Russell out; what if Walter wins?


Updates with all inactives, release of Fred Wakefield . . .

So now it’s official. JaMarcus Russell won’t start today’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a rather sudden and advancing case of right knee tendinitis.

When the Raiders released their inactive list, Russell was listed as the No. 3 quarterback, with Walter as the starter. Other inactives include running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Ronald Curry, who got on the field for one snap last week as a shotgun quarterback, only to have the play nullified by a penalty.

Which begs the quesiton _ what if Walter plays with minimal error and some real efficiency?

What if after 48 first-half possessions with one touchdown under Russell, Walter sticks it in the end zone a couple of times and maybe a third time in the second half?

What if the Raiders’ doormant wide receivers make a few plays on balls thrown with some real loft and touch, instead of waiting for a laser beam to explode into the sides of their helmets?

What if Raiders running back circle out of the backfield on screens and wheel routes break free af few times on touch passes Russell has not been able to complete consistently?

What if the Raiders actually win?

Of the top 35 quarterbacks listed in order of pass completion percentage, Russell ranks 35th.

The Raiders have maintained the position that Russell is actually playing well, he’s gotten praise every week, whether it was from Lane Kiffin or Tom Cable. The problem has to do with the passing game as a whole, when taking into account pass protection, timing and scheme.

Then again, Russell was also urged by Cable to “turn it loose,” to throw the ball to a target before it breaks rather than waiting until its too late. That would indicate that Russell is still to hesitant and too green to operate as an NFL quarterback.

One of the myriad issues between Kiffin and Al Davis was his kid gloves treatment of Russell. When Kiffin was fired, Davis said it was time for Russell to be set free.

In the four games since, with Cable trying to develop the future of the franchise, the Raiders have lost touch with their running game and Russell has been unable to carry the offense.

Should Walter accomplish what Russell could not, against an NFC South division leader that manhandled the same Atlanta team that embarassed the Raiders last week, it presents an interesting dilemma.

When the Raiders travel to Miami next week, do you start the quarterback who just won a game or the $60 million man?

Kind of hard to justify the“we play the players who give us the best chance to win” rhetoric if Cable either goes back to Russell or is told to go back to Russell.

Stay tuned.

Wakefield waived, Gunheim promoted

Along with McFadden, Russell and Curry, Raiders declared inactive were FB Jason Davis, DE Derrick Burgess, OLB Ricky Brown and C John Wade.

Fred Wakefield, who played offensive and defensive line for the Raiders, was waived in favor of practice squad end Greyson Gunheim. Gunheim is active for today’s game.

Inactives for the Panthers were CB C.J. Wilson, LB James Anderson, G Mackenzy Bernadeau, T Omiyale, WR Dwayne Jerrett, WR Kenneth Moore and DT Darwin Walker. Matt Moore was designated as the third quarterback.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Coach Elkins

    Walter is going to get sacked at least 5 times today….maybe more if the Raiders get down early and try to pass to catch up….

    We’ll have to see if they can keep the game respectable in the 1st half.

    They just might!

  • Raider0525

    Coach Elkins, yeah it has a lot to do with Russell. Even when he does have time he doesn’t look good. He can’t hold on to the ball, so far he’s a bust. I hope he turns it around..this injury, come on, he needs to play

  • if walter gets 75 yds today I will come in here and post 5th that i was wrong, wish i could get 1st post but too many covet that one lol

  • Aussie

    RAW – are you in North America? If not you can watch any NFL game live via NFL gamepass

  • Kevin

    LOL at what IF.

    and LMAO at the Raiders winning.

    STFU jerry!!

  • Coach Elkins

    Nothing to do with Russell..

    This team has never had even an average play caller, let alone the scheme behind the calling of the plays to have it matter.

    No screen game whasoever, aside from a little dump screen they run once every two games.

    If Russell is hurt, why play him today? Don’t we have a problem at LT, his backside?

    I have a feeling Walter is in for some pain today…?

