Raiders are enjoying the post-Russell era

As Ron Jaworski is happy to tell you, the NFL is a passing league.  The Raiders have barely resembled an NFL-quality passing attack over the last few years.

With JaMarcus Russell gone, that appears to be changing.

Here are a few dispatches by noted Oakland Tribune reporter Jerry McDonald, who is usually very sober-minded and not prone to exaggeration.

1. On Wednesday, Darrius Heyward-Bey had the “best practice” McDonald has ever seen him have.  “There isn’t anything else
that’s even a close second.”  Nmandi Asomugha also said it was the best day yet for DHB.

2. McDonald hasn’t “seen a Raiders passing attack look this good in years. I
realize it’s just OTAs and non-contact drills, but even in those
situations the pass offense has been subpar since 2006.”

We know this is only t-shirts and shorts football.  The point is that Oakland couldn’t even get that right in previous years. 

The 2010 Raiders: Professional competence, here we come!

71 responses to “Raiders are enjoying the post-Russell era

  1. Passing league? The Vikings, and Saints were very balanced. They were the two best teams last year.

  2. Hey – could things be on the rise in Oaktown? There were a ton of drops with Russell at the helm, appears that he throws a a ball that’s difficult to catch. Remember when Elway came into the league and he had to be taught to take some off the heater, maybe the same sort of thing holds true for JR. At any rate, it’s nice that there is positive news coming out of Alameda. Perhaps the team has bottomed out and is headed back up. Long live Al Davis. This team will be scary if they can shore up the run defense.

  3. I hope so, the Raiders are a storied franchise that needs to be restored. I’d love to see them back on top of the West.

  4. I still laugh my butt off when I think of how the Saints destroyed the Raiders in their 3rd preseason game last year. Its the third game and the Saints starters were out by the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Drew Brees barely made it out of the 1st quarter before riding the bench for the rest of the day. Heck, crappy ole Mark Brunell and Joey Harrington had their way with the Raiders. When those two spank you, you know you sucked.

  5. “You Know You Lookin at a Winnah Winnah Winnah..”
    CUZ I’M A WINNAH
    dhb for the win ! …
    And he drops it….

  6. 24Apr10
    “Best Practice” Enabler: “Hi, JaMarcus! Just called to tell ya… there’s a new sheriff in town… and my name is Jason Campbell.”
    Russell: Packs up an apple and a roadmap.

  7. Keep on laughing over the preseason SpankyMeDicky…if that gets you excited, then you really need to move out of your mother’s basement and get out in the real world.

  8. r8rsfan Russell will never be a true competitor, at least Elway had a hunger to win, Russell has a hunger for twinkies.

  9. Could this be the turning point where Oakland transforms from laughing stock to the underdog everyone’s rooting for?
    Not quite yet. Sock it to me, Cable!

  10. r8rsfan says: May 26, 2010 5:28 PM This team will be scary if they can shore up the run defense.
    I can only assume you clicked “Submit” before you were done with your post. That team needs a WHOLE lot more then just stop the run to be scary. Jason Campbell is a huge upgrade though; possibly the biggest upgrade for a team from one year to the next in the history of the NFL (JaMarcus is really that bad, dude got paid though!)
    They will be better, but they aren’t scaring anyone, not even a little.

  11. It really does seem like now they can move on and work towards respectabilitly. Russell was a one man cancer on that team. You can blame Davis for not getting rid of him sooner.

  12. Just stay HEALTY RAIDERS and the tables will turn… The talent is in Oakland..
    10-6 in 2010 GO RAIDERS!!!!

  13. Remembering a PRESEASON GAME from last season? Wow, SpankyMcWanky, kinda wish I had your life!!!!

  14. This sucks !!!! Al needs to get back to running the draft, and making all and I mean all personel decisions. Furthermore, JaMarcus Russell is a great quarter back, get over it.. Please sign JaMarcus back to a long term deal..

