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Russell gets with the program

JaMarcus Russell is on site and particpating in the Raiders’ offseason program, the club confirmed without any other comment.

The Raiders have no plans to make Russell available to the media, so there won’t be any opportunity to see if the weight loss alluded to be director of player development Willie Brown is obvious to a casual observer.

Regardless, the Russell story will play out over a protracted period of time and probably won’t get really interesting until he is first viewed in public setting during the first open minicamp.

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  • priesttj

    Armond,

    As I have said many times they hate Russell and there is nothing that you can say or that he can do to change that. I firmly believe that even if he were to win a SB some of these haters will atill hate on him.

    I’ve been saying all off season even since the time he was benched that he has been working with one goal in mind to win his job and he will not stop until he does. This kid is a fighter always has been and he’s a player much better than they want to admit.

    They wave this Gradkowski flag because they hate Russell but this kid had been busting his tail to get it together. The only thing tha really concerned me was this story of him in rehab. I had heard many times about his escopades and thought that it had gotten to him but it turns out those fears were false. So we’ll see….

  • Random Drug Tester

    try to imagine the results Russell could have gotten if he worked as hard and had the same respect of his team-mates (given his superior skills and talent) in comparison to run-of-the-mill QB’s like Frye & Gradkowski.

    Don’t believe for a second that doesn’t P-off the rest of the guys.

  • jhill

    so you’re justifying your position. It’s just a rationalization on your part…

    ——————————————————

    Isn’t that what we are all doing, lol!

    Of Steve. So have you played football for the Oakland Raiders? Are you really trying to speak on something you’ve never done before?

    Have you played professinal football or been a part of a team as a paid player?

    I guess you have the insight on us all here if that’s the case. If not, your one level up on us of team sports gives you so much more insight?

    Ok man … Does my bowling league 10 years ago count as a team sport above HS level?

    Spades games?

    Dominoes?

  • SteveAlford21

    And just to clarify, I said nothing regarding Russell’s progress this offseason or his potential to start. My comments tonight have all been about the ability to properly recognize things which you haven’t experienced.

  • SteveAlford21

    Jhill,

    I played semi-pro for a Washington, D.C. team called the Virginia Mutiny (home games were played in Va).

    Even though you are on a Bowling “team,” it is NOT a team sport. Having a partner for Spades does not make it a team sport, either… if you could even call Bowling and Spades “sports.”

  • Random Drug Tester

    Priest….nobody in a locker-room that wants to win gives a crap if your green or purple, they only care that you can help the team succeed. Shove your race-card up your A$$…it’s so last century.

  • priesttj

    No one can evaluate team chenistry if you’re notin that locker room. If yu say you can you are a LIAR!!

    No one outside of the locker room can even imagine hopw bad or good something is going on. NO ONE!! unless they are in that lockeroom on a regular basis.

  • armond

    based on the “what have u played” criteria presented that eliminates all o f u from makin personnel decisions cuz none of u have experience in that. first 24 says he knows more about football than al davis and now this sh!t. yall crack me up!!

  • jhill

    There is an unspoken code about “calling out” a teammate.

    ——————————————————-

    Really?

    Well what’s up with the anonymous leaks to guys like Cam Inman?

    And you are really telling me that players above college level would resort to quitting on the field instead of maybe letting him get pounded in practice?

    That’s ridiculous!

    Personally, I’m not going to even entertain this babble. I don’t think they quit at all. Came out of half time and led a FG drive down the field. Next possession, Landry makes a helluva diving pick. Good play by him. Next few series, Mario reverts to getting beat like a drum. And Chris Morris was so bad, he got benched for Langston Walker the following week.

    Sorry guys. Not buying your “I played college sports so I can see things you can’t” logic.

  • priesttj

    RDT no one is calling those guy’s racist I’m calling YOU racist punk!!

  • SteveAlford21

    In regards to the question of coaching:

    I am too lazy and unmotivated in a professional sense to go into coaching. I have no desire to motivate others, that’s why I manage a tattoo shop and build computers for a living. I get to have a vast amount of freedom and pretty much do what I want to do as long as I accomplish what needs to be done by me. After getting out of the Army and playing football until realizing that my knee couldn’t handle trying to go to the next level, I decided to become lazy. This may have been a sad development, but at least I’m self-aware and admit the fault in myself.

