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Darren McFadden Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 26th, 2008 at 4:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Darren McFadden’s conference call with local media:

Q: Were you pretty sure this would be the team for you?

McFadden: For me, I really didn’t know what to expect. I heard a lot of talk about New York, I heard a lot of talk about Oakland too. For me, I was sitting back and I was going to be happy with my name being called.

Q: Lane Kiffin said he called you this morning, what was that conversation like?

McFadden: It’s just a great feeling, he told me if I’m there at No. 4 pick, we was going to call my name. And right before he got off the phone he said he hoped to be talking to me again soon. It was something I was very proud of. I’m very happy, to be able to go to Oakland.

Q: What do you know about Lane Kiffin’s offense and how it might be a fit for you?

McFadden: I like the way he uses his running backs. When he was at USC he moved his running backs around a lot. I just love the way he does that, I feel it’s something I can bring to Oakland, being a versatile player, that I can move around and give them a different style.

Q: He’s compared you to Reggie Bush and that he can use you in similar ways. Is that what you see?

McFadden: I feel like he can use me some of the same ways they use Reggie Bush. Those are real good things and I’m very versatile.

Q: Your thoughts on coming to a place with a lot of running backs?

McFadden: Me, I want to come in and just learn the offense. I’m going to sit back and let those veterans teach me. And when the coaches call upon on me to go out there and play I’m going to go out there and give it my all.

Q: Surprised the Raiders drafted you because they had so many RBs?

McFadden: Yeah, it surprised me, but I feel like after talking with the coaching staff, that they were missing the big-play ability and that was something I could help with.

Q: What did you assure the Raiders that any off-the-field issues, character issues, were not going to be a problem?

McFadden: You know, they did a lot of research on me. They talked to everyone, and asked questions about the type of guy Darren McFadden is. And the people they talked to, evenyone than knows me, told them Darren McFadden’s a great guy. That off the field I made mistakes and it was nothing they had to be concerned with.

Q: Your thoughts on Raider nation, the Black Hole, the history of the organization, an important thing for you to carry on a tradition?

McFadden: It’s going to be very important for me to carry on a tradition. You never want to ruin a tradition, you always want to carry it on. I love the Raider Nation, they’re very passionate about the Raiders so I’m looking forward to getting out and playing for them.

Q: When you were reading pre-draft analysis that question your character, what are some things people weren’t saying that you think they should know?

McFadden: The things they don’t say about Darren McFadden is the things I’ve done around the community. I’ve been doing community events since I was in high school, going to help out, Special Olympics in high school, being able to do things like that. Then two Christmas breaks ago, we were on Christmas break, there was a plane crash at the airport in Arkansas and I went and visited the kids at the airport, I mean in the hospital. Those are a lot of things people don’t talk about.

Q: Looking forward to getting away from home, moving out here?

McFadden: I feel like it’s gonna be a good thing for me, being able to be away
from home. It’s something I’m looking very forward to.

Q: Given thought to playing with JaMarcus?

McFadden: I know it’s gonna be great to be in the huddle with him. I played against him a couple times in college. I’d much rather be on the same side of the ball he’s on.

Q: Are your blocking skills underrated?

McFadden: A lot of people don’t look at those things. Going through the draft, people competing so much, they overlook the good things that you do. And that’s something Coach Rathman pointed out that he really enjoyed, my passion for the game. And possibly he can take me to the next level. With him coaching me, he’ll be able to take me to the next level.”

Q: Anyone gonna move out here with you? How many infant car seats do you own?

McFadden: I’m planning on having my sister move out with me, where she can help me out around the house. Maybe make me feel at home while I’m away.

Q: You mean, like, do women’s work?

McFadden: (Laughs) She’s a great help around the house, you know? She’s always keeping me positive. So she can help out, watch over me a little bit for me, it’ll help me out in a lot of ways.

Q: How have the last 24 hours been for you?

McFadden: It’s been a whirlwind. You don’t know where you’re gonna go, sitting back and just waiting, and then you finally hear your name called. And when you finally get the phone call to where you’re gonna go, you be so happy.

Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

McFadden: Growing up I was a Broncos fan because I liked watching Terrell Davis and John Elway play, Ed McCaffrey, Shannon Sharpe, I loved to watch those guys play.”

Q: You mention that to Al Davis?

McFadden: No, sir, not at all.

Q: Did you know before Goodell took the podium with Raiders’ pick?

McFadden: I had already known, because they had called me a couple minutes before. They gave my agent a call and gave me a call, so we already knew before they announced it.

Q: You concerned about fumbles?

McFadden: No, it’s not a concern at all, cause I talked to Coach Rathman. We both sat there and watched game film together on me. He was showing some of the things I was doing. He was telling one of the main things, I was not locking my elbow down. And that’s something that’s easily corrected, so it won’t be a problem with fumbling at all.

Q: How are your skills as a receiver.

McFadden: That shows my versatility. I have great hands coming out of the backfield. It’s something we didn’t do much in college at all. We never really threw to the running back the ball. It’s something that I feel very confident doing.

Q: Maybe they’ll let you throw it, too?

McFadden: Heh. I don’t know if they’ll want me to do that. But if they try to put in a play for me to throw it, I’d love to do it.”

Q: How do you compete about the comparisons to Reggie Bush?

McFadden: For them to compare me to Reggie Bush, I feel like he’s a very shifty guy. I like to get downhill and get running.

Q: How ready are you to step in right away? What do you need to work on?

McFadden: I feel like I’m a very skilled guy. You know, I feel like I’m ready to step in there. I’m not the type of guy that’s gonna be happy to be in the NFL, and when I get there I want to be doing great things, I don’t want to just be out there. I want to play great and make big plays.

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  • Thec

    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d807ffa23

    Interview with kiffin on the DMAC pickup.

  • Dakota

    4. …..The new collective bargaining agreement has de-emphasized June 1 even more. Now each team is allowed to designate a limited number of possible June cuts. That, of course, means the opportunity to find quality players after June 1 has been almost eliminated.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=reese_floyd&id=2870773

    I think we can cut Jordan now and he is still treated like a June 1 cut.

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    Dan Says:
    April 26th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    So, what do we do with Washington,
    —————–

    let me ask you this: how many CBs does a pro football team need?

  • http://www.selling-shirts.com BART Bridge Balla

    if we can get a 3rd rounder tomorrow:
    Pat Sims
    Red Bryant
    Early Doucet
    Dre Moore
    Mario Manningham
    Anthony Collins
    Frank Okam
    Carl Nicks

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    Tommy that;s not quite right. Those first Elway Bronco Super Bowl teams had a solid defense and a decent offensive line, but certainly not GREAT defense or great offensive lines. Dan Reeves always felt he could pull offensive linemen in the last 10 rounds, unlike today. The game is certainly more advanced today but not infinitely more so than say 15 years ago. And arguably, QB’s DON’T have to be as accurate because of the liberalized passing rules that very much limit what DB’s and Defensive linemen can do.

    Bottom line how many Hall of Famers did Montana Play with?? Rice, Lott, Dean, Walsh, Young. How many did Aikman play with? Emmitt, Irvin, along with Aikman and Tex Shramm who built those teams.
    Manning?? At least harrison and Glenn are going in with him. Brady??? numerous. Elway??? No one. When Gary Zimmerman was on that team, he won the Super Bowl. If he had as decent a support cast as these other players, he would have won sooo many Super Bowls it wouldn’t even be remotely close. As it was he played in five. That’s a lot.

  • CJ Legend #34

    Jerry Ronald McDonald those were sme very “classless” questions to ask and I think McFadden had allot of class in his response. If it was not for players with his ability you would not have a job. Show him some respect, he could buy you now. By the way, from the tone of your questions you may have a job waiting for you on the FOX Network.

    Anyone gonna move out here with you? How many infant car seats do you own?

