RE: Russell. To Whom It May Concern.

Jimmy QuinnContributor IJuly 4, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball as he is rushed by Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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To whom it may concern:
    In regards to the recent slandering of the Oakland Raiders in defense of Mr. Russel, let it be known, we don’t care.  Whatever you have to say in order to justify your interest in Mr. Russel, go ahead, say it. If it makes you feel better about yourself, good for you. If you’re paying people to spread rumors, or speaking up in hopes of a pay-day; whatever it takes, have at it.  We-do-not-care.

The purging of that 300lb monster was the single best thing the Oakland Raiders have done in a long time.  Not just for the Oakland Raiders as an organization, either. For the whole of Raider Nation!  JaMarcus Russell was an embarrassment. 

Robert Gallery didn’t turn out to be the premier LT we expected him to be, but he has found a home in our hearts and our offensive line at Guard. The problem with QBs is that, well, that’s the only position they can play (with a few exceptions). 

JaMarcus Russell often found himself as the least athletic person on the field. At the end of the day, despite all else, when you are far-and-away the least in-shape person on the Football Field (Including Refs and Linemen), it is your fault

To say he wasn’t given a chance is something I can hardly speak to.  As a fan and avid Madden gamer, the drafting of a guy who could throw a football the entire length of a field, Tecmo Bowl style, was pretty exciting. From my perspective, as a fan, I was pumped when we drafted him. 

To say coaches and players didn’t want him around, well, one must ask themselves: Where did that perception come from? What did Mr. Russell do to combat that perception, if anything at all?

I heard it said that when Marcus Allen was drafted, he was told right away that he wasn’t wanted there.  Marcus Allen proved everyone wrong. He had what it took.  Russell didn’t have the... we can’t say gut - he had plenty of that... He didn’t have the stuff to wear the Silver & Black. 

It takes an intelligent yet mean-streak to float at the center of the Black Hole and be successful.  An arrogant type of cunning. A burning desire to not only win, but to DOMINATE in every way. Russell just doesn’t possess any of that.

You see, we Loyal members of Raider Nation no longer hold any malice towards JaMarcus Russell.  Personally, I wish him nothing but the best. 

Honestly, I think sitting behind a younger guy, with a firm handed coach for a few years, is exactly what Russell needs.  Especially now that he has learned the ultimate lesson.  It was learned at our expense, true, but what is in the past, is in the past.  If JaMarcus Russell makes a tremendous rebound, throws 40+ touchdown seasons for the next 15 years, and finds himself in Canton one day, I’d smile and chuckle at Al Davis’s genius.  If he flops, belly up, as usual, Al-La-Leaf... well, you can’t win ’em all. Either way, his career in Silver and Black has been annulled.

All faith, henceforth, has been placed in Jason Campbell, with respect to Bruce Gradkowski.

So, if you must, whoever you may be, feel the need to bad mouth the Silver and Black, go ahead.  If it makes you feel better about yourself, its fine with us.  Personally, JaMarcus has caused me enough anger and grief in my life.  I refuse to let anything about him cause me anymore ill content; he’s not worth it. If you don’t believe me;  Ask Mr. Davis.

So bad mouth away. We used to it, our skin is tough.

Good luck with/in New York, Mr. Russell.