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A fine mess for JaMarcus

So why has Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell been playing so poorly?

Apparently, he has still yet to embrace the reality of being an NFL quarterback.

Coach Tom Cable called Russell out in the offseason, hoping to push him to take his job more seriously.  The team then brought in Jeff Garcia, presumably to nudge Russell toward a higher level of commitment.

And none of it is working.

Boomer Esiason of CBS provided insight regarding the depth of the challenge that the Raiders face.

“I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but it’s come to my attention
that he has been fined heavily already for being overweight and for
being late to meetings
,” Esiason said, via Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times.  “And, he’s already missed one meeting.  I’m
telling you right now, the other 52 guys on that roster are looking at
Tom Cable.  They’re looking at Al Davis, and they’re saying we deserve
better than this.

“That’s why every time he goes on the field, what’s
the quarterback’s job — to be the leader of the other men on the field
with them; to inspire them to greater heights.  Right now, he is holding
them back.  Even though there’s not a great alternative, there has to be
a change at quarterback, especially if he plays poorly today against a
banged up Houston defense.”

Amen to that. 

It meshes with Garcia’s recent comments on FOX Sports Radio, and it’s right on the money.

As Peter King said during our visit with Jimmy Roberts at halftime of the Washington-Notre Dame game (and I’m still waiting for that damn latte), if the Raiders are serious about winning this season, they need to call Garcia now and give him the starting job.

As King pointed out off the air, this weekend’s Giants game becomes instantly competitive if Garcia is the quarterback. 

Next weekend’s visit from the Eagles would become a lot more intriguing, too.

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39 Responses to “A fine mess for JaMarcus”
  1. emulcifier says: Oct 6, 2009 9:18 AM

    “As King pointed out off the air, this weekend’s Giants game becomes instantly competitive if Garcia is the quarterback. ”
    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.
    Oh wait, you get paid to come up with this stuff?

  2. east96street says: Oct 6, 2009 9:22 AM

    “if the Raiders are serious about winning this season, they need to call Garcia now and give him the starting job.”
    And Garcia should charge them double what he signed for the first time. Leverage is a wonderful thing when it’s in your favor.

  3. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 6, 2009 9:23 AM

    Two words: rookie salary cap. Ok, three

  4. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 6, 2009 9:24 AM

    Garcia is not that good. No way he makes them that much better against the Giants or Eagles

  5. Senemot says: Oct 6, 2009 9:27 AM

    Russell is a bad quarter back…But just like Heyward-Bey & McFadden, Al Davis is just putting them out there without the proper coaching. You can not teach a boy how to become a man, if you are a Mother??? Russell, Heyward-Bey, McFadden have no Father figures and have been Raised by Mothers or Grandmothers. But this is a man sport? They are soft, spoiled, mis-led children. Win,Lose or Fail…They still get that check!!!! So in the end…who care’s..LOL

  6. DonTerrelli says: Oct 6, 2009 9:29 AM

    Cleo Lemon is still available

  7. shawnc16 says: Oct 6, 2009 9:32 AM

    I shouldn’t be but I can’t believe JaMarcus would be late to meetings. I think your play has to be so solid that yo aren’t worried about your job before you think you can get away with something like that and at no point in his career has his play been that great. As the QB you are the leader, if you do it why can’t every guy who supposedly follows you.
    Unless JaMarcus is late becuase he lost track of time while watching hours of game film, he should been to every meting 15 minutes early.
    I don’t follow the raiders but I’ve never hard that JaMarcus was this type of guy. I just thought he was a kid trying his best but falling short.

  8. Burnum says: Oct 6, 2009 9:35 AM

    Get Garcia or trade a mid-to-late-rounder for a game-managing veteran QB (e.g. Rosenfels). Depending on how serious the injury to Matt Stafford is, even Duante Culpepper could be a good alternative for the Raiders…

  9. wallyworld says: Oct 6, 2009 9:36 AM

    Garcia was worse than JaMarcus in the pre season and if you read your own material you would know that Garcia was not a good role model when he was in camp. The raiders would be a bad team with anyone at QB right now as the offensive line couldn’t block dead people. Just face it, the Raiders stink and as Brett would say.”move on.”

