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G. Russell: `Talent doesn’t win games’

Fullback Gary Russell, who signed with the Raiders Oct. 7 and then played a key role in the Raiders’ 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles 11 days later, told listeners on The Monty Show (Sporting News Radio) the difference between his new team and his old team has more to do with desire and aggression that ability.

“Coach Tom Cable came to me because I was in Pittsburgh and we won a Super Bowl …so he came to me asking me what’s the difference between here (Oakland) and Pittsburgh and I was like ‘man y’all got a lot more talent than we had in Pittsburgh, but talent doesn’t win games,’ ” Russell said. “And we started breaking it down and I told him that if the guys can get in there and throw their bodies on the line every play we could have a great team.”

Cable had high praise for Russell’s performance against Philadelphia, and not just because he caught five passes for 55 yards, including a 13-yard completion to convert a third-and-10 and allow the Raiders to run out the clock against the Eagles.

“Man, oh, man, he gave us a lot of explosiveness in there and knocked some guys around in there pretty good,” Cable said Monday. “He was able to seal a couple of run lanes and caught the ball well. The thing that he does well, that people don’t quite understand is, he’s a really good pass protector, and it showed up yesterday in some of their pressures.”

The Raiders waived fullback Oren O’Neal while injured (he is now on the club’s injured reserve, out for the season) and Luke Lawton was unavailable because of an ankle injury. Given Lawton’s problems holding on to the ball in the passing game, as well as Cable’s praise for Russell’s blocking, it would appear the Raiders have a new fullback.

Russell led the Raiders in rushing during the preseason with 158 yards on 28 carries but failed to make the final cut, with Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush at running back and O’Neal and Lawton at fullback.

He gives the Raiders in some ways similar to Justin Griffith, a smaller fullback (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) who depends on technique and the element of surprise as a blocker while also serving as a solid receiver out of the backfield.

Russell had only caught one career pass with the Steelers and lost two yards before Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

“He’s always been able to catch the ball since he’s been here in training camp and everything,” Bush said. He can catch the ball. He’s got some nice soft hands.”

Off-day notes

– Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce was just glad he could help.

A Raiders fan growing up in the Los Angeles area, Pierce’s observations about the lifeless Raiders being “like a scrimmage” in a 44-7 beatdown at the Meadowlands were posted in the locker room in Alameda _ and may have contributed to a win over Philadelphia. Which happens to be a division rival of the Giants.

“I was surprised that my quotes became bulletin board material. You know, again, I meant no disrespect by what I said last week. It was just my opinion of how I felt the game was going. But I was shocked to see how the Raiders went out there and played a very good Eagles team who we know very well,” Pierce said on Sirius Satellite Radio Tuesday. “And, you know what, that’s how it is in the National Football League, any given Sunday any team can go out there and play well.

“They got motivated by whatever. If it was my comments, you know, I’m happy because they beat the Eagles. But, you know what, they went out there and they played well and they got a win and it’s good for the franchise.”

– During the most recent edition of “The Head Coaches” in the NFL Network, former Rams head coach and network analyst Mike Martz seemed as surprised by the Eagles by the blitz package put forth by the Raiders.

“They’re doing things on defense that I’ve never seen them do before. It’s very effective,” Martz said.

– Another rumored “fire sale,” and another season of inactivity. The Raiders or the NFL had not announced any trades involving the franchise as of the deadline at 1 p.m. (Pacific time).

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  • LA to TheBay

    Smokey doesn’t even lean over the Raiders anymore. He just shakes his head after they lose and keeps puffing away.

    Lol.

    In that case, Smokey = LA to TheBay.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ron Wolf was D-Bo, LAToTheBay. And, we will never be D-Bo again.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Smokey doesn’t even lean over the Raiders anymore. He just shakes his head after they lose and keeps puffing away.

  • LA to TheBay

    Seymour’s a G.

    That’s a good move, IMO.

    Stay accountable, stay hungry.

    It would be different if it were DHB or “Money” Warren. Coming from Seymour, it puts the team on notice. Forget playing for progress, we’re playing to win.

    Can anyone post the full story?

  • LA to TheBay

    Cover 0, lol.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour’s on crack. That’s now official.

  • raiderrej
  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour honestly thinks that Al’s going to let Marshall deviate from his beloved cover 0 again. Not going to happen. It was a one time treat.

