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Russell says he cares

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 12:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.

JaMarcus Russell is a bottom feeder among NFL starting quarterbacks in the following statitical categories _ completion percentage (41.3 percent), yards (378), touchdown passes (1), average gain per pass (5.04) and passer rating (39.8).

While there’s no statistical measurement for it, fans at the stadium, as well as on call-in radio and blogs like this would would add he’s also dead last in emotion and body language.

Russell said Thursday to assume he doesn’t care because of the way he looks would be a mistake.

“If you look at it all the time, even though we score a touchdown or two, I clap, go give the guys praise, but you never see me (getting too excited),” Russell said. “My coach in high school always told me to stay on an even keel, that way, nobody will ever read you, they will never know what you’re thinking about, how high you are, how low you are. I think that’s their opinion about how things go on but they really don’t know what’s going on in my mind.”

Russell insists he hasn’t lost confidence.

“Not at all. When things don’t go the way you want them to go, you dig down and go to the fundamentals,” Russell said. “From that (point), you pick yourself up because that’s mostly all it is when things happen like that, you kind of get out of whack and forget your fundamentals.”

Russell said playing fundamental football will bring the offense back on track and eliminate the “pressing” that coach Tom Cable talked about Wednesday.

He appreciates Cable’s public stance that he hasn’t considered changing quarterbacks, but feels he’s earned it.

“I worked to be that guy. If you look at it closely on film, things aren’t as bad as people make ’em out to be. The Denver Broncos are an NFL team. They have some defense to cover some things up, and that’s when you come up with throw away balls . . . I practiced to be that guy, from beginning to end.”

When the Raiders faced Houston last season in Week 16, they came in having lost three straight games and were playing out the string with a 3-11 record.

Seemingly out of nowhere, put together one of their best efforts of the season and beat the Texans 27-16.

The Raiders drove 64 yards in eight plays the first time they had the ball, with Russell hitting Chaz Schilens for a 20-yard touchdown. He was 3-for-3 for 41 yards on the drive. It was the first time in 55 games, dating back to 2005 when Kerry Collins was quarterback, that the Raiders had scored a touchdown on their first possession.

Oakland immediately did one of its patented give-backs, with the Texans marching 71 yards to tie the score, but the first touchdown established a level of confidence that carried throughout the game. By game’s end, Russell was 18 of 25 for 236 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Fargas had 93 yards on 22 carries on a rainy day.

“When you look at it on film, it’s like, everybody’s out there, joyful, going out, there, moving around, flying around to the ball, making things happen,” Russell said.

More to come later . . .

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  • UCSBPreMedMike

    COME ON YOU 10% RAIDERS WHO is making one of the worst NFL teams of ALL time. Get it together. Win Texas and we’re back at .500, 2-2.

    ….hey…I wonder if that 10% is just starters, or does that include coaching staff AND all back ups??? It would have too, no?

    Let’s see…if it’s our starters, then…. 11 men are on the field… if we Round-off that leaves 1 player as the 10%, (since there are no midgets on the field)…so yeah…I think Russell just might be the only one, since coach did say he is one of the 10%…hmmmm….
    if you take the entire team in consideration, the 10% must take into account the coaching staff.

    Maybe Cable should back to fundamentals and should have used that week to RUN ROUTES ON O!!! What ever happen to “practice makes perfect?”

  • MikieG

    Im sure he probably cares. I never have doubted that. I just HIGHLY doubt that he hasn’t lost his confidence. That is my biggest worry.

    *When things don’t go the way you want them to go, you dig down and go to the fundamentals,” Russell said. “From that (point), you pick yourself up because that’s mostly all it is when things happen like that, you kind of get out of whack and forget your fundamentals.”*

    Ummmm, What in the world are you talking about man, you have been missing “fundamental” throws since Training Camp began and it has quite obviously continued into the season. Everyone on the Planet knows you are NOT reverting back to your fundamentals. Otherwise 8 out of 10 passes wouldn’t be totally off the mark.