  15. LOL. Yeah, cause JaMarcus was the only thing wrong in Oakland the past three years…
    Is Al Davis still running things? Yeah? Then they’ll continue to suck. They need balance, not just passing. They need more hard work, more discipline, better coaches, smarter game plans, more logical draft choices, better trade values, etc., etc…

  16. “sasquash69 says:
    May 26, 2010 5:24 PM
    Passing league? The Vikings, and Saints were very balanced. They were the two best teams last year.”
    Check your stats… these teams not only had more attempts passing than rushing but also yards passing was WAY more than rushing.
    The NFL is quickly turning over into a passing league. It use to be that if you ran the ball and play good D you win. Now you have to be able to pass and score quick and often in order to win. Look at the teams in the playoffs who were worth a damn this past year…

  17. robert ethen says:
    May 26, 2010 5:24 PM
    It’s like a huge shadow was lifted from the team.
    Subliminal message?

  18. Russell was like a weight around the neck of the offense for the past 3 years. With Campbell at QB and the balls now being throwed on time the young Raiders receivers are lighting the place up like a Christmas Tree which has not been seen in practice for years. With an average starters age of 25 years old on both sides of the ball. yhis young team when they find themself should be around awhile. They say DHB really looked good with Campbell getting him the ball. Good to see the Raiders kick the crap to the curb and move on.

  19. # RumorHater says: May 26, 2010 5:58 PM
    Remembering a PRESEASON GAME from last season? Wow, SpankyMcWanky, kinda wish I had your life!!!!
    ____________
    It should be more like you wish you had my memory. It happened less than a year ago and if you can’t remember you really need to stop smoking weed. My Saints won it all, they not only spanked every team they played in pre-season they did it to almost every team in the regular season and playoffs. Quit hating because my team doesn’t suck huge monkey balls like the Raiders. I really don’t care what you think, but the Raiders blew hard even for a pre-season game. It was beyond pathetic even for a pre-season game. Facts are facts, accept it.

  20. @ Dixon 29
    the steelers and a couple of other teams wouldn’t believe that last statement

  21. How HUGE was his shadow???? Was JaMarcuss big enough to blot out the sun and cause a total eclipse across all of Oakland??? LOL

  22. With Hue Jackson coaching/mentoring Jason Campbell…, look for him to be better then he ever was in Washington. If they can find a way to protect the QB.., I wouldn’t be surprised to the the Raiders win some 4Q games this year…,

  23. The Saints were 6th in the league in rushing, The Vikings were 13th. Cowboys, Jets, Ravens were all in the top half as well. Most teams do pass more, but not as much of a difference that everyone seems to think. In the last 10 years only 2 teams won the SB with under 45 percent of there plays being running plays. The Colts and Bucs are the only ones under 45 percent in over a decade. So again its balanced attack that wins and not just passing attack. Its not just a passing league, and your dumb to think it is.

  24. DoesNotCompute says: May 26, 2010 5:37 PM
    Keep on laughing over the preseason SpankyMeDicky…if that gets you excited, then you really need to move out of your mother’s basement and get out in the real world.
    _____________
    Nah, the Super Bowl my team won last year got me excited. Sorry your piece of shit team didn’t.

  25. Spanky McWanky is a TOOL!
    So your team won the Superbowl great. How long were the Aints pitiful? Shit your fans wore paperbags over their heads.
    Don’t get all saucy now buddy, I bet you just became a fan huh? You were a Patriots fan before that huh? Let me guess a 49er or Cowboys fan before that huh?
    Real Raider fans stay loyal to the team through good and bad times and we will be better, will we get to the playoffs? maybe not but an 8-8 or 9-7 season is not out of the question.
    Now get out of your Mom’s basement get a job and a life LOSER or better yet TOOL!

  26. # yMcWanky says: May 26, 2010 6:27 PM
    “My Saints won it all, they not only ed every team they played in pre-season they did it to almost every team in the regular season and playoffs. ”
    _____________________________________
    You know I rooted for you guys to win it last year as our team indeed was poor and I really admire Drew Brees.
    Things are looking up in Oaktown for the first time in many years, even though Al is still alive.
    Now with your attitude, I liked you better when you wore a bag over your head and yelled “Aint’s”!!!

  27. Spanky McWanky eat shit and die NALGA! (This means ASS CHEEK in spanish)
    RAIDER NATION RISE UP!!!!

  28. You know, I am far from a Raiders fan but I have to admit that I am curious to see how they do with Campbell. As a matter of fact I am very optimistic for this team because they have the talent to win but did not the right attitude and it all started with JaMarcus. I am actually pulling for the Raiders to become successful in 2010. Good luck Raider Nation, its about time things are looking up and bringing Campbell is an excellent start!
    – Viking Fan in Los Angeles

  29. The team has noticed a sharp increase in the weight of all of the other players now that they can actually get to the team buffet before JaMarcus wipes it out.

