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Raiders committed to Russell
Posted Jul. 27 at 10:41 PM
There's been some speculation that Jeff Garcia, not JaMarcus Russell, would earn the starting job for the Raiders this season. That won't happen, according to an article in today's San Francisco Examiner. Barring injury, writes Glenn Dickey, there's "no question" that Russell will be the starting quarterback this year.
According to Dickey, the Raiders -- both owner Al Davis and his "coaching puppet" Tom Cable -- remain determined to throw the ball deep. That's a large part of why they made lightning-quick Darrius Heyward-Bey the top pick in the draft, and why we're expecting speedy Johnnie Lee Higgins to be a viable starter for the team. Russell has the arm to make those throws, Garcia doesn't.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether Russell will be effective enough at all the other requirements of a quarterback to hold onto the job. Dickey himself has his doubts, deriding the Raiders' apparent desire to prove that "what worked in 1969 will still work in 2009."
The article can be seen right here.
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