On second thought, a Darren McFadden-Michael Bush tandem could be the plan in 2010.
Raiders coach Tom Cable’s postseason stance until Wednesday was he was hoping to identify a lead back which could upgrade a running game which sagged in 2009.
“I think they’re both doing something exciting each day, whether it’s running the ball or pass protecting,” Cable said. “Each one of them has their own strength but they both show up every time we come out here. I actually think their both (No. 1s) and I think it’s a great deal we got going here.”
Bush remained diplomatic saying, “My motto is, `You call it, I’ll haul it,’ so I don’t have a preference as long as I get the ball.” He said he had no idea what the coaches had in store for him but that competition has been stressed.
“We’re two different guys, two different backs, two different players, hopefully they just use us the best we can,” Bush said.
Bush, despite his 240-pound plus payload, chuckles when he is referred to as a power runner, saying, “It’s just me being a bigger guy that makes it seem like that.”
So there’s Bush, the big back who thinks of himself as something else, and McFadden, the supposed breakaway threat who averaged 3.4 yards per carry and has too often gone down too easily.
Asked about the perceived weaknesses in McFadden’s game as a scrimmage runner, Cable acknowledged the Raiders’ top pick in 2008 still has to prove himself in that area.
“I think it’s a mentality thing. I think that we do talk about it,” Cable said. ` I think we’re doing some things (during practice drills) that actually help him a little bit in terms of ball security and having to get down near the ground and keep your balance, those kind of things. But I think he hears it and he’ll do something about it. I believe that.”
Walker has elbow surgery
Neglected to mention earlier today that right tackle Langston Walker missed practice after having elbow surgery which Cable said was not serious.
“(Walker) had some elbow clean-up surgery, taking out some loose bodies, some things like that,” Cable said. “Nothing big, just so we’re ready to go to camp. Felt like it was the right time to do it.”
Erik Pears took the first team snaps at right tackle.