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JaMarcus addresses the boo birds

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Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell said Thursday he welcomes the advice of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and conceded he was taken aback by the booing his last home appearance, a 23-3 loss to Denver.

“By being fans, you wish they could be more supportive,” Russell said. “We’re already down in the dumps and that doesn’t make it any better. The best thing for that is just have them come together with us. Who knows? I really don’t.

“It was crazy for me. I had never really been in that situation before you just have to pull out of it. A lot of people are fed up over the course of a year but the only thing we can do this week is make some plays and hopefully it will go the other way.”

McNabb said he looked forward to seeking out Russell before the game. Russell will make himself easy to find.

“He’s been around the game a long time, been in some ups and downs so he kind of knows how to push through things,” Russell said. “That’ll always be good to get some advice.”

Russell compared it to the first time he met Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning at the Mannings’ football camp and then finding himself on the same field in the NFL.

He echoed the mantra of coach Tom Cable and insisted the Raiders are merely a few details from turning ineffective plays into big ones.

“It’s the small things. When we break it down or watch film, it’s never that we’re a ways away from making it happen,” Russell said. “Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can keep you from excelling to the next level. Everything that’s been said, people say that, but on the inside as a team we really accept the challenge of being accountable for one another and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Asked about his three lost fumbles against New York and inability to “feel” a pass rush, Russell said, `You do but most of the time you’re looking away and it sneaks up on you. Those guys have a full-fledged running start straight at you, and sometimes guys hit you but most of the time guys go right for the ball, so if you’re looking away sometimes you can’t clench up for it. I have to get better with that and clench up a little earlier I think. That’s the head start they have on us as a quarterback. Most of the time you’re looking upfield to make something happen when that happens.”

Greg Ellis had the following advice for fans who are quick to boo Russell:

“I say to them, if they’re true football fans, they need to look back at Troy Aikman. Troy wasn’t always the greatest quarterback that ever played football. When he started out, (his) first year they were 1-15, didn’t win but one game. Eli Manning, another quarterback who’s kind of in the era right now, Eli started out, and they were talking about, ‘Man, did we do the right thing by drafting this guy?’ And there’s other quarterbacks, I’m pretty sure, that fall in that same category.

“ JaMarcus came here with a unique situation. He came here, he wasn’t allowed the opportunity to sit down and watch and learn from somebody. That’s the way the business works in the NFL right now. So, now what JaMarcus has to do – and JaMarcus is doing it – is to get in there and find out, what does it take to be an NFL quarterback? People may say, ‘Well, can he do that in one night and figure it out?’ The answer to that is, obviously, no. You can ask Eli Manning. You can ask any quarterback that’s pretty good in this league. Ask them about it.

“But, he has to continue to be diligent on working on figuring all that stuff out, the coverages out and all that stuff. And if he wants that bad enough, then he’ll be a great quarterback in this league.”

More to come later . . .

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Kirk

    Until Al Davis realizes that the offensive line is the most important position on the field, we will continue to suck.

  • 4evaRaider

    Dont worry

    Be Happy

  • Brien the General 510

    Yes Dakota you liberal left wing msnbc bastard boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    And go Irish!!!

  • Russell, if you even have to address this issue, it means you are not made of the stuff necessary to be a great NFL QB anyhow.

    Just STFU and prepare for the game and lose a few lbs fatboy.

  • doriangray

    taken aback huh? this is further proof that j.russ is out of touch with reality. in his mind hes the big man on campus at oakland university. WHAT A LARGE DUFUS…….:) but hey , i read th bible today & i think we are lookin at this season all wrong. we need these hard times to get to the light.

  • I’ll boo if I want to!! Has Cable been fired yet?!

    FU Cable & legalize it!

  • Brien the General 510

    “By being fans, you wish they could be more supportive,” Russell said. “We’re already down in the dumps and that doesn’t make it any better. The best thing for that is just have them come together with us. Who knows? I really don’t.

    “It was crazy for me. I had never really been in that situation before you just have to pull out of it. A lot of people are fed up over the course of a year but the only thing we can do this week is make some plays and hopefully it will go the other way.”
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    Loser talk. No wonder he is viewed as an idiot

  • doriangray

    troy bleepin aikman ? greg ellis has to be sufferin from a concussiopn . oh yeah.. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Brien the General 510

    # Dakota Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Russell, if you even have to address this issue, it means you are not made of the stuff necessary to be a great NFL QB anyhow.

    Just STFU and prepare for the game and lose a few lbs fatboy.
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    Exactly

  • Chris in NY

    I respect Ellis’ opinion and I’ve said the same things for the last two seasons. But something needs to click here soon and show real signs of progress or it’s time to put Gradkowski or Frye in and let JaMarcus continue learning from the sidelines.

    I don’t want to give up on JaMarcus. You see flashes of greatness. He can fire the ball 35 yards down field with a flick of the wrist and have it on the receiver before a defender has time to react. But there are too many poor throws, throwaways, etc. that suggest either our receivers are really, really bad at getting open, or JaMarcus doesn’t realize what “open” means in the NFL and isn’t making good decisions.

