The Oakland Raiders have been releasing players that have been lacking in production i.e Javon Walker. However, one of the biggest issue facing the Silver and Black is the QB position. For many fans out there, it is very obvious that the non-productive JaMarcus Russell should have been cut last year.
JaMarcus Russell has had ample time to play up to par and last year was the best opportunity to prove he could do the job and instead he sat at the sideline between interceptions and listened to his headphones.
The Oakland Raiders need a QB that the players can respect. If you have been to any of the home games lately you can hear the "Boos " everytime JaMarcus Russell walks onto the field. Why? Well, JaMarcus Russell has turned out to be another Desmond Howard or even Javon Walker. Players that are paid huge amount of money (millions) to help the Oakland Raiders excel and win games. Instead these players played so below par it was gut churning for the Raidernation. JaMarcus Russell showed himself to be identical with poor workout ethics and failed the team and himself.
So what can Tim Tebow bring the Oakland Raiders? Competition at the QB position. Currently the millions of fans of the Raiders have been pleased with the young, mobile Bruce Gradkowski. Tim Tebows presence in training camp would ensure that a unproductive JaMarcus would either be released by the Raiders or third string QB. For this writer, I say release Russell as he is overpaid. I would hope that Al Davis sees this and has plans the the wanna be QB.
Imagine Tim Tebow behind Gradkowski as QB. First of all both are talented QB's with strong workout ethics. The Oakland Raider players respect Gradkowski. Gradkowski showed that he was there to win. Not to toss the ball behind receivers like JR.
Before I continue, I would like to say that I am a little tired of players coming to Oakland because Al Davis will pay huge amounts for talent. Once these players get there they basically soak up payroll and damage the team. I really need to see this end as does the Raidernation.
Okay, so now the huge plus is that Bruce Gradkowski is on the verge of becoming a great QB and a winner. He has an awesome corp of receivers, RB's and hopefully with some more free agency picks, depth at the O-line. I can only hope the Oakland Raiders decide to pick up talented defensive and offensive players i.e Suh in this years draft.
Tim Tebow has really done an outstanding job trying to show everyone that he is a true player. I have seen the work he puts in and believe me, JaMarcus Russell is nowhere near what Tim Tebow is in workouts and training.
Many of you saw how overweight JaMarcus Russell became. Now imagine Tim Tebow playing for the Oakland Raiders. He has had nothing but a past of winning games. His workouts and positive attitude can only help the team. I also doubt he would sit on the sideline between playing time and listen to his headphone and ignore the game.
Did anyone notice how Bruce Gradkowski was always talking to his players and doing all he could to get the team pumped up? Everyone was in high gear except for JaMarcus Russell.
I doubt Tim Tebow will be there at the time the Raiders pick but if Tim Tebow is there we can all hope a talented player such as Tebow will be picked. There is also the idea that a Tebow on the team can be used for a valuable trade in the future if Gradkowski performs well and runs the team. With two talented QBs the Raider issue will be removed.
I am really hoping on a great pick on this years draft since the Raiders chose Darrius Heyward Bey and as a Raider fan I dont feel he was worth the pick. He has the speed that Al loves but the hands are not what we need. Hopefully Tom Cable has helped DHB improve because Louis Murphy showed what a true WR was all about last year. I would have chosen Michael Crabtree over DHB.
Lastly my friends, do not be fooled by Russells' so-called new approach to the team. Actually theres a lot going around about his weight loss. It means nothing to this fan. He may become the best physical specimen on the planet but its the heart that I want to see and he is onlt there for the money. He was given a huge contract and basically got paid to be a failure. I dont care if he has improved because he let alot of us down last year.
Tom Cable is a good coach and I am certain he will make the right call come game time. I am also hoping that the team is working on ways to get Russell out of the Raider uniform. Russell does not deserve to wear a uniform that has a history of great players like Bo Jackson, Stabler, Brown, Haynes, Casper,Gannon, Hostetler,etc. There is no way you can put Russell in the same sentence as those players.