Russell, Gannon address inaccuracy

Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, quizzed about his accuracy problems in his weekly meeting with the media Wednesday, said timing has been a problem with his young receivers.

Through two games, Russell is 19-for-54, a league-low 35.2 percent. No other NFL starter is below 50 percent _ a figure Russell would need 16 consecutive completions to reach.

“On my behalf, sometimes extra-hitching it, the drop-step, when you’re expecting a guy to be a certaind depth,” Russell said. “Things like that happen. Just move on from it and look forward to the next game.”

Asked about the youth in the offense, Russell said, “That’s a part of it. Most of them are learning on the move. Most of them learning every day, the things we do with them. We try to get everybody on the same page.”

Russell described the issues of the passing game as not one thing but a lot of little things that will “get that ball going different ways.” He said he’s not always sure where receivers are going to be depending on the route.

“I know where the guys are going to be, but at the same time, once you look there, they’re not quite there yet,” Russell said. “Things sort of… you know… we worked on that, things that they should know and I should know . . . sometimes you have a guy get in your way so you’re not going to make your next step.”

That’s a word-for-word transcription, by the way, exhibiting that sometimes it’s as hard to see where Russell is going with an answer as where his pass is going on any given play.

Russell downplayed having a “breakout” game, saying, “I just see a complete game coming. I wouldn’t know what you want to call a breakout. But something we can go in there and just continue to do it on a consistent basis.”

Then there’s the loss of a wide receiver Russell trusted in Chaz Schilens.

“Chaz, he’s a big guy that you can miss at times,” Russell said. “He started off, was making some big plays. The guy can go up and attack the ball. He’s one that we can say that we miss. But at the same time, that’s why we have guys to step up in that spot for. Just work those guys.

“Don’t know when Chaz will be back. Hopefully he’ll be back soon. It is a guy that we miss out there.”

It could be all the function of having a great punter. When it doubt, throw it out of bounds and let Shane Lechler do his job.

“With the punter we have, you know, all-world Shane Lechler, go to the sideline, look at again, come back out again, let’s do it again,” Russell said.

Gannon on Russell

During his show on Sirius Satellite Radio, Gannon gave a thorough breakdown of Russell’s game as only he can. Gannon will be the color analyst Sunday in Oakland.

Among his observations:

— “I’ve talked to personnel people around the league. I’ve talked to people who have been at the games and there’s a lot of concern right now about JaMarcus Russell and his accuracy, his completion percentage. So I went back and did a study. I looked at his 21 starts, he’s completing just over 51 percent of his passes. And then this season, you look at his first two weeks, he’s completing around 35 percent of his passes. That obviously is not very good. I just think he’s missing too many opportunities and he’s holding back this offense right now.

“So what I did was I broke down every pass attempt from the first two weeks. I looked at whether he was under center or in the shotgun. I looked at the personnel on the field. I looked at whether it was a three-step drop, a five step drop, a seven-step drop, whether it was play action, whether he was rolling, and I really tried to break it down.”

— “There’s a number of things that you need to take into consideration. First and foremost, he’s had a number of different coaches, a number of different play-callers, a number of different coordinators, different QB coaches, in just his three short years in the league. That, I think, has had an impact on him, a negative impact. The second thing is the inexperience and lack of production at the wide receiver position has hurt him as well. Finally, after looking at all the film, I am convinced that all the things that he is struggling with can be corrected. So that’s a positive.”

— “A couple of things are very glaring. I think, you see a lot of times he falls away from throws. He seems to bail. I think a rush up inside bothers him. He needs to get more bend in his knees when he throws. He’s very upright and not a lot of bend in his knees. It may have something to do with his weight. He seems to be more comfortable operating out of shotgun than he does under center. He doesn’t do a very good job seeing out in front of throws and I think that comes with experience, really understanding and anticipating coverages. So that’s not something he does. When you look at the offensive game plan, the passing game, I think they’ve condensed the plan. It’s not very complicated. Fundamentally, right now, he is not very sound. His mechanics, his footwork, it’s inconsistent.”

— “He is much better, his completion percentage is much better, when he’s throwing to the tight end in that offense. Clearly, there’s a comfort level there with Zach Miller.”

— “I think sometimes he predetermines where he’s going to go with the ball. You can see that he makes up his mind very early in his drop. And the other thing is he misses a number of throws, almost a majority of his throws if you go back and look at it, they’re high which tells you that more of that weight is not on the front foot, that he’s leaning back, he’s throwing off of his back foot. These are some things that really jump out at me.”