    You have to almost consider benching JaMarcus as an experiment. To get a better grasp on, OK, is it just JaMarcus or is the offense around him a complete mess as well. Otherwise, how do you know who to keep and how to improve?

  • SC

    It’s his third year in the league, Ellis…does he realize that! He’s not a rookie, anymore!

    He should have done his homework the first year…some homework the second year…and master the dam position this year!

    I have a right to be fustrated when we dish out hundreds of dollars in season tickets!!

    When is it going to end! That two game momment swing from last year got us no where! Were back to 2006 numbers in offense..or even worse.

    Ellis, I am a big football fan and season ticket holder…enough is enough!

  • ottocrat

    You don’t want us to boo, eh? Then, why don’t you and Emperor ALpatine refund our tickets for the torture you’re putting us through. If you two buffoons do that, then I’ll shut F up.

  • snnyjcbs

    And the fans that jump the wagon once they start winning wonder why the players look at them like they are dirt when they go for that pen stroke.

    Can you blame them, I remember sitting in the stands and listening to what fans were saying about Nnamdi early on. Now those same people are coming across like they trained the dude, punks, nothing but punks.

  • Brien the General 510

    chris………….you know i respect you man but Russell is the worse QB ever! Team quit becuz he sucks. They see a scholarship player that will never get it revoked. Ordained starter and hasnt proved he is worth all that cheddar

  • 4evaRaider

    who knows what???

  • Well, at least JaCarcass constructed a few intelligible sentences for once. Usually he sounds as ignorant as a crayfish.

    http://www.oafe.net/shocka/art/muppkp1.jpg

  • SC

    here….here….Brien the General 510

  • Brien the General 510

    # snnyjcbs Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    And the fans that jump the wagon once they start winning wonder why the players look at them like they are dirt when they go for that pen stroke.

    Can you blame them, I remember sitting in the stands and listening to what fans were saying about Nnamdi early on. Now those same people are coming across like they trained the dude, punks, nothing but punks.
    **************************8

    Did Nnamdi holdout? Did Nnamdi show up out of shape? Has anyone ever questioned his work ethic? Does he ride around with an entourage who makes fun of people being poor?

    Ok since we know the answer to all the above, do us a favor and stop giving the guy excuses. He is trash

  • Raiders4eve

    Jamarcus SUCKS BOOO#####

  • maddenraiderfan

    Nice response. My faith in JR has returned. THIS is his breakout game and I will proudly be wearing my JR jersey all weekend.

  • Uh oh. Is crayfish racist? Sorry KoolKell. Didn’t mean to get all down on our crustacean brothas. I forgot your Grandpa was a rock lobster.

  • ctoakraiderfan

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • maddenraiderfan Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    Nice response. My faith in JR has returned. THIS is his breakout game and I will proudly be wearing my JR jersey all weekend.

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

    Breathing out of a bag with gasoline in it is bad for you, bro.

  • 4evaRaider

    tragedy strikes…out of Dr. Pepper

  • OFL71

    He’s going to be doing more than addressing the boobirds this sunday.
    He’s going to be surrounded by angry fans who are sick of his sub-par performances.

  • Raiders4eve

    Doriangray Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    taken aback huh? this is further proof that j.russ is out of touch with reality. in his mind hes the big man on campus at oakland university. WHAT A LARGE DUFUS…….:) but hey , i read th bible today & i think we are lookin at this season all wrong. we need these hard times to get to the light.
    =================================

    Dude, don’t mix up sports n religion, there is no salvation in sports, it’s for entertainment purpose.

  • Brien the General 510

    “He’s been around the game a long time, been in some ups and downs so he kind of knows how to push through things,” Russell said. “That’ll always be good to get some advice.”
    ***************************

    So Hackett’s advice not doing anything for ya?

  • OFL71

    well surrounded may be the wrong word,I doubt the attendance will be strong

  • doriangray

    WHY DOES EVERYONE ONLINE LOVE SAYING suck SO MUCH ? IS IS SUPPOSED 2 BE FUNNY ? suck suck suck …not laughin ,,,,, SUCK . 🙁

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    Well im going to the game sunday and i probably wont boo

  • CJ Legend 34

    I am a Raiders fan but some of you on this blog have to be some of the most ignorant SOBs to walk the streets of what ever rock or crack rock you came from under.

    You don’t have enough power to be a racist so let me just add ignorant trash hiding behind a blog, most likely living with your Mom blogging from her basement. LOL!!

    You idiots act like Oakland plays right now, what an ideal match.

  • Bobby Bushay

    Boo Jerry MacD… Just kiddin’ Jerry, I just didn’t want you to be left out! It’s Halloween season, for crying out loud. We can BOO if we want too!

    I was at the Giants game, and the OL blocked NO ONE (well, Henderson seemed to hold up well). It’s NOT just the QB, folks, it’s the whole shootin’ match I’m afraid, beginning with leadership in all facets.