  30. As a Charger fan, good to see the Raiders are making improvements. They are a very physical team, a good running team and now they might have a decent passing game. I can’t wait to see us play them this year. I also can’t wait to see if Mathews can continue the tradition of the great LT21, and run all over the Raiders.
    Here’s to 2010 Raiders. Let’s get it on.

  31. well if Jerry is saying that, there is some truth to it, because he has been pretty harsh, or tr just strit up truthful about the raiders in camp the past few seasons. He is pretty much a strai shooter.

  32. Wow… Excitment over a bad offense going against a bad defense in a situation where
    you can’t touch each other. Guess this is the time to be excited since the regular season ncludes other guys who get to hit and score is
    kept.

  33. Mean D says:
    May 26, 2010 5:45 PM
    And Al Davis backed Russell and blamed Kiffen. How’d that turn out, Al baby?
    –Davis didn’t fire Kiffin over Russell. Yes, Jamarcus was a point of contention between the two. Yes, Davis was wrong about his belief in Russell & made a mistake by giving him a public vote of confidence, but he was absolutely right about every reason that he actually fired Kiffin for. I think 99% of fans or people associated with the Vols would agree.
    I know, ESPN and most other media outlets like you to believe otherwise, but Kiffin deserved to be fired. It’s funny how you point out the only thing Davis was wrong about in his press conference, but use that to take Kiffin’s side. Even if Lane was indeed right about Russell, the fact is that his job was to try and make that team better and to do his best to coach the players on the field and put them in position to win. He didn’t do his job. In fact, he did everything he could to sabotage his team. It’s a shame, because there are several Raiders fans that rely on ESPN, etc. that still think Kiffin shouldn’t have been fired. Like yourself, they think the dispute over Russell was the main reason.
    Despite the support of the man paying his checks, Russell didn’t give much of an effort do his job in 2009 . Guess what? He was canned too.
    I would have to say that though Davis was wrong for hiring and paying both guys, he did the right thing by getting rid of both mistakes quickly. The man deserves a lot of criticism, but saying he made the wrong choice by firing Kiffin is not one of them.

  34. Go Spanky GO! This is hilarious.
    Seriously though, you asked for it by bringing up a preseason game. What’s the matter, was that the only game you got to see in person because all your “friends” wouldn’t sell you tickets to a real game?

  35. “I still laugh my butt off when I think of how the Saints destroyed the Raiders in their 3rd preseason game last year.”
    Oh man, you should have seen what happened what I played the Saints vs. the Raiders in Madden. Want me to tape it for you?

  36. Oakland will continue to be a laughingstock until they prove otherwise, and that’s fair. But Al needs minority investors, and he wasn’t going to entice them with the moves he’s made since the last time they were good. He’s changed his approach this year. He didn’t chase overrated free agents, he drafted sanely, and he cut dead wood. He has a young team with good speed, and he made a few sound draft choices in the later rounds even while he was killing the team with his first round picks. And they play in an underachieving division, so don’t be too surprised if they field a competitive team this year.
    Also, SpankyMcWanky is an idiot. Sure, it’s common knowledge, but sometimes it still needs to be said.

  37. Hahahahaha!
    My team won the Super Bowl last year. You haters’ team didn’t. Would you rather me expound upon my team winning the Super Bowl rather than kicking the shit out of the Raiders in pre-season? Because I could do that. But since you’re a bunch of cynical jackasses you’re still going to respond like cynical jackasses, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Hate all you want while I go visit my team’s trophy case.

  38. Jamarcuss has to be the fattest, laziest, stupidest bust in league history. I knew he would suck the instant he took the stage on draft day. He had a dumb look on his face even then.

  39. Yawn. It’s the same thing every year. The Raiders look great in non-contact drills. Then they win five games. Or less. Same thing will happen this season.

  40. We are finally back!!! This season will be known as REVENGE OF THE FALLEN!!!
    Oakland should have won the first game of last season against the Cunt Diego Chargers. We loss because of some very bad calls.
    Oakland will win the AFC WEST!!!