    *”Russell said playing fundamental football will bring the offense back on track and eliminate the “pressing” that coach Tom Cable talked about Wednesday”*

    I know what he means, but he is insane if he thinks that they are anywhere NEAR playing fundamentally sound football. It is what the team needs to do for sure, but so far, they have been horribly undisciplined…

    Denial aint just a river in Egypt JROCK–you need to listen to people who know what the hell they are talking about, you are wayyyyyy to young to just think you can have just any old mechanics you want. Get it done dude, my little sister throws a better ball than you….

  • LA to TheBay

    OMG..definitely a kid.
    “vanquish foes”?
    “subjects of the nation”?
    “dark one’s dungeon”?

    lol..you SCREAM 14.

    That wasn’t just weak, it wasn’t just juvenile..it’s embarrassing.
    Hell, I’m embarrassed for you.

    When you grow up, and look back, you’re going to laugh at yourself for that silly kiddy take.
    ==================================================

    Those who are subjects of the Land of Fairies have no business in the Land of Oak or the City of Angels. Be gone, oaf.

  • Raiders4eve

    Trade JR, DMC, DHB, next year 1st Rounder for Peyton or Brady, lol who knows NE might believe in Raiders players, wish this could happen.

  • Richochet

    LA to TheBay Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:12 pm
    Darrius the Quick was knocked off course by a seasoned warrior when battling last Sunday in the Land of Oak.

    However, Darrius the Quick has displayed no fight, no hunger, and no desire to snare the Pigskin from the air.

    His demeanor on the field is that of a young warrior, not aclimated to the nature of the League of Football.

    Chaz the Beast is sorely needed amongst the ranks of the Silver & Black.

    Another warrior has fallen out of favor with the Supreme Commander, Javon – Sniffer of Rails, and wallows in the dregs of the Dark One’s dungeon, never to be seen on the field of battle.

    JaMarcus the Arm must show more than resolve and indifference.

    While not allowing his foes to see his quiet intensity, he has also prevented subjects of the Nation from seeing it as well.

    JaMarcus the Arm must show results and vanquish foes on the field of battle Sundays in the autumn and winter.
    ==========================
    OMG..definitely a kid.
    “vanquish foes”?
    “subjects of the nation”?
    “dark one’s dungeon”?

    lol..you SCREAM 14.

    That wasn’t just weak, it wasn’t just juvenile..it’s embarrassing.
    Hell, I’m embarrassed for you.

    When you grow up, and look back, you’re going to laugh at yourself for that silly kiddy take.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Watch the 2nd pick that Russell throws. Champ Bailey comes across the route and hits DHB hard right as the ball is thrown knocking him waaay off the route and resulting in the pick. Do you think Marvin Harrison or T.O. would allow that to happen??

    ***

    now dhb ALLOWS db’s to knock him off his route?

    LOL! Russell is garbage. deal with it. quit trying to spread the blame to his receiving options

  • Richochet

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    The last article mentions how Nnamdi never talks on the field and this one how Russell never shows emotion. NO LEADERS!!!

    Our best guys are into their own heads.

    I get Russell’s Jim Brown tactics. I do.

    But your are the QB. You’ve got to lead. If not thru your words, then thru your actions.

    WORK EXTRA WITH YOUR WIDES.

    You can be the best ever if you want it…

    Lets do it Russell!
    ==============
    First off, NO, he can’t be the best. He, IF HE REALLY WANTS IT, can be adequate. Can do his job, albeit barely. the best? Impossible. He has NONE of the tangents necessary to develop into the best. Bad footwork. Horrible touch on the ball. Can’t read a defense. Makes bad decisions. Bad work habits. Blase’. Has NO DESIRE TO BE THE BEST.
    Again, IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO EVER BE THE BEST..best he can hope for is to not be a footnote on ‘biggest bust’.
    Adequate qb? Maybe..maybe not.

    And Jim Brown? Yeah, he got up the same, each and every time..always…very very very slow. No tells.

    However, before EVERY game? He would walk across the field, and stand in front of the other team..would walk slowly back and forth..feet away…staring..daring them to stop him once the game started..making it clear ‘DON’T F**k WITH ME”..stating “you don’t stand a chance”.

    And they knew he was right.