— “Let me say this in terms of the coaching. He may have the premier (quarterbacks) coach in the National Football League when it comes to footwork, when it comes to preparing a quarterback in terms of the mechanics. Paul Hackett was my QB coach in Kansas City and was one of the big reasons why I was able to go on and have success in Oakland. He is a phenomenal coach. He coached Joe Montana. He’s coached a lot of great players in this league. I know he’s got a good coach there in Paul Hackett, his quarterbacks coach, a guy that I have the utmost respect for, and I know these are not the types of things, when I look at (Russell’s) footwork, that he’s coaching.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raider Dell

    So many excuses for Jamarcus.

    Dakota if you have the time, can you pull a list together with the many excuses, and break them down with bullit points to the number of times his weight, arm, receivers, what he ate, drank, and other tangible reason are on display.

    If you do that I will listen to the Branch interview and tell you if it’s worth listening to.

    I’m thinking of your list similar to the potential Terrell Owens signing in the spring.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    I hope they wear black this Sunday because it makes Jamarcus look less fat.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    legend Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    … or fake insanity and open up a flower shop.


    Coming soon to Mobile, Jawalrus Flowerz and Furz now offers discounts on roses that smell 35% as good as real roses. And furs that have a patented scotchgard coating guaranteed to repel BBQ sauce.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Never mind…that link didn’t work…sorry, it is a pretty cool picture.

  • Raider Dell


    Will you pull the list together, pretty please..

  • Raider Dell

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    legend Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    … or fake insanity and open up a flower shop.


    Coming soon to Mobile, Jawalrus Flowerz and Furz now offers discounts on roses that smell 35% as good as real roses. And furs that have a patented scotchgard coating guaranteed to repel BBQ sauce.



    You know KK will be on your back for that comment. How insensative are you. Let’s drop the scotchguard part.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    having Schilens back will do wonders for JAMhock. imo

  • olskoolraiderfan

    Russel has been inaccurate even in college. In college, he got away with it because of inferior talent level – obviously.

    On top of everything Gannon has said (which I absolutely agree with), I also question Russel’s professionalism – how the heck does a professional athlete – at the highest level of competition, mind you – come in so overweight?!?!

    I really question his dedication to his craft and his team, at this point. Think about it from this perspective, everyday we go to work and we do the best we can to get ahead and keep paychecks coming in. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck – so for sure we’re going to do whatever it takes to get better in our jobs to ensure that we keep our job. This guy already has big money. So, it appears to me that he is a slacker and is not concerned with putting in the time to get better.

    As die-hard Raider fans, we deserve a QB who works as hard as the people who pay their hard-earned money to watch the team play!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lol, I don’t think so Dell. Sorry…but here, I’ll repost the TO list just for you:

    Dakota Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Pro T.O.

    Chris in NY
    Da Racoon
    Edward Teach

    Hell No to T.O.

    Bo S. Jackson
    Senile King
    Fillet O Fish
    Hubbard Run Me Throw
    CJ Legend 34
    Raider O
    They Call Me Assassin
    Lynn from Snot
    Vegas Raider
    860Todd Christensen’s Shadow
    LA Raider

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    ottocrat Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    … just by looking at his JaNormous head.


    JaNormous Russell. LMAO.

  • joker94583

    DuhMarcBust… He is a bust. Gannon was being kind. PLus DuhMarcus is dumber than a bag of rocks, he doesn’t have the IQ to be a Pro Bowl, Super Bowl QB. There, it had to be said. He knows less than 80% of the playbook! Cable admitted this! Their offense is about as Vanilla as it can get already. We’ll be stuck with DuhMarcBust for at least two more seasons.

  • 4evaRaider

    Yep Eric Metcalf was special.His dad Terry was good 2

  • Richochet

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    Yeah Russell should throw it sidearm like Gannon, and never more than 8 yeards downfield. And try to steamroll a LB on a scramble.

    Methinks Gannon has arm envy…

    Where would Russell’s numbers be if he had Timmy, Garner and Rice to toss to?
    Arm envy? LMAO..you think a single qb in the NFL wants Russell’s arm?
    Why would they?
    His arm in like a sledge hammer out of control.

    When you throw a 15 feet screen pass that goes OVER the receivers head?

    Where would Russell’s numbers be if he had Rice or Brown?

  • Raider Dell


    Thanks for the list to see again.

    Don’t look to me for the interview on Branch. LOL

  • Washington Raider

    JB and CJ

    You guys are right on, we all just kind of assumed that McFadden would be motioned into the slot on many 2nd and 3rd down plays, and we have seen very little of it this year. Ultimatly If Bush would have been more willing to give it a try at FB last season it would have opened up a ton for this offense. What Bush failed to realize was being FB for McFadden would mean being a single back half the time with Mcfadden motioning out subject to LB coverage. He just simply needed to prove he could lead block for Mcfadden if teams got wise and started to go nickle when both Mcfadden and Bush were in the backfield. The way things are right now teams will continue to send in a nickle back when Bush and Mcfadden are back there knowing Mcfadden will be motioned outside, or some type of misdirection pitch to mcfadden outside are the only real options with Bush refusing to develope as a lead blocker.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I understand Dell.

