Is the Desert Home For...JaMarcus Russell?

Jack London@@Londonbridges21Correspondent IJune 30, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after calling a time out during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Say it ain't so. 

I'm afraid it is. 

The NFL grapevine has it that the JaMarcus Russell could land in Arizona

And everybody groan...

I know, as Cardinals fans, that this is not what you wanted to hear. 

We already have enough problems at the QB situation, and JaMarcus Russell is only going to complicate things. 


Maybe not. 

And I can't believe I'm saying this, but the Cardinals may benefit from having JaMarcus Russell as a backup. 

Now before you close this article, hear me out. Here's a few reasons that Russell may be a good fit in the desert. 

Is He That Much Worse Than Derek Anderson?

In all honesty, other than one Pro Bowl season, what is the difference between Russell and Derek Anderson? 

Would you not rather have the upside of an athletic freak like Russell, who, put in the right system, may excel?

No offense meant to Anderson fans, but he had a terrible season last year. 

And if you look at his one good season, he had some very good receivers. 

Now granted, that's a silly statement. Where would Brett Favre be without great receivers. 


Maybe not. I'm willing to bet Favre still does well, although not as well. 

What has JaMarcus been given? Be honest.

That's right. Absolutely nothing. 

He's been given terrible O-Lines, terrible receivers, and terrible backs. 

Lack of Pressure

He wouldn't have to start right away. He could sit behind Leinart or whoever this season, and if he's ready in the next couple seasons, take over. 

Go ahead. Laugh. 

History is littered with quarterbacks who were labeled as busts who later came back to be quite good. 

Well, maybe not Ryan Leaf. 

He would have nothing to prove in Arizona, now that everyone thinks he stinks. 

Can you imagine the pressure he was under in Oakland? He was supposed to be the savior of the franchise. 

And can you imagine playing for Al Davis?


His Upside

He's an athletic freak, as I said before, that just can't seem to put it all together. 

But with his raw skills, Arizona would be a great place to piece his pro career together. 

And, as a colleague of mine suggested, Larry Fitzgerald would love that huge arm of his. 

The Staff in Arizona

The staff at Arizona has grown into one of the best in the NFL with the emergence of Ken Whisenhunt. 

Whisenhunt doesn't take any crap from his players, and would be a great coach for Russell to learn some discipline from. 

As well, John Lott, the conditioning coach, is highly regarded in the NFL for the job he's done in Arizona. 

Russell would be quite the project, but if anyone can do it, Lott can. 

The staff as a whole has experienced quite a bit of stability at a time in the NFL where coaches are hired and fired at an astounding rate.

While Russell was in Oakland, he had several different coaches.

If he were to come to Arizona, he would have just one for several years.  

Well, it may be a rumor, but don't go out of your mind if this happens. 

Trust me, it's not the end of the world Cards fans...


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