Jumping the Gun in Oakland: Don’t Write Off JaMarcus Russell Just Yet

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Published: July 10, 2009

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... Russell faster than a Todd Marinovich jersey.

Then there are some who think the guy should get a chance to prove himself. After all, he's only started 16 games in his short career.

Looking at the Raiders more generally, there have been both good things, and not-so-good things, that have come out of waiting and watching.

Our first candidate was drafted by the team hoping to make a new start. An older quarterback had just left, and a couple older QBs were on the roster, yet within three years he would be starting for the Raiders.

Meet Marc Wilson.

Marc, for all his blundering, wasn't horrible, but he wasn't the long-term solution. In and out of the lineup he would come and go, either injured, ineffective, or the fans simply hated him. He was playing with a tremendously gifted running back, a great tight end, and a defense—that while aging—still went to two Super Bowls in the 1980's.

Wilson didn't play in either game.

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