It's heartwarming to see a wise, old retired quarterback reach out to a struggling young quarterback and share some of his sage wisdom and encouragement. Lending a helping hand, passing the torch, doing his part to mold a generation of young signal callers ... it's really great to see.
Appearing on Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains, Theismann offered this about Russell (gracias, Red Zone):
"I can tell you conclusively that JaMarcus Russell never will be able to play QB in the National Football League. He just doesn't get it."
Well, that doesn't leave a lot of room for interpretation, does it? No gray area there. Joe Theismann knows conclusively, without a doubt, with 100% confidence, that JaMarcus Russell will always, always, always suck.
Three things come to mind:
First, Theismann is probably not wrong. If I had to wager on whether or not JaMarcus Russell would ever be even an average NFL quarterback, I'd bet on "no."
Second, where was that kind of statement when Joe Theismann was employed as a broadcaster? He rarely criticized anyone when he was in the booth. Maybe he's right about Russell, maybe he's wrong, but at least it's a strong, interesting statement. That he rarely offered those while in the booth is the reason he's no longer in a booth.
And third, is Theismann's statement maybe just a little bit mean? JaMarcus Russell doesn't get it? Fine. But does that mean that he'll never get it? There's no chance at all? Is there maybe something Joe Theismann could say to Russell to help him out, or some advice he could give?
Maybe it will serve as motivation to Russell. Maybe he'll hear the comments and get fired up to prove Theismann wrong. Probably not, but maybe.