Why the Oakland Raiders Must Commit to the Run

Posted: 22nd September 2009 by David Xaviel is Mr. X in NFL
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I remain patient with Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, because I don't fully understand the play-calling by the Raiders, as in why they insist on pass attempts. I also believe that Russell has shown immunity to the idea that a team can destroy the quarterback's confidence if they rush him.  Despite the struggles, Russell has managed to focus under pressure, leading the Raiders to victory over the Chiefs on the final Oakland possession last Sunday. A week earlier, Russell also threw the go-ahead touchdown on the final possession by the Raiders, only for the Chargers to respond with a touchdown on the final drive of the game. Moreover, Russell has been sacked only twice this season by remaining poised in the pocket, even if he is still out of sync with rookie receivers and ...

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