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Campbell on Russell

If only JaMarcus Russell had taken Jason Campbell’s advice.

On Dec. 9, Campbell was on a conference call with Bay Area writers the week the Raiders were hosting the Washington Redskins.

The subject of Russell, who Campbell knew as an SEC competitor as quarterback at Auburn, came up.

Russell had lost his job to Bruce Gradkowski, who had directed a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh going into the Redskins game.

“I would tell JaMarcus just to continue to work hard . . . don’t take this offseason like, `man, things just haven’t worked out,’ ” Campbell said. “He’s still young in his career. He still has a lot ahead of him and a lot of opportunities to turn it around.

“He’s got to stay positive, study more, put in the work in the weight room, put in the work on the field, after practice. Do the extra things to get ahead as a quarterback in the NFL. The room for error for quarterbacks is so small, but at the same time, you can overcome anything. He’s young, he has a strong arm and he just needs to believe in himself, keep that confidence and turn things around this offseason.”

In a game in which Gradkowski was lost at halftime with MCL tears in both knees, Campbell was 16 of 28 for 222 yards, two TDs and no interceptions in a 34-13 win by the Redskins _ ruining any chance for the Raiders to build off the Pittsburgh win.

Russell was 10 of 16 for 74 yards in Gradkowski’s absence. The collective sag in the Raiders’ performance was so in evidence Tom Cable went with Charlie Frye the following week in Denver, and then went back to him again to in the final three games of the season even though Russell came off the bench to lead a comeback win over the Broncos after Frye left with a concussion.

Cable said Saturday Russell was expected at this weekend’s minicamp and even said there was no reason he couldn’t be the starter if he was the best quarterback.

ESPN’s John Clayton reported Tuesday the Raiders were preparing to cut Russell _ possibly before the mandatory minicamp.

Common sense says the Raiders will not pay Russell $9.45 million this year to watch Campbell play quarterback

Asomugha chats on NFL.com

Will the Raiders turn up the defensive pressure with the addition of strong side linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and Trevor Scott getting a full year on the opposite side?

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will believe it when he sees it.

Alan from Florida asked Asomugha during a chat on NFL.com, “Last year the raiders had some success blitzing but got away from it; fans have been screaming for a more aggressive less vanilla style; do you see that coming this year?”

Asomugha’s response?

“Not necessarily. I think it’s going to depend on how well we can practice that stuff in camp and how confident the coaches are with that scheme. It’s never really been something that we’re heavy on, so I can’t say that will change now.”

No confirmations on undrafted FAs

The Raiders still have not confirmed the signings of any undrafted free agents, nor is there any confirmation a reported signing of running back Rock Cartwright.

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  • DeuceDeuce

    But B.Campbell might turn out to be a G? Him and Gallery would be nice…

    I would like to see Mawae and or Faneca here..

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    DHB has been working hard, according to his Tweet.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    You guys are crazy.

    All I know is if you looked at what happened last year with MeAngelo, Javon and Nick Miller, then we’ll probably keep him until we have to pay in full. Then we’ll let him go.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    The only way the Raiders win 8 games is if Al Davis dies before the season starts, and whoever takes over the team fires Cable immediately and brings in Gruden. Anything short of those events: 5-11.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Damn They Suck Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    hope DHB learned how to catch in the off-season

    Yea. Hopefully. Maybe Campbell throws a more ‘catchable’ ball…?

  • Pretty Rick

    Being that it was from the Bleacher Report,,thats why I kinda questioned the authenticity of it, because a lot strange sh#t comes from the B.R. Eitherway it looks like J-Cam is now our QB so he has my support & I hope the O-line can block for more than 2seconds.

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    MR, you are kind of like the Republicans who refuse to acknowledge that Obama can do anything right.

  • DeuceDeuce

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    You guys are crazy.

    All I know is if you looked at what happened last year with MeAngelo, Javon and Nick Miller, then we’ll probably keep him until we have to pay in full. Then we’ll let him go.

    ? MeAngelo wasnt on the team last year….and the year we cut him we did it before his contract was guaranteed

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    No, AB Paine, you’re like a Raider fan who keeps forgetting that Al Davis runs the team, and will always meddle. Like I said, you can give Al Davis the pro bowl roster, and he’ll give you 5-11. He damn near had it in ’03.

  • fat kidd

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    The only way the Raiders win 8 games is if Al Davis dies before the season starts, and whoever takes over the team fires Cable immediately and brings in Gruden. Anything short of those events: 5-11.

    ………………………………….gruden if you seen him lately he is as fat as russell

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    No, AB Paine, you’re like a Raider fan who keeps forgetting that Al Davis runs the team, and will always meddle. Like I said, you can give Al Davis the pro bowl roster, and he’ll give you 5-11. He damn near had it in ‘03.

