Jamarcus Russell don’t go away mad, just go away. I said I wouldn’t watch another Raiders game if JR was the starter going into this season and I am a man of my word. I am glad to be back as a fan and I intend on watching every game this season (as if I could stay away).
Thank you Al Davis for swallowing your huge ego and getting rid of the cancer that plagued this organization for the last couple of years. From day one it was pretty obvious that this kid had no intention on putting in the time and effort to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Year one you could see signs of danger ahead. Right from the get go he held out for a better contract as if his contract was more important than playing football. He basically threw a whole season away because of this. I am not sure he could have started anyway, but it would have been better for him to be playing in the preseason and getting an idea where he needed to go with his preparation.
Year two people were talking like it was his rookie season. People were saying that because he didn’t get much playing time the year prior (because he held out for a better contract) that he should be given a break and treated the same way as a rookie coming out that year. I had to scratch my head on that one. He was a NFL player for a whole season and I was supposed to look the other way and act like his first year didn’t happen? To be fair he did have to switch head coaches along the way, but come on man.
Year three came and now you would think that this is going to be his year that he shows what a big strong 6-6 260 pound quarterback can do right? No, he had ideas of showing us what a 6-6 300 pounder w/cheese quarterback could do for some reason. That is the way he rides. Instead of working out all off-season and becoming that dominant riffle of an armed quarterback – he comes into camp looking like our new left tackle we have been dreaming of all these years. The Raiders org tried their best to hide this fact but it was pretty obvious to most that he was out of shape and heading in the wrong direction.
In the preseason last year I commented on someone’s article about JR that our best quarterback at the time was Bruce. I could see that he was the only guy who looked like he could lead an offense even if it was only a preseason game against lesser talent.
So from holding out and sacking your rookie season, to acting like a rookie without any pressure in your second season, to acting like rookie your third season and being 300 pounds on top of that, I say to you JR – Don’t go away mad – Just go away!!!