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Brown: JaMarcus getting in shape

In case you missed it, Raiders director of squad development Willie Brown said on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Monday that quarterback JaMarcus Russell has undergone a transformation in the offseason and wasn’t present at the first day of the offseason program tending to personal business.

“He’s trying to close a home in Alabama. It’s something that he couldn’t get out of,” Brown said. “You don’t want to lose your home. So he’ll be back in town today and ready to go (Tuesday).”

Brown, talking with Raiders play-by-play announcer Greg Papa on “Chronicle Live,” alluded to personal problems Russell experienced last season and said the quarterback has been in Phoenix getting in shape, a long-running rumor neither the Raiders nor Russell’s agents would confirm.

“You’ll be surprised when you see him,” Brown said. “It’s quite a bit of weight that he’s lost . . . I don’t want to pin it down and say how much he lost but it will be a significant difference when you see him compared to last year.

“The most important thing is he’s getting in shape. Not only losing weight, but getting in shape. He’s watching his diet, he has special meals brought in that he’s eating, and we have one of the Raiders, a former player there with him to monitor him and make sure things are going fine. The weight thing, he’ll get it down. He’ll get it down.”

I’ve been told the former player assigned to Russell is Eddie Anderson, who joined the coaching staff in an unspecified capacity last season.

Although Brown told a camera crew he was retiring during one of the Tom Cable vigils at the club facility, he recently returned from a player development seminar in Dallas and sounds as if he will continue in that capacity.

“The most important thing about my job is to monitor the players and eliminate some problems for Tom,” Brown said.

A link to the interview can be found here.

Brown, who is named to Halls of Fame as often as John Wooden won NCAA championships, will be inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on March 19. He said it was his ninth Hall of Fame.

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    # vegas raider Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Who will have more TD’s next year:

    Russell, DHB or McFadden?
    …………

    Just think. That’s our big 3.

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • RaiderRockstar

    something concerns me about Russell and maybe it shouldn’t.

    Russell had 25+ starts in Oakland and never threw for 300 yards or 3 TD’s.

    Bruce & Charlie each accomplished that in less than 3 starts in Oakland.

    we’re not talking about Jeff Garcia, J.P. Losman or Danny Southwick here…

    I mean Bruce & Charlie!

    That tells me the passing game (even apart from the atrocious o-line play) could have been a whole lot better last year. Even despite the play calling & personnel. What would the team have looked like with a QB better than JaMarcus/Bruce/Charlie quality ???

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829 KoolKell

    Reekochit

    Do you have a job?

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    Raider75,

    Last year the tally would have been:

    Russell 3, Darren 2, DHB 1

    LMAO!!

  • BadMoodGuy

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Funny, Russell even gets sh*t for losing weight.

    Hope he tears it up and starts to become the fantastci QB he’s capable of.

    Right now, he is the Raiders.

    The only way to get out of the doghouse and shut everyone up is to WIN and win NOW.
    =======================
    What do you expect? This board contains the highest percentage of unemployed GMs in the world. Many on here think they know more about football than those in the field.

    They think that when you win you are doing everything right and when you lose you are doing everything wrong. They think that they know what to do to win. As BHP would say they are “fools”. This is why Al Davis couldn’t care less about those front running, Jay Cutler like, “fans”. Do you care about the fool ranting on the street corner?

    In any case, life is a transition and JR couldn’t have done what he’s trying to do now unless he’d gone through what he’s gone through. I hope he succeeds but not everybody does.

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    # Copenhagen_Fan Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Rack O Sheet….you have to be the biggest loser on the earth to call Kool Kell and make telephone pranks.

    Why don’t you call some chicks???
    ======================
    You need to read first…I DIDN’T CALL HIM.
    He got some call (allegedly) and when I wasn’t even around said ‘Oh, it must have been Richochet”. Even though he had been exchanging insults with numerous others at the time, he stated it was me because I had posted a while back that “Hey, I’m calling the office. They said you don’t work anymore. Haven’t been there in a long time”..was a joke.
    He reposted it later, much to my amusement, pretty much saying “here’s proof you called”.
    All he proved is that my comment about him not being around was dead on, otherwise he should have known it wasn’t a real call.

    But don’t tell Kelli..I rather enjoy him obsessing that it must be me :mrgreen:

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    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:58 am
    something concerns me about Russell and maybe it shouldn’t.

    Russell had 25+ starts in Oakland and never threw for 300 yards or 3 TD’s.

    Bruce & Charlie each accomplished that in less than 3 starts in Oakland.

    we’re not talking about Jeff Garcia, J.P. Losman or Danny Southwick here…

    I mean Bruce & Charlie!

    That tells me the passing game (even apart from the atrocious o-line play) could have been a whole lot better last year. Even despite the play calling & personnel. What would the team have looked like with a QB better than JaMarcus/Bruce/Charlie quality ???

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

    This is why I am hoping Tollner/Hackett stay around.

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    something concerns me about Russell and maybe it shouldn’t.

