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Russell out; what if Walter wins?

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 9th, 2008 at 11:48 am in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • Dakota

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/gamecenter/live/NFL_20081109_CAR@OAK

    this is a decent place to follow the game.

  • JT

    losing is a disease
    raidesra have been sick since gruden left

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders have ball, 3rd down and 3 on their 42 yard line..

    Toss left for a first down…Fargas for 10 yards

  • Coach Elkins

    Running Left so far…

  • HowieLongshlong

    This can’t be our team…. actually moving the ball!

  • Coach Elkins

    1st and 10..

    Play Action…Walter hits checkdown Lawton for 5 yards….2nd and 5 across in Panther territory

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    whos the LT?

  • Coach Elkins

    Raider Time Out

  • Dakota

    Art Shell.

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    thanks Elkins great job man lol

  • JT

    what if walter wins today?

    end of jamarcus?

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    i wish dakota art was a beast

  • Coach Elkins

    Running the ball very well…all run plays have been to the left…

    Smart to wear down the pass rush to that side…

  • Coach Elkins

    No prob…just remember I did this when I’m coaching this team next season…lol

    Who is John Galt?

  • Dakota

    Walter is not going to win today…don’t worry. Plus, Walter would rather play in Canada than stay another year in Fukland.

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    you would be a better HC elkins…cant get much worse

  • Coach Elkins

    2nd and 6

    Raiders throw deep….

    Javon Walker drops deep ball, perfect pass, might have been outta bounds had he caught it….but he didn’t

  • Coach Elkins

    3rd and 6

    Sacked by Peppers, time to punt

  • HowieLongshlong

    And a promising drive results in. .. a sack

  • Dakota

    TUI TUI TUI

  • Coach Elkins

    Might have wanted to run the ball after the time out on 3rd and 6…but what do i Know!

  • http://none MR

    Russell can’t hand off the ball and throw short? J.C.!!!!

    If we were just going to do this, why don’t we play Russell and let him develop?

    Here I was thinking we were putting Walter in because Walter was going to come out and go over the top of the secondary, yet he’s doing nothing but handing off the ball and throwing short…SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DOING WITH RUSSELL, and something Russell can easily do! Meanwhile, we start Russell last week and throw him to the wolves, expecting HIM to air out the ball, giving him no support via calling running plays, short passing plays, etc.

    Only this f’n team. I swear. Hey, we keep this up, we’ll win today. But Russell misses out on yet another week of development. Just stupid.

  • Unknown

    Walter must go!!

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    this is why yavonne needs to be cut tommorrow

  • Coach Elkins

    on 2nd and 6…not 3rd ooops!

  • Coach Elkins

    No punch by our Offesnive Line on pass drops…..ugly stuff

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    hey mr …what if russell choses to only throw deep sorta like jeff george? some players arent smart

  • Coach Elkins

    Panthers 1st and 10 9 yard line….run play no gain

  • Dakota

    Don’t worry guys, Rob Ryan’s family has five super bowl rings, we are in good hands! lmfao

  • HowieLongshlong

    ASO!

  • Coach Elkins

    1 handed pick by asomough..what a f’in catch

  • Coach Elkins

    WOW

  • Unknown

    Namdi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Coach Elkins

    Leadership

  • Maryland Raiderfan

    so the cats move their playmaker peppers around and gets an easy sack against cooper carlisle would looked like he just casually steps back. This is the kind of o line we have. Lets see what adjustments ryan makes with his d????? I will not hold my breath!!!!!!!!!

  • Dakota

    Johnson must have scared Delhomo into throwing towards Nnamdi?

  • http://pornhub.com Al Davis INC

    im crying in my booze….fking local tv station gonna hear this tomm

  • Unknown

    That play could jump start the season!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Coach Elkins

    That was the best coverage I’ve ever seen…perfect technique

  • Huff24

    If JR wasn’t overthrowing his short targets, he would be starting today. Unfortunately, he couldn’t even get that done so that is why Walter is in there, doing the simple things that JR has failed to do.

  • Coach Elkins

    Raider 1st and 10…24 yard line

  • Raider0525

    what a fuccing int…he’s great

  • Coach Elkins

    28 yard line…excuse me

  • Dakota

    Hiw will we fuk this one up? fumble, int, sacks or just get a fg?

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders use 3rd Time Out his half…still first quarter

  • Raider0525

    what great time management…thats coaching

  • DirtyBathWater

    Lol funny man, I hope no one here has high hopes about this game, or for the rest of the season…..I still support the raiders but there’s not much life in me to get excited about them, with all this loosing

  • Coach Elkins

    LOL @ #138

    Whatever Pal

  • DirtyBathWater

    Aso is the mutha fn MAN!!!! Al pay hom now!!!!

  • Coach Elkins

    Keep Dreaming….