  • you believe there is a injury 0525? hahahahaa not me man obvious he would play threw some knee pain…he knows the bench gets sticky and his play is worse than bad. they set him period, the team is losing hope and they have to stop that fast. walter will look ok to decent

  • Coach Elkins

    Anyone besides myself have the NFL ticket?

  • raiders454

    Al please, please just die TODAY

  • Raider0525

    hey coach, do you actually wacth the game ever???? If so then you can see him drop the ball, you can see him over throw people even when he has time…doesn’t seem very bright. Dont get me wrong I hope he does work out but right now, not happening…open your eyes

  • Coach Elkins

    LOL@ Walter is facing a huge pass rush…

    He isn’t going to do okay…

    He is a scapegoat!

  • The “IF” was if he has that LITTLE yardage…no way possible Walter is a NFL QB jambusto is a college qb thats the difference

  • Raider0525

    Al Davis INC, no I don’t believe he is injured at all

  • Elkins ur starting to sound like a tool man. Walter will make the offense look 100% better than jambusto does

  • Coach Elkins

    LOL….okay buddy!Keep your handle, we’ll watch the game together and see, won’t we!

  • Raider0525

    He can’t do any worse, thats for sure

  • yea 0525…I personally think Al knows Walter is more than servicable…and might realize he burned a 1st overall and ready to make the change . Cant let walter walk if he makes this decesion

  • Coach Elkins

    Normally I might agree, but not against this Defensive Line….

    2nd best in the NFL, behind the Giants!

  • Unknown

    Run at brayton all day!!!

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders recieve Kickoff!

    Higgins to the 15 and fumbles…

  • Coach Elkins

    Panthers ball!

  • sorry elkins didnt mean to attack you there…yea we will see, so will you admit your wrong?

  • Coach Elkins

    Walter will have to wait to shine…LOL

    Who is John Galt?

  • Higgins is good.

  • Unknown

    He must go!!!

  • Coach Elkins

    You can’t attack me….I wouldn’t assume it…

  • Florida Pete in disguise


    i’ve had enough for today…

    take care…

  • Coach Elkins

    Billick doing the game…..a plus!

  • Coach Elkins

    3rd and 10…1st and 10 at the 3 for the Panthers

  • RaidingTexas

    Watching the Raiders this season has sapped the humor out of all of you. LOL

  • Coach Elkins

    Raider TO

  • the game isnt on locally omfg they arent putting the raiders on here, unheard of! they always put raiders and 49ers on here omg….they have really falling badly wow

  • lee

    How anybody got a link where I can watch the game on my Computer.

  • JT

    How to scout the raiders?
    Jump on them real early and they can recover.
    This means a fumble, a no-huddle offense, whateever it takes to make them go down into a hole.
    This aplies to the season too.
    Make the raiders star 2-6 and thats it for them.

  • forgot to add im not in the blackout area, they just refused the raider game wow

  • Televizzle
  • Coach Elkins

    TD Muhammad!

  • Dakota

    Great start!

  • HowieLongshlong

    Touchdown….We stink….still

  • matt ryan tore up new orleans 2day

  • JT

    thats it
    raiders 2-7

  • Coach Elkins

    7-0 Panthers

    13:25 Remaining 1st Quarter

  • Dakota

    Lol, I couldn’t have said it better, this is from the sportsline live glog:

    Hollywood couldnĀ“t have written this script. After getting trounced last week against ATL and getting a ton of bad press all week they Oakland starts off today by fumbling the ball on the opening kickoff. Of course Carolina recovered. Fans should start heading for the exit already. No point in staying and paying $8.00 a beer.

  • Maryland Raiderfan

    well the screw ups start already, LJH lays the ball down on the carpet and the cats put up a quick 7pts!!

  • How do we get the link to work??

  • Coach Elkins

    I keep thinking about the scene from the movie “The Natural” when the hypnotist says…

    “Losing is a disease”!

  • Coach Elkins

    Fargas running like a madman on 1st carry….

    Gotta love that guy!

  • more update guys im dying here

  • Coach Elkins

    Fargas, 2 carries 15 Yards

  • Coach Elkins

    Walter completes 1st pass, play action on 1st down. to Tony Stewart, 3 yard gain