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Bottom-feeding in the backfield

All I did was wonder whether two quarters of explosive football is enough to anoint Michael Bush as a future star.

At least I didn’t leave him out entirely.

Check out this CNN-SI feature ranking the NFL backfields, Nos. 1 through 32.

The author, John Mullin, ranks the Raiders No. 28 and never mentions Bush. He has Oakland ranked last among AFC West teams and ahead of only Detroit, Cleveland, Seattle and Jacksonville in the NFL.

Must be a hater.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    We are going to Mitchell (home of the Corn Palace!) tonight

    ***

    Why don’t you visit Sacramento (home of the Cornhole!) MR … ?

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dakota,

    By the way dude, you scare the crap out of me. lol
    Due to a few posts from you now and before. I think you are either very educated, or you have a lot of interst in that area. ;)

    CIA agent!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Dakota is a crack internet looker upper.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I do believe in waterboarding….

  • http://atm Raider O

    BSJ,

    LMAO

    Boy, you crazy!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    where did S&B run off to?

    we were having a good discussion!

  • r8rpaver

    What kind of dogs Dakota ?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    one lab-chocolate

  • http://atm Raider O

    Daughter just woke up, going to go play.
    Later Nation.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DHB really should be able to beat out Javon Walker…right?

    Again, hate to beat this drum…but DHB was a top 10 pick. Walker is slow and washed up…but who knows…stranger things have happened.

    ***

    If anybody beats out Heyward-Bey to start opposite Chaz Schilens I think it’ll be Higgins or Murphy – not Walker.

    Javon Walker has a total of 41 catches and 1 TD over the last 2 years combined …

  • RaiderRockstar

    have fun Raider O …

    barbies or a tea party?

  • RaiderRockstar

    waterboard Walker is he sprays any more champagne.

    waterboard Fargas if he shows up in any more rap videos that promote smoking weed.

    waterboard Russell if he gains any more weight.

    waterboard Cable if he keeps Cornell Green and Hiram Eugene in the starting lineup.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Cable said DHB and Mitchell fill huge needs so if anyone beats them out, even this season, they are BUSTS imo!

  • http://atm Raider O

    R8,

    Yard and tools, she loves it!!

    I really have to go now, later guys.

  • r8rpaver

    I have an 8 month old black lab…Cant keep him out of the pool

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    r8rpaver

    Mine loves the river…especially chasing the ducks!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    time to go pack…see ya

  • RaiderRockstar

    later Dakota. enjoy the drive bro!

  • RaiderRockstar

    hey Jerry, how about a new fix?

  • The Big Banana

    Just got back from Vegas. The good news? No sightings of Javon Walker spraying champagne.

    Saw Paul Pierce and Tracy McGrady there.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I thought the capital of Jordan was Lamont.
    ____________________________________________________

    no Lamont is their currency…

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    The Big Banana Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Just got back from Vegas. The good news? No sightings of Javon Walker spraying champagne.
    ____________________________________________________

    or lying in the streets after a beatdown

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I thought the capital of Jordan was Lamont.
    ____________________________________________________

    no Lamont is their currency…

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    100 dummies = 1 Lamont

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Oakland Raiders’ Top Four Camp Battles

    By Hollund Shaf

    Heading into the 2009 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders have several interesting battles emerging before the start of training camp. How these four camp storylines play out will have a direct effect on the team’s fortunes.

    4. Michael Huff vs. Mike Mitchell (Safety)

    When the Raiders drafted Huff seventh overall in 2006, they thought that they added a playmaker in the consensus first team All-American safety who won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back.

    Three lost seasons followed in which Huff accounted for only one interception and one sack for the Raiders, including numerous botched assignments that culminated in Huff’s eventual benching.

    Enter Mike Mitchell, a ferocious hitting safety drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft. The Raiders envision Mitchell as a playmaker in the Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott mold who has the chance to make an immediate impact.

    Winner: Huff

    Mitchell may be the future in Oakland who will see the field extensively in 2009, but Huff should enter the season as the starter and will be given a chance to finally find his niche in the NFL.

    With Mitchell breathing down his neck, Huff needs to perform early in the season, or 2009 could be his swan song in Oakland.

    3. Mario Henderson vs. Khalif Barnes (Left Tackle)

    Henderson, a third-round pick in 2007 who had been deemed a project by former head coach Lane Kiffin, blossomed late in 2008 when given playing time.

    As a starter, Henderson held the likes of Mario Williams and Gaines Adams off the stat sheet and quarterback JaMarcus Russell off the turf.

    One of coach Tom Cable’s main objectives heading into this offseason was to sign offensive lineman Khalif Barnes, whom Cable thinks will fit in well with the zone blocking scheme that Oakland employs.