  10. litemater says: Oct 6, 2009 9:38 AM

    Frank Reich is Peyton’s Qb Coach, he is available

  11. jb10 says: Oct 6, 2009 9:38 AM

    i just don’t see russell going anywhere. al davis wants this guy to play and that is exactly what will be happening.
    i also don’t think garcia did anything to deserve any job while he was in oakland. he missed practices and rarely practiced because of a sore calf.

  12. RaiderRedleg says: Oct 6, 2009 9:39 AM

    Mr. Florio,
    Bring back Jeff Garcia? Maybe we should bring back Gruden to coach and get Gannon out of retirement? Get real…Not saying J. Russell doesn’t need to sit a few weeks, but PLEASE let’s stop the Garcia talk…Any chance he did have to come back was KILLED by his comments over the weekend.
    Sit Russell for a couple of weeks to clear his head and have him finish the season. THEN draft a top flight QB prospect (Bradford, Locker, Clauson, Mallet) next year and let them battle for the job with the loser on his way out of Oakland!

  13. raybin says: Oct 6, 2009 10:03 AM

    Did you seriously just write that this game becomes competitive with Garcia at QB?
    Holy crap, Florio. I like a lot of what you write, but that’s insane. Did you miss the play of the offensive line on Sunday? The, what, eight drops by the wide receivers? The atrocious play calling? The three carries by the team’s best back?
    JaMarcus’ conduct has been indefensible, so I’m not going to even try. But acting like he’s the only problem with the team is insane.
    And let me tell you this: If Russell is not the answer, Garcia certainly isn’t. Believe me, I followed him through camp and pre-season. His tank is EMPTY.
    The best choice is for the Raiders to limp through this season as best they can, walk away with another 4-12 season and then re-evaluate in the offseason.

  14. chapnasty says: Oct 6, 2009 10:05 AM

    Dear Jerry Jones,
    As a die hard, lifelong Cowboys fan, I request, no demand, that you trade Tony Romo to the Raiders for their 1st round pick in next years draft. As a bonus, send them Wade Phillips as well.
    Sincerely,
    Chapnasty

  15. raybin says: Oct 6, 2009 10:06 AM

    Did anyone else catch the little nugget in the Jerry McDonald link….that Greg Ellis is being forced to talk to and try to fire up the offense.
    Sigh. We are so screwed in Raiderland.
    Not having your QB do it is bad enough…but not one of the other 10 guys will either? Gah.

  16. zygi milf says: Oct 6, 2009 10:12 AM

    Burnum says:
    October 6, 2009 9:35 AM
    Get Garcia or trade a mid-to-late-rounder for a game-managing veteran QB (e.g. Rosenfels). Depending on how serious the injury to Matt Stafford is, even Duante Culpepper could be a good alternative for the Raiders…
    *************
    A mid to late rounder for Rosenfels? You are as delusional as the owner of the team you cheer for.
    No way the Vikings give away next year’s starting QB. They have the leverage. I would guess it would take a 2nd round pick to pry him, or Jackson away.
    Favre didn’t get touched last night, but, then again, it was the Packers defense. He has been getting killed all year and the Vikings will need all the QB depth they have all year.

  17. BlackJack says: Oct 6, 2009 10:14 AM

    Well you know…maybe Florio and Garcia…er…ewwww. Nevermind.

  18. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Oct 6, 2009 10:22 AM

    Where’s the AutumnWind999 FACT! guy? He could explain why Russell is late to and misses meetings. Also, anyone who thinks JaMarcus needs to clear his head for a few weeks- Are you saying he needs a break from being lazy? Fatigued from not working hard?

  19. BigEasy says: Oct 6, 2009 10:27 AM

    Peter King, after a night of drinking and watching Lord Favre play, made a silly comment which he will publicly apologize for!!!!!

  20. Raiderman says: Oct 6, 2009 10:38 AM

    Florio schmoozing with well known Raider hater king, how sad.

  21. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 6, 2009 10:44 AM

    Russel already got his payday, no need to work.
    Yay for no rookie cap.

  22. JakeDSnake says: Oct 6, 2009 10:58 AM

    None of this is true, unless Al Davis says it is, and then the Raiders’ fans relay that message to us football-ignoramuses…otherwise it’s all talk from Raider Haters!
    Any team with great talent like Russell, Heyward-Bey, McFadden, Gallery, Huff etc. and great coaching like the Raiders have, is obviously being held back by the league so the Broncos can succeed! Raider Haters!