  41. the big bronco says:
    May 26, 2010 6:01 PM
    This sucks !!!! Al needs to get back to running the draft, and making all and I mean all personel decisions. Furthermore, JaMarcus Russell is a great quarter back, get over it.. Please sign JaMarcus back to a long term deal..
    –Congratulations! You have just used the same joke in 100 Raiders-related posts!

  42. Not a Raiders fan, but its great for the league to have them be competative just like the other historic teams of the NFL. I thought they had perhaps their best draft in years this past April, and they improved at QB so perhaps the evil empire is coming back.

  43. JeMarshmellow got his millions, hopefully doesn’t blow it on Pies and fried chicken.

  44. The Wishbone says:
    May 26, 2010 6:04 PM
    LOL. Yeah, cause JaMarcus was the only thing wrong in Oakland the past three years…
    Is Al Davis still running things? Yeah? Then they’ll continue to suck. They need balance, not just passing. They need more hard work, more discipline, better coaches, smarter game plans, more logical draft choices, better trade values, etc., etc…
    ————————————————
    balance-They’ve been 31st, 32nd & 29th in passing the past 3 years as opposed to 6th, 10th, & 21st in rushing, so actually it looks like improvement in “just passing” will directly result in a balanced offense.
    hard work- See “Jamarcus Russell released by Raiders.”
    more discipline- Check their penalty yard rankings the past 3 years, compared to the previous 10.
    better coaches- Hue Jackson. Also, Mike Waufle was added to coach the d-line. If you don’t know who he is, look up “2007 Giants” or “2002 Raiders.”
    smarter game plans- Game plans have actually been smart, considering most were tailored to suit Russell’s limited grasp of the offense. Defense saw much improvement. Hue Jackson was hired to call offensive plays.
    more logical draft choices- look at the 2-7 rounds in 2007-2009, plus this year’s draft day moves. If you really want to call McFadden & DHB busts already, feel free, but teams prefer to actually give a player a chance to develop.
    better trade values- 4th rd. in 2012 for QB Jason Campbell? Got a 3rd & 5th for Derrick Burgess? Losing Richard Seymour hurt NE & helped Oakland. This year will decide who got the better end.
    LOL. Is there anything else you want to be proved completely uninformed & wrong about?

  45. I’m going to call BP and see if we can’t get that leak plugged once and for all by shoving Spanky into that gusher…he’s already in the area.

  46. We know this is only t-shirts and shorts football. The point is that Oakland couldn’t even get that right in previous years.
    hey PFT AKA STEELER NATION.
    Umm still a little bitter from last year?
    hhahahahahaha welcome to the new dynasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RAIDER NATION! Iam sure u will have ur fag mods erased this too, but remember mods ur all white and all ur wives dream of being with us black men every night, and u know it, it kills u inside, they want a 12” inside of them sooo bad, raider nbation screws ur wifes, one guy that works there that is married i know for a fact cause i was inside his wife, and hes a writer, hahaha i got pics to prove by the way, she loved every inch, u still hate the raiders now??

  47. this team actually has a good shot at a balanced offense with their RBs and now a QB who can run a satisfactory short passing game. i would not be surprised to see them in the 7-9 win area.

  48. A few things. 1. Funny to me the guy keeps saying about the trophy case, the trophy case, a superbowl, a superbowl… The Raiders have three of those… If you were trashing the Lions fans or something then great, but trashing a team who has 3 times as many rings as you by talking about superbowls isn’t exactly smart in my opinion… Then again when a guy starts the argument by mentioning how he remembers a dominating performance from PRE SEASON he’s already a joke… WHO CARES about pre-season…
    2. Whoever was saying ‘you need to be balanced’ as opposed to the Raiders just passing well the Raiders should be a very solid rushing team… They were VERY good running the ball for a couple years, but when Russell was starting teams started putting 8 in the box and the run game went away… But as improved as the passing game will likely be for the Raiders they’re still a run-first team, and should have plenty of balance… Michael Bush should have a solid year, and Darren McFadden will be a great change of pace for this team.
    3. Whoever said ‘bad offense on bad defense’ either doesn’t know football or simply doesn’t know anything about the Raiders… They’re very much not a “bad defense”… They led the league in offensive three and outs last year (again Russell really helped that) and the defense is quite talented and should only be better with a first round MLB who can stop the run and a DT in the second round… So the “bad defense” comment is simply wrong.
    4. And finally, the Raiders are obviously a much improved team, and with a pretty weak schedule this season I could easily see the Raiders going 8-8 or 9-7… with an outside chance at making the playoffs…

  49. I was expecting more haters posting here. It’s going to be sweet when the raiders have a winning season again. I’m just going to think of you haters when the Nation reaches the playoffs and beyond. Only a matter of time.

