KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
If Oakland Raiders fans thought the Washington Redskins made a ridiculous decision when they benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman in a loss to the Detroit Lions, wait 'til Raider Nation sees what sort of ill-advised nonsense the Redskins are pulling for an encore.
Russell was an Oakland Raider for three miserable seasons, and is widely regarded as the all-time worst quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.
The move is seen as a way for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan to put Donovan McNabb on notice that the job isn't McNabb's to keep. It's sort of like walking past your girlfriend while holding hands with a stripper, just to prove you still have options.
But when the stripper is nearly 300 pounds, this does not inspire the sort of jealousy you had hoped to create.
"We'll evaluate (Russell) and everyone else out there," Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanhan told ESPN. "He is very talented, so I think he can overcome some of the stuff that he struggled with. I don't really know that personally, but if he looks like he's in good shape out here and he's working, and that's all you can evaluate. Sometimes when guys do get a second opportunity, they can change their stripes."
No, the Redskins are not scheduled to play the Raiders in the 2010 regular season.