Just say NO to JaMarcus Russell

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When the Oakland Raiders released former number one overall pick QB JaMarcus Russell, the analysts took to the air and print to try and determine his next team. Before getting into specific teams, they first began laying the out what the conditions on said teams had to be: a team with an established QB, a strong internal structure, and good coaching and support for JaMarcus to learn. The first thing that popped into my mind was, “Uh oh. Don’t even say New England would be a good fit.” I present to you, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com:

The Bengals and Patriots, in particular, are intriguing options when looking at possible fits for Russell….

In New England, he would not only join a strong locker room that could show him how to be a pro, but their shotgun-heavy system is similar to the offense that he directed in college. In addition, he would enjoy the luxury of learning from Tom Brady. Observing one of the top quarterbacks in the game on a daily basis will provide Russell some of the mentoring that he desperately missed during his time in Oakland. Furthermore, he would operate under a head coach known for melding his system to the talents of his players.”

Thanks, but no thanks.

JaMarcus Russell does not fit the “Patriots prototype” at all. In Oakland, he was noted as being lazy, uncommitted, and out of shape. Having just one of those three points is enough to be jettisoned from New England. That’s not even to comment on his performance on the gridiron. For his three-year career, he completed just 52% of his passes for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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