As much as the Raiders would like for JaMarcus Russell to come forward and have a great season, there is one man who wants him to win more than anyone else.
For Tom Cable, it's job security.
Tom, who now has his head buried in books and scanning films to figure out which players are going to be cut, is hoping the JaMarcus can take the team he gives him, heads into the season and can produce a good, decent season.
Tom Cable knows this, because he also knows the taskmaster, Al Davis is watching.
The team does have some talented players. Some WR options, a couple great TEs, and a RB group that can eat the clock. The offensive line could stand some refinement but JaMarcus can solve his own problems the team can move forward and get back to being respectable.
For JaMarcus, it could also be considered his career on the line, too.
When drafted, the Nation looked at this behemoth of a player and wondered if we could use him as a fullback. He's strong enough, and he wouldn't have to hang onto the football. But i digress, Russell is here to try and lead the team back from the nightmare of 2006. He had to deal with a coach that wanted him to fail, an offense at time that was suspect and at times leaky.
Around the league, people hinge on QBs and the "third year" as being a breakout season for rookies, the year it all comes together and makes the team their own. Russell already has shown he can find some targets on a regular basis, one example being Zach Miller...to step up, he needs these sort of numbers from each receiver, all over the field.
If he needs something to draw inspiration from, all he has to do is look up the file of Alex Smith, across the bay, and how a first round pick can go wrong....and then don't follow the example.
If Russell can go out, perform well and give the Raiders an 8-8 season, it will silence a lot of the doubters and critics...the playoffs, and some doubters might eat crow for a month.
If he can't, and blunders horribly, both him and Cable may be forever linked as disasters...and the nightmare will continue.
Good luck, Russell. Good luck, Cable.