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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.

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  • Unknown

    That’s Al’s fault they are out of timeouts!! Dummies

  • Coach Elkins

    Run the ball please

  • Dakota

    lol…3 TOs in 8 minutes! we suck.

  • Coach Elkins

    1st and 10…16 yard line…swing pass to Bush

  • HowieLongshlong

    Hole E Crap…. another 1st down. Bush

  • Coach Elkins

    Picked off in the end zone…

    LOL @ Unknown…

    Gotcha

  • HowieLongshlong

    And another promising drive ends in… a pick

  • Coach Elkins

    Who is John Galt?

  • DirtyBathWater

    Aso is the mutha fn MAN!!!! Al pay him the big money now!!!! Shut down cb in the truest sense

  • Dakota

    Uh oh….WALTER IS A BUST!

  • Coach Elkins

    Panther ball…1st down pass dropped….

    2nd and 10 (9 yard Line)

  • Raider0525

    the guy was held and fell, you blame walter on that

  • Coach Elkins

    3rd and 7

    1st down

  • Maryland Raiderfan

    omg did any one catch the grab of the jersey on schilens just before he went down!!! that int was not walters’ fault! it should have been a flag for a hold on schilens

  • Dakota

    Nope, I blame Al Davis.

  • http://myspace.com/caliprodigy AO

    LOL to the people who said we should let Nnamdi go!
    LOL LOL

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders Defensive Scheme is always dictated by the Offensive formation….

    We are always reacting instead of forcing the action

    Back to the game

    Tommy Kelly gets sack, but get a facemask call…

    1st and 10 (28 yard line)

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders are giving effort…thats for sure…no quit!

  • Dakota

    Why are you doing a play by play Elkins? People, just go here to follow the game:

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

  • Raider Buck

    It’s like watching the keystone cops

  • Coach Elkins

    3rd and 5

    dropped by Steve Smith or he might have gone

  • Raider0525

    coach, it’s the first quarter…give them time, they will quit…lol

  • Coach Elkins

    Panther Punt
    Fair catch at the 19 by Higgins

  • Coach Elkins

    TV timeout…

    They aren’t quitting yet…thats all I’m saying…

    1st down pass to Walker…15 yard gain

  • Coach Elkins

    Peppers causes fumble by Walter…Raider retain possession

  • Dakota

    Elkins,

    Drop the fuking play by play. jesus

  • Coach Elkins

    2nd and 10…

    0 gain by fargas run

  • S&B – Nation Collective

    How you like that Kwame Harris,,,,

    WHat a JOKE

  • http://myspace.com/caliprodigy AO

    big ass terrell sands
    sounds like they’re saying
    turdell

  • Raider0525

    ok coach I will give you that

  • S&B – Nation Collective

    Selecting Kwame Harris as a starting Left Tackle???

    Where’s the Commissioner?

  • Coach Elkins

    Dakota, I didn’t ask!

  • Raider0525

    3rd and 14 and you run the fuccing ball….give me a break

  • Crimedog

    Honestly,this is a huge what-if, but what if Walter did win? What would we do?
    Probably come up with excuse that Jamarcus still has tendinitis so we can start Walter again…

  • HowieLongshlong

    They are saying Turdell

  • Crimedog

    I bet Peppers ends up with 4 sacks

  • Dakota

    go fuk yourself Elkins, if people are too dumb to find a site to follow the game they can just eat schit.

  • Raider Buck

    4th and 12 woot! massive offense

  • HowieLongshlong

    Anybody see Jamarcus on the sideline when Javon caught that last pass… Knee looks fine to me

  • Maryland Raiderfan

    same old shyttt, all they have to do is bring pressure to our o line and they crumble. Harris still and will always suck. He lucked out he recovered the fumble! You could put montana or elway behind this line would look bad

  • Coach Elkins

    Temper temper Dakota….
    Here you go..I have a present for you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P13gQdardGw

  • S&B – Nation Collective

    Maryland Raiderfan,

    Post 190 is right on. Saw the same B.S against the Ravens.

    Kwame Harris is not a starting left tackle. Yet al and Tom gave him millions

    Where’s the Commissioner?

  • Coach Elkins

    Am I stealing your thunder?

  • Crimedog

    Put in super mario. We need to see if he can be a left tackle in this league before we go out and draft one with a top4 pick.

  • Coach Elkins

    Raiders are playing man coverage all day long….

    Panthers to Punt

  • Dakota

    Coach Elkins Says:
    November 9th, 2008 at 1:44 pm
    Am I stealing your thunder?
    ——————————–

    No d1ckhead you are not even on the most current thread. lol

  • Crimedog

    I will be pretty easy to cut Kwame though. Not much of cap hit there. Looks like we can’t pick up other people’s garbage like we used to.

  • Coach Elkins

    Dakota…are those the only bullets in your gun?

  • http://myspace.com/caliprodigy AO

    I like kalimba Edwards.. I think he’s a keeper man.

  • Maryland Raiderfan

    look folks, walker makes one catch and shows some effort and breaks a tackle hurting his ankle! Thanks Al who is walter going to throw to now? nmamdi?