What Is The Problem With JRuss

Darkside KesslerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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What is the real issue with JRuss?  I know he doesn't practice as hard as he should, that is obvious.  But is that really the only problem?  I don't think so.  Obviously he needs to be a more dedicated player, and until he adjusts his attitude towards the team and practice, there is going to be problems with his game and with his line wanting to work hard to help him. 

But that leads me into one of the issues.  Our line seems to block better for Gradkowski than Russ which makes it hard for him to succeed.  He does need to learn to be more aware of what is coming at him and become more evasive, however better protection could help.

But in my opinion, the biggest issue is how many times our receivers drop balls.  It is hard to have confidence and succeed when your stats are based on others doing there part.  The dropped passes are ridiculous.  I don't think that is an excuse for the attitude he has but how can he have confidence when his players aren't doing their part.

I am sure that we all know that Russell will be the guy for awhile since Al doesn't like to admit his mistakes, so instead of booing the guy every time he drops back and lowering his confidence level even more, maybe the boos should sound for the receivers who have to take at least partial blame for his lack of success.

It is not all on his shoulders.  The blame needs to be spread around a bit.