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Camp questions: Can Bush be a beast?

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 1:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

With the start of training camp 16 days away, the first in a series of questions or issues which will begin to be sorted out in Napa:

Can Michael Bush be convinced that he’s a big back?

During a routine locker room interview last season where he was referred to as a “big back” Bush smiled and rejected the label, the inference being that he may be big, but is also skilled. Once upon a time, he recoiled at the thought of playing fullback even when the club needed him there because of injury.

In a sense, Bush is right. He has excellent hands and is nimble afoot. He sees himself as multi-talented _ a former quarterback who can do many things but just happened to settle in as a running back.

But where Bush can help the Raiders the most by getting in touch with his inner beast. It’s been an ongoing goal of Raiders coaches. During a full-contact goal line scrimmage one night, former coach Lane Kiffin ran Bush into the middle where he was stopped by a ferocious hit by Kirk Morrison short of the goal line.

What did Kiffin do? He said Bush had actually scored the touchdown, and talked up the play to the media. It was as if Kiffin was hoping Bush would become a short-yardage and goal line threat by proclaiming it to be so, sort of like the way former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda nicknamed a young Orel Hershiser “Bulldog” because tenacity was the trait he wanted him to acquire.

Hue Jackson’s arrival has signified some power blocking to go with the zone scheme. He talked tough on the field about not caring about whether the defense knows it’s a run, because he’s going to run it anyway.

With Justin Fargas gone and Darren McFadden’s skills as a pure runner still an open question, Bush needs to come out of Napa convinced he’s a power back to help balance an improved passing game.

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  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Thec07 Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Wigg, what up Brethren? the “so-calleds” beleive they are GOD’s choosen…
    -======================================================
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    All religions believe they are the only way. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc. More people are killed for religious conflict than any other reason. The Koran separates into believers and infidels. Jews into Jews and Goyim. Christians do the same. Hindus fight Sikh.
    That’s it for my religious take.
    ——–
    Guess who’s on a misson for “god”?
    Sharron Angle Latest Republican to Claim God is on Her Side
    http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/sharron-angle-latest-republican-to-claim-god-on-her-side

    The balls on these Republicans. Besides any race claiming they “read” the mind of god!?!?!?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Brian Westbrook plans to play for “a good, quality football team”

    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 14, 2010 12:29 PM ET

    Brian Westbrook remains one of the highest-profile free agents in the NFL, but with training camps opening this month, he says he has multiple suitors and expects to sign with the right team soon.

    “My goal is to go to a good, quality football team that can win,” Westbrook told the Oakland Tribune.

    Westbrook says he’s been talking to “six or seven” teams, including the Raiders, and that he’ll sign just as soon as he determines what the “right place” is.

    And when Westbrook finally does play, he says he’ll be better than he was in 2009 because he’s healthier than he was in 2009.

    “That’s why I know this season is gonna be different,” Westbrook said, “because I’ve got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There’s no doubt about it when I go out and I’m healthy. This year I’m healthy. No excuses.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hope Lions waive Maurice Morris, and I hope we will sign him and make him FB… I hope he can play that, though he never had in NFL

    ***

    LMN: Mo Morris is 5’11″ 202 lbs and 30 years old

    in comparison, Justin Fargas is 6’1″ 220 lbs and 30 years old

    are you sure you want this guy at FB?

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

    Brian Westbrook plans to play for “a good, quality football team”

    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 14, 2010 12:29 PM ET

    Brian Westbrook remains one of the highest-profile free agents in the NFL, but with training camps opening this month, he says he has multiple suitors and expects to sign with the right team soon.

    “My goal is to go to a good, quality football team that can win,” Westbrook told the Washington Post.

    Westbrook says he’s been talking to “six or seven” teams, including the Redskins, and that he’ll sign just as soon as he determines what the “right place” is.

    And when Westbrook finally does play, he says he’ll be better than he was in 2009 because he’s healthier than he was in 2009.

    “That’s why I know this season is gonna be different,” Westbrook said, “because I’ve got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There’s no doubt about it when I go out and I’m healthy. This year I’m healthy. No excuses.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/14/brian-westbrook-plans-to-play-for-a-good-quality-football-team/

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

    mariohenderson @RaiderDogg thats my fav part
    about 6 hours ago

    RaiderDogg @mariohenderson Boats and ho’s
    about 18 hours ago via web in reply to mariohenderson

    Just finished cookin fried hotdogs, and scrambled eggs w/ cheez so its time to eat and watch one of my favorite movies Step Brothers

    -Mario Henderson about 20 hours ago via web

    http://twitter.com/mariohenderson

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

    LOL Dogg.