    Barnes stated that he signed in Oakland to play left tackle and has had some success at the position during his four years in Jacksonville.

    Winner: Henderson

    Anyone who has followed the NFL at all knows that Al Davis has the final say in every aspect of the Oakland Raiders.

    If the way Davis was gushing about Henderson’s play at the end of the season is any indication, Henderson will start the season at left tackle, with Barnes settling in on the right side of the line.

    2. Justin Fargas vs. Darren McFadden vs. Michael Bush (Running Back)

    Perhaps no one in the NFL plays with more guts than Justin Fargas, who has overcome injury to become a productive back in the NFL. Fargas blends a drive and ferocity that undoubtedly rubs off on his teammates.

    Overcoming injury is something Michael Bush is familiar with as well.

    A former star running back at Louisville, Bush suffered a severely broken leg in his senior season, causing his draft stock to fall from the first round down to the fourth, where Oakland seems to have landed a gem.

    Considered the top talent in the 2008 NFL draft, Darren McFadden landed in Oakland as the fourth overall pick. With draft measurables that matched his lofty collegiate stats, McFadden is the playmaker Oakland sorely needs.

    Winner: Bush

    If Coach Cable can integrate all three backs into a cohesive, productive unit, Oakland will have a running game to be reckoned with, and as a result, the whole Raider offense wins.

    Fargas is a great character guy who gives his all and McFadden has the jaw-dropping abilities, but Bush has the edge, being the most durable of the three.

    1. JaMarcus Russell vs. Jeff Garcia

    Drafted with the first overall pick in 2007, Russell has jaw-dropping abilities and all the measurables to develop into a franchise quarterback.

    After a holdout sabotaged his rookie season, Russell was anointed the starter in 2008 and showed glimpses of what he could become with the right work ethic and determination.

    Jeff Garcia is the antithesis of Russell. What Garcia lacks in talent, he more than makes up for with intangibles. The four-time Pro Bowler went undrafted in 1994 and has had to prove himself every step of the way.

    Shortly after signing with Oakland as a mentor for Russell, Garcia made his intentions of challenging Russell for the job known.

    Winner: Russell

    Russell is the incumbent, and little will change. Garcia will provide the perfect motivation for Russell to succeed and develop into a franchise quarterback. Garcia provides a great option if Russell falters or is injured.

    Among all this competition there is a common thread: The Oakland Raiders are collecting pieces of a successful franchise. Putting the pieces together and restoring the silver and black to prominence is the battle that lies ahead.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    BSJ

    “100 dummies = 1 Lamont”

    Bwahahaha

  • RaiderRockstar

    NCAA statistics show that nine out of 10,000 high school seniors who play football will one day be drafted by a National Football League team. Raiders DE Derrick Gray wasn’t one of those nine players and he’s taken the hard road to make it in the NFL. That’s just fine with him.

    Growing up in Silver Spring, Md., the spotlight was elusive for Gray. Most of the attention was grabbed by a talented wide receiver from nearby McDonogh High School named Darrius Heyward-Bey. “I didn’t know him before I got here but I used to follow him a lot,” said Gray. “He was a big name back home.”

    Heyward-Bey went on to excel at the University of Maryland, and joined his fellow Silver Spring-native in Oakland after the Raiders selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Gray took a different route to Oakland, enrolling first at Texas Southern University – a Historically Black College roughly 1,500 miles from his hometown.

    It wasn’t until his senior year when Gray began to catch the eyes of NFL scouts. He finished that season as a one of the leaders of the Tigers’ Maroon “Mean Streak” Defense and became one of the most disruptive pass rushers in college football. Gray finished the year tied for the league lead with an average of 2.2 tackles for a loss per game and he also contributed nine sacks, good enough to tie him for 10th best in the Football Championship Series (FCS) division.

    Despite all he accomplished that year, Gray flew under the radar as the Tigers ended the season without a victory and he went undrafted. However, shortly after the draft, the Raiders provided him with an opportunity to continue his career as a rookie free agent.

    The chance to play in the NFL was a dream come true for Gray, but it presented some real challenges for someone coming from a small football program like TSU. “The transition was huge,” said Gray. “The quality of players you’re going against is better. Seeing the new facilities and all the things they have to help you get better as a player was amazing. I wasn’t used to seeing all those types of things that help you prepare as a football player.”

    After training camp, Gray was placed on the Raiders’ practice squad where he spent the entire 2008 season, but he’s determined to earn a spot on the active roster this season. With the help of Head Coach Tom Cable and new defensive coaches John Marshall and Dwaine Board, Gray is optimistic about his chances.

    Gray says that Coach Cable is doing things differently this offseason than they were done last summer. “He’s forcing all the players to work harder and by doing that, he’s making us cling tighter to each other because we have to pull and motivate one another,” said Gray. “We have to keep pushing and pushing. It’s not easy to just get through the day. You have to really come in here locked in ready to work.”