  • http://i41.tinypic.com/eb53t3.jpg Lynn from Snot

    Huff to start if Eugene can’t go , JLH could be back if not DMac to fair catch punts. Pears to start LG

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Gannon was giving solid constructive criticism,
    with key points being addressed:
    1) Coaching/QB stability; which means Mr. Davis needs to retain Mr. Hackett as QB coach as well as Head Coach Cable. Mr. Russell playing with the same HC & QB coach will do wonders for the organization, the qb, and especially the team.
    2) Mr. Russell needs to not be afraid to make a mistake. I think (yes this comes from lack of coaching stability and Kiffin deserves much of this criticism) Kiffin over emphasizied not throwing ints.
    3) Jamarcus just fire that football. Your WRs are wearing gloves.

  • 4evaRaider

    Gawd CJ!!!!That was fuggin great watching Eric Metcalf!!!!!!!

    I noticed something tho…Metcalf does a little delay move B4 commiting himself on a running play…2 where Dmac hits the line faster than ANY back I;ve ever seen

  • Raider Dell


    Half or maybe less than half are not even on this blog. What happen, did you scare them off.

    AWOL= Voldemort, Samahain,Filet o fish, cho be,coinman,senile king( I liked his Nick) etc.,,

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Didn’t Jamarcus used to have a chin? His chin strap now looks like it is just covering his epiglottis.



  • 4evaRaider

    4evaRaider Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    Gawd CJ!!!!That was fuggin great watching Eric Metcalf!!!!!!!

    I noticed something tho…Metcalf does a little delay move B4 commiting himself on a running play…2 where Dmac hits the line faster than ANY back I;ve ever seen

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Registration not Dakota scared them off.

  • Nnamdi21

    Take your time Russell. You’ll get there…

    He relied too much on his arm strength and got a way with making those fall away throws and leaving his feet. It was very natural to him.

    Now suddenly he’s got pro level coaches trying to make him Joe Pocket passeer. which yeah, he needs to do, but they’ve stifled him and he’s stuck between both worlds right now.

    Worried about his feet and caught between wingin’ it LSU style or planting, setting, reading, throwing and the mechinics of it.

    He’ll get there…this year too…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Man, I hope we beat those friggin Broncos!!!!

  • Raider Dell


    Are you kiddin me. What registration? Or is it the posting to fast, or the time difference between commments. That is a good reason also.

  • olskoolraiderfan

    Anyone remember when some fans & Bay Area sportwriters were saying Kerry Collins was a better fit for the Raiders & would have better success than Rich Gannon!?!?!?!

    A couple of short years ago, Raider fans believed Jamarcus was the savior, fast-forward to 2009 “Russel, Gannon address accuracy”.

    How quickly things turn sour…

    Meanwhile, Joe Flacco & Matt Ryan come in to the league and start tearing it up from day 1…

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    If JLH can’t go, D-Mac to be PR will FAIR CATCH ONLY! per, Cable.—-Jerry’s twitter..


  • LA to TheBay

    Russell was better with his crappy LSU mechanics. In having Hackett and co. trying to tweak his game so much, he’s overthinking his throws.

    These first two games have been bad. It will get better.

    We all know he’s capable of making good throws and managing a game. We saw it last year.

  • Richard Bentley

    How does JR’s explanation get around throwing the ball into the ground, not hitting a wide open receiver, and not being able to complete a screen pass? To me, it’s more a matter of mechanics than anything else.

  • Nnamdi21

    Unoticed in the Jamarcus “scandal” is the fact this run defense has IMPROVED…

    No 100 yd rushers right?

    Ricky Brown showed hustle, Morrison had 13 tackles against KC, Branch is betting better and Seymour improves the whole line.

    Nnamdi even looks good busting up the run…

  • Washington Raider

    Can’t wait to see how Pears does at LG. I would love to see us upgrade at RG when Gallery gets back, and if Pears performs well, that is exactly what we will get. I’m not sure where Barnes stood before his injury, but when we signed this guy all I could think of is how much a move to RT would benefit this guys strenghs (Powerful and great at POA), and gloss over his weaknesses (not quite quick enough to handle elite speed rushers specifically dwight freeny). I sure hope Barnes has kept a good attitude and is now starting to push Green for that RT spot. I would love to see that right side of our OL upgraded and I think we have the players currently on the roster to do so.

  • DT42

    Dakota you remembered! Ah those were the days I can just imagine TO with his tears falling from behind his glasses yelling “JRuss is my QB!!!!!” I still don’t have a problem with the guy. But we are in a better place with our wide receivers than i thought we would be. Murphy has stepped up and has some upside. Chaz has the potential to be a solid number one option.