  • SteveAlford21

    Jhill,

    If there wasn’t a code about calling out teammates, then the leaks wouldn’t be ANONYMOUS, would they?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    try to imagine the results Russell could have gotten if he worked as hard and had the same respect of his team-mates (given his superior skills and talent) in comparison to run-of-the-mill QB’s like Frye & Gradkowski.

    Don’t believe for a second that doesn’t P-off the rest of the guys.
    ======================================================
    Everyone should be upset about the way JaDavis has conducted himself. It goes back to a lack of overall leadership in that lockerroom. Remember when Greg Ellis was complaining about multiple players going out and partying before the San Fran pre season game. There appears to be a lack of accountability in Oakland.

    But lets realize that JaDavis’ struggles DON’T MAKE GRADKOWSKI OR FRYE ANY GOOD. Those two guys are journeyman at best. Had Garcia not quit, then Frye would be working on his coaching career and Gradkowski would be on the free agency wire looking for a team to stick too.

    If you don’t think JaDAvis is the guy, which is a fair position, then you HAVE to want the Raiders to bring in someone in free agency or high in the draft.

    Gradkowski is just like Shaun Hill, JT O’Sullivan, Ryan Fitzpatrick….at his best Gradkowski might grow to be a Kitna type QB.

  • Random Drug Tester

    RDT no one is calling those guy’s racist I’m calling YOU racist punk!!

    Imagine my surprise.

  • armond

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
    Priest….nobody in a locker-room that wants to win gives a crap if your green or purple, they only care that you can help the team succeed. Shove your race-card up your A$$…it’s so last century.
    ——————————————————-
    this about sums up the lunacy in here. if that was so last century why the hell isnt ben rothleisberger getting more heat for a 2nd rape accusation? why is tiger woods cheatin on his white wife a bigger issue than the number of times michael jordan cheated on his black one? not to mention several white athletes that cheated on theirs without all of the media drama tiger has faced.

  • jhill

    Look guys …

    Enough with the mine is bigger than your crap.

    The bottom line is Chaz hates Russell, but they looked pretty damn good on the field together. Chaz had 4 or 5 catches from Russell in that last game, and he caught the game winner against Denver a week or so earlier.

    You have players who are concerned with more things than they should be, as is the case with a lot of human beings. The bottom line is what happens on the field. If Mario Henderson doesn’t get beat like a drum so often last season ALL OF OUR QBS wouldn’t have taken so many hits that caused fumbles and INJURIES!

    ALL of our QBs were knocked out of the games. Why are we not talking about Mario Henderson, Chris Morris, and Cornell Greens preparation?

  • SteveAlford21

    Priest,

    You certainly CAN evaluate the lockerroom vibe without being in it… all you have to do is listen to the interviews and watch how players interact with each other in places where you CAN see them.

    Nnamdi saying that JaMarcus wasn’t prepared for the games last season… and for the season itself… was a clear indicator that the most valuable player on the team thinks that he lacks motivation and commitment. Those statements are the closest that a player will come to calling another player lazy. The fact that Nnamdi said that means that no one is looking to JR for any leadership or guidance… instead, Nnamdi (and others) touted Gradkowski and Frye as veteran leaders from whom they sought advice. That is a clear indicator that the lockerroom belongs to Grads, not JR, and that chemistry for JR in the lockerroom isn’t good.

    I don’t think that Grads is the answer, but he has more support than JR and it will take a LOT for JR to win the team to his side and fulfill his potential.

  • priesttj

    Jhill, Stevie doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about there are ex-Raiders that don’t have a clue what’s going on, on that team

    I was talking to John Vella a week afo he has no clue. I spent time at the HQ today and saw several players that’s the only way I have an idea.

  • Random Drug Tester

    again…i have never said Frye or Gradkowski is good, I have far different choices as who is the best choice as QB of the Raiders….and Jamarcus Russell is one of them.

    But lots of changes need to occur and losing a few lbs is only the first step in a lot of them for him. There are also other ways to go, but the most convenient for us would be for Jamarcus to be all that he could be.

  • jhill

    If there wasn’t a code about calling out teammates, then the leaks wouldn’t be ANONYMOUS, would they?

