Ex-Oakland QB Rich Gannon busted out the whoopin' stick on SIRIUS NFL Radio, questioning everything from Russell's predetermined reads to his mechanics, from head to toe, to his weight. Earlier this week, Trent Green(notes) did video analysis of Russell and Drew Brees(notes) on the NFL Network's Total Access show, with predictable results. Then, Jeff Garcia(notes), a guy with a stake in playing in the league (not to mention someone who's recently been rumored to be discussing a possible backup gig with Oakland after the Eagles released him after he ... uh ... requested his release from Oakland) had his say about Russell on Fox Sports Radio:
I just feel like it's an unfortunate situation when the entire work ethic and the entire goal of the team is really put upon one guy's shouldes who really isn't maybe ready for that situation ... and I'm not saying JaMarcus can never be that guy. It's just right now he's still young. He has a lot of growth that needs to take place within himself from a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint. ... When you put him on the field in a one-on-one workout session, he'll make every throw for you, but when it comes down to making things happen in the heat of the battle and rallying the troops around you and making a case for the team, that's where maybe things aren't where they need to be.
Well, that about sums it up. Gannon is no longer welcome in the Raiders' facility after daring to discuss the dysfunction, so my bet's against any sort of Garcia-Raiders reunion.
- Rich Gannon