Raiders Bench Russell and Prove Coaching Is the Problem

Posted: 25th October 2009 by Ramone Brown in NFL
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It finally happened, what many Raider fans have been calling for for weeks. The Raiders benched JaMarcus Russell for Bruce Gradkowski. But it wouldn't make a bit of a difference. As Gradkowski's play resulted in: Four three-and-outs, one fumble, a failed fourth-and-goal attempt, three near interceptions, zero points, and a tired defense. I don't blame Gradkowski for his performance, nor do I blame Russell for his. I blame the offensive coaching staff, and playcalling. When Gradkowski came in his first drive was a three-and-out, but he wasn't helped at all by the play-calling as Tom Cable called five pass plays in a row, none of which resulted in a completion. With the run game appearing to be the strength of the team, why go away from it? In his first five carries Justin Fargas had 62 yar ...

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