    ——————————————————-

    Hmmm …

    You have guys like Nnamdi going on record and saying the guy wasn’t prepared and needed to work harder. Then you have the anonymous guys. You tell me.

  • priesttj

    The locker room may belng to Bruce now, But it’s March son. Doesn’t mean a damn thing. By the time those preseason games get played we will be light years from where we are now.

    BTW JaMarcus was recieved very well by his teammates today contrary to popular belief.

  • SteveAlford21

    Armond,

    Tiger taking so much heat wasn’t because his wife is white, it’s because he had such a squeaky-clean image and was the FACE of his sport. He almost single-handedly represented the sport of golf and had a pristine public image. If you really want to say that black athletes get more public scrutiny for missteps then tell me why Ray Lewis and Stallworth were able to KILL PEOPLE and then carry on with their careers.

    Please explain this for me: If people hate black athletes so very much… then why do they wait for mistakes instead of just boycotting from the start or doing something to get more white players instead?

    You’re just using racism to justify mistakes or failures of players that you like who happen to be black. I was pissed about us drafting JR from the start, but I’d be as happy as can be if we got Troy Smith, so I guess that makes me ra-… oh, wait… TS is black, too… never mind.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Bruce doesn’t own anything. The QB that goes into camp and performs in practice will get the role. Every player on this team has flaws. Who’s calling out JaDavis? I know it better not be anyone on the offensive line….Chaz Schilens, he needs to stay healthy, the linebackers (still missing assignments….about the only two players that could bring comments are Nnamdi and Zach Miller.

    The rest of this team needs a lot of work. JaDavis may have been bad, but he sure didn’t get any help either.

    DHB practically benched JaDavis himself.

    Time for a new season and hopefully everyone is focused. Coming to the workouts in shape is a good first step!

  • Random Drug Tester

    all these comments directly relate to the “culture” that is referred to so often.

    Nnmadi, Greg Ellis, Seymour, respected veterans like them can actually come out and call-out other players, as they should. The rest of the team is predominantly younger rookies and can’t do it vocally.

    The major problem for Kell’s “last 7 year record” has been a lack of accountability for some players to the rest of the team and I think that’s been well-documented in the sports pages and blogs.

  • SteveAlford21

    Okay, people… I have to run a middle-of-the-night errand and will be gone for about half an hour, so I’ll address any questions or comments when I get back.

    Priest, I’m glad to hear you had another lunch with Al and gave another lecture to the coaches and staff. I hope the lessons that you’ve been giving Hugh about how to run an offense are going well.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    The fact Tom Cable is not calling the plays anymore is a big improvement.

    I also like the idea of Bush and DMAC sharing 95% of the carries and Hue Jackson calling the plays.

    Running the ball effectively and calling competent plays should get us to 5 wins alone.

    If JaDavis is focused, Chaz Schilens decides to play a full season for the 1st time since his sophmore year in college and Louis Murphy keeps growing…the offense should be ok.

    Defense is a big question mark. Without a run stopping DT playing the middle, this run defense will continue to get smashed

  • Random Drug Tester

    So far, Jamarcus apparently is in fighting shape and that is good, and I am up-grading myself to cautiously optimistic, hoping for the best – preparing for the worst.

    More importantly right now, we need to draft smartly and I hope Al and his brain-trust are prepared to do so.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Random Drug Tester Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:34 pm
    So far, Jamarcus apparently is in fighting shape and that is good, and I am up-grading myself to cautiously optimistic, hoping for the best – preparing for the worst.

    More importantly right now, we need to draft smartly and I hope Al and his brain-trust are prepared to do so.
    =======================================================
    Agreed. The draft is such a big question mark. Need to draft players that can play right way early. This team still needs a some starters.

    No 3 to 4 year developmental players with sky high potential but very raw skills in the 1st round

  • priesttj

    Russell, didn’t just lose weight he’s working on his entire game from top to bottom. That’s what he said he would do and that’s what he did. But these haters wont give him credit for anything because they want him cut. That way he can’t win the job back. That’s what they are afraid of seeing him out there playing well and getting raves for it.

    But the kid is a fighter, always has been. He didn’t take getting benched lightly and it has made him take to changing everything he does. In the interview the guy sitting in the truck nwith him is Eddie Anderson. Eddie is a personal trainer and strength coach. Not only is he helping him lose weght but helping him biuld muscle mass in his lower body.

    The upper body is for flexibility. When he gets to QB school he’ll be able to consistently apply the mechanics he learns. What happens to him late in games is he got tired and would lose technigue well this is so he can consistently keep his mechanics tight and deliver a much more accurate pass.

  • armond

    steve u r the biggest tool on this blog outside of the trolls.there is plenty of evidence that shows that blacks get more heat than whites which has been the history of this country since its formation. u make excuses for it cuz people like u dont like to deal with that reality. u have no clue of things ive criticized jr for nor will i try to prove it to u. explain why big ben isnt catchin heat for these accusations like the brothas get when they are just accused of something. why do people steal when its against the law? why do people have kids before theyre ready? people do stupid sh!t regardless of how assenine it is, u know that.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Priesttj,

    To me JaDavis is doing what he SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING since day 1. ITs upsetting that it takes the Raiders 4 years to finally start giving this kid the attention he needs and to finally light a fire underneath him.

    JaDavis is our only shot right now so I am very happy to hear all of this news. But its only a small start. He needs to outwork, outhustle the journeyman on the roster. He needs to master the playbook so that his potential can be realized….he needs to take Schilens, JLH, Murphy and Miller and have a passing camp a few times this offseason.

    Its good to hear the organization is finally committing to developing their #1 pick

  • priesttj

    Hey Stevie,

    don’t be such a hater my man, some can, some can’t it’s not my fault. But to say that every teammate can’t stand Russell is as far from the truth as saying he’s loved by all of them. They want to win and when he shows them he’s ready they’ll get behind him so fast it’ll make your head swim. He is ultra-talented and they know it. They also know who is more capable out of all the QB’s there. Ask any of them.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # jhill Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Horrible footwork..which he had coming into the league..wasn’t weight affected. Advantage Grad
    Horrible at reading the defense..as hard as it is to believe, the rolls around the midriff don’t affect the eyes reading D’s. Advantage Grad
    Checking down, going through reads..doesn’t, at all. Fixes on one target, and that’s it. Advantage Grad
    Touch on the ball…like a bull in a china shop..if he can’t rifle it in, chances are he can’t complete it. Advantage Grad
    Pocket awareness..JR might be the absolute worst qb in the NFL at pocket awareness…has tunnel vision, and senses nothing around him..Advantage Grad.
    Completion %..wayyyy down the list..Advantage Grad.

    ——————————————————-

    Gradkowski fumbled the ball at the same rate that Russell did, yet he has better pocket awareness?

    Gradkowski and his 50% passing is reading defenses better? Yeah, right!

    You Russell cliches need an update. Last we saw him, he was 9/14 and hitting Chaz and the WRs all over the place. Also won the Denver game. Most people say he looked way better at the end of the year. Phil Sims said during the Ravens game that he could easily see why Russell was the #1 pick overall and he wasn’t going to bash him based on what he saw during the game.

    But if you want to stick with the Russell personal attacks, have at it.
    =======
    Ok..thanks..I will :mrgreen:
    Technically, not personal attacks..pretty much stating fact.
    As far as qb %? and reading D’s?
    Grad is at 55%..JR at 48% completion. Not what I mean, though, on reading D’s.
    You don’t see Grad going through the progressions?
    do you see JR doing that? No..not really…he fixes on a receiver, and that’s pretty much where he’s going.

    Fumbled at the same rate as JR? I didn’t bring up fumbles, however, yeah, pocket awareness leads to fumbles, along with sacks…so ok..
    Grad one fumble every attempts…JR one every 27..pretty close…BUT…one sack every 13 attempts for Grad compared to one sack every 7 attempts for JR..pretty telling there…right?

    And if Simms really said that? lol…guy’s got the smarts of a Ritz cracker..because JR is but a few bad games away from being benched, and going down as one of the biggest busts of all time…

    and that’s a fact.

