Dear Oakland Raiders: It’s Time to Label JaMarcus Russell a Bust

March 4, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Raiders fans, do you remember when Al Davis chose to take JaMarcus Russell as the top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft? 
Do you as I do, remember all the hype that surrounded Russell and his cannon of an arm? 
Well, in case you forgot, here's a little reminder. The Raiders selected Russell because of his great play at LSU. As the quarterback for the Tigers, Russell went 25-4, threw for 52 touchdowns and recorded a 61.2 completion percentage (2nd highest in school history).
His college numbers appeared to be an indication as to the type of player he could become in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Russell's numbers misled Al Davis and the rest of the Raiders' front office. Although numbers are important, other aspects should be evaluated when searching for a franchise quarterback. 
In his first full season, Russell led the 2008 Raiders to a 5-11 record. That same year, Russell completed 198 of his 368 pass attempts (53.8 percent), threw for 13 touchdowns and had a QB rating...

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