward to this year but, man, we're coming to town. It will for damned sure be a circus."
By the way, don't forget to vote JaMarcus Russell into the Pro-Bowl: http://vote4jamarcus.com/.