    McFadden: I’m planning on having my sister move out with me, where she can help me out around the house. Maybe make me feel at home while I’m away.

    Q: You mean, like, do women’s work?

    McFadden: (Laughs) She’s a great help around the house, you know? She’s always keeping me positive. So she can help out, watch over me a little bit for me, it’ll help me out in a lot of ways.

  • http://yahoo.com los angeles Raiders

    great day in Raiders history….I’d Like to see us draft one more DE,WR, AND A O Lineman for insurance, maybe we can find a gem in the rough in the 4th round. many chance of trading jordan,washington & shwigert for a 3rd round picK>>??

  • Dakota

    Later guys.

    WE DRAFTED MCFADDEN!

    Yesssssss!

  • RaiderNation951

    Next year we should get a lot of compensatory picks.

  • Thec

    Yeah the dischargers have a lo of injuries. on top of LT being a wuss, it still hurts when i run and cut.

    They really need a nt to replace williams, he is shot and wont make it thru this coming season. Haedwick will be out 6 mos with surgery, and the LB cooper was poped for substance. SD will be good just not great.

  • http://yahoo.com los angeles Raiders

    dont think jerry was the guy that asked those questions…but if he did he was out of line

  • http://yahoo.com los angeles Raiders

    I bet kiffin is going to dance tonight

  • Dakota

    My money is on Ray Ratto or Nancy Gay…Jerry wouldn’t ask those questions.

  • CJ Legend #34

    I told you so Raider nation the Legend of Bo Jackson #34 is alive. Getr ready for round II. D-Mac and Bush in 2008. Rotate Fargas in and keep Rhodes. He is pretty productive for his cost. Lamont Jordan -broke mans Bo Jackson take care buddy see you on the other side of the field.

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    the real way to look at our draft is:

    rd 1 – McFadden
    rd 2 – D.Hall, 24 years old with multiple pro bowls already (all these CBs being drafted are 22)
    rd 3 – M.Henderson, but with the benefit of getting him a year early, learning the system, working with Cable (everybody clamors for a OT but forgets we drafted on last year)
    rd 4 – we’ll see tomorrow
    rd 5 – G.Warren, who I guarantee will give more production that any DT we could draft in rd 5.
    rd 6 – we’ll see
    rd 7 – we’ll see

    So this is what I would consider a phenomenal draft.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Pirate..

    yup

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    Ohio, you’re right Barton played the right side, I jsut see good size, and very, very good athletic ability which may translate better in the ZBS. The operative word is may.

  • La Milicia Negra

    I think we will start the season by placing McF on IR =)

  • RaiderNation951

    productive at best, not phenomenal. Lets see how tomorrow plays out first.

  • DoeDoe

    I wasnt feeling to good that we only had 1 pick in the first day until you look @ it like this!

    Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh Says:
    April 26th, 2008 at 6:21 pm
    the real way to look at our draft is:

    rd 1 – McFadden
    rd 2 – D.Hall, 24 years old with multiple pro bowls already (all these CBs being drafted are 22)
    rd 3 – M.Henderson, but with the benefit of getting him a year early, learning the system, working with Cable (everybody clamors for a OT but forgets we drafted on last year)
    rd 4 – we’ll see tomorrow
    rd 5 – G.Warren, who I guarantee will give more production that any DT we could draft in rd 5.
    rd 6 – we’ll see
    rd 7 – we’ll see

    So this is what I would consider a phenomenal draft.

  • raiders2

    BART Bridge, good list just add Dan Connor to it.

  • raiders2

    Did the Cowboys want McFadden?

    April 26, 2008 8:10 PM

    Posted by ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley

    I’m told by a Valley Ranch source that Jerry Jones was still trying to figure out a way to trade up for Darren McFadden on Saturday morning. Jones had maintained for months that he wouldn’t trade into the top 10, but during a news conference Tuesday, he left the door open.

    “He knows that you rarely have a chance to take a truly special player,” said the source. “And Jerry thought this guy was an absolute superstar.”

