How Art Shell sees Jeff George
When we first heard that Jeff George got a job in the NFL, we figured it was a Quarterbacks coach somewhere. (Although that doesn’t make much sense either.) But nope, Jeff George has signed on with the Oakland Raiders to be their “veteran backup” in case Aaron Brooks goes down. This is like buying a Yugo to back up your Hyundai. (That joke makes a lot more sense back in Art Shell’s first tour of duty as well.)
The last full season that George had was 1997 when he played for the… yup… Raiders. George had 29 TDs and 9 INTs in 16 games. The last time George threw a pass was in 2001 with the Washington Redskins. He played in two games that year. 5 years later, George still thinks he can compete.
I’ve always said when that call comes, I want to make sure I’m ready. I’ve kept myself in pretty good shape; throw the ball three or four times a week. Obviously it’s different from being out here, but you do what you can. I’ve always thought I should be out there.
I’m just very thankful this organization believed in me and allowed me another opportunity, because I don’t know where I’d be without them.
We cannot wait till Aaron Brooks is benched for being terrible and Andrew Walter is injured and… in steps Jeff George to save the day.
It’s a sad day when Raiders fan forums have to title their posts “We Signed Jeff George NOT A JOKE”.