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Nnamdi Asomugha: JaMarcus Russell didn't get "the mental part"

Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha says the reason JaMarcus Russell failed as the team’s quarterback is simple: Russell’s impressive arm didn’t have an impressive head to match.

“He didn’t progress as quickly as we wanted him to or needed him to,”
Asomugha said Thursday on ESPN’s Jim Rome Is Burning. “The mental part of the game, I don’t think, caught on
for him as quickly as we needed it to.”

Asomugha wasn’t ripping Russell so much as he was saying what Russell needs to improve upon if he’s ever going to make it in the NFL. But he made clear that he believes releasing Russell and acquiring Jason Campbell will make a big difference in Oakland.

“The offseason was great, with us cutting down on certain players,” Asomugha said.

When Rome asked Asomugha specifically what happened in the offseason to make the team better, Asomugha answered, “The Jason Campbell trade.”

Still, while Asomugha doesn’t sound like he’ll miss having Russell as a teammate, he does think Russell could have a future in the NFL — if his experience in Oakland motivates him to work harder.

“It’s a chance to start over again, have that chip on your shoulder and start over again,” Asomugha said. “If that doesn’t fuel you to do much better, then you know there’s a problem.”

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54 Responses to “Nnamdi Asomugha: JaMarcus Russell didn't get "the mental part"”
  1. isonic1 says: Jul 1, 2010 5:00 PM

    Hmm, the funny thing is the mental part is what most all skins fans thought what was lacking for Jason Campbell.

  2. thereallacardsfan says: Jul 1, 2010 5:03 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha: The sky is blue

  3. wxwax says: Jul 1, 2010 5:06 PM

    There’s a problem.

  4. wlubake says: Jul 1, 2010 5:06 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha: master of the obvious

  5. MoPackerFan says: Jul 1, 2010 5:08 PM

    Classy way for Asomugha to state the obvious…. Russell isn’t smart enough to learn a play book.

  6. three7eightyfive says: Jul 1, 2010 5:09 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha: Cupcakes are delicious

  7. ccoolahan14 says: Jul 1, 2010 5:09 PM

    That’s the understatement of the year

  8. 90ragtop says: Jul 1, 2010 5:11 PM

    “JaMarcus Russell didn’t get ‘the mental part’”
    ***********
    Nooooo…. Really?????

  9. Ray Guy says: Jul 1, 2010 5:12 PM

    Well if the game was 99% physical and 1% mental, JaMarcus would……
    Oh never mind. That wouldn’t work either.

  10. dachshund says: Jul 1, 2010 5:12 PM

    Seeing any pre-draft interviews with JR, who would have known…

  11. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Jul 1, 2010 5:15 PM

    Raiders’ fourth Lombardi trophy coming real soon.

  12. the big bronco says: Jul 1, 2010 5:17 PM

    You Raider fans stop it now !!! Jamarcus Russell is a great player ” get over it ” He needs to be resigned imediately. Michael Vick also needs another chance, and Oakland is the best place for him as well..
    Javon Walker also needs to be resigned.. Just cut Campbell and Nnamdi Asomugha now. That is what is needed in Oakland now !!!

  13. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 1, 2010 5:27 PM

    He got the financial part

  14. Occam says: Jul 1, 2010 5:29 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha is a total jealous racist. Totally threatened by a black QB signing a big contract. Wait. What?

  15. INISHUL says: Jul 1, 2010 5:30 PM

    JaMarcus Russell as an Eagle – after they release Vick? maybe? Either that or they will have to convince Garcia to come out of retirement.

  16. BKjetsfan101 says: Jul 1, 2010 5:31 PM

    Jamarcus russel is, was, and will always be the dumbest QB in nfl history…
    not to mention the guy is a total douchebag

  17. pkrlvr says: Jul 1, 2010 5:31 PM

    There’s fewer successful black qb’s then there are white rappers.
    I can say that because I voted for Obama…

  18. KingAl4Prez says: Jul 1, 2010 5:33 PM

    Way to conveniently leave out the part where Nmandi said “he did work” which disputes the exaggerated claims about Jamarcus’s lack of work ethic. I wonder why Outside the Lines needed to dig for Dominic Rhodes and that lineman to rip Jmarc on TV?

  19. jibfest says: Jul 1, 2010 5:33 PM

    What do you expect? I would question what grade reading level he is currently at.

  20. raideralex99 says: Jul 1, 2010 5:38 PM

    Maybe Dungy can rescue JaMarcus since he loves black QBs so much … what’s funny if Dungy would have had a black QB on his team … he would have NEVER won.

