Lets get on things straight off the bat.
I am a JaMarcus Russell fan and apologist. I believe many fans made a big mistake by booing JaMarcus and making him not want to play here and forcing the hand of the Raiders to release JaMarcus by threatening to not buy tickets.
We once had another QB from Alabama (The Snake,) who had the fortune to sit and learn behind "the mad bomber," for five years before becoming the full time starter. The Snake also had a HOF supporting cast.
Stabler was one of the best QB of all time. He was also known for his all-night benders which in turn, allowed the Sports writers to have an excuse for not voting him into the HOF.
The media lynched Stabler as they have JaMarcus thus far. But mark my words, JaMarcus will be a great QB in the NFL someday. He took hits and kept fighting. He kept his cool at all times and led the Raiders to comebacks.
Between the media, inpatient fans, terrible O-line, rookie receivers, no running game, and bad game plans, JaMarcus never had a chance.
Across the bay, in 2005, like the Raiders and Russell, the 49ers took Alex Smith as the first overall No. One pick at QB. In Smith's rookie season he threw one TD and 11 Interceptions.
At no point in time did the media ever label him lazy or question his work ethic to any extent than that of Russell.
In 2006, Smith was sub-par at best. By the 2007 season Smith was supplanted by Trent Dilfer after completing less than 50 percent of his passes and a 57.2 passer rating.
Like Russell, Alex Smith was in his third year. Even after being benched for one of the worst QB's to ever put on a uniform (Trent Dilfer,) at no point in time did the media ever label Alex Smith as the "all-time bust."
In 2008, the 49ers threatened to release Alex Smith then both parties agreed to restructure his contract.
After being out In 2008 with an injury, five seasons after being drafted, Smith finally put up respectable numbers.
Now, why was the No. One overall pick of the 49er's treated differently than the Raiders No. 1 overall pick when the numbers were similar? The media were out to prove that Al Davis has lost it and every chance they got, they made JaMarcus out to be some out of shape, fat, lazy bubba from Alabama.
Instead of emphasizing the real issues (bad O-line play etc.,) they kept pushing and pushing the agenda. The "what have you done for me lately" fans, jumped on the media bandwagon and lynched the young man.
A good example of how the media influences fans is the case of Brian Cushing.
The media wants this all-American boy to be successful. So, even though everyone knows that he is a rotted out freak, they re-voted him as the Defensive Rookie of the year.
Someday, all the Media and NFL Officials BS will be exposed. There will be a 20/20 special covering the entire charade.
I would go into the role the NFL refs played into the demise of JRUSS but most of you would be blind to this.
My hope is after the dust settles, JaMarcus will man-up and negotiate a contract with the Raiders to prove everyone wrong.
I would't blame him one bit to not want to play in front of those fans who did not support him when he needed them most.
My fear is that he will sign with a rival team. If this happens, it would be a nightmare.
I expect the Raiders to be better this year, especially with our recent draft and now that our receivers have a year under their belt.
I think a legitimate QB competition would be a great benefit as well. JaMarcus vs. Campbell would be a great experience for both QB's.
I believe the last straw was when the sell-out garbage back Dominic Rhodes came on he air and ripped JaMarcus in two. Rhodes is a cry-baby snitch and will be out of the league in a year, lets see what JaMarcus will do.