Posts Tagged ‘failure’

Has JaMarcus Russell Eclipsed Ryan Leaf as the NFL’s Biggest Bust?

April 28th, 2010

The only one happier than Raider Nation with the acquisition of former Redskin Jason Campbell must be former San Diego Charger bust Ryan Leaf.

For with JaMarcus Russell's exit from Oakland imminent, it could be said that Russell has officially surpassed Leaf as the NFL's biggest bust!

With a record of just 7-18 as a starter, Russell may have played his last game in a Raider uniform, and for all intents and purposes, played himself out of the National Football League forever!

Russell is just 25. It's hard to comprehend such a free-fall from the top of the NFL to the current depths of mediocrity and outright failure for the former No. 1 pick from LSU.

With just a 52 percent lifetime completion rate and only 18 touchdowns in three years, how does JaMarcus Russell reset his NFL career?

A change of scenery would do him some good.

His time in Oakland has been one of mutual frustration for both sides. Russell bypassed his rookie training camp, and the Raiders paid out a huge contract with zero return.

Raider icon and owner Al Davis is not one to pull the trigger on a player he believes in.

But in the case of Russell, his inability to learn the system or even maintain a marginal playing weight were all part of the failure of the former first-round choice of the silver and black!

For Oakland historically has been a place for second chances and problem players.

Otis Sistrunk. Ted Hendricks. Jim Plunkett. Bubba Smith. Lyle Alzado. Ronnie Lott. Ron Woodson. Greg Pruitt. Lincoln Kennedy.

All of these players came to Oakland to see their careers rejuvenated on the field.

It's a place where bad attitudes became championship caliber contributors to the franchise's overall commitment to excellence!

In Jason Campbell, the Raiders may have finally found a successor to former Raider great Rich Gannon, who last led Oakland to the promised land of Super Bowls and the playoffs.

Now approaching 29, the former Auburn star has a lifetime passer rating of 82.3 percent. He threw for 327 completions on 507 attempts for a 64.5 percent completion rate with 3,618 yards and 20 touchdowns.

In three years in Oakland, Russell threw for just 4,083 yards. That's just 465 more in his 31-game career as a Raider than Campbell threw all of last year!

Given the instability of the Redskins franchise during the ownership of Dan Snyder, coming to play in the northern California sun should be appealing. Campbell is a player who just needs a chance with some workable parts around him, in an environment that is moving in the right direction.

While many will question the Raiders' commitment to winning after posting a seventh straight 11-loss or worse season, Oakland did shows signs of life in the second half of the schedule. The defense has also played well in spurts.

With Jason Campbell, the Raiders get a seasoned veteran from the competitive NFC East who has thrown for over 10,000 yards passing and 55 touchdowns in 52 games in D.C.

Campbell is coming off his most productive season ever, and the Raiders are in a division that is down and hardly competitive when compared to the AFC East, North, and South!

It's a division that could have you compete for the divisional crown with an 8-8 or 9-7 record.

If this 2010 NFL Draft signifies the end of the JaMarcus Russell-era in Oakland, that's good news for everyone—including JaMarcus Russell.





Top 10 Replacements for Rich Rodriguez if he is Fired from Michigan

April 26th, 2010
It's no secret that Rich Rodriguez hasn't been popular since arriving in Ann Arbor two years ago. No, let me rephrase that. The Rich Rodriguez experiment has been an utter failure for Michigan since his hiring after the 2007 season. His on-field results, have been underwhelming (putting it lightly) for Michigan standards, going 8-16 in two seasons with no bowl appearances and the worst single season record in program history (3-9). Off-field issues have been a problem as well. Many players, such as Justin Boren and Ryan Mallett, who now star for Ohio State and Arkansas respectively, have left the program. Boren specifically cited Rodriguez's behavior and a "lack of family values." Now, with the beginning of an NCAA investigation of rules violations during the 2009 season, the ice below Rich Rod just got a little thinner. Clearly, Rodriguez's time is running out. He doesn't seem to have what it takes to coach Big Ten football, and many people who follow the sport and the program believe that he will be fired unless he starts to show signs of a turnaround both on and off the field. So, as a preemptive measure, let's take a look at a very early short-list for Rich Rod's successors at Michigan. Because as the on- and off-field issues continue to add up, there's plenty of reason to believe Rodriguez will be out of a job in the near future.

Begin Slideshow

NFL Draft Grades 2010: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

April 25th, 2010
As is the case in every draft, some teams are efficient, filling their needs, finding value, and selecting talent prospects. The 2010 draft class has been described as the deepest in over a decade, but that didn't stop some teams from steering their franchise in the wrong direction. Most teams will consider the 2010 draft a roaring success, the best of which will be profiled. Other teams will suffer the consequences of poor decision making and failure to realize and address the needs of their franchise.

