By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 12:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.”