Darren McFadden Q&A


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • ohioraider

    OT,s especially LT’s are very hard to get in later rounds becuase if they were good enough of play LT they would be picked in the first two rounds. we need to make a move for DAN CONNOR if hes still there soon

  • TrueRaider

    M.I.A hope you r right, I believe 9-7 is not far away if our defense is solid and our OL line gives time to Jamarcus

  • K-Rock

    Face it guys. The starters for the Raiders are on the squad already.

    No one picked from here out will make much of impact, except maybe on special teams.

  • RaiderNation951

    We have a shot with GB getting ready to pick to ship out a player they need. CB or QB. SS isn’t that big of need so Stu is safe.

  • ohioraider

    we replaced our concerns with even bigger oline concerns, does that make sense

  • Thec

    JLH better FV@king man up this year. He looked a dear in head lights. Panicsonic. He need to manthe F@Ck up.

  • Tommy Trojan

    k-rock, we’ll add a rotational pass rusher, competition at NT, competition at slot, competition at OLB, and competition at LT, and probably end up with at least one, maybe two, starters

  • K-Rock

    Here’s to McFadden being the next Emmitt Smith!

    Just hope he isn’t the next Akili Smith.

  • R.A.W.

    M.I.A. , If Mario is in the second day, should we get him? cuz i really like Dexter Jackson, then we do have to address our linemen for both sides of the field. I’m getting worried bout the chiefs dorsey and albert. their good players in a bad team.

  • Tommy Trojan

    8 more picks today

  • oliverthizz

    Damn, Herm Edwards doesnt even know the names of the players they picked.

  • Dakota

    Roger…bring back the 3rd round in day one!

  • Thec

    Look the sky is not falling. We have replaced the old system of doing things last year. We replaced the regime of futility last year.

    We have a complete new line of coaches that have a better understanding of how football is played in the new millinium. Relax have a cream soda the coaches know WTF they are doing.

  • RaiderNation951

    I hope cable can work his magic on C and LT so JR doesn’t get killed this year. When he landed on his head last year I thought he broke his neck! No more of that sheet!

  • oliverthizz

    Agreed, 3rd rd should be day 1

  • Tommy Trojan

    forget smith, expect OJ……….without the murder………hopefully………..or at least not until after his career……….

  • Tommy Trojan

    STEAL for GB!

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    Mario is someone we will probably nab in round 4 without having to trade up IMO.

    I think if we trade up at this point it should be Dan Connor

  • oliverthizz

    Looks like Packers are trying to give Favre a hint that they dont want him back.

  • La Milicia Negra


    yup the Chiefs have had an excellent draft, hope one of pulls a ACL or something

  • Tommy Trojan

    now henne to dolphins

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    The Best QB on my board was just chosen…Brohm is the real deal.

  • TrueRaider

    who is the best LB remaining, I think we should try get a solid fast LB who can complement Morrison and Howard. What you guys think? Tom is a big day in our success

  • Thec

    TT —-> you compare dmac to OJ?

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    Parcells loves Henne…its a High Possiblity.

  • RaiderNation951

    Sheet, we still have Walter.

  • Dakota

    Wow…now STFU Farve and go ride your 4-wheeler around your 400 acres and quit showing your mug on tv.

    Farve, most overrated QB in NFL history.

  • RaiderNation951

    Come on bill, call al

  • La Milicia Negra

    Woaw If Miami picks Henne the QB knows his LT, thats for sure =)

  • The way these wide recievers have sliding, it wont surprise me if Early Doucet slides to us in the 4th. I just love how these experts mock drafts were completely wrong. Every year so-called 1st rounders fall to the 3rd, 4th rnd and then some no-name we’ve never heard of ends up being a 1st round pick. Looks like a QB contraversy just started in Greenbay, they just took Brian Brohm.

  • R.A.W.


    Yea, i was hoping dorsey gets injured the first day of their mini camp and that albert pulls a brandon marshall, only this time it should be his head not his arm =)

  • Thec

    Yeah mel kiper thinkshe is the all seing eye. cant stand that F@Ck.

  • Tommy Trojan

    thec, he’s a more powerful marshall faulk, so i think OJ is a better comparison than smith, smith was a good RB who was a product of arguably the best OL in NFL history, although you could also argue that distinction for 76′, but the game advances over time, and the older teams fall behind

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    # TrueRaider Says:
    April 26th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Dakota no I wan’t, I know about those moves it is just that Wade and Harris aren’t that special players you would depend on them to protect Jamarcus. Harris was considered a bust and Wade is a backup now in his career not a solid center like Faine who we should have went for. I mean Harris always played RT and now he is our starting LT??? Comeon guys this should be a big concern

    what can you say about this?

    1. Harris was considered talented enough to be a 1st round pick. Read the interview with him and Cable’s comments about how he was out of position at RT, how SF used him wrong, and Cable is confident he’ll be good at LT. I trust Cable’s opinion MUCH more than anonymous people commenting on a blog.

    2. Wade is a backup? He started 16 of 16 games in five of the last six years. same age and much more durable than Newberry.

    3. Should have signed Faine? a 6-year $37 million contract with $15 mil guraunteed for a center is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • La Milicia Negra

    I think you guys are some seconds ahead of me, has Miami picked Henne?

  • Dan Conner is an absolutely excellent Inside LB, Probably not as good as either Mayo or Lofton, even tho he was rated by some higher, but a very good player.

    You guys I was the first one to say I wanted Dlinemen early and often. The problem was as soon as Chris Long went off the board, Dmac was our only choice. By adding Dmac we instantneously have the best rushing attack in the entire AFC West division, a division known for it’s top rushers. We just made our QB better and we just made our coach better.

  • Tommy Trojan

    no dakota, elway was the most overrated of all time

  • R.A.W.

    Rick the Hunter

    Wow, thanks, i forgot all about Early Doucet!!!! though i doubt he will be available in the fourth round, maybe if we trade fabe or rout for a third…..

  • Tommy, no offense but saying Elway is overrated is absolutely insane.

  • La Milicia Negra

    yeah muahahahaah LOL

    Dolphins is on the rise too, both bills and dolphins will be able to kick Patsy ass in a few years time =)

  • Tommy Trojan


  • RaiderNation951

    Now, I know Walter is better the Booty’s sorry azz. Mr. my finger hurts I don’t want to play. Let my team suck with the back up………sorry beezterd. Keep Walter, make SD take Booty to back up rivers so we can crush bothof them this year!

  • La Milicia Negra

    what a steal! to keep Left Tackle and QB together

  • Thec

    TT, you still remember that 76 83 discussion.

    OJ ran for 2,003 yards in 14 games so until someone runs for 2,290 in a single season OJ will be the S#!t.

    But all that being said DMAC is the one. I hopethey let him take some direct snaps.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Marino is the most overrated of all time!

  • Dakota


    You would draft Farve over Elway???

  • Dakota

    Will TB take Dan Conner?

  • RaiderNation951

    Lakers 102-84 over butnuggets. Lead series 3-0. MVP MVP MVP

  • Thec

    farve most overated, the media treats this dude like the pope. Why do we need to see anything about farve on draft day. Elway won 2 farve 1 that should be the stick not 5000000 million yards.

  • Blackholepriest

    We will get a player in the 4th no need to panic and if we can steal a player, then you make a move but don’t give away talented pros for a maybe. None of those WR’s excite me. and almost all the LBers are falling. Manningham in the 4th or Lavell Hawkins in the 5th. There’s a LBer from USC Thomas Williams who’s a player that will be there in the 5th or later just be patient no need to panic. Larry Grant from Ohio St. very good SLB.

    You’ll be surprised.