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Russell says he wasn’t fined

Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell shrugged off the statements by former NFL quarterback and television analyst Boomer Esiason as part of the job and said Thursday he hadn’t been incurred any fines by the club.

Esiason said on on the air Sunday Russell had been fined “heavily” for being late for meetings, missing one entirely, and for being overweight.

Russell said he wasn’t are of the comments until he was told during his weekly meeting with the local media.

“Actually I haven’t heard it. That’s a first for me. I don’t really play into that and I don’t have any truth to missing a lot of meetings because I’m the guy that needs to be in there and know what it takes for the guys around, so I don’t really play into all of that.”

Asked if he had been fined, Russell said, “Not at all.”

Asked if he had missed a meeting, Russell smiled, looked over at media relations director Mike Taylor and said, “Ask Mike on the side.”

If Russell is bothered by the criticism of his work ethic, he is not letting it show.

“People have their own opinion and decide to say whatever it is they want,” Russell said. “ That’s those guys. I don’t really have anything to say about it. People do their thing and you can’t stop it. You can’t stop what a person says about you. The only thing you can do if you know it’s not true is use it to make yourself better. So I don’t really play into all that.”

Russell was in agreement with Tom Cable’s claim that the Texans game (12-for-33, 128 yards) was one of his best in terms of presence and decision-making, and if the protection had been better and fewer passes had been dropped, would have looked much different on the stat sheet.

“You could say that. As far as decision-making, I really haven’t made any bad decisions. I know where to go with the ball. It’s just a matter of executing and wanting to get there,” Russell said. “You never know what’s the cause of us being off together. It’s a team effort. If we can’t meet up at the end of the stick, that’s sometimes where you see the ball thrown away, or the ball thrown short or wide, or a guy sometimes might not be in the right spot. It’s all of us. It’s things that we can fix. That’s what we continue to do each and every week when we come out here every day to practice.”

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  • 4evaRaider

    should be

  • 4evaRaider

    4evaRaider Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    Wel we’ll just have to tune in tomorrow 2 find out the answers 2 this and “other” important questions

  • OAKlifer

    OAKlifer Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    7. Popeye’s Chicken

    cast your vote now !!!

    ++++++++++++

    Votes are in it looks like Popeye’s bye a good margin!!

  • 4evaRaider

    pound da rock

  • raiderkoolaid

    Personally I am white and I love fried chicken.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I find all the Popeye’s, Fried Chicken jokes offensive. If Russell were white, we wouldn’t hear all the Fired Chicken, lazy comments, and other racist code.

    That’s why I’ve been on the Podunk boy today.

    Ok, off to the gym.

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

    The guy who didn’t fine Russell should be fined.

  • OAKlifer

    SOUTHWICK WHERE ARE YOU??????????????????????????????

    “I don’t have any truth to missing a lot of meetings because I’m the guy that needs to be in there and know what it takes for the guys around, ”

    WTF this sounds so stupid…..and we dont care if its ALOT or ONE you cant miss ANY…your FAT kinda sLOW and have about ZERO acceracy

  • OAKlifer

    I find all the Popeye’s, Fried Chicken jokes offensive. If Russell were white, we wouldn’t hear all the Fired Chicken, lazy comments, and other racist code.

    That’s why I’ve been on the Podunk boy today.

    Ok, off to the gym.

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

    This is why Racsisim will always exsits people will take a normal conversation and pretend that it is offensive to thier people….
    For the record I bet you guiys have no Idea if Im white or black but if I told you I loved fried chicken you would assume im black Well Kell if thats true then you my friend are the racsist….Untill you quit seperating your self they never will…

  • raiderkoolaid

    Russel was really bad against Denver and most of the KC game excluding the last drive, but he played well against Houston. With the six or nine drops the receivers had he could have easily been over two hundred yards, and with the additional first downs that those plays might have netted he could have been near three hundred yards.

  • VanHeathen

    He’s not playing as bad as the numbers look.He’s far from, but he isn’t getting a lot of help from his recievers.
    Maybe that’s why we could play Javon a little bit, we need to get him
    someone other than Miller and Murphy
    who actually have consistent hands.

  • big pep

    if j-russ says hes not late,overweight,missing meetings, and says hes working hard, not being fined, and getting better, we should believe him cuz his weight, accuracy, and dedication sure shows on the field.j-russ suxs.

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

    Mike Taylor told Janormous to deny the missed meetings and fines. Thus, he looked at Mike when the questions got tough – “for details on my lies, please direct your questions to the tool on my right.”

