35.2 percent? Russell is at .500


So this is what it has come to.

The great defender of JaMarcus Russell is none other than Tim (That’s not true!) Kawakami.

A completion percentage of 35.2 percent (19-for-54) would be reason to express at least concern for an high school quarterback, alarm for a NCAA Division I quarterback and outright panic for an NFL quarterback.

Yet here comes Tim, Mr. Stir-it-up himself, stressing patience with Russell. Could be one of those mind-trick things, although it’s more rooted in common sense.

The most telling comment from Russell during his weekly meeting with the local media Wednesday came when he was asked bout the progress of other young quarterbacks such as Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, and why he didn’t measure up.

“I wish those guys the very best in their careers,” Russell said. “But that’s really things I can’t control. That’s out of my league and I play for the Raiders, not for those other teams. Like I said, I wish those guys the best. I’m their fan, a fan of football. Other than that, I really don’t pay much attention to it.”

The key words being, I play for the Raiders, not for those other teams.

Reminded me of the movie “Vacation,” where Clark Griswold’s son Rusty says, “Why can’t we be like other families?” Clark, played by Chevy Chase, says, “Because we’re not like other families. We’re the Griswolds.”’

While his general tenor Wednesday appeared to deflect a lot of the blame elsewhere, the real truth is a lot of the blame should be deflected elsewhere until he proves one way or another he can be a quarterback who can lead his team to a championship. As a No. 1 overall pick, anything less is a disappointment, although lifetime security is a hell of a consolation prize.

Has Russell had anything approximating the environment a young quarterback needs to succeed? Not even close. In fact, you could make a case that if you wanted to sabatoge a No. 1 pick, the way to do do it would entail a contract impasse, two head coaches, having three play-callers in two years and giving him dicey protection and an support cast of young receivers.

Check, check, check and check.

Russell has played pretty well against the Broncos in the past, as was duly noted by first-year Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

He’s pulled out of a tailspin once before and doesn’t seem overly concerned about the one he’s in now.

Am I surprised by the way he’s reverted to the scatter-armed quarterback I saw through much of the offseason? Sure, but no more so than Tom Cable, who conceded Monday he was surprised as well.

But with the season only two games old, it’s best to look at his won-loss record. Russell has one win, one loss.

That’s how they keep score, isn’t it?


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • kool aid, God did not put Obama in charge of this country. The voters did. To think that God even cares who becomes president of the United States is blasphemous in and of itself.

  • Raider Headbutt

    How much of a difference do you think having Pears in is going to make in the game on sunday?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis certainly has his favorites. Most of them are guys who listen to what he has to say and respect him. Others are former players who have decided to stick around and be loyal to Davis and the team.

    Napa Police are investigating the matter. nothing has been revealed to date. Cable involvement is just a rumor at this point. Cable said “everything will be fine” “no punches were thrown” “nothing happened” and “the facts haven’t all came out yet”

    Cable will not survive despite Al Davis. it’s a partnership that is glued together with trust. If Cable gave Davis the middle finger he’d be out on the street tomorrow. believe that. let’s not forget who built this team. did Davis resign Fargas and draft both McFadden & Bush to be decoys in a pass happy offense? He wants to run the ball and throw it over the top. thats no secret. he drafted Russell, Miller, Heyward-Bey and brought in Walker to have an effective passing game. Walker flunked and Chaz Schilens was a nice surprise. Murphy is also stepping up in Chaz’s absence.

    We have all the pieces in place to be a BALANCED offense. Until the passing attack can hold up thier end of the bargain, yes… I agree with you. run the ball. stick with what works

  • Richochet, guess who’s back on ignore? Sorry you wasted so much time with that novel. Just keep rereading it yourself, since nobody else is going to.

  • RaiderRockstar

    How much of a difference do you think having Pears in is going to make in the game on sunday?


    zero sacks for Elvis Dumervil!

