Russell stealing Cable’s line

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell must have been watching closely to see how Tom Cable managed to remain coach of the Raiders.

As rumors swirled about Cable’s impending demise in the wake of a 5-11 season during which the Raiders never won back-to-back games, punctuated by bad publicity arising from the Randy Hanson and alleged domestic violence issues, the coach stuck to a simple philosophy.

Cable had no idea if he was going to get another year. Given the Raiders history, he surely had his doubts. So he showed up to work and kept showing up until told otherwise. The bad news never came.

Fast forward to Thursday.

“My thing is to keep coming out to work until they tell me not to,” Russell said. “I’m going to keep coming out to compete for the job and work my tail off.”

Russell had at least three other variations on the same theme. Questions regarding his weight and contract status were cut off by Eddie Anderson, the former Raiders safety whose job it is to watch over a nearly $40 million investment which hasn’t paid dividends.

Nobody would say what Russell weighed, but it sure didn’t look like he weighed 300 pounds, and to me at least, he looked better than he did at any time last season. There was a dramatic difference in the way Russell threw the ball compared to last year’s mandatory minicamp, when even the most simple passes were taking nose-dives into the ground.

That’s not to say Russell was great or approaching great. He was OK in a non-contact practice. He wasn’t awful, and given the way last season went, that’s a significant upgrade.

The Russell storyline will continue to play itself out and be determined in large measure by economics.

Russell did say there hadn’t been any talk of re-working his deal before Anderson stepped in. Remaining with the Raiders rests with Russell’s willingness to take something far less than the $9.45 million.

Cable wasn’t getting into specifics.

“I think first of all, I think he’s handling all that’s going on very well,” Cable said. “That’s to his credit. I think it shows some maturity on his part. He’s dealing with it and he went out and worked, just like everybody else did.”

Said Russell about his future: It’s a business. I don’t really have anything to do with that. That’s a higher level than me. I just keep coming to compete every day.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jhill

    inonewordraider Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    If Russell gives us a better chance of winning than Cambpell does out of camp, do you want Campbell starting to allow him to learn the offense?



    How about just letting the best QB on the field play?

    WHOEVER that is?

  • NoMoreFargas

    Yeah are $40 million QB was okay not awful look out ProBowl here comes Japrecious!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ha ha. He’s staying.

  • inonewordraider

    I hope we re-tinker w/ the Wildcat, DMAC is the best in the business at it

  • aig

    “JaPrecious” that is a good one.

  • The Big Banana

    “It’s a business. I don’t really have anything to do with that. That’s a higher level than me.”
    Yes, it does have to do with you, Lennie. Don’t you see? It has everything to do with you. If you behave, work hard, and play up to your potential, you can stay and tend the rabbits.

  • The Big Banana

    Sad when a $40 million QB looks “OK” but it’s a great improvement over last year. Pathetic really. It’s a business? LOL! You are some tool, Jamarcus.

  • Nnamdi21

    I think he’s staying and he’s already restructured.

    Like Russell said, “Its a business” and someone who’s been in the League as long as Davis knows you don’t risk $6.45 milly on a guy who might get injured at camp.

    Raider nation station posted hedged its bets and pointe to the hated unnamed source BS saying Russell’s already restructued.

    I’d would think so just by the fact he’s not locked out of the facility.

    Russell stays.

  • inonewordraider

    young athletic line, DMAC and Bush, reliable tight end, DHB/Jacoby Ford/JLH to pitch the ball to, Hue could get that Wildcat rolling

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  • Coach on Wheels

    jhill – The problem is “best QB” is graded on a curve with salary, draft position and al’s ego mixed in. In 2008 former Super Bowl QB Kerry Collins led the Titans to a 13-3 record. In 2009 he got benched faster than never-did-anything Russell. The best QB plays? Not in Oakland.
    How many seasons have we wasted on Jeff George, Jay Schreoder and other cannon arm QBs?
    Russell can’t lead, period. This isn’t a video game. Guys won’t play for him.
    How does a rookie like McClain who got drafted last week and spent the week getting in shape and studying his playbook, is allowed to talk to the media and is unchaperoned, have any respect for a guy like Baby Huey?



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  • raiderzig

    Yes, it does have to do with you, Lennie. Don’t you see? It has everything to do with you. If you behave, work hard, and play up to your potential, you can stay and tend the rabbits.
    Big Banana, that is classic! George couldn’t have said it any better himself.

  • SoCalSwamee

    Thats great that Russell is finally acting like a pro, but if he does not take a big pay cut he is as good as gone!