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JaMarcus Russell: It's Time to Let Him Go!

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IMay 28, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench after being taken out of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As I look over articles on these sites, I have come to see something quite disturbing.

I recently read an article about how Jason Campbell isn't a clear upgrade over JaMarcus "Hustle." I talked to a fellow writer about the situation and he said, "People are going to tear you up for writing anything bad about Russell."

Reading comments on other articles confirmed this.

Do you guys like pain? Do you guys like crying every Sunday? What do you see in him?

I'm starting to feel like I'm talking to a battered wife that's waiting for her husband to change. It ain't gonna happen!

He was who he was before he got to Raider Nation.

There can't be too many Russell supporters. The Raiders had more blacked-out home games than the Lions.

They actually want to be a part of his development. The Raider fans that actually paid money to watch Russell develop grew tired of his regressing. Fans especially didn't like the idea of paying to see a guy that didn't work hard. They then decided that paying for a billboard is money better spent.

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Let's look at it for what it really is.

We had a better record with quarterbacks that couldn't make another NFL team than with Russell. At least one of them wouldn't have even made the Raiders squad if Jeff Garcia would have stayed.

We now know who he was talking about when he said, "There were guys there to just pick up a check."

Al Davis wants his money back now and I don't blame him. He took $39 million guaranteed and didn't even try.

When asked why he never came in early to study and stay later he said, "I didn't know you could that."

Come on man!

He would really like for us to believe that. Match that with the fact that he got up to 300 lbs. and even Davis knew he had a big bust on his hands.

To you loyal Russell supporters: There is a reason Tom Cable fought tooth and nail to get Bruce Gradkowski to start! There is a reason why billboards were put up! There's a reason why the Raiders stopped selling out home games! There is a reason why Al Davis finally gave up on him after calling him "great."

You may call me a Russell hater and I guess you're right. Remember, you can only hate what you once loved. He broke your hearts, as well as mine, for three years!

If we still call ourselves Raiders fans, it's time to let him go!

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