  • RaiderRockstar

    According to sources the Lakers offered free agent guard raja bell a multi-year deal at 1.8 mil. per year and Raja Bell is not interested. Instead, he is telling sources he would like to go play for the Miami Heat (shocker). – CBS Sports

    “Dallas is definitely in the top three for me,” said Bell, who mentioned that Miami and Orlando are also among his preferred destinations due to having so much family in Florida. – ESPN

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Lakers will not sign Raja Bell, according to an top-ranked official within the Lakers’ front office.

    Despite being endorsed by Kobe Bryant, the journeyman guard has rejected the Lakers’ multi-year contract offer of $1.8 million per year.

    After missing most of the 2009-2010 NBA season with a wrist injury, Raja Bell has made a full recovery and is ready to play in the upcoming season.

    Bell is viewed as a tough, veteran roleplayer among league executives, many of whom respect the swingman’s tough defense and sharp accuracy from the perimeter.

    Raja Bell has indicated to the Laker front office that he intends to sign with the Miami Heat or Orlando Magic.

    With Bell no longer an option, the Lakers will turn to other available free agent guards.

    By John Haverford (Bleacher Report)

  • Drexl

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Brian Westbrook plans to play for “a good, quality football team”

    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 14, 2010 12:29 PM ET

    Brian Westbrook remains one of the highest-profile free agents in the NFL, but with training camps opening this month, he says he has multiple suitors and expects to sign with the right team soon.

    “My goal is to go to a good, quality football team that can win,” Westbrook told the Oakland Tribune.

    Westbrook says he’s been talking to “six or seven” teams, including the Raiders, and that he’ll sign just as soon as he determines what the “right place” is.

    And when Westbrook finally does play, he says he’ll be better than he was in 2009 because he’s healthier than he was in 2009.

    “That’s why I know this season is gonna be different,” Westbrook said, “because I’ve got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There’s no doubt about it when I go out and I’m healthy. This year I’m healthy. No excuses.”
    ————————————————-
    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Brian Westbrook plans to play for “a good, quality football team”

    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 14, 2010 12:29 PM ET

    Brian Westbrook remains one of the highest-profile free agents in the NFL, but with training camps opening this month, he says he has multiple suitors and expects to sign with the right team soon.

    “My goal is to go to a good, quality football team that can win,” Westbrook told the Washington Post.

    Westbrook says he’s been talking to “six or seven” teams, including the Redskins, and that he’ll sign just as soon as he determines what the “right place” is.

    And when Westbrook finally does play, he says he’ll be better than he was in 2009 because he’s healthier than he was in 2009.

    “That’s why I know this season is gonna be different,” Westbrook said, “because I’ve got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There’s no doubt about it when I go out and I’m healthy. This year I’m healthy. No excuses.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/14/brian-westbrook-plans-to-play-for-a-good-quality-football-team/
    ———————————————
    Translation: my head hurts, but I can run fast.

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

    Hilarious. If Michael Huff had to put together a Family Feud team it would include Kirk, Nnamdi, Sapp and THoward.

    Sapp?

    http://twitter.com/Huffy247

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the Bulls have interest in Raja Bell, a free agent shooting guard who was waived by Golden State at the end of last season.

    Bryant once said he had “bigger fish to fry” than Bell after a squabble with the former Phoenix Suns guard, but now Bryant is hoping the Lakers can reel him in with what’s left of their midlevel exception: $1.77 million next season.

    Bell, who will be 34 in September, played only six games with Charlotte and Golden State last season because of a torn ligament in his left wrist, but he is a career 41.1% three-point shooter and still capable of solid on-ball defense.

    Bell to the Lakers is not a sure thing. He is having discussions with five other teams — Miami, Chicago, San Antonio, Portland and Utah — and will not make up his mind until next week, said his agent, Herb Rudoy

    In terms of his profile as a player, Bell ticks every box. The Bulls need a defender at the two guard spot, someone athletic enough to keep up with a high tempo game while also being a good shooter from outside; Raja Bell is all of these things. He is aging and declining, and as mentioned above is coming off a serious injury – nevertheless, before he was injured, he was still good.

    The Bulls have more money to sign him than the Lakers do. The Lakers have no cap space, used their Bi Annual Exception last year to re-sign Shannon Brown, and used the majority of their MLE to sign Steve Blake. If it comes down to money, the Bulls are firmly ahead of the Lakers.

    -Mark Deeks (Chicago Now)

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

    —”The Baltimore Sun predicts that NT Terrence Cody will have the biggest impact among all of the Ravens’ rookies this season. Cody’s competition isn’t exactly stiff, with top Ravens pick Sergio Kindle backing up Jarret Johnson, and mid-round TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta competing to be second on the depth chart. Cody will have to revamp his body in order to be an every-down player, but he’ll help right away in rushing situations”—

    I still cry myself to sleep each night :/

  • aig

    Hey anyone up for creating a Fantasy Football League on Yahoo?

  • J Wiggle

    Bleacher Report ??!!??!?!?

    Orlando already said no thanks and signed quentin richardson.

    Miami also said no thanks and went with Miller and Haslem.

