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McFadden puts fumbles behind him

Darren McFadden didn’t try and hide his disappointment.

“I can’t even lie, it’s been hard for me this week because I’ve been thinking about it,” McFadden said Wednesday. “That’s something you just have to try and shake it off, come back from it in the next game. It’s all about having a short memory.”

The fumbling was a recurrence of an old college problem. One of the few knocks on McFadden when he came out of Arkansas as one of the most decorated backs in Southeastern Conference history was his 23 fumbles, nine of which were lost.

When McFadden was drafted, former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said more than half of the fumbles where when he was either returning kickoffs or playing quarterback in the Wildcat, taking violent shots as opposed to straight handoffs in traffic.

In the 23-3 loss to Denver, McFadden fumbled three times on routine running plays _ including one at the 6-yard line which was recovered by Brian Dawkins that essentially closed the door on any chance the Raiders had of making things interesting. He’s fumbled seven times as an NFL player.

“That’s what it mainly is, falling back into a bad habit. If you don’t think about it much, just going out there running, it doesn’t have to be a big hit,” McFadden said. “It’s just as simple as guy knocking it when they’re tackling you and the ball just comes out.”

Through 18 games, McFadden’s professional career has been one long fuse that went off once in Week 2 last year but has mostly fizzled out. Aside from his 164-yard game against the Chiefs last season, McFadden has broken 100 yards in combined rushing and receiving only once _ getting 46 yards rushing and 68 receiving last season against New England.

In either area he hasn’t approached what the Raiders hoped for when he was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft. As a runner, McFadden has struggled to turn the downhill zone-blocked runs into steady gains and the Raiders seem more intent on going that way than attacking the perimeter.

“it’s just the type of offense that we run,” McFadden said. “You have to go for it and keep hitting, you get 2 or 3 yards here and there and finally the big one will come so you just have to keep hitting and keep pounding it until you get that open space.”

It hasn’t helped that opponents are crowding the line of scrimmage to choke off the run in hopes of forcing Russell to pass, although McFadden thinks the yards should come anyway.

“It’s very frustrating but I feel I’ve played against a lot of eight-man boxes throughout my career, college, Little League, high school ,whatever it was,” McFadden said. “It’s just something you have to keep pushing, try to shake it off and come back out the next week and try to do it better, a better job.”

Good news could be on the way in the form of a Houston defense ranked 32nd against the run (204.7 yards per game).

More to come later following Tom Cable’s post-pracitce press briefing . . .

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  • 4evaRaider

    lots of posts

  • 4evaRaider

    yep look ahead baby

  • 4evaRaider

    Soo this game we SHOULD WIN…

    Now lets see ‘em DO IT

  • 4evaRaider

    Dont rush Chazz back either

  • ottocrat

    I don’t think Davis travels with the team anymore. Look for a win on Sunday. The Raiders may even go 8-8. All of those losses occurring at home, of course.

  • Einstein

    This is my take on the Raider Hating that is so rampant lately. Look at it this way. All the “current” media, all of them, news, internet, tv, etc.. even broadcasters are at the age now where they once either played against the Raiders or rooted against the Raiders. The Raider teams they played or rooot against at that time were some of the best teams to ever dawn the Silver and Black. Tom Jackson, ESPN, as an example. Jim Nance (former player), Dan Marino, Boomer, Shannon, the list goes on and on. All former players who were smacked around by the Raider or watched their favorite teams lose to the Raiders. With all this being said, F THEM. F THEM ALL. They are just haters. We will return, and for the FIRST time in my life, I admit, it will only happen when Al Davis isn’t physically attached to this team anymore. He must go.

  • Einstein

    Why does anyone think for one second that “Chaz’s” return will magically make things better? JaMeatball SUCKS.

  • Einstein

    Is Chaz a five time pro bowller, future hall of famer or something? He had what, TWO good games? As many good games as our fat azz QB.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    The only way McFumble breaks a big one, is if the defender falls down, and McFumble doesn’t trip over his own shadow…

  • alisgod

    Einstein,

    Chazz aint no probowlers. But he is the best thing we got on the team next to Miller as a receiving option. Get it?

  • 4evaRaider

    Einstein…

    Surely you can see the diffrence between Chazz and Jmac cant you???

  • Einstein

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Einstein…

    Surely you can see the diffrence between Chazz and Jmac cant you???

    ———————————————————-

    Yeah, I can see the difference, it’s about 200 lbs…

  • LA to TheBay

    Ricky,

    You caught my last post right?

    Hey, I figured out why uou know the injury report so well and hate the Raiders organization.

    Here’s what happened:

    Ricky is a down-on-his-luck ambulance chaser. Small potatos. Laughed at. He was tormented throughout his miserable childhood by his father, a Raider fan, and made fun of for his feminine ways by his mother, an alcoholic.