    It would have to be a Pro Bowl roster filled with players that never scored all year…Hughe 8itch

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Yeh, only Gruden and Russell are fat. Tom Cable on the other hand is in shape to run a marathon.

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    In ’03, Al Davis had a bunch of aging stars at the end of their careers who couldn’t recover from the Super Bowl disaster, while losing Gannon to injury. I would hardly call that a Pro Bowl roster.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Deuce Deuce, only the rest of us should use that term 8itch. Remember, to you, she’s “mom”.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bottom line is, AP, Al Davis has ruined more talented squads than what we’re going to field this year.

  • GaterRaider

    FAKE RAIDER FANS ARE WORSE THAN E-THUGS

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    Deuce Deuce, only the rest of us should use that term 8itch. Remember, to you, she’s “mom”.

    —-
    thats not a term. its your name Hughe 8itch

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    MR, what talented teams has he ruined?

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot
  • lefty12

    Rick,you say you support Campbell 100% over Gradkowski.Shouldn’t you support both of them since they are both Raiders and then hope the best one starts and stays healthy?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    When you say fake Raider fans, do you mean like the ones who would turn their back on the Raiders and high tail it, in a heartbeat, if Al Davis sold the team and bought another NFL team? I’m a Raider fan with or without Al Davis. Nothing fake about it.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    AB, for starters, the ’03 team. I disagree with your assessment of that team. Before the season started, I didn’t hear fans complaining about the age. Only when they started losing.

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot

    What are the chances we go into the season for a 3rd time without a no.1 receiver.??

  • fat kidd

    having trouble finding jamarcus russell fan club?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    My bad, but the point is clear. We have a history of keeping players on the roster longer than necessary.

    However, Clayton on ESPN is saying that it is only a matter of when and not if (crossing fingers). Having personally seen Jamarcus at several clubs I can tell you this move is way overdue.

  • GaterRaider

    WHEN I SAY FAKE RAIDER FANS I MEAN SOMEONE WHO TALKS LIKE HES REALLY A DONKEY FAN, COMING INTO A RAIDER SITE TO STIR THE POT, WITH NOTHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO SAY. OK WE GET IT YOU HATE AL DAVIS, BUT IF YOU HATE HIM SO MUCH WHY IS HE CONSTANTLY ON YOUR MIND? YA BE REAL, BUT DONT BEAT A DEAD HORSE. NOT TO MENTION YOU ARE SAYING ALL OF THIS BEHIND A COMPUTER SCREEN, HENCE THE E-THUG REFERENCE.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faph57A7Kg0 r8eray

    JaMarcus Russell could go down as biggest draft bust ever
    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 27, 2010 6:37 PM ET
    When NFL Network compiled its list of the Top 10 draft busts in league history, Ryan Leaf came in first.

    Some day they’ll update that list, and JaMarcus Russell may just supplant Leaf in the top spot.

    If the reports out today that Russell will be released are correct, the historical record will show that the Raiders spent the first pick in the draft on a player who provided them with 25 starts and completed 354 of 680 passes (52.1%) for 4,083 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Russell was sacked 70 times and fumbled 25 times.

    For the most part Leaf’s numbers with the San Diego Chargers were even worse than that, which might lead some to conclude that Russell can’t be a bigger bust than Leaf (even though, if reports that he weighs 300 pounds are true, he has a bigger bust than Leaf).

    But Leaf was the second overall pick in 1998. Russell was the first overall pick in 2007. There have been quarterbacks picked first overall who turned out to be bad, but none so spectacularly bad as Russell.

    Leaf recently told the Los Angeles Times, “I used to go to bed at night hoping somebody else like Heath Shuler might magically leapfrog me on those all-time bust lists. It never happened. Why? Because I am No. 1. I can’t even think of anyone else in the ballpark that might be close to my combination of disappointment and failed expectations.”

    Russell is in the ballpark now.

  • GaterRaider

    ITS FUNNY YOU KNEW WHO I WAS TALKING ABOUT

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And the reason the ’03 team started losing is because Gruden’s presence had completely worn off by that time. Al Davis ruined that football team, consisting mostly of Gruden’s players, when he traded Gruden. It was one of the best teams in football. And if Gruden had stayed, we would have had better talent than what Al replaced those veterans with. The transition would have been better, and we probably would have had a couple of playoff appearances afterward, just as Tampa BAy had a couple with Gruden after the ’02 season.