    Unless he Bell intends onl playing for the minimum, he better keep that appointment with KB24.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hey anyone up for creating a Fantasy Football League on Yahoo?

    ***

    AIG: is the one Dell created full already ???

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

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I hope Lions waive Maurice Morris, and I hope we will sign him and make him FB… I hope he can play that, though he never had in NFL

    ***

    LMN: Mo Morris is 5′11″ 202 lbs and 30 years old

    in comparison, Justin Fargas is 6′1″ 220 lbs and 30 years old

    are you sure you want this guy at FB?
    _______________________________________________________

    plenty of FB’s that are 5’11″, and 20 lbs is easy to get, just take a day or two in the school of Jamarcus..

    and age dont bother me at all…

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post KB24 worshippers!

  • Seymour Bush

    # RaiderTW Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Thec07 Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Wigg, what up Brethren? the “so-calleds” beleive they are GOD’s choosen…
    -======================================================
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    All religions believe they are the only way. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc. More people are killed for religious conflict than any other reason. The Koran separates into believers and infidels. Jews into Jews and Goyim. Christians do the same. Hindus fight Sikh.
    That’s it for my religious take.
    ——–
    Guess who’s on a misson for “god”?
    Sharron Angle Latest Republican to Claim God is on Her Side
    http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/sharron-angle-latest-republican-to-claim-god-on-her-side

    The balls on these Republicans. Besides any race claiming they “read” the mind of god!?!?!?
    =============================================

    That’s the conservatives only hope: To convince other conservative idiots that they have a direct line to God Almighty and that The Good Lord is completely pissed about US deficit spending. Of course God has already addressed these lying thieving conservatives 21 centuries ago. He called them “false prophets.”

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

    The Oakland Coliseum is a dump with a lesson
    By jhornberg in Minor Lines
    July 11, 2010

    Many of those who read the Advocate will never get to experience the wonder that is the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

    While on vacation in California visiting family and friends, I went with a couple of friends twice to this epic concrete failure of architecture to watch the Oakland Athletics battle their opponent of the day in front of a crowd that could usually be counted on one hand.

    When the A’s aren’t winning, Oakland fans stay home. And based on the surroundings, any person in their right mind can’t blame them.

    The Coliseum is built in one of America’s most dangerous cities, and is located in one of that city’s most dangerous areas. Outside the Coliseum’s parking lots is thuggery of a near epic proportion, and a walk to the nearby rapid-transit train can be harrowing when made on non-game days.

    And the conditions inside aren’t much better. Bleacher seats hang off a cliff, a good 20 to 30 feet off the playing field. There isn’t a good seat in the outfield, as most of them have obstructed views of the everything that isn’t the infield. You can’t sit in the upper deck any more — they’ve covered those seats with tarps because the A’s make no money by selling them. About half of the middle deck seats — or upper deck for A’s games — aren’t even in view of the scoreboards at the Coliseum.

    Coliseum attendants are rude wage slaves who act as though they hate their job as much as they hate you. Then again, if you spent your night watching A’s baseball, would you be happy?

    And then football season rolls around. By mid-August, the outfield will be a groundskeeper’s nightmare of dying grass and potholes from seating structure supports. The Oakland Raiders still haunt the Coliseum on Sundays, and their presence can be seen in the waning days of the season as the outfield grass slowly changes to match the color of the infield. It’s really a pathetic site to behold.

    The Coliseum is among the last of a deservedly dying breed – the convertible cookie cutter, circular in shape with nothing descript about it. Its concourses are so small it makes 15,000 people seem like a lot, but it’s seating bowl is so damn cavernous it swallows 35,000 whole (a sellout for the Athletics.)

    Right now, Oakland is the only team in MLB that plays in one and has no realistic plans to replace it. Florida will be moving out of its stadium in 2012 into a shiny new stadium built on top of the old Orange Bowl. There are plans, but nothing has been solid.

    Yet the Coliseum experience is one many fans need to experience. It’s something that baseball fans from newer generations need to see once in their lifetime, that baseball wasn’t always played in a theme park with trains and wonderful architecture. That life at the ballpark wasn’t always as idyllic as it is at the Juicebox.

    Sometimes, the stadium matches the harsh realities of the city it’s in and the team on the field. The Coliseum, for all its faults, seems fittingly drab.

    Rather, the sport spent the days before steroids wallowing in smelly pits best forgotten. Places built to accomodate more than one sport, and neither one in optimal conditions. The game was played in charmless concrete mazes better off blown up than remembered.

    http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblogs/almost-there/2010/jul/11/the-oakland-coliseum-is-a-dump-with-a-lesson/

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  • Raider J

    Bush and McFadden need to combine for 2500 total yds rush & rec. and 17 tds.

    ex) Bush 1200 rush 200 rec 10 tds
    McFadden 700 rush 400 rec 7 tds

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