If JaMarcus Russell sticks to his guns then he’ll give Tom Cable a loss on the first day of training camp.
According to a brief blurb authored by Michael Lombardi for the National Football Post, Russell made a friendly bet with Cable.
I hope (I really do) that JaMarcus Russell wins the bet he made with his head coach, Tom Cable, about losing more weight before training camp.
There is no word yet on what the two have levied for the agreement but I’m guessing that it could be a wager that involves the job of being named the starting quarterback. Although one must wonder if Jeff Garcia would up the ante by offering Coach Cable a reverse Indecent Proposal in exchange for the chance at taking Russell’s job. (No disrespect Carmella DeCesare Garcia)
Lombardi, a former personnel executive with the Raiders, is a constant source for silver and black rumor mongering. During the free agency period in February he reported that the Raiders and Cowboys were in trade talks for brining diva extraordinaire Terrell Owens to the East Bay. Later, Lombardi stated that Khalif Barnes signed a one year deal with Al Davis only after he was promised that the Raiders would not select a left tackle in the draft. Most recently Lombardi broke the news that Russell was a no-show at the last day of OTAs.
Make of it what you will. If there really is a gentlemen’s agreement between Russell and Cable then it is for the best. If this is yet another figment of Lombardi’s bored imagination then it is just another attempt to stir the pot.
JaMarcus Russell’s weight has been the easiest target for those members of the media who not so secretly desire to see him fail. Though it should be noted that Lombardi “hopes” that Russell wins his bet.
From where I sit, Russell’s weight is not the issue. If he shows up in better shape it is only a plus. Gaining more confidence in his offense while getting more throws on target would be even better.
Another report surfaced stating that Russell kept his word by having a private workout with some of his receivers in his home state of Alabama.
While the negative reports grab the headlines, it is the subtle progression of Russell that continues to keep Raider Nation in a positive frame of mind.
If the reported bet is in fact true, then my money is on Russell giving Cable his first loss of 2009. Of course, if Russell wants to repay his coach, he’ll hand him a win over the Chargers on the Monday Night opener.
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