  • armond

    priest i was thinking that was eddie. that dude was a bigtime hitman when he played. i noticed that russells legs didnt seem as powerful as they needed to be. i hope this is the 1rst step to him making plays with his legs cuz its been such a waste of athleticism by him playing like a statue. if he is in shape he is just as mobile as grads with better overall game. les miles said at the sugar bowl pc that if russ is in shape he will show scouts all of his skills besides the arm strength.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # priesttj Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hey Stevie,

    don’t be such a hater my man, some can, some can’t it’s not my fault. But to say that every teammate can’t stand Russell is as far from the truth as saying he’s loved by all of them. They want to win and when he shows them he’s ready they’ll get behind him so fast it’ll make your head swim. He is ultra-talented and they know it. They also know who is more capable out of all the QB’s there. Ask any of them.
    ======================
    “they know it”?? Wrong…he hasn’t shown ANYONE that he’s ultra talented..he hasn’t shown he can play at an NFL level…HE’S THE WORST STARTING QB IN THE NFL IN BOTH OF HIS FIRST YEARS AS STARTER…sorry dude, but even the players know who’s good, and who sucks.

    and “ask any of them”?? they did…with Chaz saying NO COMMENT regarding what he felt about JR starting?
    Says volumes..just as it does on players rushing to prop Grad, and his attitude, and his workouts, and his effort..NO ONE says that about JR.

    And no, you may not reply.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Gradkowski, Orton, Troy Smith etc…etc…are all backup quarterbacks. I mean, why wouldn’t someone give up a 2nd rounder for a great player.

    Please..JaDavis is the best chance the Raiders got..Gradkowski is a serviceable backup

  • priesttj

    SnB, It’s not like he wasn’t learning his craft, sometimes you guy’s crack me up. Russell needed to learn what it takes for HIM to play at this level just like everyone else. Some guy’s come in and do all the right things right away but they are in the minority by a large margin.

    You guy’s just don’t get it, this kid is playing the toughest position in sports by far. Mst of these guy’s take this long to put it together IMO he is right on schedule. It takes the average great QB 30-50 starts before you see what you want to see. It just does. Go over the careers of all the great ones and you’ll see a common theme. That position requires years not months.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Priesttj,

    To me JaDavis is doing what he SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING since day 1. ITs upsetting that it takes the Raiders 4 years to finally start giving this kid the attention he needs and to finally light a fire underneath him.

    JaDavis is our only shot right now so I am very happy to hear all of this news. But its only a small start. He needs to outwork, outhustle the journeyman on the roster. He needs to master the playbook so that his potential can be realized….he needs to take Schilens, JLH, Murphy and Miller and have a passing camp a few times this offseason.

    Its good to hear the organization is finally committing to developing their #1 pick
    ==============
    Oh stop…you’re putting it ON THE ORGANIZATION??

    They’re supposed to hand someone 30 plus million..and then ACTUALLY HOLD HIS HAND?

    isn’t the player supposed to have DESIRE?? Or is that on the organization also?

    Isn’t the player supposed to WANT TO WIN? Or is that another team thang?

    51 players know to show up in the best shape of their life, to keep their job, but the team is supposed to know that the 52nd is a lazy slob, and should baby sit him??

    Really??

    Most would say that’s ON THE PLAYER.

    Where the team messed up (See team meaning AL DAVIS) is they didn’t make his fatass run laps every day when practice was over..didn’t make him come in on his day off to learn the playbook..didn’t demand he step up his game, or his ass is going on the bench..in that regard, they allowed him to coast…

    thanks Al..you moron.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    You’re right about one thing…Grad is a serviceable backup.
    And JR is below that.

    Oh..wait…I missed the answer to my question of WHAT DOES JR DO THAT IS AT AN NFL CALIBER LEVEL???

    Anything???

    Even ONE thing????

    No…not one thing…ONLY thing anyone can say is HE CAN THROW IT REALLY FAR…can’t hit who he’s throwing to..but boy..IT’S FAR.

    lol…not good enough.

  • priesttj

    Armond if I ever get the chance that is the 1st thing I’m going to tell him that disappoints me the most is he never runs. In college he was an outstanding running threat. Since he’s been at this level he never runs. This kid has shown maybe 40% of the talent that he has because he’s playing so cautious and afraid to make a mistake.