    The change is good for Gray, who hopes to make the 2009 team and help the Raiders return to their winning ways. “(It’s going to take) consistent hard work,” said Gray. “That’s all I’m going to do, just continue to work hard and be focused.”

    If his hard work pays off, Gray will earn his spot and Raider fans can expect to see No. 92 in the middle of the action on game day.

    By Drew Christensen (Raiders official website)

  • 4evaRaider

    thats 2 funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    well, im heading in to city, to listen to some blues @ Mojo’s…

    see ya guys, take care…

  • RaiderRockstar

    DE Derrick Gray says:

    Coach Cable is doing things differently this offseason than they were done last summer. “He’s forcing all the players to work harder and by doing that, he’s making us cling tighter to each other because we have to pull and motivate one another,” said Gray. “We have to keep pushing and pushing. It’s not easy to just get through the day. You have to really come in here locked in ready to work.”

    ***

    awesome! thats what I like to hear …

  • 4evaRaider

    take care LMN

  • RaiderRockstar

    later LMN !

  • Radrj

    Running is the least of our problems. CNN-SI is braindead. The question is: Does Jamarcus have the brains to win football games? Rumor has it he can’t remember the plays. Anybody, any truth to this? I know Kenny Stabler said the game doesn’t come easy to him.

  • 4evaRaider

    Like I said B4 Jmac started instantly,no other Raider QB had 2 do that.Its a lot 2 digest but if he really tries I know he can do it.He must give it his all

  • priesttj

    First of all Kenny never said that, and rumors arfe just that rumors.

    WOW! it’s really amazing how the negative always gets repeated about Russell. Now he the rumor is he can’t remember plays. What’s next he’s retarded?

    You people need to quit. But it’s obvious you never will.

  • hawk99

    The article considers QB as well, so it seems JM brings Raidas down to #28…If he forgot Bush, then Raidas have to be moved a few spots with him included.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    “Russell said the system is similar to the one he’s learned his first two years with the Raiders. “But it has different terminology,” added Russell, who seems excited about the adjustments made under Cable and new assistants Paul Hackett and Ted Tollner.”
    ————————–
    Stabler:”It came easy to me. I played in much simpler times. Once I learned the system and the great players around me, it was ‘go play’ and things came easy for me.”
    ___________________________

    Stabler’s time was a time of stability. Russell’s time, is a time of chaos.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj

    Stabler Did say that. Why don’t you take a breath and consider before you berate someone as being ill-informed.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/15167220

  • r8rpaver

    KK bingo…We must have stability

  • priesttj

    I simply can’t believe you guy’s let Jerry legitimize crap like that stupid article as if it means anything at all.

    You should be more responsible for you’re own opinions.

  • priesttj

    I heard the interview live and he never said it. He said he didn’t know if the game came easy to Russell. How in hell could Kenny say the game doesn’t come easy to someone else. That’s for Russell to say. And Kenny would never be soo presumptuous.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:

    May 28th, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    I simply can’t believe you guy’s let Jerry legitimize crap like that stupid article as if it means anything at all.

    You should be more responsible for you’re own opinions.
    ———————
    The only people responsible for your opinions are the Raider PR Dept.

  • priesttj

    You can log onto KNBR.com the Brooks and Fitz show and listen to it yourself. Instead of reading editorials.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj

    You’re lying as usual:
    “He has all the tools,” Stabler said. “He’s big, strong, can move around and has a big arm. But from what I understand, the game doesn’t come easy to him.

    “It came easy to me. I played in much simpler times. Once I learned the system and the great players around me, it was ‘go play’ and things came easy for me.

    Things don’t come easy to JaMarcus.”

    No, they don’t. But coach Tom Cable said Wednesday the Raiders’ revamped offense is indeed being simplified. Cable added that “a tremendous amount of new stuff” must be learned, including a heavier dose of down-the-field throws that cater to Russell’s bazooka arm.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/15167220

    Why don’t you keep yourself informed, instead of worrying about what other people read?

  • Radrj

    Priesttj, Trust me, nobody wants to see Jamarcus succeed more than us. He was out of shape coming into camp last season, and took awhile to look good (last 2 games). I pray he is ready to go, and has the desire to be a winner!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Cultists never want their flock to read the newspaper.

  • priesttj

    You can read the paper and listen as well. What’s wrong with listening to Kenny himself instead of reading what someone else has to say about what he said?

    And then form your own opinion.

  • priesttj

    You should form your own opinion and not allow someone else to do it for you.

  • priesttj

    I don’t need you to show me, I heard it LIVE.

  • priesttj

    KK why so angry? Just let them listen for themselves.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Because, I don’t like Liars!