Oakland Raiders

Raiders getting it done in Denver: Charlie Frye Style.

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Charlie Frye #3 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Steve DuranContributor IDecember 17, 2009

Anybody wishing JaMarcus Russell was starting on Sunday raise your left hand. Now raise your other left hand.

Let's not kid ourselves, JaMarcus Russell was that guy that won the lotto and quit his job. He shouldn't be allowed to take another snap unless he renegotiates his contract to minimum levels and loses 75 pounds.

No, I am not being too hard on him, as a matter of fact, JaMarcus collected his payday and thought the zero's on his financial statement made him a better player.

Unfortunately he didn't learn young enough that talent isn't skill. The difference is night and day. Talent gives you the ability to learn and possibility achieve at higher levels than those with less. Skill is an individual that has honed his talent and is ready to perform at a flawless level, anytime or anywhere.

So JaMarcus, here's wishing you the best. It's time for your second education: The School of Hard Knocks. It's not to late to turn it around, but you have to understand the odds are long against you, (100-1 against).

That being said, let's talk about Charlie Frye. I believe Charlie has what's called a PhD in football, (that's poor and hungry with desire). I heard Gil Brandt say that once. I don't remember if he coined it or if he was quoting somebody else, but it applies here.

His last three years in college, Charlie completed 65.8, 64.8 and 63.8 percent of his passes. In 2006 he started 13 games for Cleveland and completed 64.1 percent. Now remember during the pre-season Charlie demonstrated an ability to scramble.

Charlie has always had the talent, but now with a little experience under his belt, he appears to have developed that talent into a skill. Something he's ready to take with him and show off, anytime or anywhere.

This game should bode well for both Charlie and the Raiders. So if any of those Broncos fans have already chalked this weekends game up as a win. You better think again...

 

 

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