Russell isn’t late for anything


While JaMarcus Russell has done little, if anything, to deserve a benefit of the doubt, it’s not entirely fair to make an issue out of being absent for the first day of the offseason workout program.

The Chronicle reported Russell did not appear to be on site as other players arrived, which may well be true.

And while in terms of symbolism and his draft status that he show up on Day 1, chances are good a handful of others weren’t there either.

The offseason program runs through June, is voluntary, and isn’t a full-squad event.

Players are asked to appear a certain number of days, but can go as often as they wish and make up days they failed to attend.

It doesn’t become a problem unless Russell remains a no-show to the point where he can’t get in the requested amount of workouts and isn’t adhering to the wishes of the training staff.

Considering Russell’s performance last year, it’s easy to assume the worst and think maybe he’s not quite ready to step on a scale and that the unconfirmed reports of being in Arizona to train were either wishful thinking or exaggerations of the work he really put in.

It’s up to Russell to begin showing his teammates he’s ready to put in the time to be a starting quarterback, particularly when worker bees Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye are already on hand

But as of now, it’s just one day of a voluntary program, and it’s entirely possible Russell has a schedule with the club in place that didn’t include March 15.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 24, you’re the type of guy who drives 10 mph in a 35 mph zone, with a big happy face decal on your back window, aren’t you? that and your Raider decal!

  • 24

    MR – Riigghhtt!!! You’re confused and making stuff up. Thats fine. Play pretend. Go play house and drink tea with the girls.

  • WTF is wrong with happy faces???? 😛

  • 24, do you tell people to smile randomly on the street? U one of those guys?

  • Nothing, 408. It’s just that some of us are living in the real world.

  • I’ll bet you 24 complains to retail mangers about clerks not smiling. Probably spends upwards to a half hour filling out complaint forms, etc. Now that’s happiness!

  • 24

    MR – Do you tell people to frown randomly on the street?

  • 24

    Sounds like MR needs some rehab. Maybe you should join Jamarcus at his clinic.

  • San Diego Rock City?
    I listened to your band.
    Pretty cool.

    Some of the ugliest women I’ve ever seen, but for an all girl band who hits those high notes only women can hit?

    Not bad.

  • 24, I don’t care if other people are happy or sad, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else. That’s the difference between me and you.

  • You need everyone around you to be happy because YOU are unstable.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Russell is garbage.

  • Russell and his agent hustled Al, no doubt. But those are the types of things that will happen when you have an 80 year old guy showing signs of senility making the decisions. The business world is cold. Ask the Valleys.

  • Al only signed Russell to show up Kiffin. He’s paying for it now.

  • Kiffin, btw, landed on his feet. USC…formerly Al’s “farm system”. lol. Not anymore.

  • ottocrat

    The big, dumb, idiot can’t make it to Alameda because he’s away at fat-camp.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Russell isn’t late for anything he’s late for everything.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Otto he’s not dumb ask tj & oakglen.


  • Mistabr0wn

    Only an idiot would stand by J Russell or call him a “Bonafide Qb”. Yes tj & oakglen/seymour the finger is pointing @ you two titz.

  • That Hue Jackson being the older black mentor thing is working wonders so far.

  • At this stage, I wonder if Hue has even met Jamarcus yet.

  • Hue Jackson and Jamarcus Russel after Russel gives up his third fumble.


  • It’s weird that Al Davis is too chikenshyt to list himself as GM of the Raiders.


  • dikembesaysno

    Rnd 1: Anthony Davis (OT) – Rutgers
    Rnd 2: Arthur Jones (DT) – Syracuse
    Rnd 4: Jamar Chaney (ILB) – Mississippi State
    Rnd 5: Shaun Lauvao (OG) – Arizona State
    Rnd 7: AJ Jefferson (DB) – Fresno State

    Just some initial thoughts, based on needs and who might be around.

  • It’s weird that Mikey won’t answer the question “how long have you been a racist scumbag”?

    # KoolKell Says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    Chris in NY
    It’s alright peckerwood, it’s all good.
    # KoolKell Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 11:26 am
    Hey Peckerwood Podunker, how’s it going today?
    KoolKell Says:
    March 5th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    You’re a lying piece of shyt.
    You fuking peckerwood you were trying to make a statement with that headline
    Urban Dictionary
    Definition: peckerwood
    “Racist term for white man.”

  • Speaking of meltdowns, you’ve been on a roll lately, Kelli..lol….big time.

  • It’s weird that Al Davis is too chickenshyt to list himself as GM of the Raiders. Nobody’s accountable, eh?


  • Mistabr0wn

    Reminds me of Hope & Change.


    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    That Hue Jackson being the older black mentor thing is working wonders so far.

  • Humorous watching jerry spin the “not in camp, but doesn’t HAVE to be in camp” angle.

    While adding who WAS in camp…which..makes it clear who CARES AND WHO DOESN’T CARE?

    Little more subtlety next time.

  • Mistabr0wn

    The fact is he doesn’t have to be there today so whats Jerry supposed to say ? The only angle to take is that it would have been an indication JaMeatloaf was trying to turn things around if he was there.

    I dont have a problem with the thread. Its the goons like tj that keep hugging this bums nuts that get me.

  • Oh yes..words of wisdom from TJ, lol


    · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    You ask some dumb questions Raiderman99 have you ever heard anyone say Russell is not talented?

    Ray Charles can see Russell has unlimited talent.

    It’s just his application and maturity that they question. If you can’t see the obvious talent it wont do you any good for me to tell you.
    Russell highly touted, Grads wasn’t even touted he was a small school hope he can. He’s a backup QB in anyones book. Except the geniuses in here.

    Yep, LMFAO…that TJ is a real tack, isn’t he?

  • · priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Grads will make them play Russell again before the year is out. He just can’t get it done at a hig enough level. He has no potential for greatness. Russell has a ton of potential he just needs to realize that.

  • Mistabr0wn

    tj should ban himself from blogging.

  • ctoakraiderfan

    you can call jawallrus anything….just dont call him late for dinner

  • Hot Shot

    Get on your own page you crapy charger fans.The only reason your on this page cause your former raider fans who traded teams when we started losing.Watch youll trade back when the raiders get back on top whitch thats coming soon cause your team falling off and they will suck like they always have.sorry azz chokers,choke like you always do.