How you like them apples?
All these Al apologistas that write about how it's NOT Al's fault are so enamored with Al and his vision of the Raider mystique that they'll absolve him of any fault no matter what the decisions and the consequences are.
The same feeble minds have the audacity to defend JaMarcus Russell, pulling out the race card as usual. Because God forbid that Russell might actually be a bust, a poor athlete with no technique or discipline or even a sense of humility. God blessed him with a rocket for an arm but failed to give him the accuracy or vision to be a complete quarterback.
For them, it's not about that, it's all about how the KKK-loving white media can't stand to see a black quarterback succeed. Always looking for someone else to blame for their shortcomings. Typical.
For these apologist extremists that have an "us against the world" mentality and blame ESPN or the local media for the Raider's woes, it should be known that the Raiders use to own the title "winningest team in professional sports" I remember those days. ESPN and the Contra Costa Times didn't purposely sabotage that image just for good drama.
Last I remember, in the last 25 years the only successful years that Al has had was when he had a GM (Allen) and a competent coach (Gruden). But I won't go in circles.
You can't convert those that already drank the Kool-Aid. The Raiders could go 0-16 for the next three seasons and these chumps could come up with a million different reasons why it's NOT Al's fault. You can't dialogue with blind ignorance.
However, seeing the sparks of potential in this team with Gradkowski, it's uplifting to think that the team can succeed, even with wasted picks (Russell), stupid offseason signings (Javon Walker, DeAngelo Hall) and Al's constant meddling.
The one indisputable truth is that the Raiders are a much better team without Russell. Gradkowski is a sixth-round journeyman that has never had the "hype" or possessed the "bling" that Russell did. Yet, when it counted the most, he made Louis Murphy a viable receiver and completed over 50 percent of his passes with the same receivers and the same protection that Russell had.
So for all you Russell-lovers that continue to defend him, you can all go along with him when Al wakes up from his drunken stupor and releases him next year in a non-cap year.
And when Russell isn't picked up by any NFL team and ends up in the CFL, all of you can follow with him.