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Campbell on Russell

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 2:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

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

    dolphins GM asks Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute > Now thats funny

  • GaterRaider

    CAN MADDENGIRL GO ONE POST WITHOUT MENTIONING “AL” OR “DAVIS”? I DOUBT IT. AND IM THE AL DAVIS FAN? RAIDERS MF A REAL RAIDER FAN

  • Seymour Bush

    Has Phony Dancing Raider finally become irrelevant? Yes, she has.

  • fat kidd

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

  • http://Raiders.com A.B. Paine II

    You are a p*ssy Fat Kidd.

  • GaterRaider

    fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash
    ******************************************************
    HAHA

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

    # fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

    —————————————————–

    or your moma

  • Seymour Bush

    GaterRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    CAN MADDENGIRL GO ONE POST WITHOUT MENTIONING “AL” OR “DAVIS”?
    ================================================

    No. Is PhonyDancing Raider irrelevant? Yes.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And that speaks to my point, AB. Al Davis had arguably the best team in the NFL, and then turned to a losing team in a matter of ONE YEAR. The Raiders 4-12 season after the SB loss is the worst season any team has ever had after being in a SB. That’s exactly what I’m talking about when I say that Al has ruined better teams than this one. And you’re saying age? BS. That same team went to the SB a year earlier. Age gets you 9-7, something around there, maybe barely missing the playoffs. Complete organizational chaos, courtesy of Al Davis, gets your 4-12 following 11-5 and the AFC crown. That’s my point. And this same guy is running the team now. We had a decent draft that makes us a little bit better on paper than the past few years, and you guys want me to think playoffs, considering recent history? You guys are NUTS!

  • fat kidd

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    # fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

    —————————————————–

    or your moma
    ……………………………Lynn from Snot Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    # fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

    —————————————————–

    or your moma
    Lynn from Snot Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    # fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

    —————————————————–

    or your moma
    Your Mom’s so ugly, she gets less action than a white guy in the NBA

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Phony Dancing Raider? Wow. That’s good…

  • GaterRaider

    IF YOU CANT SIT UP WITHOUT DROOLING ON YOURSELF, YOU DONT NEED TO BE IN CHARGE OF AN NFL TEAM.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    also i’d like to take this time to disrespect any other females in your family.

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    now that was funny…

    well done…

  • fat kidd

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    # fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    A.B. Paine II Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Good day, I have to go walk the dog.

    …………………………………………he has his wife on a short leash

    —————————————————–

    or your moma

    your Mom’s so fat, when she rolls over in bed she burns her ass on the light bulb.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hey, good point, Gater Raider. Maybe you aren’t a Davis fan.

  • GaterRaider

    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

    NO ID SAY HE IS THE BIGGEST, LITERALY AND FIGURATIVELY

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t agree with Smith. Leaf was in a better situation. The Raiders have been a dysfunctional franchise since Gruden left. I think Russell does better on the Charger team that Leaf was drafted on. Peyton Manning would have been a bust in Oakland. No QB will ever succeed here while Al’s here, not since Gruden left. And that includes Campbell or the perpetually injured Gradkowski.

  • fat kidd

    jamarcus russell to be baptised at sea world!!!

  • GaterRaider

    BUT LEAF ACTUALLY SEEMED LIKE HE WANTED TO PLAY, JAFATAZZ BASICALLY TOOK THE MONEY AND RAN, AND HE COST MORE THAN LEAF, WHO WASNT THE FIRST OVERALL.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    I don’t agree with Smith. Leaf was in a better situation. The Raiders have been a dysfunctional franchise since Gruden left. I think Russell does better on the Charger team that Leaf was drafted on. Peyton Manning would have been a bust in Oakland. No QB will ever succeed here while Al’s here, not since Gruden left. And that includes Campbell or the perpetually injured Gradkowski.

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    you are one inspirational mutha…

    i’ll bet you are a riot at funerals…

    is it true you were booted out of a mental hospital for being “too depressed” ???