  21. backinblack67 says: Jul 1, 2010 5:54 PM

    pkrlvr…you want your vote back yet?

  22. Sean says: Jul 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    Typical sports interview…stating the obvious.
    “Gotta play hard…play smart…turnovers…defense…I’m excited about our team this year, we’re so much better…blah blah blah…” Not really sure why anyone bothers interviewing these people, about football anyway.
    Ask them about importing women…now there’s an interesting interview!

  23. Raider Roy says: Jul 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    @raideralex99, bro take that back, dont say things like that, i’m sorry bro but what u said is just plain stupid, dont give us Raider fans a bad reputation by being dumb and racist like that

  24. salty says: Jul 1, 2010 6:15 PM

    How did he get through collge?

  25. steely devil hab says: Jul 1, 2010 6:29 PM

    Nope – but he did get the money part.
    After that he got the buffet part.
    The craps table part.
    The concert part.
    The fall asleep during meetings part.
    The purple drank part.

  26. Panty Raider says: Jul 1, 2010 7:05 PM

    i wish Nnamdi would just say what he reall feels, enough with the pc bs

  27. blmonroe12 says: Jul 1, 2010 7:07 PM

    The only thing “fueling” Jamarcus is Double Cheeseburgers and 7 Layer Burritos.. And if there’s a chip on his shoulder, it won’t be there long.. That dude gobbles up anything edible within arms reach..

  28. KoolKell says: Jul 1, 2010 7:18 PM

    Al Davis, Raiders General Manager is 29-83 over the last 7 years, ok?
    Speaking of cheeseburgers, ask Sean Payton about Al Davis and Mickey D’s
    That Mickey Mouse organization’s problems lay not at the feet of Jamarcus Russell.

  29. jibfest says: Jul 1, 2010 7:31 PM

    salty says:
    July 1, 2010 6:15 PM
    How did he get through collge?
    –It’s LSU football thats how. Good ole’ SEC education.

  30. TFormation says: Jul 1, 2010 7:32 PM

    My call:
    Jets sign JaMarcus off waivers.
    JaMarcus goes back onto waivers in training camp.
    JaMarcus hits the UFL in 2011.
    …and hits the UFL waiverwire in 2012…

  31. bigrig says: Jul 1, 2010 7:34 PM

    Jamarcus Russell not smart enough to be an NFL QB? Never saw that coming.

  32. bigrig says: Jul 1, 2010 7:37 PM

    Where is BlondBlueDevil to tell us all how black guys are going to take over all the QB spots in the league.
    Sorry pal. Not in this lifetime. And this is a perfect example of why.

  33. KingAl4Prez says: Jul 1, 2010 7:43 PM

    I think Nmandi did say how he really feels. In fact all his interviews that I have seen since Mini camp he has been surprisingly positive about Jamarcus. Some of my fellow Raider fans think that just because they hate Jamarcus it means that everyone on the Raiders hated him when this didnt seem to be the case.

  34. BucsFan says: Jul 1, 2010 7:43 PM

    Jamarcus Russell wishes for the return of the XFL so he doesnt have to use is head

  35. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jul 1, 2010 7:43 PM

    @ the big bronco: I gotta hand it to you, your “Raiders need to resign JaMarcus” routine is as funny as it was the first 100 times you tried it!
    You know who needs another chance or should be signed to an extension in Denver?
    Maurice Clarett. Travis Henry. Brandon Marshall. Todd Sauerbrun. Richard Quinn. David Kircus. Carl Paymah. Marcus Thomas. Vance Johnson. Daniel Graham. Jake Plummer. Brian Griese.
    Your team is not good. The Raiders have helped KO their flimsy playoff hopes 3 years running. Jamarcus Russell played in all 3 games. We helped run the lying ratface out of the AFC West for good. Get over it.

  36. numberfour says: Jul 1, 2010 7:47 PM

    TF, it will all happen faster than that, and he will skip some of those steps…

  37. Ron says: Jul 1, 2010 7:50 PM

    As Al Davis says, “what happened”

  38. KoolKell says: Jul 1, 2010 8:00 PM

    The Raiders General Manager is 29-83.
    The Raiders have not developed a QB since 1972.

  39. comment_submission_error says: Jul 1, 2010 8:13 PM

    # KoolKell says: July 1, 2010 7:18 PM
    Speaking of cheeseburgers, ask Sean Payton about Al Davis and Mickey D’s
    We only go to Payton for prescription drug advice…
    That Mickey Mouse organization’s problems lay not at the feet of Jamarcus Russell.
    True enough. Even the most delusional Raider fan knows who is responsible for the last 7 years of embarrassment. It’s the same guy that drove them to the big dance 5 times. And he might just have one more in him, KoolKell, if he can live a couple more years.