  • raiderdav

    well he loves chicken…. look hes fat, and he sure loves to eat, im telling you jawalrus is in the wrong sport, you know where he will excelled expectations….nathans hotdog eating contest…imagine him there, the word BUST wont be put on him. what a joke, hes pimp AL DAVIS sure has taught him well in one thing and that is LYING, but come on what moron is going to believe anything that comes out of his mouth.

    anyways checkout this link great story on jawalrus.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=cr-russellstruggles100809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

  • NoGreaterRaider

    Why does it seem like we all care more about winning than the actual players do? You would think we are 4 – 0 the way Russell is talking. This is unbelievable. I will be SHOCKED if we don’t get blown out by the Giants. Then what???? “Well we are getting closer, we had a few drops, blah, blah, blah.” These guys need to step it up and have some damn self pride!

  • RaiderRockstar

    #1 “I don’t have any truth to missing a lot of meetings because I’m the guy that needs to be in there”

    #2 Asked if he had missed a meeting, Russell smiled, looked over at media relations director Mike Taylor and said, “Ask Mike on the side.”

    #3 “As far as decision-making, I really haven’t made any bad decisions.”

    ***

    So he knows that he should be at meetings. He’s missed some. Hasn’t been fined for it. and is proud of his performance over the past 4 games?

    somebody please tell me this kid isn’t dumber than a box of rocks! Cable said he isn’t putting the work in. Said 90 percent of the team “gets it”, but JR doesn’t.

    what else do you guys need to know ??? he has BUST written all over him.

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

    So basically he has missed meetings, but hasn’t been fined, and he doesn’t think he has made a bad decision yet. And he “doesn’t play into all of that”, whatever the hell that means.

    OK Jamarcus. Well, at least he believes in himself, lol.

    Off to run around a little and than go watch the inaugural UFL game. Got tickets for donating blood, so there should be nobody at the game, so maybe I can heckle Denny Green a little. “They are who we thought they were!!!!!”

    BTW, LV Loco’s -7, I’m going to throw $20 on it just for giggles.

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

    big pep Says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:09 pm
    if j-russ says hes not late,overweight,missing meetings, and says hes working hard, not being fined, and getting better, we should believe him cuz his weight, accuracy, and dedication sure shows on the field.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    LMAO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Ok, off to the gym.

    ***

    why Kell? ate too much Fried chicken for dinner last night?

  • raiderdav

    i would rather have Ryan Leaf then this moron, at least Ryan Leaf showed emotion about his performance, Russell is nothing but a hillbilly. Wow he sure thinks HIGHLY of himself, so hes not overweight, i see politics in his future when hes ready to retire.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oaklifer, dav & koolaid –

    I love fried chicken. got no problems with that whatsoever. if you’re an athlete you gotta take care of your body. that means working out and watching what you eat. he looks like a sloth out there, so it’s no surprise that he’s not doing the things expected of an NFL player, especially a QB (which is probably the most difficult position to play)

    I’ve heard plenty of fat jokes about Jared “hefty lefty” Lorenzen, but guess what? HE’s a BACKUP! he’s not in the national spotlight and no team is counting on him to lead them to victory. he was also undrafted, not #1 overall

    it’s not racism that makes people say “Russell sucks” it’s the truth …

  • jano11

    Jamarcus needs to raise his standards

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • BAMA_RAIDER

    Beat the Giants!!!! I’m behind the team all the way. I’m supporting Jamarcus and the team. How can you losers call the guy a bust when he’s only entering his 2nd season as a starter, working with his 3rd or 4th play caller, has a sh!%%^ offensive line, 3 rookie WRs who can’t catch da ball or run good routes against tight coverage, and no running game. Even Tom Brady or Peyton Manning would struggle under these conditions.

    His numbers aren’t that good but several balls have been dropped or just thrown away from being under pressure or not having anyone open. 1 series last week your most sure handed WR dropped 3 consecutive balls that him in the hands. I’m sure that was Jamarcus’s fault too…and I’m sure it did wonders for his confidence.

    You guys don’t really understand football if you’re ready to call him a bust already. Most of you were calling Nnamdi a bust his first couple of years too…remember.

  • Vinous

    I hope Russell is right about these problems being fixable. For us fans it looks like Russell is not throwing the ball away on purpose but overthrowing by a large margin. His interception rate is low considering his inaccuracy…so maybe he is partially right. We’ll see, at game 8 he should have these problems worked out or I see another QB at the helm.

