Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 27, 2009
More e-mails from Raider Nation

My first look at Russell was the bowl game against Notre Dame. While he had a sparkling day, that ND team was woefully inept and one wonders if they should have been selected for that bowl game at all. Interestingly, the other QB in that game was Brady Quinn, who performed dismally that day, went 22nd in NFL 1st round and, like Russell, is also struggling with the Browns. Given Russell's size and the fact that he probably has "good hands" and some skill running with the ball, one wonders if a move of that talent to WR or TE would make sense? SF's Arnaz Battle, an option QB at ND, was moved to WR and made a good career of it in college and NFL. On the other hand, if Russell's attitude is a problem then he's poison to the team anywhere you put him.



You have been on the page that Jamarcus is bad but the video clip of sunday locker room just says it all. He is not mature enough to understand the situation, he is not deflecting he is being teenage defiant. Just amazing. Thats the regression. the coach in a round about way addressed the issue of maturity. They are hoping he will come but it will not be until next year.

He started getting booed and that started the regression. The hard knocks come when his teammates quit and let him get hurt.
he is being defiant to the crowd and will towards his players when someone finally says something.

Being at the games I can see the little things. Murphy reaction in Bronco game when he is open and russel throws behind him. i was thinking, wow a rookie reacting to the QB that way. Its coming.

He has started throwing people under the bus and that is the new revelation. On sunday the whole team caravaned in at 10am. He comes by himself 20 minutes later. Did he even stay at the hotel with the team?

Looking at replays of him from game he is still not stepping into throws, probably throwing with his thumb on top (no accuracy).



Paul -- Very interesting update on the Cable Guy. Difficult to determine who is lying, but I find it almost impossible for an adult to break a jaw falling off a chair? Maybe break your tailbone, but not your jaw. So why doesn't the NFL simply ask all present to take a lie detector test instead of all this drama? The District Attorney's explanation of why it was not pursued sounded like something Barney Fife or Goober would come up with! So it will be interesting to see what action coach Hanson takes? This is certainly much more fun and interesting than watching the Raiders try to play football!!



I liked your article about DHB in this mornings paper. The only thing I didn't agree with is the fact u said they (raiders) could've traded down and picked him up later for cheeper. I think if that option was there for the raiders they would have. Nobody wanted that #7 pick and everyone knew that DHB would not have fell past #12-15. So idealy I would have loved the raiders to trade down and grab him along with an additional draft pick, I don't think it was possible. You can't name one team out there that was willing to trade up to the #7 spot for any player. I'm a firm believer of "take who u want" in the draft regardless of the draft spot or the pundits. But like you, I still believe there is hope for this kid.



Good morning Paul

Nice coverage of the Raiders, right or wrong I am a Raiders forever, my father and uncles started in the 60's so I must continue, yes my kids wonder when are we going o win and they get hassled at school when they were their raider shirts but hey it builds character. The reason for my email, I read this into days blogs recap, about the guy who is switching teams to the Saints ( see below) , hey could you send him my email address , I be curious to see if he wants tog et rid of his Raider collection or memorabilia for the cheap, since he switched teams, yes I know we are bad and will continue until Al is gone but what the heck, Raiders fan for even


Keep up the good work



Paul, I've been a proud Raider fan since 1974. I have lived my whole life in New England (Connecticut). I have to say that our fans are turning into the negative east coast fans that I see every day, when things go wrong they trash talk the team. But when things are good they are life long fans. I have been to Oakland for 3 games in the past 6 years and the experience was awsome compared to out here. There was an intensity at the stadium that only rivaled a Yankee - Red Sox game out here. I think to pick this team back up our fans need to stay in games, and keep the sound level up. Watching the Eagle game it sounded great at times but also was flat at times as if they were just waiting for the game to slip away. I believe that the players will feed off the stadium emotion and I hope to hear the Nation Rockin through-out the whole Jets game. Raider fans need to refocus and stop the negativity, the players read this stuff. Lets try our old approach of us against the world wether we were 16-0 or 0-16 Raider fans kept trash talking everyone else in the NFL but never ourselves, how did we get to this place were at. I read all the blogs full of anger towards our Raiders, and most well deserved. It still kills me to hear, thats not us. we live and die Oakland, its like our fans are putting the curse on us. Lets get crazy again, start blaming the refs, the other coaches for cheating...the cheerleaders but lay off the team and show more support it might just change attitudes if they are reading that we are 100% behind them no matter waht. ( Ok not the cheerleaders ) Our fans were never like any other teams but we sound like we are getting there, lets not complain that the team is giving up when we are doing the same thing. I go to work every Monday morning with my Raiders shirt on win or lose, and people laugh at times but I pound my chest and let them know its a privledge to be a Raider fan we are loyal until the end, win, lose, or tie Raider til I die. Is the whole Nation with me or did I miss the memo to just give up, I personally will not trash talk my team. Wish I didnt live 3,000 miles away or I would be there screaming every Sunday. Thank god for direct tv NFL package. peace


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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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