  40. Joshsports60 says: Jul 1, 2010 8:45 PM

    You know what’s weird? IIt’s that every other analyst had JaMarcus as their top Offensive lineman (I mean quarterback) coming into the draft. And then poor Mel Kiper says, “This kid is going to be a Top 5 NFL quarterback in this league”. He’s lucky he redeemed himself by correctly predicting Stafford to go # 1 coming out of high school…

  41. encinitasraider says: Jul 1, 2010 9:08 PM

    JRUSS needs to learn from Big Ben.
    2 Super Bowls
    2 Women Raped
    ============
    Great QB

  42. KoolKell says: Jul 1, 2010 9:09 PM

    The Greatness of the Raiders, was entirely before free Agency in 1989.
    6 winning seasons since.

  43. Raiderguy says: Jul 1, 2010 9:15 PM

    AL Davis takes responsibility for the joke the team has been the last 7 years. It seems like he is trying something different this time. God I hope he is trying something different this time

  44. FumbleNuts says: Jul 1, 2010 9:43 PM

    JaMarcus Russell is a mental midget, he probably couldn’t learn a UFL playbook.
    Plus, he has NO football instincts or intangibles to win at the NFL level.

  45. raidersteve413 says: Jul 1, 2010 10:27 PM

    ehy do u people think that talking smack about jamarcus russell effects us raider fans? We dont care about some dumb, un talented former qb. Woul;d bronco fans get mad if we started to pick on brian greise?

  46. footballhistorian says: Jul 1, 2010 10:49 PM

    I wonder this…
    if the Titans were so quick to get upset about Young’s wonderlic being a 6 – could it have been that the 6 was a combination of both VY’s and JaMarvcuses’sss

  47. TheToolofTools says: Jul 1, 2010 10:53 PM

    Da mental part?
    Al’s dementia in signing him should be da real talk talk of mental part.
    How be him so stupid to sign him?

  48. comment_submission_error says: Jul 1, 2010 11:02 PM

    # KoolKell says:
    The Greatness of the Raiders, was entirely before free Agency in 1989.
    6 winning seasons since.
    We know who you hate, KoolKell. You are a Raider stat whore. The question is, who do you like? And how do they compare to the “Greatness of the Raiders Before 1989?”

  49. snnyjcbs says: Jul 1, 2010 11:14 PM

    To bad you could not put Russells natural talent into a player like Tim Tebow that has the mindset but has no natural talent as an NFL level QB. You would have one hell of a player. Shame both will end up BUSTS in the NFL.
    As for the Donkey Fans, your Head Coach is your J Russell and from the looks of things will do a thousands times more damage to your team then Russell did to the Raider. The great part is with the time it takes for that sharpy of an owner you have tofigure it out and the years it will take to undo the damage the Broncos will be what they have been since Elway, nothing.

  50. SkinnySkins says: Jul 2, 2010 9:22 AM

    From a Skins fan who has watched Campbell for 4 years, he doesn’t have the mental capacity to play QB in the NFL either. Especially with a weak OL. He is going from a bad situation in DC to a worse one in Oakland. But, at least he is a nice guy with work ethic….

  51. poonhok says: Jul 2, 2010 11:15 AM

    None of the draft gurus wanted to tell the truth about Russell for fear of being labeled “racist”.
    Fact is, there were MANY clues, rumors and evidence that he was lazy and stupid….

  52. KoolKell says: Jul 2, 2010 4:05 PM

    poonhok says:
    July 2, 2010 11:15 AM
    None of the draft gurus wanted to tell the truth about Russell for fear of being labeled “racist”.
    Fact is, there were MANY clues, rumors and evidence that he was lazy and stupid….
    ————————————–
    Do you have any proof of that statement, links perhaps.

  53. Snoopy says: Jul 4, 2010 6:59 AM

    Russel is a lazy guy, he’s not that stupid in fact he’s very smart. Just extreemly lazy and dillusional believing his talent can continue to carry him at this level and it never will.
    KIFFIN WAS RIGHT!!!!

  54. Snoopy says: Jul 4, 2010 6:59 AM

    Russel is a lazy guy, he’s not that stupid in fact he’s very smart. Just extreemly lazy and dillusional believing his talent can continue to carry him at this level and it never will.
    KIFFIN WAS RIGHT!!!!

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