If you saw the 20 minute video on Raiders.com, you also saw who Tom Cable was excited about and you may have gotten a glimpse of who our Quarter Back won't be. When the reporter brought up the lack luster performance of our top 3 picks the last 3 years (Russel, McFadden & Heyward-Bey), he was very chatty, excited and optimistic about H-Bey, even specific about some of the things that he was doing in the off season to get ready for OTA's and the 2010 season. However, when specifically questioned about JaMarcus Russell, you could tell by looking at his eyes, the nonchalant manner he had about him and and his generalizations, that his optimism for JaMarcus is pretty much non-existent.
We have all heard the rants, ravings, murmurings, and opinions of others from the Raider Nation that Al Davis will start JaMarcus regardless because he has invested too much money in him. True....He has invested WAY TOO MUCH money in JaMarcus, and he should be given the opportunity to get his starting job back, but only if he's is prepared himself to do so. Ok, Blah, Blah, Blah. Heard it before, who cares? Well.....You Do! ( that's why you're reading this). With the exception of all you who CLAIM to have the inside scoop on the what the Raiders will do, the rest of us are left to wonder and speculate and use any info we can to gain even an smidgen of insight.
Well, be it right, wrong, misguided or misinterpreted, based on what I have read and gleaned from the lack of enthusiasm in Tom Cables voice, I believe that unless we draft a QB in the first round (highly unlikely) or we pick up a veteran QB to start (possible but not probable), JaMarcus, will be coming off the bench this year provided that Gradkowski is healthy.
This is NOT a Gradkowski fan post or a JaMarcus hate blog. I want the best QB to line up behind center this year and for the entire season. This is simply an observation based on off season information. Whether you agree or not, you have to agree that, if your franchise yet beleaguered player has shown a dramatic improvement during the off season, the Head Coach would be a hell of a lot more generous with doting commentary, whether he liked the guy or not. We all know that the Raiders are the masters of smoke screens and inuendo's but if the weight loss that Willie Brown said about JaMarcus was actually true, someone would have a photo of him. Someone else would have corroborated the story by now.
Don't get me wrong, I want the kid to succeed, but damn, give me some proof to be optimistic about the guy. When the coach says stuff like, "He's (JaMarcus) here, he's working. He's doing everything that everyone else is doing. He's been here since the second week. He's been doing it like everyone else... that's what I can tell ya." That doesn't instill any confidence in me or a dejected fan base, where many don't want him back in 2010. This is the kind of response you hear about someone on the developmental squad or an UDFA,trying to make the team. Not about your FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. The coach isn't even doing damage control at this point. If my observation has any truth to it, then it is what it is. But.......DAMN! What's really going on?!