  • Alright guys, I’m off for some lunch and then to pick up my black Russell jersey. Richochet, see you in a few hours. I know you’ll be here.

  • Richochet

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 10:45 am
    We’ll be 2-1 come Monday. And, it will be fun to watch you so called fans in here nitpicking Russell’s stats. I’ll be celebrating, with my authentic number 2 jersey that I’m about to pick up a the Arden Mall in Sac in a little while.


    Russell was signed 2 1/2 YEARS AGO. I would venture to say that most Raider “fans” who buy jerseys? Very likely bought it sometime shortly after the signing, or after he became permanent starter.

    But now, after a win? in the 3rd YEAR? NOW is when you ask your mommy to buy you a Russell jersey?

    Pretty funny seeing everyone laugh at you jumping ON THE BANDWAGON after a win..and admitting that NOW you’re going to get a jersey.

    Bandwagon fans…every team has them..and regardless of who they are, or which team they support, they’re the worst fans of all. One week you love them. Next week you can’t stand them. One week you wear the jersey, next week it’s for sale.

    What’s the word for that??? OH YEAH… WAFFLE!!

    Goodone, Real MaddenWaffle 😉

  • Plunketthead

    Everyone knows Otto would kick my arse and Cables if I showed up wearing a 00 with Cables name.

  • Richochet

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    Richochet, guess who’s back on ignore? Sorry you wasted so much time with that novel. Just keep rereading it yourself, since nobody else is going to.

    I’m confused.
    You’re going to read, or you’re NOT going to read?
    Obviously you read it. (Told you long time ago, worms feel safest hiding in dark places. Good for you, Waffle 😉 )

    Also..I thought you stated you WEREN’T going to post to me?
    WTF?? lol..I mean, look above..FIRST YOU STATE I’M ON IGNORE..then on #212..I’m “back on ignore”? lol…then..ON #213, RIGHT AFTER I’M ON IGNORE, YOU POST TO ME.

    You obviously can’t grasp the concept of “IGNORE”.

    See..everyone knows what it really means. Means you got owned, and it’s waving the white flag..but..pumpkin? You continuing what you’re doing now makes you look pathetic.

    Ok..here’s the rules. They are NOT open to interpretation.

    I get to slap you down. You just accept it.
    I get to laugh at your posts. You pretend you didn’t read it.
    I get to torch your silly takes. You get to do what you’re so good at..hide. 🙂

    I think that sums it up quite nicely. 🙂

    Hey..congrats on your ‘ON THE BANDWAGON RUSSELL JERSEY’.

    When he gets benched you can then pretend you never bought it. Wait. Considering he’s approaching Biggest Loser size qualifications, you can use his jersey for a small tent afterwards.

    Not a total loss.

  • 4evaRaider

    not if he couldnt catch you LOL

  • Plunketthead

    Sooner or later the manipulated market will crash.
    Good luck with that.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider Headbutt Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    How much of a difference do you think having Pears in is going to make in the game on sunday?


    Maybe part of its Morris at center (the most important player in the ZBS) but Gallery didn’t seem to be doing all that great after the first half against SD.

    Pears is out of his element at guard so you never know, but I think the Raiders should blow up Denver’s spotty and still adjusting to the 3-4 D.

    THIS could be the break out game fo one of our backs.

  • Nnamdi21

    215. Yup. Yet the Republi=can owned media tells us the commie is racking up the largest debt in the history of the world in his 200 days in office. What a joke…

    BTW, in case anyone cares about mroe than Kanye, we’re taking an azz kicking in Afghanistan and our boys are dying for no reason other than the $94 billion were giving to defense and chemical contractors.


    As always, NEVER take my word for it. Look it up yourself while you can…

  • Plunketthead

    He might have a nephew in the crowd looking to win favor with 00. I am not taking any chances.

  • Plunketthead

    new blog post!!

  • JLH, says he’ll play PR/WR on Sun. Chaz says he plans to be ready next week vs. Houston.–D. White’s twitter.