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

    And MR, here is some helpful info to review before you get all manic about my BMI.

    23 ain’t that great, just not fat.

    I know you want to imagine us all here as caricatures of some sort or another, but you’ll have to try harder with me. I’m pretty eclectic: an ex-Marine, deadhead, liberal, college b-ball playing defense contractor from Venice beach via the wholesome midwest. And I believe in God.

  • djohnnyg

    Everybody needs to start giving Al ALL THE CREDIT for the switch up on defense. That way, Al won’t get ticked off someone else is getting the credit.

    The last thing Al will tolerate, is people claiming the Raiders win DESPITE Al Davis. That won’t fly with big Al. So give AL the credit for this so he won’t stubbornly revert back to the stupidazz man to man garbage out of spite.

    Thanks Al for a great defensive scheme this week. Your genius is obviously at work again. You da man Mr. Davis.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And you know thisssss, maaaan!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, and don’t forget, you have a BMI of 23!

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

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    Bo, and don’t forget, you have a BMI of 23!

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

    And you claim to strangers on the internet that you have shagged an NBA cheerleader!

    You also claim we would like you in person, so your credibility is within reproach.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    LAtotheBay, my brother bought my the Friday DVD set, all 3 of them, for Christmas a few years ago. You just inadvertently talked me into watching them again.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Seymour’s losing it. Predicting playoffs? PP PP PLAYOFFS???!!!!?? What happened to the smart Richard Seymoure, you know, the one who refused to come here?

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

    Someone went off his meds again…..

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

    Crude Earl,

    Can you make me some, but with the Lakers’ logo instead? I am afraid I would take a sledgehammer to the Raider doors….

  • LA to TheBay

    “LAtotheBay, my brother bought my the Friday DVD set, all 3 of them, for Christmas a few years ago. You just inadvertently talked me into watching them again.”

    IMO, only the first is worth watching and the second if you’re really, really faded.

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

    I can see why MR is confuse…the Kings can’t really claim to be an NBA team anymore, so Bo, he probably thinks he slept with an NBADL cheerleader.

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

    raiderrej Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Seymour garauntees playoffs
    _________________________________

    Cool, he must have inside info that Cable is going to be arrested and fired!

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

    Lol, MR, the Kings missed those free throws, not the refs.

    If your idea of “common knowledge” is the word of a felon, then I suggest you reassess your sources.

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

    Brein remembers:

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    Brien the General Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 11:08 am
    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Brien, is there any subject you’re not an expert on? I’m looking for a car with decent gas mileage yet some power. Let’s hear it. Correct grammar not necessary.
    *******************

    Correct grammar is not needed when telling the truth. Yes there are a few subjects I’m not an expert on. Hating Al Davis and knowing about ripper ass Sacramento Kings cheerleaders. That my friend is for you to hip us on to

  • LA to TheBay

    I like McFadden. Hits the hole hard, nice burst, very quick. Goes down too easily, though and it may have something to do with his steel toed cleats.

    Bottom line, though?

    Pro McFadden. I think the kid’s got jets and he will hit the home runs we thought he was going to.

    I think he could be used more effectively by the coaching staff, so we’ll see after the bye.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, are you on google right now, typing in “MR”. “King’s cheerleader”? LOL. Stop wasting your time.

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

    La to the Bay,

    Where do you stand on McFadden?

    I will post the updated list as soon as I get your response.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Dakota, are you admitting it was rigged?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, if Brien says I said it, I must have. Brien would never lie. Perfectly reliable witness…

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

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    Dakota, are you admitting it was rigged?
    _______________________________

    Um, no, I said the Kings missed their free throws…are you thinking Blacksox scandle MR? The players blew the game on purpose? lol

  • Plunketthead

    MR has been taking a daily pummeling in here for over three years. I think he has a little masochism in him.
    Must be from all those after ninergame parties.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    bydavidwhite Richard Seymour says to mark it down: “The Raiders are going to the playoffs.”
    29 minutes ago from web

    ================================

    richard seymour drank the kool aid.

    Z. miller

    r.seymour

    l. murphy

    all world shane lechler

    nnamdi asomugha

    seabass

    gallery ( unhurt )

    IF WE HAD A ROSTER FULL OF GUY’S LIKE THESE WE WOULD FOR SURE BE IN THE PLAYOFFS.

    oh yeah and napa police and d.a. to do their job !!!!!!