    I’m also told that it would’ve taken more than the No. 22 and No. 28 picks to secure McFadden. I think if McFadden had slipped to the Jets at No. 6, Jerry may have come after him.

    Haha take that Jerry Jones.

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    #356 – I agree and criticized this earlier (cringed when I read it), but I don’t think those are Jerry’s questions (though possible). It was a press conference type atmosphere with various reporters asking questions.

  • RaiderNation951

    All things considered, B+…….so far.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    new post

  • raiders2

    Pirate the only thing I dont like is the Mario Henderson pick, if we could get our pick back tommorow for Henderson I woulnd’t think twice.

  • in too Deep

    Well I guess I’ll come out of the woodwork and say I wish they would have gotten Dorsey. obviously Dmac looks phenominal but Defense should be our bread and butter. Hey D-mac prove me wrong, I hope you do!.

    How does our team showcase guys for trade ie.. extra rb’s when they did’nt play all that often last year? bottom line when you got a dude that looks like Iron Mike Tyson available at a position weve been getting killed at take him. Now we gotta deal with him twice a year. Note to Lane, no dive plays for Dmac against the chiefs!

  • Dan

    Pirate – I think we need 5 cbs, but all non-starters should be playing special teams. Either Routt or Washington will be dime back. And they’re paid way too much for that role. Based on late last year, Routt might have a bad attitude and have to go as well (recall how poorly he handled criticism last year).
    Fabes needs to go and we will take the cap hit. Bums me out because two years ago, I thought he would be a star. I also thought he would break out last year. Now he’s at best an overpriced back up. At worst a cancer, or an outright cut.

    Dakota – I agree with your RB assessment. Seems pretty unfortunate that we’re paying Fargas a bunch of money to be third string.

    For both RB and CB, we have too many high priced players on the roster.

  • Dan

    Having said all that – glad to see we have DMac given we think Kelly is better than Dorsey…

  • Tommy Trojan

    wothout TD elway would never have won a SB and may not be in the HOF, his entire career is based on riding on TD’s back and “the drive”, which, however great, does not overshadow 10 years of sub par quarterbacking followed by 6 years of average QB play, and now he’s considered one of the top 5 QBs of all time? that’s ridiculous

  • RFFL

    Infant seats?

  • I hate Al Davis

    Can’t wait for Mcskinny legs to break a leg from a whimpy hit and all of you Mcskinny followers realize that someone with that type of body frame won’t be any good in the pros.

  • http://www.oaklandraiderblog.blogspot.com Jimmy

    who was the a-hole who asked him about infant car seats?

  • I hate Al Davis

    The Mcskinny pick was cleary an Al Davis pick! Did any of you guys see the press conference of Lane kiffin talking about the pick??? You could see right through him that he was not happy at all.

  • http://cxabelcomcast.com Sirbliztalot

    Some of the best knock-out punchers in history had skinny legs. He made it this far without any fractures. Let wish him well and pray that he is the chosen one out of his family to be GREAT!

    And Stop Hate n’

  • Sir Rdrs

    Raider nation our future has arrived:-)Now all we need to do is trade Fabion Washington and Either Fargus or Rhoads 4 a quality receiver (Roy Williams) . Dont worry about our run D we will b 10 Times better with out the aged Sapp who,though was excellent on passing downs but showed no effort against the run. Dont 4 get just 2 yrs ago our D was ranked 3rd over all in total Defense we have a solid core that can get the job done & with the addition of D Hall we can gamble more with our safeties. Have faith brothers & dont buy in to some of those supposed experts. prime example when they were hoping D Mac was drafted by the jets they spoke of all the good he can bring to that franchise when we got him all they wanted to speak of was his flaws. RAIDER HATERS & thats ok but we cant buy in to the hatred. I cant speak 4 all of u but i was born and raised in Oakland though im not there now I’ve been a Raider since birth so those of u thats been Raiders 4 over the last 3 decades know that we have always been hated . our moves always critizized. This is our Year Raiders 4 Life

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