  23. schism says: Oct 6, 2009 11:06 AM

    constantly taking high first round draft picks, either over rated, or not coaching them well and watching their careers spiral downward.

  24. Roni06 says: Oct 6, 2009 11:12 AM

    The Raiders are dealing with a 2 tier problem. Jamarcus Russell is lazy and unintellegent(that’s a polite way of putting it right), and every member of that team already knows that. Al Davis is crazy, and still living in the 70’s, you can no longer draft ignorant physically gifted players, who can’t read defenses.The Raider organization sucks, and it will continue to suck until Al’s gone,and his son sells the team to Steve Young & Brent Jones.

  25. Burnum says: Oct 6, 2009 11:25 AM

    Zygi Milf says:
    A mid to late rounder for Rosenfels? You are as delusional as the owner of the team you cheer for.
    ********************************
    Don’t worry, I am not a Raiders fan and never will be! I’ll stay with the Dolphins, so you just called Steven Ross delusional ;-)

  26. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 6, 2009 12:01 PM

    # raybin says: October 6, 2009 10:06 AM
    Did anyone else catch the little nugget in the Jerry McDonald link….that Greg Ellis is being forced to talk to and try to fire up the offense.
    Sigh. We are so screwed in Raiderland.
    Not having your QB do it is bad enough…but not one of the other 10 guys will either? Gah.
    ======================================
    I read that article early this morning and I don’t remember the word “forced” being used, raybin.
    That makes a hell of a big difference.

  27. SliKRiK says: Oct 6, 2009 12:14 PM

    As soon as Tom Cable gets arrested/fired from the Raiders, Al Davis should start a sweepstakes; “Raiders Coach for a Week”

  28. jordan4440 says: Oct 6, 2009 12:29 PM

    BRADY QUINN! The Raiders have a decent offensive line and RB’s that could be effective with a decent QB. Why not give up a 2nd rounder to get the QB you should have drafted anyway? Well either him or Cutler.

  29. president of bench jamarcus fan club says: Oct 6, 2009 12:35 PM

    This is what I see happening in Raider land. Raiders throw the rest of their games behind “Ryan Leaf 2″ Jamarcus. Raiders go 1-15 and sign Tebow/Bradford. This has got to be the only explanation for letting “Leaf 2″ stay in there. Raiders can’t score points, can’t run and definately can’t pass. If “Leaf 2″ can’t make defenses think he can beat them with pass, then they stack the run. Our defense is solid but if their on the field all day, and they are. They get spent. Also our special teams blow right now too. Put “Leaf 2″ on special teams and let Gradkowski start.

  30. Merc says: Oct 6, 2009 12:53 PM

    BTW, fellow Raider fans, we have another looming problem headed towards “Bust-ville”. Darren McFragile. I hate to say it, but he will never make it in the NFL. He just doesn’t have “it”. If a DL can manage to get a single FINGER on McFragile as he whizzes by, it seems to be enough to knock him over (I’ll leave it to you to decide WHICH finger to use to ‘tackle’ McFraj).
    Last year, when he got chased down from behind by that mongrel KC Chef DB, I thought “Uh oh”. He’s just not playing hard.
    I know many people who HATE/DESPISE/LOATHE the Oakland Raiders. Once that contempt enters your body at a young age, it is unlikely that it will ever dissipate…apparently, even if you are DRAFTED by them & being paid +$25M guaranteed. I suspect that many of these underachieving Goooombas do not have the respect for the organization that they should. They just don’t seem to be able to put it all out there for the team they grew up hating. Poor McFraj must envy his running mate from college, Felix Jones! Feeel gets to play for “America’s Team”, & poor McFraj is ‘stuck’ in the Black Hole.
    Waaaahhhhhh. Cry it up, Bitch.

  31. raybin says: Oct 6, 2009 12:54 PM

    Joe in Toronto –
    I guess I meant “forced” as in “He’s decided that he must do it since no one on the offense is apparently going to motivate themselves”….not that the coaches are making him do it or anything.

