Why The Pittsburgh Steelers Would Be a Good Fit For Jamarcus Russell

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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My brother Gregory Maurer called me and told me, that he thought that Pittsburgh should sign Jamarcus Russell. Now at first I though he was....... well.... stupid, but then the more I thought about I started to think it was a good idea. If any coaching staff in the NFL can whip Russell in shape it's the Pittsburgh Steelers. I know I will get some negative comments about how the Steelers shouldn't sign him and he is a bust and blah blah blah! But If you think about he can just be a project, if he gets into shape he can and commits to playing basically he is another Ben Roethlisberger (only less dumber). If Dennis Dixon doesn't work out then Byron Leftwich is your starter and if he doesn't work then you have Russell as an insurance policy. 

Russell would have a better offensive line then he did in Oakland, and 10x better receivers. In Oakland  coaches and Coordinators were coming in and out (hired then fired). But in Pittsburgh you will not have that. Plus they have guys on the Steelers roster that will help Jamarcus mature, like Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and many other players. 


Plus pressure will be off Russell because he won't be paid a load of cash, he won't start right away, he will be able to sit on the bench and mature. So the pressure will be off of him because he won't be thrown in a situation like he was in Oakland. 

To conclude this article, I just want to say to those Pittsburgh Steelers fans you have a quarterback on your roster  who has been accused of sexual assault (twice) and who at one point put his life in danger, when he got an a Motor Cycle accident, so it shouldn't be such a big deal bringing in a talented player like Russel whose problems have mostly been on the field, not off it.