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    Regardless, if the team was the same in ’03, how is Davis responsible for ruining the team?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And Gater fan, when I say fake Raider fan, I’m talking about the kind who are really Al Davis fans. If Al Davis sold the Raiders tomorrow and bought the Broncos, you’d be out buying a Tebow jersey. THAT’S a fake. I’m Raiders till I die, with or without Al. You’re not. You’re going wherever Al goes.

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    I agree that Davis should have kept Gruden, but your argument seems like a stretch.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Paine, who traded Gruden? Did he trade himself? Most of the ’03 team was Gruden’s players. Unless you can come up with a name of someone other than Al DAvis who is responsible for Gruden’s trade, you haven’t even begun to put up an argument. This is why I accused you earlier of being a stupid kool aid drinker. Now you’re acting like it again.

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    And the reason the ‘03 team started losing is because Gruden’s presence had completely worn off by that time. Al Davis ruined that football team, consisting mostly of Gruden’s players, when he traded Gruden. It was one of the best teams in football. And if Gruden had stayed, we would have had better talent than what Al replaced those veterans with. The transition would have been better, and we probably would have had a couple of playoff appearances afterward, just as Tampa BAy had a couple with Gruden after the ‘02 season.

    lol. I liked Gruden, would like for hinm to come back. But where is he currently? who is he coaching? oh..

  • GaterRaider

    MY NAME DOESNT SAY AL DAVIS ANYWHERE, GATER IS NOT A TEAM EITHER, IF HE SOLD THE RAIDERS TO YOU I WOULD STILL BE A RAIDER FAN, AND THE ONLY REASON ID BUY A TEBOW JERSEY WOULD BE TO WIPE MY AZZ WITH IT.

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot
  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    And Gater fan, when I say fake Raider fan, I’m talking about the kind who are really Al Davis fans. If Al Davis sold the Raiders tomorrow and bought the Broncos, you’d be out buying a Tebow jersey. THAT’S a fake. I’m Raiders till I die, with or without Al. You’re not. You’re going wherever Al goes.

    —-
    I dont think ive met 1 Raider fan that would do that. Or 1 that is a “Al Davis fan”

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot
  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    I’m no Kool Aid drink, MR. I would love it if Al Davis retired. Davis was a fool for not giving Gruden a new contract. But, age ruined the ’03 team more than Davis did.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Deuce Deuce, maybe Gruden isn’t good enough for any other teams in the NFL. But he’s good enough for the Raiders, and far better than our current head coach. Then again, half of the fans are better than Cable. They could just show up and take orders from Al, too.

  • DeuceDeuce

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    I’m no Kool Aid drink, MR. I would love it if Al Davis retired. Davis was a fool for not giving Gruden a new contract. But, age ruined the ‘03 team more than Davis did.


    I’d rather win with Al still in charge than him retire. But ya, I agree with everything else you said.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Gater, Deuce, regarding you guys not being Davis fans…sure.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Paine, I know y ou’re going to lie and say you did, but I guarantee you that before the ’03 season you were not skeptical of age. I guarantee you that you thought they had one more run. It wasn’t until they lost that you blamed age. You’ll never admit it. But we both know the truth.

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:50 pm
    Deuce Deuce, maybe Gruden isn’t good enough for any other teams in the NFL. But he’s good enough for the Raiders, and far better than our current head coach. Then again, half of the fans are better than Cable. They could just show up and take orders from Al, too.

    Very true. I would rather have Chucky. But I am a Cable fan also, he has changed the “feeling” in the building ya know.

  • DeuceDeuce

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Gater, Deuce, regarding you guys not being Davis fans…sure.

    —-

    I am a Al Davis fan. Because he is the owner of my favorite team. If he wasnt I wouldnt care about him at all.

  • DeuceDeuce

    and im out.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Also, I think the ’04 and ’05 teams were more talented than this one. Why should I believe Campbell is better than Kerry Collins>? Based on what? You guys just saying so? This team we’re fielding this year is only better than the last few years, it’s not as good as the teams we had earlier this decade. And, Al destroyed those teams. He’ll destroy this year’s team, too. 5-11.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # DeuceDeuce Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Gater, Deuce, regarding you guys not being Davis fans…sure.

    —-

    I am a Al Davis fan. Because he is the owner of my favorite team. If he wasnt I wouldnt care about him at all.

    ………..

    RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    No, I didn’t know that the team would fall apart. No one did. Why, because you can’t predict that. The Miami Heat were swept in the first round of the playoffs the year after they won the championship because they were old. But no one would have predicted that before the season started.

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    Besides, MR, I will be the first to say that Gannon and Gruden were the reason the Raiders went to the Super Bowl. Gruden was the real coach of that team after Gruden left.