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Russell the reason he failed

Posted on: May 6, 2010 5:54 pm
 

Pick the way JaMarcus Russell celebrated being released by the Oakland Raiders:

--With two double-cheeseburgers and fries.

---With two large pizzas.

---By rolling in his $39 million that he stole from the team.

---All of the above.

Russell was released by the Raiders Thursday, cementing him for now as the biggest draft bust in NFL history. The Raiders picked him first overall in the 2007 draft with the idea he would be a franchise player.

He was: Fast-food franchise all-star.

Russell didn't put the work in, which is why he failed. It's that simple. If Russell worked, kept his body in shape, studied film, he'd still be in the league. He'd be starting for the Raiders.

But he didn't care. And it showed.

Now he's out of work.

I talked to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher last week and asked him about Russell's lack of work ethic. He was astounded, saying he never saw any of that when he was the offensive coordinator at LSU when Russell played there.

Russell can turn things around. He can get in shape. He can make himself a starter again.
If he doesn't, he will go down as the biggest bust ever, just ahead of Ryan Leaf.

If that happens, he can blame his mouth.

Better yet, what he put into it.

 

 

Category: NFL
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2010 5:35 am
 

Russell the reason he failed

The Chargers mishandled just about everything with Leaf- all the points you mention are valid and true to my recollection.

Epic bad. The Chargers organization has to shoulder the blame as well as the player... it wasn't until Butler and Smith came over did the Chargers team chemistry and goals really start to change.  At least the SPano's family figured out they didn't know it all and needed help.


See my previous post.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2010 5:19 am
 

Russell the reason he failed

Overboard on Leaf

Ryan Leaf was an immature crybaby, but let tell you there is plenty of blame to go around.
Our supposed team captian Seau wass  pouting becuase he had been rejected a pay raise.
Our trio of coaches if not the worst, just about set a record of ineptness.
"Lets see you have a 21 yr old small town kid so lets start him"
"Lets change offensive cordinators every year and see if he gets the hang of it."
"How about the worst offesive line in a decade of football, Leaf set records for getting pummeled"
"Lets use our running gam, what you mean we don't have one?"
"Hey Conway is our go to guy, our only one"

Bah I couild forget that whole tiime period, but before you shoulder it onto a 21 yr old kid...
those coaches are the same ones that cut Trent Green and Wes Welker
Seau...a team leader, forget it. You want to look at who screwed team chemistry look there.

Leaf was pitiful, but it was assine to start him. Anyone who thought an unpolished rookie from
a small town was going to carry that pitiful team out of the trash.....well aI have some ocean front property in Yuma for sale


Some corrections:
Seau was not a disgruntled Charger until the Marty era (2000).
The Chargers were ranked 15th in rushing his first year, and Ryan Leaf did not start in his second and last year in San Diego. That honor belonged to the Chicago and Indy cast offs, Erik Kramer and Jim Harbaugh.
Natrone Means was the running back both seasons and until injuries and cheeseburgers derailed his career was considered to be a decent option at RB.
Curtis Conway was not on the Charger's roster until the 2000 season, after Ryan Leaf was released. He had the best year of his career as a Charger.
The WRs that were on the Chargers roster were Mikhael Ricks, Charlie Jones, Jeff Graham, Ryan Thelwell, Webster Slaughter, Chris Penn, Bryan Still and at TE Freddie Jones (one of the more athletic pass catching TEs at the time).
Kevin Gilbride, June Jones and Mike Riley were the Head Coaches during the Leaf era, and had nothing at all to do with releasing Trent Green, or signing undrafted FA Wes Welker.
Trent was the Bobby Ross era, and Wes Welker was released after his first NFL regular season game during the Marty Schottenheimer era because Tim Dwight was more productive as the "quick" receiving option, and a better returner. This a full 5 years after the end of the Bobby Beathard/Mike Riley era.

Your Seau hatred is misplaced, I assure you. Marty called him old, and advised due to age he did not merit another contract suggesting retirement in 2002. Seau was the highest paid LB in the game in 1998 and 1999. In hindsight, Seau was right, and they Chargers did him wrong. Not the other way around.

Small town and unpolished have nothing to do with it.

Work ethic and desire are the reasons both of these players failed.

That being said, JaMarcus Russell was the bigger bust.
Though since both quit the second the check cleared, I can understand the debate, but considering the money involved.....

