Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/11
Jamarcus
Former top overall NFL pick JaMarcus Russell blamed his coach, teammates and sleep apnea for his failures as a quarterback. In this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, Russell targeted former Raiders coach Tom Cable, unimaginative play-calling and the team's defense for his inability to succeed. "I did the sleep test, and they said I had apnea," Russell told the magazine. "Things weren’t going right, and it felt sometimes like everything fell back on me." The top pick in the 2007 draft, Russell was 7-18 as a starter with the Raiders before being released in 2010 before the expiration of his first NFL contract. "I may have missed a throw, but I didn’t give up 42 points, I didn’t miss a block," Russell said. Russell also said he didn't understand why his support for Cable wasn't mutual. "I stuck my neck out for (Cable)," he told the magazine. "Didn’t complain when he benched me as the starter. Didn’t complain when he called the same plays five damn times. Didn’t (disparage)...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Alabama vs. Wisconsin showdown not selling many tickets

Report: Last-minute Deflategate settlement deal very unlikely

Aaron Rodgers doesn't want to play in 2016 Hall of Fame Game

Floyd Mayweather Sr.: Manny Pacquiao a 'liar with no skills'

Reports: LeSean McCoy's Week 1 status still uncertain

Jay Feely told Deflategate judge about 2009 kicking incident

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Gruden calls Marcus Mariota a ‘double-edged sword’

Report: Bills expected to cut Matt Cassel

Garcon: RG3 can be ‘great player on any team that he goes to’

Report: Cavs ‘convinced’ LeBron would not leave Cleveland again

Fred Jackson is upset Bills GM Doug Whaley wasn’t honest

Report: Jaguars won’t let Justin Blackmon leave for CFL

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker