If that's true how come with the same staff and WR's Bruce almighty won games that JA-Skittle NEVER would... Louis Murphy was a STUD made HUGE catch's under tremendous pressure.... catch's in hostile stadiums on the road... Dude is a STUD so those excuses don't hold water at all!
Hey bro, I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time defending the cat cause it appears we are headed in a different direction, BUT ... The reason why BRUCE succeeded cause Tom Cable and he's pussy ass playbook and playcalling had 8 weeks to work with Russell and get accustomed to the young rookie receivers starting.
But Bruce had 2 good games & 1 can be contributed to being when a guy goes back to his hometown & just steps up to the plate cause he's playing in front of all his hometown family and friends (i think that Pittsburgh game was a fluke & he wouldn't of had nearly that amount of success if Troy Polamalu was playing)
As for the Cincinatti game, he had a good 4th qtr game winning drive, but as i recall it was low scoring the whole way through and the win was because our D was SOLID!!!
I believe Russell would of shined this year, I was really impressed with his 2008 season and the way he finished it off.. Super SOLID in the TEXANS game and had a great season ender in TAMPA BAY,
But Tom Cable is partly too blame for ignoring the running game in 2009 preseason so when we came to the actual regular season, we weren't being that team that dominates on the ground (go look at the stats of our rushing attack between 2008 & 2009, signifigant drop off) if you wanna be a good passing team then you need to establish the run & there was no running game last year for the raiders)
But anyways new direction. not going to defend this guy no more.... I'm hoping if we cut anyone it's Charlie Frye but i'd be willing to have Russell around if he takes a paycut and holds the clipboard this season if he's not up to being the starter for this team.