It’s usually unfair to scapegoat one person for an entire season gone wrong, but Jamarcus Russell reached a unique level of disaster in 2009. Even Raiders coach Tom Cable is piling on.
Cable was asked Monday by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News if the Raiders would be in playoff competition if they received average or better than average quarterback play.
“Without even asking that question,” Cable reportedly said with a grin, “you know we would have.”
Cable has clearly had enough with Russell. He’s starting Charlie Frye Sunday for the season finale. The Raiders are 3-3 in games not started by Russell; 2-7 otherwise.
“It’s a quarterback-driven league,” Cable said. “That’s the bottom
line. When you sit back and talk about what could’ve and should’ve . .
. and all that kind of thing, you drive yourself crazy.”
What Cable says is true, but he works for a Al Davis-driven team. And we suspect Davis still has hope of salvaging Russell is the future. Cable may not return next year, but his confidence remains intact.
Cable says he’s done “at times an exceptional job and at times an average job” coaching quarterbacks.
We’ll see in January if Davis agrees.