  50. DoesNotCompute says: May 26, 2010 10:51 PM
    I’m going to call BP and see if we can’t get that leak plugged once and for all by shoving Spanky into that gusher…he’s already in the area.
    ___________
    Wow, you suggest something that JaMarcus Russell is perfectly suited for but you want someone else to do it? That’s a shame. He should earn his millions somehow. Why not stick his fat ass down that pipe to clog it. Its the perfect solution.

  51. SpankyMcWanky says:
    May 26, 2010 9:04 PM
    Hahahahaha!
    … Hate all you want while I go visit my team’s trophy case.
    Which has two less trophies than the Raiders’ trophy case.
    Just sayin’.

  52. Hey lower case raidersteve413 I’m hooked up with a white woman and as a matter of fact I swoopt her away from a negro! Guess what too, she was tight as well! I guess y’all don’t fish with long poles and all that chit that your talkin is nothing but BULL! You know you want to be lighter perhaps be a Cuban like me, with a LONG THICK STICK like mine that is a TRUE 9! So go ahead and talk your chit but deep down inside your miserable cuz your black and wish you weren’t, and your black a$$ ain’t got NO GAME! GO RAIDERS!!!

  53. Campbell is a big upgrade over Russell, and the Raiders virtually stole him. However, Campbell will frustrate the hell out of Raiders fans. He has all the tools to be great but will manage to be mediocre. You’ll find yourself on the end of a lot of narrow losses when he can’t sustain a drive in the fourth quarter. They’ll be picks and fumbles at crucial times.
    Campbell has got good mobility, but he doesn’t use it in the pocket and he rarely takes off and runs.
    He is well liked by his team-mates and respected for his work ethic, but he can’t lead people who don’t like him.
    He is articulate but he isn’t vocal on the field.
    He has got a strong arm but a slow, slow wind-up that seems tailor made to offer the ball to blind side rushers. It will be interesting to see what he could do with a good line. However, after years of punishment I think he has started to hear footsteps and has been conditioned to dump the ball off early.
    He is tough, he took a lot of shots and kept on getting back up. The problem is, the more he got hit the more he regressed inside himself. Instead of letting the frustration show he would disappear into this thousand mile stare. Maybe he has just got an unfortunate face, but during a lot of games it didn’t always look as though he was all there. He looked more like a victim of PTSD than someone who could take his team by the scruff and lead it down the field.
    He can’t slide. It’s not that he wont slide, not that he likes to lower his shoulder. He seems physically incapable of mastering the action of sliding. Seriously, Raiders fans, I wish you the best but the first time he does his dying swan impression you will struggle not to say “wtf!”

  54. They all want a 12 incher inside of them, eh raidersteve? They must all be really jealous of you then. Take that racist crap and shove it. Oh, and way to take some old derogatory racist crap and make it your own. You realize that all of those stereotypes came about when a bunch of old white guys wanted to make black people seem somewhat subhuman right? They wanted to make it seem like black men were so focused on sex that they were incapable of higher mental function…like some rutting animal in a perpetual state of heat. But, hey, if you want to wear outdated racism as a badge of honor, go for it. Whatever floats your boat. Don’t worry about the fact that they aren’t accurate. You’re a raiders fan, so you must be used to lying to yourself to make things seem better.

  55. – Interesting Asomugha comment on the development of the offense: “I don’t think it’s the new plays. We always had all these plays. It’s just that now we’re running them. Last year they were taking more time on their basic plays whereas now he’s going straight into everything and it’s helping them out.”
    Translation _ JaMarcus Russell’s lack of dedication resulted caused the Raiders to dumb down the system.

  56. It’s really funny when even the Saints fans can finally come out of the their closets and take the bags off their faces after 43 years. Must have been a tough 43 years. Anyone who takes a Saints fans comments seriously should probably get a life also. It will probably take another 43 year to build their trophy case to 5 conference championships and 3 Super Bowl trophies.

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