    I’m telling you, the team is LOST…

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    Gents :mrgreen: I 😎 have come up with some kewl 😎 ideas to keep the rader 😳 games from being blacked out. At half time put RICHOCHET 😳 and Brian the General :mrgreen: in the octagon ring and let them go at one another 😆 Or have JRuss 😳 compete with the professionals in a pie eating contest during half time 👿

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    Jalardass, Mcfalldown, and whichway is hayward-bey, would prosper on any other team, any other team, but not on our raider team, no not here.

  • Crude Earl

    Its Crawfish…..morons.

  • Boooo. Win a damn game and maybe you wont get boos.

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    Wayne Valley, Mcgah,Soda…….. all the original owners would just sht if they could see the raiders now.

  • UCSBPreMedMike

    Watch…Russell is a quiter, with no heart. He’ll want out of Oakland soon. Wonder if it will be something like Vince Young situation…where he was really affected by his own fans booing him.

    How does Russell, Ellis, ANYBODY not understand why Raider fans who have so much love for their team and treat them this way? Do they honestly expect us to be like, oh hey, don’t worry about not being able to get first downs for the past SEVEN YEARS, we’ll still chear you on anyways. Just because this is California doesn’t mean we’re all freaking hippies. You want to be cheared for your performance? Then keep playing in other cities because I’m sure they’ll enjoy watching their team eat you guys alive. PLAY WITH HEART.

    But Raider Nation, don’t worry. I found out today my baby-to-be, my first, is a BOY! He’s a week ahead of his growth pattern, and has a some nice biceps! Maybe he’ll bring the Raiders out of the dumps…if the Raiders still exist 20 years from now.

  • OFL71

    Crude Earl-
    “Its Crawfish…..morons.”

    More name calling from “Mr.Maturity”
    Actually Earl it can be pronounced either way since both words are in the dictionary with the exact same definition.
    It’s a regional thing as far as how it’s spelled and/or pronounced.
    But maybe you’re to much of a moron to know such things.

  • dave r

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo we suk in every way possible and jwalruss is the leader

  • JB

    JaBustus doesn’t have a clue. If he doesn’t want to get boo’ed out there then quit playing like schit. Change your attitude and image. Right now everybody thinks you are an unmotivated dumb schit. I happen to agree with them. Quit making fukin’ excuses. Play ball! Do what you’ve been paid to do. Lose 20# and put in the necessary hours to learn the playbook. You DON’T PLAY WELL heavy. You got BIG hands. Hold on to the ball instead of your dik. No excuse for the majority of fumbles you’ve had. HOLD ON TO THE BALL!!!

    Ellis says “And if he wants that bad enough, then he’ll be a great quarterback in this league.” The jury is still out on that one. The only thing we know he really wants right now is a Double Big Mac Cheesburger.

  • utahraiderfan

    Jacarcass welcomes advice from donavon ? Is that what he has been waiting for ? Why didn’t someone summon donovan 3 yrs ago if that is what it is going to take ?
    Kiffen should have been aware of this and arranged a meeting between the two. What a joke this guy is turning out to be !!

  • raidersnyc

    Russell has become the new version of Ryan Leaf. Maybe even a bigger bust because he is getting paid allot more. When will Al Davis die so we can win again?

  • karjc911

    Russel has no leadership, awareness, excitement.. nothing!! Three yrs now and not much to show as the number 1 pick who remember held out FOREVER before actually signing. We have a great D that could most definitely close out games for us but unfortunately Russel can’t let them rest no more than 2 mins after they’ve done their job. We have a great chance to win a ring with our D if only our freaking QB can play like a number 1 pick for even half of the series he plays in. PERIOD!

  • ibcode3

    Watching the NFL channel. Joe T & the crew addressed the Raiders O-Line and it plays. Keep blaming Jamarcus for not hitting open receivers, no matter who the QB, the same problems, plus the WR run mostly deep routes. Need time to setup to throw. The example they used was clear as day. Tom Cable was the O-line coach for Atlanta and they were horrible.

  • Commitment

    Attention all Raider fans.

    Something needs to be done. Al Davis needs to feel what the fans are going through. the only way to do this is through his pocket book. Investors are already complaining. I’m going to send a letter and petition to Al Davis while copying in a few members of the Media. I’m hoping to get out what will be a request for a boycott. I’m a season ticket hold, life long Raider fan and My son’s middle name is Raider. I will always remain a Raider fan but this fiasco call the Raiders is more about Al Davis’s ego and commitment to proving himself right. I believe he needs to return a “commitment to excellence.” If anyone is interested in joining my petition please email me at salves@uniworld.com. More details to follow.

  • raideralex99

    JaMarcus excuse number 2002.
    Question for Ellis.
    How does Ryan, Flacco, Strafford, even Josh Johnson and now Henne ALL played better than JaMarcus who has played more games them any of them.

    I know everybody has a bad game BUT tell me one good game JaMarcus has played and please don’t tell me the last 2 games of the season last year.They didn’t mean anything.