Just say NO to JaMarcus Russell


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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  • joe blow

    i think it’s great that an 8 year old wrote a news column–congrats. at least, with ur grammar skills, i hope ur not out of high school yet. ur not, right? please say ur not. please tell me ur a kid, not a paid adult.

  • jamie

    I’m sorry you disagree with the column JaMarcus. :)

  • law4u

    Nothing would please me more than for the Pats to pick up JaMarcus, then Brady gets hurt again, and the Pats get stuck starting that fat moron. Unfortunately, Belicheat is too smart for that. He may sign the Walrus, but, like Andrew Walters, the Pats will NEVER let him see the field.

  • jamie

    My guess would be that Brian Hoyer would start over JaMarcus based on experience in the system and work ethic.

  • Carter

    Thanks for the article jamy. Great read. I wish all articles are to be good like this. you write good. i dont know if he can go to patriot. they are a good team he is not a good team. maybe cannot fit?

  • Xing-Wu

    Ha! I don’t think he would fit into a Patriot System. I dont think he has the intellectual capacity for that kind of a system.

  • Rick Wascher

    Why do you care where he goes? He’s free to go anywhere. I hope he comes back to haunt Al because of the shit system Oakland runs. Tom Brady couldn’t win in Oakland.

    • jamie

      He can go to any team he wants, I just hope it’s not New England. There’s a movement right now to clean out the bad apples in the locker room and from what the reports out of Oakland said, he’s not a shiny red apple. If he came here and proved me wrong, then great. I don’t wish him ill, I just don’t see his fit here. I didn’t see him as a first overall pick coming out of college, but perhaps in the right system he can succeed. Again, I just don’t see it. The poll is close and I’m very interested to see the final results when it closes on Friday.

      Cinci is looking into him according to NFL.com. We shall see in time if he is another Ryan Leaf or a Jim Plunkett.

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