Russell’s ‘cold’ needs a cure for the Raiders’ offense

Oakland Raiders v Houston Texans
Russell needs to get hot soon if the Raiders are going to have any chance of winning record.

JaMarcus Russell told reporters on Thursday that he had a cold. “I got a cold, so watch out. I ain’t got no Swine Flu now. Don’t put that on me. Uh-uh. I don’t need that.” Russell might not have the Swine Flu, but his play has helped give the Raiders’ offense the football equivalent.

Obviously, there are 11 players on the offensive side of the ball, so you can’t lay all the blame of the Raiders’ 32nd ranked offense on Russell. Since it’s a quarterback league, it’s fair to say that at least half of the ills should be pinned squarely on him, and some might even say more.

Three straight games, the Raiders’ offense has failed to gain at least 200 yards. The last time a Raiders offense did that was…never. Think about that for a minute. ‘Never’ includes not only the Tom Walsh ‘bed and breakfast’ offense, but even the lean years prior to Al Davis joining the organization.Even the 2006 Raiders averaged 246.2 yards per game. These Raiders are averaging 208.5 yards per game and have scored only 42 points in four games–an average of 10.5 points per game. In order to find a similar offensive futility, you’d have to go back to the ’92 Seattle Seahawks who averaged 210.9 yards per game.

There is hope that Russell could be pulling out of his funk. Monday, head coach Tom Cable said, “[Russell] really did throw the ball well as compared to the three previous weeks,” when talking about the quarterback’s performance on Sunday in the loss against the Houston Texans.

Cable later went on to point out why he thought that was true. “He was on target all but really two throws. When you have that many drops – I think there were nine that I counted – if you put nine completions or at least the opportunity of nine completions on his deal, you’d say he might have been as good as anybody in pro football [Sunday].

That’s really all the Raiders want right now–a quarterback who can play average. An average quarterback can make the completions he’s supposed to make, and when he’s able to do that the running game will find a few more holes. Once the running game finds those holes, Russell will find better protection. At least, that’s how the theory goes.

Right now, defenses are filling the box with seven and eight men, just daring Russell to beat them through the air. The problem is, even screen passes have been difficult for him to complete.

Russell does feel like he’s getting more comfortable, but he acknowledges that it’s time to turn that comfort into production. “I’m real comfortable being in there. I know where to go with the ball. We need guys, including myself, just to meet up at the end of the stick and become better than what we are right now.

One of the issues with Russell is that he’s not a hard worker. During his NFL career, the Raiders’ top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft has dealt with accusations about his weight and work ethic. Last Sunday, both issues were spotlighted with more reports stating that there’s fire to that smoke.

On Sunday, CBS Sports’ Boomer Esiason made comments on the NFL pregame show about reports he was getting from insider’s regarding Russell being fined for being overweight and for missing meetings. Russell disputed those claims.

I don’t really play into that and I don’t have any truth to missing a lot of meetings because I’m the guy that needs to be in there and know what it takes for the guys around, so I don’t really play into all of that,” said the third year quarterback. When point-blank asked if he’d been fined at all, Russell replied, “Not at all.

When Russell’s head coach was asked on Monday if the starting quarterback had been late for meetings, Cable responded coldly, “I’m not gonna talk about our internal stuff that way,” which isn’t a direct denial that it didn’t happen.

With a 39.8 completion percentage, one touchdown and four interceptions for a 42.4 QB rating, and only 506 yards passing in four games played this season, Russell needs to get his problems fixed. If those problems relate to his work ethic, then the problem is for Tom Cable to fix by replacing the guy who says he’s the leader of the team.

Russell answered in the affirmative when asked if he was the leader of the Raiders, “Yes I feel that because if you look at it, the quarterback touches the ball every play. If I can do the smallest things to get guys in position to become successful, then that’s what I look at it as. If anything is not going right, I might get a two-yard gain or anything just to spark the guys to get going and move forward.

Whatever it takes from here on out, the Raiders’ offense needs to move forward as well.

Share

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-includes/capabilities.php on line 672

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can view forum' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 129

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can view forum and topic lists only' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 130

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can start new topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 131

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can reply to topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 132

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can create linked topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 133

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can break linked topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 134

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can pin topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 135

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can move topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 136

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can move posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 137

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can edit any topic titles' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 138

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can edit own topic titles' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 139

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can lock topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 140

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can delete topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 141

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can edit own posts forever' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 142

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can edit own posts until reply' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 143

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can edit any posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 144

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can delete own posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 145

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can delete any posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 146

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can pin posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 147

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can view users email addresses' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 148

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can view members profiles' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 149

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can report posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 150

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can sort most recent posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 151

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can bypass spam control' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 152

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can bypass post moderation' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 153

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can bypass post moderation once' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 158

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can upload images' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 163

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can upload media' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 164

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can upload files' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 165

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can use signatures' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 166

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can use images in signatures' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 167

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can subscribe' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can watch topics' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 169

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can change topic status' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 170

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can rate posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 171

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can moderate pending posts' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 172

Warning: Illegal string offset 'Can use private messaging' in /home4/calboy69/public_html/raiderrants.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-forum/library/sf-globals.php on line 203

This article has 1 Comment

  1. Maybe Russell should learn to committ to the game and this team from the bench. we won in spite of him not because of him. Al needs to sit him down and let the team play with those that deserve to be on the field. Russell does not!

Comments are closed.