The problem is now right in front of our eyes, our Offensive Line. Yes Russell hasn't played well at all. Yes Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye give us the best chance to win today, and yes it was Jamarcus Russell who gave us the win.
Because of our line Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye have been taken out in games, and put the ball in Russell's hands. Our line put the ball in J.P. Losman's hand for a play, and then put him on the ground. Back to the game . . .
Charlie Frye is on the ground, and the Raiders are down by 3. Jamarcus Russell steps onto the field and you can hear the boo's from Oakland. Deja Vu all over again, we all saw the game last week vs Washington, and we know what is about to happen against a division rival.
So how does Russell come back after another horrible outing last week, facing a stingy defense in Denver that boasts the NFL's leading sack man and a secondary that includes future Hall of Famers Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey?
Well the first series was the Normal offensive output for the Raiders with Russell, a bad pass, a fumble, a penalty and a dropped ball. The next series wasn't so great either after missing a wide open Murphy. The problem still continues to be the offensive line, this line has put out Gradkowski, and Charlie Frye all within a week.
The line managed to put down Russell for one play, and in J.P. Losman's first play, he hit the ground too, but something happened when Russell came back in.
Perhaps the Raiders had no other choice, because Losman has beeen on the team for 5 days. But Russell showed that even tho the world is against him, he still wants to play and wants to win.
He led the Raiders to a game winning touchdown drive vs a Denver Squad fighting for the playoffs. What was different this time? Mobility. Russell bought time on crucial plays.
He moved around the pocket to gain extra time on the pass to Murphy which led to the pass interference penalty. He bought time on a couple passes to our Tight End Stewart. He seems to make the right reads, and made the right play at the right time.
Does this mean Russell will start next week? Does this mean Russell will be our QB of the future? No, it means that for one week, after all the harsh criticism, he deserves some love from the Raider nation.
What happens to Russell and the Raiders after this season will depend on the last two games and the offseason development of Russell.
Maybe for one day, we can all agree that our True problem on offense is our offensive line. Yes Russell hasn't played well, but a line would help. If you want proof of that, look at our 2 QB's that give our team a best chance to win. They are both our because of lack of time in the pocket, and now, Russell may be our Only option next week.