    All of which translated into a lousy career as a writer. Writing nothing of merit, ridiculed by professional critics and amateurs alike, he turned to the gay nightlife offered by the Castro District in San Fransisico, where he met the love of his life, Alex Smith, and the two had a torrid love affair.

    Yes, Ricky cheated on his wife, but she didn’t really notice (she was never home and Ricky just couldn’t figure out why).

    He decided to pursue a career as a personal injury lawyer. Representing few and making less, of course he turned to drugs, which his kids scored him on the playground from drug-peddling malcontents (Raider fans, of course).

    On one of his many low-profile cases, a sports injury that was overlooked by “crack” Raider medical staffers, came across his desk and he decided this was his big break.

    Well, he was squashed like a bug (an action made easier, as he had no spine) by the Raiders front office and received a letter from Al Davis personally, saying he was squashed for cause.

    From that moment on, Ricky vowed to post asanine comments on the internet and call Raider fans ‘peanuts,’ in an effort to get back at the organization that so wronged him.

    In a partially related story, Ricky had his manhood taken by Gerald Perry during a stay at a Los Angeles County Jail facility when he was arrested one weekend while visiting relatives in the area.

  • DirtyBathWater

    No Chaz, no JLH…….its WALKER TIME!!!!!!

  • Einstein

    Mark Sanchez
    Joe Flacco
    Matt Ryan
    Mathew Stafford

    Any reason why we can’t or shouldn’t expect our fat azz QB to at LEAST perform as well or even close as those QB’s? DAM IT MAN.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    McFadden better figure it out or he will soon be known as McFumble

  • r8eray

    Hope Super Mario puts him out for the season!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
    Einstein if it helps you any NFL network still cares.
    In all fairness I have talked abotu ESPNs coverage since the draft but right now the Raiders from the top down are proving them right. It is not just the fact we are loosing games. Right now we are doing it with no class!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81309e9a&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true
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    Einstein Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    This is my take on the Raider Hating that is so rampant lately. Look at it this way. All the “current” media, all of them, news, internet, tv, etc.. even broadcasters are at the age now where they once either played against the Raiders or rooted against the Raiders. The Raider teams they played or rooot against at that time were some of the best teams to ever dawn the Silver and Black. Tom Jackson, ESPN, as an example. Jim Nance (former player), Dan Marino, Boomer, Shannon, the list goes on and on. All former players who were smacked around by the Raider or watched their favorite teams lose to the Raiders. With all this being said, F THEM. F THEM ALL. They are just haters. We will return, and for the FIRST time in my life, I admit, it will only happen when Al Davis isn’t physically attached to this team anymore. He must go. word.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    LA = Post 13 is too funny!

  • Plunketthead

    I thought the poor young man was already known as McFumbles. He needs to carry that ball with him the entire time he is at practice. Everybody on the team should try to knock it out of his hands all day long. After awhile McFumbles will get a nasty attitude and start protecting the ball. Then he wont be known as fumbles.

  • Plunketthead

    Then we can start calling him Twinkletoes and work on breaking tackles.

  • Roch R

    Since Ryan Leaf was drafted 2nd overall, and JaMarcus was drafted 1st overall, would that make JR a bigger bust than Leaf??

    Is JaMarcus the biggest bust of all time?

    Fact is Mr. Russell, if you don’t do the work in the off season, it shows all season. Hmmm maybe you may want to think about things like work ethic, you know that thing that your coach mentioned all summer.

    I know you heard me booing on Sunday, this is why.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    We need to then teach him how to tie his cleats! lol

  • DT42

    Maybe this week we see some actual zone blocking with some cut blocking on the weakside. Then we will see big gains on McFadden cutting back. I’ve only seen one run in which the RB’s were able to cut back and that was Bush vs. SD and that was becuase Merriman was out of position.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Yahoo’s Charles Robinson = bust

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From Yahoo’s Charles Robinson:
    Heyward-Bey should be on the bench solving a crossword puzzle
    Let’s just get the cards on the table: Oakland Raiders rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) has been awful. Watching him play, he’s what NFL coaches like to refer to as a “run around guy”, meaning Heyward-Bey runs around a lot without really accomplishing anything. In fact, other than annually employing a few municipal workers – taxes on $38.25 million will employ a lot of garbage men – he’s done virtually nothing. Three starts have produced one catch for 18 yards.

    If that number sounds bad, I’d advise Raiders fans to review the team’s first three games while just focusing on Heyward-Bey. It will make you wish you had Ted Ginn Jr.(notes) the rest of the season. It might even make you wish you had Troy Williamson(notes), who is currently on injured reserve and also, you know, Troy Williamson.

