Tuesday's Raider Ramblings


Here are my random Raider thoughts for Tuesday, June 29. Enjoy the Ramblings.

– I recently read that JaMarcus Russell showed up to the Andre Ward/Allan Green fight at the Oracle Arena to a chorus of boos. Russell is just lucky he got out of there alive.

If you want to know what a jerk the guy is, just listen to this. Russell arrived at the fight wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide jacket and hat. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal except Russell played quarterback at one of Alabama’s biggest rivals: LSU.

I don’t care what anyone says, Russell is the biggest bust of all-time. I once saw Ryan Leaf throw for over 300 yards and three touchdown passes against the Broncos. Russell couldn’t do that if he played in the NFL for 100 years.

– I really like Chaz Schilens. I am excited to see what Louis Murphy can do in his second season with the Raiders. I believe Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to play much better this year. I am intrigued by the potential of rookie Jacoby Ford.

Having said all that, I would be lying if I didn’t express my concern over the wide receiver position in Oakland. I’m hoping one of these guys can elevate and be a No. 1 receiver but it would be an understatement to say that is far from a guarantee.

My prediction? I say Murphy becomes the best of the bunch. He was a money receiver in college and Murphy brought that playmaking ability with him to the NFL as a rookie. I like his long-term prospects to become the Raiders top receiver.

– I love the Quentin Groves signing. Maybe it’s because I was a huge fan of his when Groves played at Auburn but I think the former Jag is going to help the Raiders as a pass rusher.

Groves fell out of favor in Jacksonville but I don’t think the coaching staff there always used him in the right way. If Tom Cable turns Groves loose and allows him to just worry about pressuring the quarterback, I have a hunch he could be the surprise of Oakland’s defense this season.

– I think Sam Williams’ time with the Raiders is coming to an end.

Williams never became the outside pass rush threat Al Davis envisioned when the Raiders drafted him in the third round back in 2003. Williams has a dismal one sack in five seasons with Oakland and he’s basically been relegated to a special teams player.

Five years is more than enough time for any player to progress. Look for Williams to be one of the odd men out at linebacker and get cut some time during training camp.

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  • Massi Samoa

    I agree about murphy being exciting. I just think he has to develop some structure in his game and running routes. Last year his main plays were pretty scrappy but they got the job done. For him to really excel and develop into a 1000 yard threat, he needs to develop the route running and making crisp cuts. hopefully the wr coach helps him with that this year.

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  • Thomas Casale

    Massi,
    You are right on. At Florida Murphy didn’t have to do a lot of NFL-type route running. I expect him to be much improved in that area this season. I love the playmaking ability he brings to the Raiders offense, especially considering Jason Campbell is very good at throwing the deep ball. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Brian F

    You once saw Ryan Leaf throw 5 touchdown passes against the Broncos? That must’ve been one hellava dream because Ryan Leaf ain’t never threw that many touchdown passes in a game. That is unless Leaf played against the Denver Broncos when he was still at Washington State. You might want to double check that one. He may have thrown 5 career touchdown passes against the Broncos (which is still questionable) but never in a game.

  • kevin

    seems that leafs best game was agianst the broncos, in a losing effort 37 38 at denver 3 tds, 311 yds 111 pas rat.

  • Brian F

    Thank you for confirming that Kevin. I didn’t get a chance to look it up but I knew Leaf had never thrown 5 td’s in a game. Hell, he only threw like 13 for his career. So the writers whole “Russell is the bigger bust because Leaf once threw 5 td’s in a game” theory flys right out of the window. But truthfully, does it really make a difference who the biggest bust is out of the two?

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  • Thomas Casale

    Brian and Kevin, you guys are correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I remembered the game because I bet the under in it and I couldn’t believe Leaf was having the game of his life. The under was 40, so both teams almost got it on their own.

    I meant to double check it before I posted but it was 2:00 in the morning and it slipped my mind. I thought I went over everything before submitting the story. Thanks again for the feedback and for pointing out the mistake.

  • Brian E

    Thomas you were right unfortunately Brian F brings the IQ perception of raiders fans down cause he can’t read, you stated 3 TD’s in your article and you were correct.

  • Brian F

    Brian E,
    Before you come join the party make sure that you know what you are talking about. Obviously the article has been changed. If you can read (which I hope you can) you will see that the author realized his mistake and corrected it as he states in his reply to Kevin and myself. The article, as of this morning, said 5 touchdown passes and not 3. So obviously the IQ perception of yourself seems to be pretty damn low.

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