  32. Obeah says: Oct 6, 2009 1:05 PM

    Trade Russell for Vince Young

  33. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 6, 2009 1:08 PM

    Flowerio, for the last time – Garcia is NOT the answer and to suggest starting him against the Giants would make a difference just proves what an idiot you truly are. He has nothing left to offer and looked like crap when he got his chance in the preseason. The Raiders problem is in the trenches and Garcia ain’t going to fix a crappy O-line.
    JaBustus is a fat ass, stupid, lazy brother who will never care if he wins or not. All he cares about is all that guaranteed cash…and since nobody else will say it, I will – don’t ever draft a black QB! Now tell me I’m a racist, even though only one has ever won a SB. And also tell me how many besides McNabb has even come close to a successful career. Let the hate begin…

  34. leem says: Oct 6, 2009 1:30 PM

    my good friend Ron White said it best
    “You can’t fix stupid”
    J Russell can’t be fixed.
    clear enough?

  35. RaiderChile says: Oct 6, 2009 1:52 PM

    Senemot says:
    October 6, 2009 9:27 AM
    Russell is a bad quarter back…But just like Heyward-Bey & McFadden, Al Davis is just putting them out there without the proper coaching. You can not teach a boy how to become a man, if you are a Mother???
    YOU DOUCH BAG: DON’T BLAME THE WOMEN FOR THE POOR PRODUCTION OF THESE MEN. YOU ARE A CRACKER FOR SURE! YOU NEED A GOOD OLD FASHION BEAT DOWN FOR THAT REMARK> MEN RUINED THIS WHOLE PLANET WITH THEIR RELIGIONS, POLITICS, GOVERNMENTS AND WARS! YOU ADD TO THAT WITH YOUR STUPIDITY! CRACKER JACK GET BACK IN YOUR BOX!

  36. RaiderChile says: Oct 6, 2009 1:54 PM

    Senemot says:
    October 6, 2009 9:27 AM
    Russell is a bad quarter back…But just like Heyward-Bey & McFadden, Al Davis is just putting them out there without the proper coaching. You can not teach a boy how to become a man, if you are a Mother???
    YOU DOUCH BAG: DON’T BLAME THE WOMEN FOR THE POOR PRODUCTION OF THESE MEN. YOU ARE A CRACKER FOR SURE! YOU NEED A GOOD OLD FASHION BEAT DOWN FOR THAT REMARK> MEN RUINED THIS WHOLE PLANET WITH THEIR RELIGIONS, POLITICS, GOVERNMENTS AND WARS! YOU ADD TO THAT WITH YOUR STUPIDITY! CRACKER JACK GET BACK IN YOUR BOX!

  37. comment_submission_error says: Oct 6, 2009 7:50 PM

    Come on, merc. You really think Raider players are jealous of guys on the Cowboys roster? McFumble might wish he was running behind their line instead of Oakland’s, but players stuck in Al’s hell are probably fantasizing about playing for a better club than Dallas.

  38. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 7, 2009 1:53 AM

    Give me a break. Garcia is unwanted in the NFL by any team right now. He’s been cut 3 times in the last 9 months.
    Garcia must be a loyal anonymous source for both King and Florio.
    When Garcia was in Oakland he sat out the majority of training camp with a sore calf, routinely tried to undermine the team’s young franchise QB and pouted and loitered around away from QB coach Paul Hackett when he and the other three QBs were holding meetings on the field.
    Why in the world would the Raiders bring back this 40-year-old pain in the ass?
    Peter King may have built up a ton of sources in the league over the years that enables him to be among the leading newsbreakers of NFL stories, but his analysis is on par with that of the average 12-year-old fan. It’s ignorant drivel.

  39. Merc says: Oct 7, 2009 2:45 AM

    @ comment_submission_error
    “yes”
    The proximity of Dallas to Arkansas is like having the Cowboys as the home team. If you recall, Jerry Jones wanted ‘homey’ for that very reason, but settled for Feeeeel instead. All in all, it’s getting predictable everytime homey touches the ball. He’s STILL crashing into his own blockers because he (obviously) has not been able to overcome his ‘premature ejaculation syndrome’. He just cannot wait for his blocking to develop, so he crashes into them & falls over. Just like Tinkerbell Russell, still staring down his receivers after 3 yrs. I can’t remember Russell ever pump-faking. Bizarre. These millionaire PIMPS need to be taken out to the woodshed. If Al Davis saw fit to try & sabotage Marcus Allen’s career for some perceived slight, he should be prepared to teach Tinkerbell & Homey an even greater lesson. At least Allen was a SB MVP. These kids are pussies right out of the gate.

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