    Fortunately for Oakland, the alternative to Heyward-Bey is about to get a little more appealing. Chaz Schilens(notes) will be returning from his foot injury in the coming days, giving quarterback JaMarcus Russell(notes) a 6-foot-5, 225-pound target to throw at (I’d say throw to, but who are we kidding). Based on how he looked up until the foot injury, Schilens is this team’s No. 1 wideout. The question is, will the Raiders do the right thing and send Heyward-Bey to the bench, and keep fourth-round pick Louis Murphy(notes) in the starting lineup? If they have recognized what the rest of us have, Murphy has been leaps and bounds better in the early going

    Of course, we’ve seen money and draft status dictate Russell’s standing over the last few months in this franchise, so you have to believe this isn’t going to end with the logical decision.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I want to see the Texans (like the donks) line Andre Johnson up in the slot and the Raiders have a LB try to cover him. Even TE Owen Daniels covered by a Lb is a mismatch …

    Steve Slaton & Chris Brown saw what Buckhalter & Moreno did last week and they are licking their chops!

    I said all that to say this… Raiders win 28-24

    McFadden/Bush/Fargas combine for 250 rush yards and 3 TD’s. Higgins, Miller or the defense will also put a TD on the board

  • RaiderRockstar

    I keep waiting to see a post by Jerry Mac titled ” Russell puts bag of doughnuts behind him”

    hey, barack was elected president. ANYTHING can happen!

  • ottocrat

    Note to Al Davis: Don’t forget to Die, DIe, DIE!!!! DIE DIE DIE DIE!!!!!!

  • Chrisco

    The Youth Movement failed….time to give anyone, even Mr. King of No Production Walker, a chance at DHBs spot at this point.

    I’m rooting for DMC, too much talent for him not to break out…watch out Houston!

  • Nnamdi21

    Garcia back in black?

    Don’t think so…

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/exclusives

  • ottocrat

    JaManatee

  • LA to TheBay

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    LA = Post 13 is too funny!
    ———————————-
    Thanks. True story.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Do you Einsteins ever wonder why otherwise top ten talent, comes here to die, over and over and over again, year after year?

    There’s evil in the palace, it smells of death and decomposing flesh.

  • Stabler76

    Plunketthead,

    You are making me laugh out loud, here at my work.

  • Nnamdi21

    Today, I’m having a hard time giving a ufk about ANYTHING Raider.

    Always be a fan, but seriously, after 6 seasons of **** I’m having a so ***ing what day.

    Sick of slacking losers in silver and black.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m rooting for DMC, too much talent for him not to break out…watch out Houston!

    ***

    same could be said for DHB. Only DMC’s production depends on the run blocking ability of the o-line, which has been very good for 2-3 years. DHB’s production depends upon Russell’s accuracy and decision making, which has been very bad the past 19 starts.

    Trade DHB to Indy, New England, Cincy, Pittsburg, Baltimore or Houston. another AFC team with a solid QB. watch him become an instant star and dominate for 7-9 years.

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    I’m rooting for DMC, too much talent for him not to break out…watch out Houston!

    ***

    same could be said for DHB. Only DMC’s production depends on the run blocking ability of the o-line, which has been very good for 2-3 years. DHB’s production depends upon Russell’s accuracy and decision making, which has been very bad the past 19 starts.

    ===================================

    The O line has struggled all year so far. 3rd string center in Chris Morris, Gallery out, Carlisle football old, Green is Green, Henderson in his first year starting.

    Russell had about 7 games last year where he was adequate.

  • ragin

    mcfadden is gonna blow up texaints….

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk. later fellers

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    JerryMac says that McFadden put the fumbles behind him. That’s the direction I remember the ball going as well! LMFAO

  • LA to TheBay

    I sincerely hope that the coaching staff actually has an opponent in mind when they create their gameplan, as opposed to “go deep.”

    Running the ball will be key.

    Move the chains. High percentage.

    Hit ‘em in the mouth, Oakland.

  • Florida Pete

    Jamarcus is not a failure…

    he is failing…

    big difference…

  • LA to TheBay

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 3:12 pm
    JerryMac says that McFadden put the fumbles behind him. That’s the direction I remember the ball going as well! LMFAO
    ——————————–
    me too, lol.

    Ex LA, Jerry is trying to steal Raiderbeat’s thunder, huh?

    Comments section is crap, but ‘ol Wex has strung some good material together and is at every road game.

    McDonald’s can’t save ya, Jerry, Wex has the Raider Image.

  • Einstein

    JaMarcus is a failure.

  • ragin

    wait and see, I’m selling bandwagon tickets…

  • Florida Pete

    Florida Pete Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    Jamarcus is not a failure…

    he is failing…

    big difference…

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

    looks like i did that time travel thingy again…

    i hate it when i break the laws of physics…

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Pete, I fly ahead 4 min’s, you?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    See all your comments tomorrow nation!

    Go Raiders

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Pete, it = 1min 20sec’s per time zone.