    NEVER put Russell’s name in the same sentence as Jim Brown. That’s an insult to Brown.

  • LA to TheBay

    “When you grow up, and look back, you’re going to laugh at yourself for that silly kiddy take.”

    Says a being who claims to have children, yet doesn’t tell them he calls people peanuts on the internet.

    Poor, jaded fool. So much energy spent here, with nothing to show for it other than tears and frustration.

    I’m sorry for you.

    That is all.

  • UCSBPreMedMike

    Sucks, cause Raiders looked VERY promising after GAME 1. Then it was ALL back to reality.

    Well…back to homework…keep your head up NATION….just like like Russell and Cable do after breaking records for having the worst statistics… HAHAHA!

  • Raider Headbutt

    No1 is going to trade for our players right now because they either would not start on another team anyway or they get paid too much money and have not proven themselves.

    Eventually Al has got to realise he needs to draft some linemen. The trench is where the games are won and lost and with a good O line your offense will be good almost 100% guaranteed.

    Good Dline and you are going to get natural pressure which we have not been getting since week 1 which means or LBs will not have to blitz because they don’t anyway.

    Thats how this team needs to build itself. If they start doing this now, we may have a chance in a couple years of being decent, however I wish they did that before drafting the skill players.

  • UCSBPreMedMike

    Ya knowwww….I remember “Fundamental English” and “Fundamental Math”…those classes we all called “Retarded English” and “Retarded Math.” even for those of us who took them. DAVIS! Come on man, you have GOT to STOP drafting those players that still need to develop the “fundamentals” of football.

  • Raider Headbutt

    Some people will say its too early to start talking about next years draft, with regards to personel they are right.

    But we all know we are going to finish near the bottom. Trade down to a lower 1st and get an extra 2nd at the very least and draft some linemen on both sides for god sakes lol.

    Every year between injuries and just people that suck our lines are garbage. I dont mind our D line this year but still needs work cuz we need more pressure.

  • LA to TheBay

    “lol..you SCREAM 14.”

    You scream “Oh, Alex Smith, harder daddy!”

    I win.

  • ragin

    Russell = raider savior!

  • Plunketthead

    JR just texted me. Heres what he told Al to get him for Christmas.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33073155/ns/world_news-africa

  • Plunketthead

    I use to never do it and it pains me to do it as well.
    This Raider hating blog has worn off on me and now I am reduced to making fun of Twinkletoes and Jamarsbar.

    Whats next? A bitter hatred for Al?

    NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Im all in, Al
    Kick some texas boot arse Sunday!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    “If you look at it all the time, even though we score a touchdown or two, I clap, go give the guys praise, but you never see me (getting too excited),” Russell said. “My coach in high school always told me to stay on an even keel, that way, nobody will ever read you, they will never know what you’re thinking about, how high you are, how low you are. I think that’s their opinion about how things go on but they really don’t know what’s going on in my mind.”

    ***************************

    You know, I try to root for the kid, and sport his jersey but this quote really pisses me off.

    First of, JAMARCUS, I would like to “look at it all the time” when “we score a touchdown or two”, only problem is, that never happens. “WE” have scored 3TD’s all year, and you didn’t lead a TD drive in the preseason. I’m sure if you HAD in fact scored TD’s “all the time” you might have showed a little more emotion.

    Plus this one, “but they really don’t know what’s going on in my mind.”

    I think we have a clue what’s going on, JAMARCUS, when you go sulk on the bench, don’t say crap to any teammates and just rock your stupid fkn Mo-Hawk and diamonds. What is it, just “keeping an even keel” like your Bubba Gump HS coach told you? Why don’t you tell us what’s “really going on your mind” and instead of telling us we just really don’t know.

    This guy needs to get a clue, quickly.

  • Plunketthead

    Has anyone used Jabuffalo yet?

  • RaiderRockstar

    plunkett:

    nope jabuffalo is all yours

    i got jawalrus

    bsj has janormous

    909 has jameatloaf

  • LA to TheBay

    Plunketthead Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Has anyone used Jabuffalo yet?
    ———————————-
    Nope, you’re good, Plunk. Credit Plunketthead with the first usage of ‘Jabuffalo.’