Accurate "facts" are a pet peeve of mine. It's why I find it incredibly difficult these days to discuss football with certain fanbases like the Steelers and Broncos. They create better fiction than comic book writers.

Charger fans, don't turn into one of the dumb-dumbs that make up the vast majority of those fanbases.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2010 4:24 am
 

Russell the reason he failed

You are sot on, I totally agree with you.  At this point, we can argue money as the yardstick or any other factor.  But in the end who really wants to argue about the WORST draft pick.  We can all have our own favorite draft busts - being from the DC area, mine is Heath Shuler.  But as you say, they were awful.  Let's move on to talk about something more substantive.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: May 7, 2010 2:21 am
 

$$$$$$$$

Don't think for a second Russell is caring one bit. Because if I were him. I would sit and laugh.Because the real bust are the Raiders.
Just sit back and count your cash JaMarcus,and maybe just maybe. The NFL and the rest of the sports leagues will relize that hey,
maybe we shouldnt give some one that hasn't played a second in our league that amount of money.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2010 1:16 am
 

Russell the reason he failed

LMFAO! exactly....You nailed it. Everybody is hatin on Russel by calling him fat, dumb and lazy but the truth is he never has to work again. Ever. He just has to invest his money in expensive stocks like apple and microsoft and watch the money accumulate. I'll take 39 million to be labeled a jerk for a year or whenever this blows over and be a punchline. Meanwhile I get to do whatever I want with my 39 million LOL

I hate the raiders and for me this is a feel good story

Good for you Russell now you get to take care of your family and friends



Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2010 11:43 pm
 

Russell the reason he failed

The teams in the NFL deserve what they get. Why do they pay these people so much money and haven't really see them play. I think there has to be a limit on salaries for rookies and as for Russell, he didn't even make an effort to get better including wacthing his weight. I would think that Russell broke his contract but not trying to improve and therefore the Raiders should be able to get most of the 40 million back.



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Russell the reason he failed

I think everyone is too critical of JaMarcus. I think he is one of the smartest guys in a long time. Here is a guy who probably took it easy in college and did not have to pull an all nighter craming for a test or trying to finish a project. Here is a guy who was offered a 39 million dollars guarantee contract at age 21. You mean I do not have to improve every year to get this money? Yep. You mean all I have to do 5 months a year is show up and I get to keep this money? Yep. Get out of my way and let me sign this contract before someone smells the smelling salt. Now at age 24, I have 39 million in the bank. I just hope he does not laugh too hard with that cheese burger in his mouth. Sad if he die with all that money for not having to do any work and any more work for the rest of his life. This is a smart kid.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:51 pm
 

Russell the reason he failed

You are right - but while Leaf is not solely to blame, you still have to agree that as a "Draft Move" to the final result of "Performance on the Field"  - it is the worst combination of events and results that we (any fans) have seen.    And thats the definition of a bust - its not JUST the player laying an egg - its also how a team brings them in and gets them acclimated to life as a professional athlete.  The Chargers mishandled just about everything with Leaf- all the points you mention are valid and true to my recollection.

Epic bad. The Chargers organization has to shoulder the blame as well as the player... it wasn't until Butler and Smith came over did the Chargers team chemistry and goals really start to change.  At least the SPano's family figured out they didn't know it all and needed help.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Russell the reason he failed

The Chargers bet the house and everything inside, and lost big time... The raiders just drafted one failure... Yeah money locked up in Russel was higher than leaf, but the leaf deal consisted of way more



Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Overboard on Leaf

Ryan Leaf was an immature crybaby, but let tell you there is plenty of blame to go around.
Our supposed team captian Seau wass  pouting becuase he had been rejected a pay raise.
Our trio of coaches if not the worst, just about set a record of ineptness.
"Lets see you have a 21 yr old small town kid so lets start him"
"Lets change offensive cordinators every year and see if he gets the hang of it."
"How about the worst offesive line in a decade of football, Leaf set records for getting pummeled"
"Lets use our running gam, what you mean we don't have one?"
"Hey Conway is our go to guy, our only one"

Bah I couild forget that whole tiime period, but before you shoulder it onto a 21 yr old kid...
those coaches are the same ones that cut Trent Green and Wes Welker
Seau...a team leader, forget it. You want to look at who screwed team chemistry look there.

Leaf was pitiful, but it was assine to start him. Anyone who thought an unpolished rookie from
a small town was going to carry that pitiful team out of the trash.....well aI have some ocean front property in Yuma for sale


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