    Whenever this kid actually gets comfortable with his game and starts really playing to his talent he is going to be awesome. The 1st part is getting his conditioning together so that he can play well throughout the game. So we’ll see…

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    # priesttj Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Armond,

    They wave this Gradkowski flag because they hate Russell but this kid had been busting his tail to get it together. The only thing tha really concerned me was this story of him in rehab. I had heard many times about his escopades and thought that it had gotten to him but it turns out those fears were false. So we’ll see….
    ========================================
    You’re SUCH A LIAR.
    YOU got played..that “rumor’ was placed here, for fun..and YOU wanting to have everyone believe you’re IN THE KNOW actually stated that YOU KNEW ALL ABOUT IT ALL ALONG..

    Now you’re saying it’s ‘false’??
    YOU STATED “I had someone following him for weeks, telling me everything going on” and now??

    You admit it’s false? In other words…YOU LIED.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You’re right, Richochet. He lied.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You’re right, Richochet. It’s not on the organization.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Priesttj,

    Coming in overweight, being late for meetings and not having the mastery of the playbook are not acceptable at any level let alone the NFL.

    JaDavis did not do the things he needed to do last year. He didn’t get any help either, but he failed.

    I wouldn’t be quick to crown him the next superstar quite yet. He still has a long way to go. But the 1st step is a good 1st step

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Richochet,

    If I am investing millions of dollars in any person, place or thing….I am going to make sure that I am doing everything in my power to drive success.

    Who was there telling him how to be a pro? How to take care of his body? Pushing him to be better?

    That clearly wasn’t happening. Why not assign the “Mentor” in his 1st year…

    The Raider organization is not known for developing players

  • SteveAlford21

    Okay, I’m back.

    Priest, how am I a hater? I never said that ALL the players hated Russell, did I? Nope.

    I said that he isn’t a positive force in the locker room and doesn’t have the faith and support of the team as a whole. That’s different than saying the whole team hates him. If you can’t understand that, then you aren’t worth my time.

    I have consistently said that I want JR to be the best QB in the league (because he’s a Raider and has the potential to be the best, based on all his gifts). I’ve also consistently said that he has failed to do so in his time so far. Hopefully the progress that has been reported this offseason will continue and become what I WANT it to be. I love how you label me a hater for stating the FACTS of his performance to date. If I tell you that Michael Jordan’s stats were lower in Washington than I would like them to have been, does that make me a hater (in terms of MJ), too?

  • SteveAlford21

    I just read the rest of the posts that I missed while I was gone. Thank you, Richochet… THANK YOU… for reminding me of Priest’s lies. I was gone for a few days and completely forgot to give him hell about anything other than his weekly lunch meetings with Al and the entire staff. I bet Cable loves the tutoring sessions he gets from Priest.

  • SteveAlford21

    FACT: Both Gradkowski and Frye performed better than Russell last season.

    FACT: Priest and Jhill will say that I’m a hater for stating the previous fact.

  • http://www.raiderfans.net Richochet

    SnB…considering the contracts given out lately, by that token McF and Bey also should have had mentors, right?
    Point is team doesn’t know someone’s going to tank until they do. First year team had JR “learning”..an asst shadowing him for most of the year..drilling, training, reps, etc..what else can you do?
    Second year JR comes in not as big as last year, but not tight..so wasn’t an issue at the time..was more learning the game, studying, and learning the position.
    3rd year is when JR showed up a blob..so yeah…then the team learned he’s weak as far as self discipline..and now we’re where we are..3rd offseason, and JR at the precipice of stepping up, or being released.

    I agree..NOW it’s perform or you’re out of here..and the team has a lot invested.
    Everyone is 20/20 in hind sight..and easy to say now that the team should have baby sat him…but honestly?

    that need for a sitter just rubs me wrong..because while you might need time to learn the craft..if you don’t have the desire?..the ganas?
    No one can teach you that.

  • priesttj

    Tell you what SnB, I feel much more comfortable calling him a star than I do Gradkowski. All I have to say is if Russell get sit together which I’ve been saying that I think he will. Beating out Gradkowski and Frye is damn near academic. Physcially speaking he is so much better than Grads it’s ridiculous. It’s just a matter of his knowledge of the game catching up with his physical talent. It will happen IMO it’s just will it happen as a Raider.

    Moxy and Grit get you only so far at some point the physical tools need to be there. Russell has been a start at every level and now he needs t live up to that at this level.

    Last year was last year as I’ve said many times it doesn’t make a career. We can dwell on it or we can look towards the future of this young talent. Your choice.