JaMarcus Russell loses his go-to-guy, Tom Cable needs an alibi

As if it weren’t painful enough to be a Raider fan these days, the football gods had to add injury to insult.

One day after the reports of Tom Cable landing a Rampage Jackson on the Chuck Liddell jaw of Randy Hanson came a blow that knocked the wind out of JaMarcus Russell.

Chaz Schilens was poised to be the breakout talent of the Raider receiving core. He stands 6’4”, has 4.3 second speed, hands like glue and route running you could set your Timex to. Schilens was becoming everything Darrius Heyward-Bey is supposed to be and at a fraction of the cost. Before Chaz could participate in the first practice against Bay Area rivals the San Francisco 49ers, he suffered a broken metatarsal in his foot in a non-contact drill.

The man who was the best receiver in camp by a country mile and who had a budding chemistry with JaMarcus Russell is out for four to six weeks. Heyward-Bey watch is now shifting to primetime and Javon Walker’s bionic knee had better be ready to go sooner than later.

Paging Zach Miller to the passing game, STAT!

Ray Ratto of the SF Chronicle calls the loss of Schilens more devastating than the news of Roger Goodell bringing in the Warren Commission to look into the incident that left Randy Hanson with a broken jaw and Tom Cable with a hoard of reports on his tail.

Schilens needs a miracle to get back on the field before the calendar flips to October and Cable needs an alibi to avoid hanging with Al Davis in the press box for the season opener.

All this and Frank Gore had a field day in practice running through the defense.

Now, Heyward-Bey is on the fast track. Hopefully his hands aren’t as fragile as Schilens’ foot.


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  • Manuel Ramirez

    Considering the first four teams that we play, their rush defense from last year weren’t the best in the NFL.

    It’s a new year, I know, but we’re talking about the Broncos, Chiefs, and Texans who should be relatively the same from the previous year. The Chargers might be the exception with #56 back in the fold. However, we do have players who can continue to work and produce, IMO towards being an effective passing offense.

    Reports about Walker have been positive, Higgins has become better as a WR, and DHB will continue to pull coverage to his side of the field. Not to mention, we still do have Z.Miller @ TE.

    If Chaz can come back by week 1, great, but we don’t necessarily need him to rush this injury back, it’s still a young season.

  • Tony

    While losing Schilens is not ideal it is not nearly the issue they are making it out to be. If need be we could split Mcfadden out in the slot more to help the passing game, as well as the other options at receiver the previous poster mentioned.

    The bigger issue is the run defense only mentioned for a second in this article Frank Gore had a field day against our D. Dallas’ second drive was pretty heartbreaking if you thought we had defense. Not adding enough competition a MLB and along the defensive line will be an issue all season long. Schilens is only our 4-6 weeks we can manage that issue.

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  • http://www.fantasyfootballnerd.com Charlie

    One of the websites I read frequently had some harsh words for Russell. While I agree that he’s not very good for fantasy football, I think he just needs to keep his weight down and focus. He’s talented enough to make the naysayers eat their words.


    Don’t let stuff like this get you down. Raiders in 2009!!

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