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    russell IS the biggest bust ever… because he really does not give a schit…

    and probably never will until he’s all grown up…

    about 20 years time i figure…

    or broke…

    which ever comes first…

  • GaterRaider

    ITS SAD CUZ THE DUDE HAZ A CANNON, BUT HE DOESNT WANT TO BE A STARTING QB IN THE NFL

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t think so. Again, Leaf was on a better team. The Oakland Raiders right now are amongst the most dysfunctional franchises in ALL of sports history. Again, Manning would be a bust in this environment.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Gater, he’s not even in the NFL. He’s on the Raiders.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    GaterRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    BUT LEAF ACTUALLY SEEMED LIKE HE WANTED TO PLAY,

    …………

    Because he was on a better team.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    so which is it MR ???

    is Russell a waste of time because kiffie thought so ???

    or was Russell going to be a grand success on any other team ???

    you seem to be arguing both cases…

  • fat kidd

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    I don’t think so. Again, Leaf was on a better team. The Oakland Raiders right now are amongst the most dysfunctional franchises in ALL of sports history. Again, Manning would be a bust in this environment
    ………………………………………………those days are over we are now the most dangerous team in the universe,we had a little trouble the last couple years cause we tried to withhold imfomation from jack bauer,we learned are lesson

  • Tom cables pimp hand

    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.
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    Sounds like a real madden raider diss to me. haha

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Could be both, Pete. The discussion is the biggest bust in history. I still think it’s Leaf, and not Russell, because of the environments.

  • Ryan

    Faneca is a Card.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    ………………………………………………those days are over

    …………..

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As of when, today?

    Surely not last year, when Cable fought an assistant coach.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cabel’s beer belly, as far as me hiding behind my computer, I don’t see any of you using your real identities. Oh, except for Deuce Deuce.

  • fat kidd

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    fat kidd Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    ………………………………………………those days are over

    …………..

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As of when, today?

    Surely not last year, when Cable fought an assistant coach
    ……………………………..the important thing is he won

  • fat kidd

    when you fight a assitant coach al davi says=just win baby

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    And, Fat Kidd, that response is indicative of the Raiders mindset, as well, unfortunately. The organization doesn’t view the Cable incident as just the type of chaos that makes it impossible for a team to develop in today’s fast paced NFL environment, they think it’s cool. They’re talking about how he won the fight. More proof as to how out of touch they are. This isn’t the ’70s. In today’s pro sports environment, concentration is key. In fact, what Cable did wouldn’t have even flown in the ’70s. Who did Madden ever punch? I think Madden has the best winning percentage of any coach in history, doesn’t he?

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

    Russell could land with the Redskins!

  • fat kidd

    kiffen no longer at oakland,gruden no longer at oakland, madden no longer at oakland,al davis im still here baby!!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Cable needs to start punching his players. And he needs to stand up to his boss. He doesn’t work in a factory. He’s the head coach of a pro sports franchise. He’s in a position to really leave a profound mark on sports history. Instead, he’s taking orders. Now that’s the true definition of a pu s s y. More so than Randy Hanson could ever be. In fact, if Cable would stand up to DAvis the way Hanson stood up to Cable, Cable might actually walk out of here with a winning percentage somewhere near .500.

  • RaiderLen

    Afternoon Fellas,

    Hey Pete how’s it goin?

    Leaf and Russell are 1a and 1b in my book.

    JaMarcus has not been able to demonstrate the most basic of tasks for a pro athelete. Be in shape.

    JaMarcus has what is acknowledged as one of the better QB coaches in Paul Hackett.

    He was provided with the facility, the coach, and the play book.

    All that was required of Him was to put in the work.

    The trade for Campbell demonstrates that JaMarcus is not regarded as the “Future of The Franchise”

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    MR ???

    did you really accuse Hanson of being an assistant coach ???

  • SharkCatcher

    I just want to the Raiders to win. simple as that. My deep thought of the day.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Al Davis is only here because he owns the team, Fat Kidd. This whole comeback of “where is he now?” by Davis loyalists whenever one of DAvis’s enemies is brought up is so stupid, because if Davis didn’t own an NFL team, he would have been in a nursing home 20 years ago. Al Davis is not still employed in the NFL because of his talent or smarts. He owns a franchise. Nobody can get rid of him. His longevity is not based on merit. Get a clue.

  • fat kidd

    cable never did nothing to hanson it was just his misfortune that jack bauer was in the room

  • lefty12

    Why,Pete,why?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Al Davis is only here because he owns the team

    Al Davis is not still employed in the NFL because of his talent or smarts. He owns a franchise. Nobody can get rid of him. His longevity is not based on merit. Get a clue.

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    you do know that there are 31 other owners that are relying on that small fact as well… yes???

  • SharkCatcher

    Does Dhb become a better wr with Campbell at qb?

  • M Lonetree

    in its daily triumphal return to the Raider blog MR/KiffinRaider attempts once again with insincerity to insinuate itself into the world of Raider fans.

    MR/KiffinRaider as a jellyfish withering upon the sand in the tropic sun, its life force diminished and waning, in its tiny voice it says “harrumph.”

    there was a quotation in a movie I remember, I believe that it went something like…”MR/KiffinRaider is as MR/KiffinRaider does”.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Yes, I do, Pete. What’s your point?