Inside The Mind of Oakland Raider QB JaMarcus Russell

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer IMay 15, 2009

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders throws the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Any player, for any team is going to have a lot to go through in the mind. As a Quarterback, you have to look at protection questions, options to throw to, options on if you should run for it and even questions of self-survival, both game and career wise.

I was presented with an assignment, on what I would ask a player, there are basic questions, and difficult questions. Being a Raiders player and the number one pick, makes for even harder questions:

And, for the purpose of not knowing how JaMarcus Russell would respond to these, I'll leave them blank....how do you think he would respond?

What do you see the Raiders doing in 2009?

Will the team improve with the draft picks that were brought in this offseason?

Do you feel, that you and Darrius Heyward-Bey can have a good connection on the field?

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Do you think the Raiders brought in enough protection on the offensive line via free agency?

Do you think the teams' perspective of running plays has shifted any with the newly picked up WR Heyward-Bey?

For the more in-depth questions:

Did it bother you any for the media to label you a bust in short order?

Did it bother you that the media seemed to be more concerned about your weight than if you could throw the ball?

Do you feel you will still be playing football longer than Brady Quinn?

Do you feel that Lane Kiffin cost you a chance to learn more, by limiting your playing ability?

What do you think of Tom Cable's approach to the Oakland Raiders, and this last season, with two wins in key games?

The last question, would be everyone's question:

What do you think, is Al Davis's plan for this team, and you in particular?