    Today is a good day, I still think we are going to destroy the Broncos, I’m in first place in my fantasy league and Gannon agreed with me that JRuss’s issues are correctable. But he went with foot work and knee bend. I went with hand placement and him trying to throw the ball too hard, and poor release points. JRuss has always had solid games vs the Broncos so i’m not worried. But i would like to see WAY MORE cut blocking from the O-Line. And i can’t wait for Mario to crush Elvis this week-end.

    GO RAIDERS!!!!

  • Terrapin

    You can understand everything Russell is saying if you actually listen to what he is saying.

  • alisgod

    Given alot of us has eaten crow over our whining of Huff over the years. We should be a lil more patient with Russ as it is his only 21 first game so far. Quite honestly, I only expected us to compete next year but this accelerated growth so far is a pleasant surprise. Everyone should calm down after Russ gets us into first place and a win over the Donkeys.

  • olskoolraiderfan

    #63 – Richochet.

    I agree.
    Can you imagine what Garner, Brown or Rice would say if Russel was missing them as bad as he’s missing his receivers now?

  • Raider Dell


    Fair comment. To others in this blog, the missed throws on some of the easy excuted plays are very troublesome, and are very bad throws.

    i have to believe Jamarcus will never be a high percentage QB, regarding his accuracy, but it would be nice to see a completed screen pass or a out pattern completed.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    Russell vs. Denver in 08. 27 of 37 (73%), 332yds., 3td’s, 0 ints, 127.3 passers rating.—D. White’s twitter.

    No wonder the Donkey’s have a new Coaching staff….

  • Terrapin

    A lot of this may very well have to do with confidence in his players. That they are going to be where he expects them to be. As well as some fundamental flaws in his rhythm.

    That’s the essence behind what JR said and what Gannon eluded to when saying he’s very accurate to the TE. Just think about that …how can that be? It just doesn’t make much sense to be accurate to some and not others.

    ZMiller says the same thing ….JR just has to develop a level of trust with the wideouts (ex-TEs).

  • tazZraider

    this is about murphy’s catch and how we got robbed


    read this gotta love this fleming guy for looking into this issue and hes confused why murphy didn’t get a td after jones and rosario had the same catch and they were awarded tds

  • JB

    Let’s get Mike Mitchell in there and hit them with a couple of run blitzes. We didn’t win the San Diego game but we certainly physically kicked their asses. Our D, in particular Seymour, was kicking ass and taking names.

    A little more of that against Denver topped off with a couple of Mitchell beheadings would be nice. Our D just needs to stay mean. They should also share that level of mean with our Offense letting them know what’s expected of them. Kind of reminds me a little of the good old day Raider defense.

  • http://http://www.mensa.org/ Sanitation Officer Albert Bigelow Paine

    Rich Gannon should be the Raiders General Manager.

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  • LA to TheBay

    Last time Russell played the Broncos, he was 10/11 and a TD.

    We need to see more games like this. Accurate, manage the game. Complete enough passes for them to respect it and open up the run game.

    YAC is going to be important. Just have Russell get them the ball and let his playmakers make plays.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    New post up

  • raiderdeek

    JR stares down his intended receivers for so long that you’d think a Raiderette was playing WR for us.

    I can’t believe JR is partially blaming the young o-line for his struggles. The o-line has been extremely well. They have been giving him time and picking up the blitzes. JR, there is something called the hot route and that doesn’t mean fumbling the ball like a hot potato for no reason (at least he hasn’t done that yet this year).

    Ok all of that was just for fun. I think JR can improve but he has a long way to go. Fortunately he is still young and Al Davis will give him plenty of time to improve. I hope he proves all of us wrong this Sunday. Go Raiders!

  • Einstein

    # alisgod Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Given alot of us has eaten crow over our whining of Huff over the years. We should be a lil more patient with Russ as it is his only 21 first game so far. Quite honestly, I only expected us to compete next year but this accelerated growth so far is a pleasant surprise. Everyone should calm down after Russ gets us into first place and a win over the Donkeys.


    Eating crow over Huff? It’s only two games fella.

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    Raider Dell Says:
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Half or maybe less than half are not even on this blog. What happen, did you scare them off.

    AWOL= Voldemort, Samahain,Filet o fish, cho be,coinman,senile king( I liked his Nick) etc.,,

    That’s because they can only use 1 sign in name now 👿

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    Did I see somebody say they agree with nutochet

  • JT

    Please write down these names, one of them will be with the raiders in 2010.

    Jim harbaugh

    Wouldnt it be nice for Gruden to be GM, Harbaugh head coach, Gannon offensive coordinator….

    Talk about a offensive powerhouse.