Begin Slideshow

Memo to Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar: The Lakers Need Your Help

April 24th, 2010

Lamar Odom is without question the most valuable member of the Los Angeles Lakers' reserves and one of the most versatile players in the NBA, but there are two other players on the Lakers' bench who are capable of having a positive postseason impact.

Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown have the potential to be important pieces in the Lakers' quest for a repeat, but so far their inconsistency has mirrored the rest of the team's for much of the season.

Brown and Farmar definitely have the ability and talent to make a difference for the Lakers, but finding out how to motivate them and get them to focus has been a different issue altogether.

Brown is the taller and stronger of the two, and ideally he is the player most would prefer when it comes to defending a player like the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook has terrorized the Lakers in the team's playoff series, and his penetration and strength has been something which veteran Derek Fisher has been powerless to stop.

Fisher lacks the size and foot speed to stay with Westbrook, and Brown is better suited in each category, but he lacks Fisher's defensive discipline. And when he is defending Westbrook, each possession becomes an adventure.

Brown is a great athlete and has the potential for spectacular plays, but that athleticism doesn't help him when it comes to falling for head-fakes or failing to close out on shooters, and Brown is guilty of both.

But he has been a member of the Lakers long enough to understand what is expected of him, and his failure to grasp the small nuances of the game have to be disappointing considering his experience.

It's time for Brown to recognize the urgency of the moment; it's time for him realize how important consistent defense and disciplined play is to his team's chances in the postseason.

The Lakers don't need him to be a star, but they do need Brown to be a steady defensive presence when called upon, able to play with focus and intensity when he is in the game.

Farmar was once thought to be the point guard of the future for the Lakers, but instead his failure to progress his game has made him an expendable piece of the roster.

Farmar is smaller than Brown, but he may be quicker, is a great leaper, and has the ability to be a serious long-distance threat if he can find any semblance of consistency.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson has given Farmar every opportunity to succeed, playing him despite Farmar's tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again.

Farmar's issues are more dire than Brown's because Farmar has been a member of the team longer, but has yet to show the ability to be comfortable within the Lakers' scheme.

He often looks confused on the court on both ends, and even though he too has the ability to make spectacular plays, he is just as likely to make spectacular mistakes.

Farmar has the speed to guard a player like Westbrook, but he may be even less disciplined on defense than Brown, and he lacks the strength to be physical with Westbrook.

But, just as in Brown's case, the Lakers don't need Farmar to stop Westbrook or provide superior scoring; what they do need is for him to play with the focus and experience that his championship resume suggests.

Farmar and Brown were both pivotal pieces of the Lakers' championship march in 2009, and they both must rekindle their play of the past if Los Angeles hopes to reach that rarefied air again.

Neither Brown nor Farmar will ever get the acclaim that Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol will receive, but each can have just as much impact on this Lakers team—if they can remember their purpose.

The Wheels Fall Off Sebastien Buemi’s Shanghai Qualifying

April 16th, 2010

The first day of practice isn’t meant to be like this. It’s meant to be a gentle introduction to the circuit, getting the cars set up properly for Saturday’s onslaught. It is the time to make sure that everything is working properly and to make a bit of fine tuning of the set-up.

For Sebastien Buemi, however, the day was far from normal. At 180 miles per hour on the main straight at Shanghai, the young Swiss driver had his front suspension fail explosively and went on a wild sleigh ride into the gravel trap.

Toro Rosso were trialing a new suspension component in Shanghai—turns out that it may not have been a resounding success. When Buemi hit the brakes, the stress on the suspension resulted in the spectacular front suspension failure.

In a scene unique to F1, the car shed both of its front wheels without contact with another car, wall, or something as substantial as a particularly dark shadow.

To Buemi’s credit, the youngster didn’t stop trying to steer his car down the road, seemingly not understanding that the front wheels are a necessary component in the whole steering process. At the time, the front wheels were about 100 yards away.

Fortunately, the Toro Rosso wreck only kissed the barriers lightly before coming to rest in the gravel trap. Buemi was shaken, as they say, but not stirred—or hurt. Mechanics put the crash down to a front suspension failure—no sh*t, that explains everything.

In reality, it was a failure of the right front upright. Immediately after this first failure, the opposite side component went out in sympathy, not able to cope with the transferred load.

Elsewhere in practice, Lewis Hamilton heads the times after the first two practice sessions followed by Nico Rosberg, Jensen Button, and Michael Schumacher. These top-four drivers were separated by less than half a second. The Red Bull Racing combination of Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber were fifth and sixth fastest consecutively.

All is set for a very exciting weekend and with rain forecast for Sunday, all of today’s and tomorrow’s efforts will amount to nothing. What fun!

eXTReMe Tracker