Friday, May 21, 2010
Russell's character, pure and simple, does not fit with the Saints' philosophy. If the guy can't get motivated for what, at the time, was the biggest rookie contract in NFL history, how is he going to get motivated by the NFL minimum? Let's face it, that's all a team is going to risk on the guy at this point. If I was Russell, I would ride on into the sunset and retire. Unless he needs more money, somehow. Then, sure, play on a team stupid enough to hand you $300,000 a year to hold a clipboard. Otherwise, what's the point? The guy doesn't really care about playing football, and he's never going to put in the work to be that good. He's gotten by his whole career leading up to the pros playing on his talent alone and it's finally caught up to him. Even if he had a change of heart, who's going to invest in him again and believe in him? He's already demonstrated he has no leadership skills. Sometimes falling in love with a physical specimen is a very dangerous game to play. Just ask Jim Haslett about the time he went out and got TeBucky Jones. A fast safety with size and hitting ability that had no idea how to play football, wrap up on a tackle or catch a football. What a liability he was for the Saints' defense, and at a hefty price. The Saints have gotten to a point where they're an elite team that sports character players with tremendous ability. Pet projects are not something they need to be wasting their time on, because the negatives of adding Russell by far outweigh any positive. You know how far Russell's stock has dropped when I say I'd rather give Chase Daniel a chance. And yes, you heard me correctly. Given the choice between the two, at this point, and at the same price, I'd pick Daniel. You can't teach work ethic and Russell has none. I wish him the best but I believe he is an utter waste of time and I'm glad the Saints feel the same way.
Posted by The Judge at 12:01 AM