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

    THE RUE THE DAY THEY HATED ON MCFADDEN LIST:

    Lefty12
    Priesttj
    Bo
    The Big Banana
    Nnamdi21
    OFL71
    Kirk
    JT
    Raiderduck
    SnB
    Scottish Raider
    los raiders de don rober
    Sweep the leg
    Indiana Raider
    Djohnnyg
    DarthPirate
    JB
    M

    THE KEEPERS OF THE FAITH LIST:
    Dakota
    Brien
    Jhill
    Exla
    r8dr4lfe21
    Dell
    Rockstar
    Up Locomotive Engineer
    LA to TheBay

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

    Oh, now I get it. MR you were GOING TO shag that Kings cheerleader if they beat the Lakers.

    Sure it was fixed. It would take a conspiracy to keep you and that honey apart.

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

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    In case you guys are wondering where Bo is, he’s desperately scouring the search engines for any comment where I said I nailed a Kings cheerleader. Even if I did, I’d never brag about it. Nobody would believe it anyway. But he’s desperate to win an argument, after I’ve been making fun of him bragging about his “BMI” earlier. What is a BMI, anyway?

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

    Weak.

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

    I Rue The Day we let Tom Rathman go. Big dropoff. Sry Brien.

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

    Laker fans have no need for denial. Thats strictly a NOCAL necessity.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    In case you guys are wondering where Bo is, he’s desperately scouring the search engines for any comment where I said I nailed a Kings cheerleader. Even if I did, I’d never brag about it. Nobody would believe it anyway. But he’s desperate to win an argument, after I’ve been making fun of him bragging about his “BMI” earlier. What is a BMI, anyway?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Dakota, if you don’t understand the economics of the game and the NBA’s motivation to get the Lakers in the finals over the Kings, and don’t appreciate the obvious evidence of horrible officiating combined with a former ref testifying that game 6 was rigged, then you’re probably just a Laker fan in denial. Wait, that’s exactly what you are. Never mind.

  • LA to TheBay

    Oh sht, MR, you’re right, at least about my comment. Game 6 set up a game 7 in LA.

    It was game 5 the Lakers felt they were being hustled.

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

    JB,

    No equivocating is allowed! Either you think McFadden is a RB or you are against him!

    Sorry, but based on your insulting opinion that he should play WR you must be placed on the Rue the Day list!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo, give up on searching the internet for it? LOL. I’m sorry I made fun of that whole BMX thing earlier, or BMI, whatever. It’s got you on a mission. Try another search engine. There has to be a comment somewhere where I say that. I mean, if Brien says so…

  • JB

    Dakota

    Don’t mind being on the list but let me clarify: I don’t hate McFadden. Quite to the contrary. I just think he’d excel as a WR, especially coming out of the slot on crossing patterns against nickle backs, safeties & LB’s – all a total mismatch. He’d certainly score more TD’s than as a RB running between the tackles. He’s just too fragile & injury prone not to mention his inability to hold the ball when being mauled by 3+ defenders. Why beat the crap out of him when we have other personnel more suited for the banging inside?

    So, in conclusion, McFadden would make a far better WR than a RB. That’s just my assessment but I’m standing by it.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Plunkethead, you’re a cheerleader, in every aspect of life.

  • CJ Legend 34

    What is the big deal if Seymour said we are going to the playoffs this year? Good!!!! Someone on this team needs some balls. Good for him he is champion of course he is aiming for the playoffs. I wish the other team would do the same!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Laker fans have no need for denial. Thats strictly a NOCAL necessity.

    …….

    No kidding.

    Look up: The Raider Nation (while you’re searching for those supposed comments of mine…lol)

  • CJ Legend 34

    What is the big deal if Seymour said we are going to the playoffs this year? Good!!!! Someone on this team needs some balls. Good for him he is champion of course he is aiming for the playoffs. I wish the other players on the team would do the same!

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

    MR, if anything the NBA owes the Lakers an apology for being so phobic after Magic admitted he had HIV. They basically forced him to retire until the sports world could catch up with his personal integrity.

    Most courageous example from an athlete in my lifetime.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    dakota start a pro or against cable list.

    count me as an emphatic against !!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    Bo, Magic’s situation has nothing to do with what happened in the ‘02 conference finals. Your point makes no sense.

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    The sense: The NBA owes the Lakers an apology for something that actually happened, not the Kings for your fantasy conspiracy.

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