    There’s been some good ones. I think I’ll get a list going tomorrow.

  • LA to TheBay

    I claim JaLargest.

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

    Damn work!

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    What about JaWhale??

    @3:01pm

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I personally like Jason Whitlock’s:

    “Offthemarcus”

  • LA to TheBay

    Wow, RRS jumped way into the future.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Rockstar, we will talk about the upsets another time. I think you might be on to something in post #21.

  • RaiderRockstar

    oh, and UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER has “japotroast”

    sorry

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Jamammal

  • Raider Headbutt

    Jagantor

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk. see ya fellers

  • Raider Headbutt

    Jacrapwrap

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    JaHolstein?
    JaGurnsey?
    JaAngus?
    Jahefford?

    @3:05pm

  • Plunketthead

    I still have faith in the young man, JR. He will catch fire sooner or later. I think Cable will get better as well. Hell I think that way about the entire team. Lots of upside for players and theres nowhere to go but up for the team.
    I am not giving up on the season but I will be content to take our lumps this year and return next year with some line help in a deep draft. Keep Cable for at least one more year.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    JaDouble-Double?

    @3:13pm

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

    Jamassive Russell?

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

    It isn’t hard when your division is the AFC West…our chance to make something of this year depended on playing fellow AFC West patsies the first three games…we blew it.

    lucky to get to 5 wins now.

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

    Jamakeuscringe Russell.

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

    Jhill,

    Like I said, Chris Morris sucks.

  • Plunketthead

    Jatacotime

    This is a tough schedule this year. Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Ravens, Jets, Steelers,.
    Day games back east are a killer for us.
    Starting off with three Division teams is another hard hurdle. I bet no other team did that.

  • LA to TheBay

    Ok, I got it.

    Write it down, take a picture, I don’t give a F.

    JaMarshmallow Truffle.

    Word.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Unfortunately we do have an identity JHill, it’s of a poorly disciplined team, with a vanilla scheme on D, and a young-struggling QB.

  • jhill

    Not sure if anyone saw NFL playbook …

    You would think that they would have broken down the ineffective passing game. Surprisingly, the focus was on the ineffective offensive line and how they can not run block. The illustrated Chris Morris getting handled in the run game, other Oline guys on the ground, and of course Cornell Green whiffing.

    Next on the list was McFadden’s 4 fumbles.

    Said the lack of production from the last 3 first round picks is killing the team. Zero Identity! Who are they?

  • LA to TheBay

    What’s up, Jhill?

    What I’ve been noticing on passing plays is that they’ve been sending WRs and TE deep and having a RB chip block and then trying to get open up the middle.

    Mike Bush would have had a catch and probably some YAC on that 2nd pick.

    Running game really not that bad. Just need more reps.

    DMC will be explosive if he can figure out how to get through the second level. I’ll give him this, he’s hitting the holes hard, harder than Mike Bush.

    Difference is that Bush is far more patient and allows his blockers to do their thing and he takes better angles.

  • jhill

    JaMakesUsActSilly ?????

  • LA to TheBay

    jhill Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    JaMakesUsActSilly ?????

    Lol, right.

    Big guy will shake it when he starts putting up Ws.

  • jhill

    Exactly LA …

    Look how long JRuss held on to the ball on that 2nd pick, and DHB and the 2nd WRs were just coming out of their route.

    These patterns are way too deep and 2 of the 3 guys are NEVER open.

    Tollner and his Air Coreyell offense need to go in a different direction.

  • Plunketthead

    My brain agrees, but my heart is holding out for Cable & Co turn that corner.
    They can still turn this season around. Gotta hit the QB and hit him hard. It would not take much to knock Matt Schaub out. He is injury prone.
    A little luck and we can win two games against the 6 above.
    Beat the Browns, Bengals and Denver, KC or SD.

    We can still go 8-8

    Best year ever!!!!!

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    I USED JaPoatroast first

    paten pending

    lmfao

  • LA to TheBay

    I think it should be a ‘frohawk.’

  • Plunketthead

    Did anyone look at the size of the diamond JR ordered?