    Russell had 25+ starts in Oakland and never threw for 300 yards or 3 TD’s.

    Bruce & Charlie each accomplished that in less than 3 starts in Oakland.

    we’re not talking about Jeff Garcia, J.P. Losman or Danny Southwick here…

    I mean Bruce & Charlie!

    That tells me the passing game (even apart from the atrocious o-line play) could have been a whole lot better last year. Even despite the play calling & personnel. What would the team have looked like with a QB better than JaMarcus/Bruce/Charlie quality ???
    ……

    Very astute observation.

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    Draft this guy…

    LeFevour is the only player in NCAA history with 12,000 career passing yards and 2,500 career rushing yards. Under Coach Jones guidance LeFevour finished his starting career with a record of 36-15. He was accountable for 150 touchdowns (102 passing, 47 rushing, 1 receiving) in his illustrious career as a Chippewa.

  • Ghost to the Post

    If Jamarcus is the QB in Oakland I will root my ass off for him. Like I always have. I don’t Booo my own team either. I really hope Jamarcus can start living up to our expectations.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # KoolKell Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Reekochit

    Do you have a job?
    =====================
    I own my own business.
    Have enough employees working for me that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
    Gives me ample time, if I so choose, to laugh at you, on my own whim.

    You? You’re one of MILLIONS who “dabble” in real estate. Some are go getters, and go out and canvass.
    Others sit on their ass and wait for something to happen, which it never does. Some, like you, count on the wife to work, while you wait for that call that never comes.

    Oh wait..lol…according to you, Beeech and I do call…at least you think we do.

    I.E. you’re a loser..now quit setting yourself up.
    and quit following me, puppy.

  • Norco Bob

    Lol,.old kell the troll,…hard to imagine an old man like him, spending endless hours in a sports blog, letting guys less then half his age destroy him,..daily. Sad old man.

  • raidertay

    What confidence does a team have in you that they have to send a personal Baby Sitter to make sure you are working out. JR is a grown as man and is suppose to be a professional. Its ridiculous.

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    Most are projecting LeFevour to go in the 3rd round. That would be great value for Oakland and give them a young QB to work with that WANTS to play football.

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    # Ghost to the Post Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    If Jamarcus is the QB in Oakland I will root my ass off for him. Like I always have. I don’t Booo my own team either.
    ===============
    I don’t get it.
    If a lawyer does a bad job, you tell him.
    If Costco sells you a torn pair of pants you tell them about it.
    If the mailman doesn’t put the mail in the right place, you tell him.
    Booing is telling the players that you aren’t satisfied with the product you just paid good money for.

    Same as you told the lawyer, the mailman, and Costco.

  • jhill

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Jhill: if JaMarcus got outplayed by Bruce & Charlie last year, what makes you think he wont this year?

    ——————————————————-

    I don’t know one way or the other.

    The point is, Cable was ADAMANT about Russell being #3 at the end of the year. If Buce were healthy, he’d be number 1, remember? Same with Frye.

    Well both of those guys are healthy now, so why is Cable no longer saying the things he said at the end of the season?

    What’s changed?

  • JB

    I’ve been down on JaBustus but based on what Willie Brown said in the interview and a comment that Tom Cable made to me a month or so ago maybe, just maybe, JR has turned a corner and he might show up this year. That would be nice. I’m willing to give him another chance as long as he’s willing to do his part. It would be a very pleasant surprise to see AD rebuild the O-line through the draft & FA, fill the 2 major needs we have on defense (i.e. DT & MLB) and to have JR show up prepared to play & WIN. If this all happens we will be competitive. Let’s just hope this is for real. It would be a nice change of pace.

  • Chrisco

    Was it his belly that caused all those fumbles?

    Well at least he’ll look good while throwing INTs this year….b/c there is no way they let JaMarcus sit all year behind Gradkowski…

  • Ghost to the Post

    Yeah but, I don’t go to their work place and boo them. I don’t sit by my mailbox and boo him or her. I don’t boo my lawyer cause he charges by the hour. Booing your team is like kissing your sister. I don’t want any part of either.

  • jhill

    Can you guys imagine an employer putting someone at your desk to watch and make sure your doing your work.

    ——————————————————-

    They do, it’s called your team leader, or supervisor.

    And don’t forget about the IT studs who monitor your work at the end of each day.

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

    Yes I am sure that a guy who owns his own business with numerous employers under him, would act like a teenage kid and focus a ton of energy to insulting people on a blog.

    Surely someone with his own business would have more work responsibilities than a realtor, yet it is debatable who is on here more, Richochet or KoolKell. So what does that say about you? Shouldn’t you be figuring ways to enhance your business? Open in new markets? Focus on quality control?

    So if in fact you do own your business with all these employees, than it is even worse of YOU to spend the time in here than it would be for KoolKell.

    Don’t bother responding. Word. Period. Print that kids.

  • RaiderRockstar

    This is why I am hoping Tollner/Hackett stay around.

