As i watched the game, all was going well the Raiders were keeping it close. Then Gradkowski went down. Then here comes Russell out to the field ( as did the boos) Then there went the game.(As did the fans)
Russell has some great up side to him tall, rocket arm.( well maybe not great) I don't care if your are Brady, Peyton or Palmer. When the team doesn't belive in you how good can you be.
And that's what's wrong with the Raiders. How can you get behind this guy. He's not a leader. He doesn't have what it takes to lead this team. They have already lost faith in him.
With Russell on the field the team gave up. On both sides of the ball. I wrote on here before saying that this team needs a leader on defence. I got a list of names from Morrison, Kelly, Howard, Warren and so on. If they are really the leaders of this team how come it was so easy for them to shut it down for the rest of the game?
So i say it again this team DOESN'T HAVE A LEADER. That person that holds everything together.
But i will come back to that, let me get back to my first thing
Russell should start the last three games. ( I know he sucks) This will do things for this team.
1) Al can finally see that Russell isn't the player to lead this team.(I hope)
2) With the team playing bad with Russell in there, ( which they will) we can see who really wants to be with this team. Who has the heart to stay in there when we are getting beat down ( which we will). In short who really wants to be a Raider.
The list as of now only has a few names on it Fargas, Scott, Henderson, Miller. Cable( I really think that he does want to be part of this team), Gradkowski, and Matt Shaughnessy.
Some of you are thinking why didn't I list Asomugha. I love that guy, but the amount of money that Al had to pay him. That's the kinda money that you pay a guy looking to leave.
The Raiders really need to look at getting a strong leader for the defence side of the ball. Someone who will police the locker room and out on the field. I really don't think the Ravens would mail a game in with Ray Lewis out there. Just as the Raiders shouldn't be mailing games in. I Really don't blame them. I don't think i could play for Russell.(what's the point.)
We need to cut or trade Russell, let Gradkowski take over. He may still make some bad throws like Russell but the team will get behind him. That's all that matters. ( I think that he will get better with more time.) (Unlike Russell who seems to get worse.)
Then they sign the leader for defence that i have been talking about.
Sign or draft a NT, pick up a soild Offienise linemen.
Then we can make a run at the AFC West next year. We have some really good parts, they just need someone to lead them. (on both sides of the ball, they have one in Gradkowski, lets find the other one.