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Elway Rips On The Raiders

October 25, 2008

While this morning John Elway was endorsing Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain, he was also ripping on the Raiders. Not like I mind the ripping on the Raiders…

Apparently John Elway feels sorry for Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Hall of Famer sees a big, strong-armed kid who has all the physical tools to be an NFL star but is doomed as long as he’s stuck in Oakland. No big surprises there.

“It’s this kind of organizational instability that can ruin a quarterback, like the Texans ruined David Carr and the Browns ruined Tim Couch. A young quarterback, especially a No. 1 guy with the weight of a city’s expectations on his shoulders, can wilt. A young quarterback needs a calm, steady influence on and off the field. The first three years for an NFL quarterback are rocky no matter what. He needs a coach to teach him the game of football and a kind of father figure to nurture him and get him through the tough times off the field.” Elway said of Russell.

“The fastest way to ruin a quarterback is to put him on a bad team, with a bad line, with no weapons, with no continuity in the coaching staff,” Elway wrote in a column for Sporting News. “That pretty much describes the current Raiders. The game has passed Al Davis by, and he’s the only one who doesn’t know it. Every time the Raiders get a good coach — Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Norv Turner, etc. — who doesn’t buy into Al’s outdated program, he fires him.

“Too bad JaMarcus didn’t have the leverage I had in 1983; then he could’ve avoided the Raiders all together. … I feel for JaMarcus. Physically, he has it all. He’s an unbelievable talent — strong arm, tall, big. In the right situation, he could have a great NFL career. In Oakland, he has almost no chance.”

Obviously Elway is being biased but there is obvious truth to this. It would be one thing if he was wrong but the truth is that he hit the nail on the head with this article. The one thing that I do not agree on is that the Texans ruined David Carr. There was nothing there to begin with in my opinion. He had Andre Johnson too so you can not say he had no targets.

But yes, mostly Elway is right with this analysis of Jamarcus Russell and the Oakland Raiders organization. 

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