    ***

    me too. Coaching up somebody like Derek Anderson, Kevin Kolb or the rookie LeFevour might pay huge dividends

    Even today nobody knows who Bruce Gradkowski is and he’s been in the league 4 years. Only Raider fans with a glimmer of hope that he can do in 16 games this year what he did in 2 games last year.

    But to be fair, at least Bruce has 2 games. JaMarcus has zero.

    Bruce re-signing and the Wimbley trade didn’t make NFL Live on ESPN, but the franchise QB skipping the 1st day of voluntary workouts sure did …

  • Ghost to the Post

    Not where I work. Preform or get the hell out.

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    Anyone on here know anything about ILB Donald Butler from Washington?

    He is ranked as high as 4th best ILB behind McClain, Spikes, and Penn State’s Sean Lee.

    Could be a nice pick up in the 4th round if there.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    What would the team have looked like with a QB better than JaMarcus/Bruce/Charlie quality ???
    ==========================
    On that note, how would Grad have done had he had time with the one’s during camp, like JR did, and got to progress as the season went on?

    All you can hope for is a camp battle that decides who’s best to be behind center.

    Saw PC with Carr stating he’s going to battle Smith for the starting job in camp, and that he was assured the best qb starts in SF.
    That’s how it should be.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # Ghost to the Post Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Not where I work. Preform or get the hell out.
    ======================
    True..but you weren’t paid in advance to perform at a later date.
    Companies do what they can to get a return on investment, even baby sit.

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829 KoolKell

    Richochet Says:
    March 12th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Dang…just called Kelli’s real estate office that he works for.
    They haven’t seen him in a while..keep transferring me to his message center, but in spite of my desires to help Kelli out of his funk, he’s no where to be found.
    —————————-
    He was put into my voicemail by the receptionist, then blew a children’s horn into the receiver.

    He denies it now, but there’s his post…………

  • jhill

    I own my own business.
    Have enough employees working for me that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

    ——————————————————-

    LOL!

    Do you give your kids 1099′s?

  • weaselbit

    Did I not say JR was in Phx working out?
    Not that that helps you have pocket awareness, less likely to fumble, leadership qualities or anything, really.
    He’s only here because Al gave him an ultimatum.
    To little too late.
    He only cares when his job is on the line.
    It has to come from the inside.
    And JR doesn’t have it.

    What he does have is girl-hands:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10060000/newsid_10060600/10060679.stm

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: an open competition means that Bruce, Charlie & JaMarcus each get an opportunity to be “the guy”

    it doesn’t speak less of any QB other than the one who was drafted to save the franchise.

    Cable wants Russell to turn it around just as bad as Davis and all of us fans do. Giving him a chance to compete is the right thing to do, because cutting him would cost us at least $3 million. The hope is that maybe he’ll pull a Vince Young (QB Rating of 82 his 4th year in the league. Won 8 of his 10 starts)

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • new englandraider

    anyone remember when eddie anderson knocked a player out cold with a brutal hit, and then went down to the ground near the player, and pounded the ground three times like a wwf referee counting a man’s shoulders down. he got a 15 yard flag for it, but i’ll never forget that. i think it was denver, but i was very young at the time. i wonder if anyone can find a link to that.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Did the Titans send someone to go work out and hang out with Vince Young?

  • weaselbit

    Vince Young showed potential from day one.
    Russel’s not in the same league as Kowski but they’ll give him a last chance.
    But it doesn’t matter if JR improves.
    He might play okay for a bit but we’ll just be waiting for him to down-slide again.
    After being so bad, so non-committed, so fat, so blank-stare, so much time shopping; How could he ever be trusted?
    Can’t even stand on his own. Has to have somebody watch him.

  • weaselbit

    Sorry.
    Had the wrong link before.

    This video says it all:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjDW37CIPh4

  • weaselbit

    # new englandraider Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    anyone remember when eddie anderson knocked a player out cold with a brutal hit, and then went down to the ground near the player, and pounded the ground three times like a wwf referee counting a man’s shoulders down. he got a 15 yard flag for it, but i’ll never forget that. i think it was denver, but i was very young at the time. i wonder if anyone can find a link to that.

    Weasel: I remember one time the Raiders were playing the Broncoos and Romanowski wanted to make a statement. Hit the Broncoos QB so hard on a blitz there was a trickle of blood going down his neck from inside the helmet.

  • Pretty Rick

    Its amazing how all of these couch potatoes get on this blog & call Ja(Marcus) names that they would never be brave enough to say to his face. One of the main issues with JaMarcus last year was that he came in out of shape & overweight, which played a big part of his performance or lack thereof. Now he’s got the weight down, got into shape, & eating healthy getting prepared to attempt to salvage his career. Sounds like he’s trying to do the right thing & its still not good enough. So grown men still talk sh*t & call him names,,things that a angry woman would do. Lets see if the man can step up & turn it around before we throw him off the cliff. I was just as critical of him too, but the Ja(Nicknames) is real lame & sissy like. JaMarcus,,,man up and handle your business,,this is your last chance,,do or die.

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    Javon Walker = $933,333 a catch.

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