  • halster

    Yeah it’s pretty easy to dump all over the man but if he gets on top of the
    mistakes and such I bet there will be alot of bandwagon back slapping going on.
    I must admit I have taken my shots too, But the racist crap is out of line. I’m sure
    that the guilty ones couldn’t carry the man’s rock sling. Speaking of rock slings where the hell is MistaBrowneye ? He talks so much smack, I want a piece of that
    action. Some of those jerk comments deserves some topping. Come out come out where ever you are Punky Brownster !!!

  • dirtyraider

    Halarious Halster, and I agree with you. Yes JRuss has looked horrible at times, but again numerous OC, two head coaches, horrible offensive line and WR who are not where they are supposed to be. I admit, he did not look so bad against Houston. Those WR make those catches, and the above comments would be alot different. Believe me no one clapped louder or jumped up and down more than me when we selected JRuss. Has he put in the needed work? NO. But he did look better against Houston. Maybe the coaching staff will help him out and call some smart plays. So predictable-run on 1st, run on 2nd, pass on 3rd, punt. Four games before they run the 1st end around with DHB. Netted 22 yards. Open it up. Throw some hitches to DHB, some more end arounds. Get his confidence up. More screens to slow down the rush. How about some passes on 1st down. JRuss hasn’t put in the work, but he’s not getting alot of help from that coaching staff. I could call a better offensive game than them. And by the way….I love fried chicken. Does that mean I’m black?

  • halster

    Hey DirtyRaider, Glad you like the jabs at the Brownhole resident, there’s more
    where that came from. I’m old school where the Raiders are concerned and I
    agree with your observation about opening it up. In fact, the myth of Al and the vertical game is alot of media crap. If you check out the glory years, it was done with a tough ground game and alot of dumpoffs to the backs, screens to the tightends, medium passes to the receivers and when the opposition choked on that the QB’s would go long. Al Davis learned it from Sid Gillman and Bill Walsh leared it From Al and Paul Brown. They now call it the ” West Coast Offense”.
    Most of what is going on now is out of sequence. If we had a good run sceme
    with decent blocking, nobody would be loading the box and the simple passes would open the rest up.

  • Jay

    Clearly Russell is a bad QB. The one thing that prevents me from putting him in the same class as Leaf is he does not crack. I doubt he will one day be great but at least he has a chance to NOT be completely abysmal.

  • halster

    Jay, what is not clear is why Russell looked so damn good at LSU and in
    Oakland he is eratic. I have to believe that the difference is at LSU he had a
    great O-Line and as we have all seen the Al Davis drafts of the past several
    years. No quality O linemen drafted like Upshaw and Shell, etc. Tom Brady
    would have problems here for that reason. Al is in love with fast Corners
    and Receivers. The O-Line here like the D-Line and Linebackers have been an after thought.That is where a credible GM and scouts would talk Al into better choices.The Line play can make or break a team as we all have seen. Is Ron Wolf still breathing?

  • butterypat

    KoolKel, couldn’t agree more. Remember in one of the live chats how somebody said something like “I don’t think Russell has the mental quickness to be an NFL quarterback” and Jerry responded “how do you know how fast his mind works?” All I could think of was “same way everybody could tell how fast Doug Williams’, Warren Moon’s, Randall Cunningham’s, Vince Young’s, and Michael Vick’s minds worked”. Maybe I’m missing somebody, but have you ever heard of a white quarterback get questioned on whether they’re “smart” or “quick” enough to play in the NFL, at least right off the bat? Of course, we ought not point that out, lest we incoherently get exposed as the “real racists”, which doesn’t make any sense, but hey, I guess it sounded good when Rush said it.

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  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    Hahahahh post 20 Jamarcus a hillbilly hahah funny………..

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  • Larz

    I’m with Halster on the coaching.

    There needs to be a beleivable identity of our offense.

    Your D makes a big goal line stop in a divisional game and you have the best punter in the world sitting on the bench.

    What do you call “Bombs away”.
    Dumb Dumb Dumb.

    Give the players some breathing room play a feild position game and then you can mix up your offense.

    The coaches should know WHO they are coaching as much as the players should know their assignments.

  • philuzsi

    Jamarcus should admit he was fined for being late and embrace accusation of being overweight. At least “fat and lazy” is an excuse and possibly fixable. “Just plain inept” is the other possibility and there’s no cure for that. Been a Raider fan since ’77 and just never dreamed it would get like this. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel? Seem to be getting farther away.

  • OFL71

    He needs to be fines for his performance on the field!
    HE IS TERRIBLE.
    Dead last in every major statistical category.
    His lack of commitment and work ethic are a complete joke.

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