Well, this isn’t shocking. As if former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell didn’t accept responsibility during his playing days. Now that his career is over, he still won’t accept responsibility for why he was a complete and utter turn in the NFL.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he’s now blaming sleep apnea, Tom Cable and his teammates.
“In the NFL, my first year, I had to be there at 6:30 [a.m.] before practice and be on the treadmill for an hour,” Russell said. “Then meetings come, I sit down, eat my fruit. We watch film, and maybe I got tired. Coach Flip [quarterback coach John DeFilippo] pulled me aside and said, ‘What are you doing for night life?’ I said, ‘Coach, I’m just chilling.’ He said, ‘I need to get you checked out.’ I did the sleep test, and they said I had apnea.”
The Raiders won seven out of the 25 games that Russell started. He was so bad at times that no one could possibly have thought that he’d ever get the team in the end zone. But, it’s not his fault.
“Things weren’t going right, and it felt sometimes like everything fell back on me,” Russell said. “I take some responsibility, but I was one guy. . . . I may have missed a throw, but I didn’t give up 42 points, I didn’t miss a block.”
True, but maybe it was tough for the other guys to do their jobs when they saw you half-assing it all week in practice, then stinking up the joint on Sunday with poor body language and a “so what” attitude.
But, it gets better. He even says that Tom Cable betrayed him for blaming the team’s troubles on him, after JaMarcus says that he “stuck [his] neck out for him.”
“I stuck my neck out for him,” Russell said regarding Cable. “Didn’t complain when he benched me as the starter. Didn’t complain when he called the same plays five damn times. Didn’t [badmouth] him to other coaches. When the [media] asks me, I say, ‘He’s a good coach, a good guy.’ Then I hear he says I was the worst thing ever happened to the Raiders, if it weren’t for him we’d be in the playoffs?”
Oh really? What a great guy you are. You didn’t complain when he benched you for stinking up the joint after giving you way too many opportunities. And you would have been a playoff QB if not for Cable? You have to be kidding.
And what about the sizzurp issues? Sure the charges were dropped due to lack of sufficient evidence, but those around the team at that time weren’t shocked when you were caught with it. There was definitely something funny going on, especially because laziness is one of the side effects of that drink.
But, no…it wasn’t your fault.