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McFadden, Seymour fuel Raiders resurgence

And to think a few short months ago, Darren McFadden was a potential draft bust and Richard Seymour was an example of Bill Belichick picking the pocket of Al Davis.

Raiders coach Tom Cable has gone to great lengths to preach the team aspect, the “brotherhood” forged in training camp and a willingness of the 53-man roster to scratch, claw and fight.

Based on the Raiders 5-4 record at the bye, who is to doubt him?

But none of those qualities would mean a lot if McFadden hadn’t energized the offense and Seymour wasn’t the physical and emotional lynch pin of the defense.

Cable is fond of saying the Raiders always knew what they had in McFadden and that health was the lone issue with his performance. He immediately shot down any and all off-season and draft time trade rumors.

You never heard McFadden called a bust in this space, but I’ve openly wondered about whether his running style was a fit for the NFL and if maybe he was strictly a perimeter guy and a runner-receiver.

All the talk about McFadden’s skinny legs and inability to break tackles seems ridiculous every time he lowers his shoulder and drives into a defender to pick up an extra yard or three and finish off a run.

In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.

With the 49ers having a week to prepare and fairly secure in the knowledge that McFadden wouldn’t be in the lineup, Hue Jackson didn’t have nearly the versatility at his disposal as the Raiders gained 179 yards of total offense in a 17-9 defeat at Candlestick Park.

With McFadden back against Denver . . . you know the story.

The most important thing about the Raiders offense over the last seven games isn’t whether Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski is at quarterback or who made the decision, it’s keeping McFadden upright and explosive.

As for Seymour, his impact on the psyche of the team is illustrated in this CNN-SI story by Jim Trotter. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha recounted a conversation he had with Seymour at Rangers-Giants World Series game that spoke volumes.

Seymour is a big reason Matt Shaughnessy is coming into his own and learning how to be a terrific defensive end. Seymour has caused Tommy Kelly to step his game up inside, a player who is finally playing up to contract he signed following the 2007 season. Lamarr Houston has played through some rough patches and is holding the edge of late, with plenty of help from his own skill and line coach Mike Waufle, but also because of Seymour’s presence.

But make no mistake, Seymour is doing more than being a leader. He’s been absolutely dominant inside and at his present pace could wind up with at least a third more tackles than he’s ever had and something approaching 10 sacks.

The Raiders haven’t had this kind of play from an individual on the defensive line since Howie Long, and if the Raiders continue to play as they have, Seymour is a viable Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

The better the Raiders play, the lower the first-round pick New England gets in return in 2011. New England is still a good team, they’re 6-2 and probably playoff bound, but that draft pick didn’t co much to help them stop Peyton Hills (29 carries, 184 yards) in a 34-14 loss to Cleveland last week.

Asked earlier this week if Davis was pleased with the way things were going, Seymour laughed and said, “Oh yean, I think he (whipped) the Patriots on that trade.”

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  • LA to TheBay

    @ Steelers (6-2)
    v. Dolphins (4-4)
    @ Chargers (4-5)
    @ Jaguars (4-4)
    v. Broncos (2-6)
    v. Colts (5-3)
    @ Chiefs (5-3)
    ——————-

    Have to win 4/7. 8-8 might just be too close for comfort, depending on what SD and KC do. As long as Cable keeps emphasixing the division wins, things could get interesting.

    Miami has a Thursday night game prior to ours, so will have plenty of rest and are 4-0 on the road.

    Was kind of hoping the Colts would be resting their starters by the time we played them, but don’t think they’re good enough this year.

    Also, whereas it didn’t bother us in 08 playing TB, west coast teams traveling east and playing the early game usually have a pretty rough go at it.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    GalacticGus Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    so what is the point about Raiders not winning without Ford?

    ………..

    Uh, it’s to inject some sanity into your argument that Al’s “guerrilla warfare” tactics won this game. Al finally has a deep threat that can catch the ball. That’s why he won Sunday. He wouldn’t have won without Ford, all of his brilliant guerrilla war tactics noted.

  • LA to TheBay

    Emphasixing is a new word I just invented. Deal with it.

  • ghosttothepost

    LA .. raiders remaining schedule is certainly no walk in the park .. if we make playoffs, we earn it .. that’s for sure

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

    “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach now on to Memphis”

    - Paul Pierce after beting Miami again.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # GalacticGus Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 3:06 am

    they don’t win without DMac.. last week, without DHB… your point is without substance… nobody cares MR… unless they want to join a debate club.

    like in baseball or any other sport…. someone steps up or a few people step up… this week it was Ford. god bless him.

    …………

    Denver and Seattle suck. We probably would have beaten them with the practice squad. This KC game was the real match up, and without Jacoby Ford, the party’s over.

  • ghosttothepost

    right now we need to emphasix … translated: emphasize win No. 6

  • LA to TheBay

    ghosttothepost Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:39 am
    LA .. raiders remaining schedule is certainly no walk in the park .. if we make playoffs, we earn it .. that’s for sure

    ————

    Kind of pisses you off that we lost to Arizona (3-5) – points for 157, points against 225 and San Fransisco (2-6), points for 137, points against 178 – doesn’t it?

  • ghosttothepost

    but dude … raiders had ford … so what’s the point

  • ghosttothepost

    yeah LA .. those 2 losses could come up as daggers

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Who is Manny Pacquiao?

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:13 am
    LeBaron wil fail. Injuries wil start creeping up as they realize Bosh is too weak to play down low for real.

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:14 am
    Bronco LB DJ Williams = DUI

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/11/12/broncos-lb-williams-arrested-for-dui

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Well, not much. I have a Fosters Oil Can callin my name and its only 12:20 here…

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 10:27 am
    Yeah me too… wish they fit in my cup holder better!

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:24 am
    The Jacksonville Sandsnatches are the perfect home for a fashion pzzy like Kirk.
    —————————————
    Bo, I think you’ve run out of clever material, since the Dmac stuff petered out.

  • BumpNRun

    If we win 2 of the remaining 3 divisional games, we can win 2 out of the other 4 non-divisional games, and finish 9-7. That could clinch it. San Diego’s already lost 2 divisional games – and we’d finish with only one divisional loss in that scenario. All talk, though… game is beautiful ’cause you can never anticipate what’s gonna happen.

  • ghosttothepost

    Bo Schembechler Jackson sounds like the answer to a Wheel of Fortune puzzle

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # ghosttothepost Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    but dude … raiders had ford … so what’s the point

    …………..

    Either learn how to read or take something for the A.D.D.

    Gus said that the Raiders are winning due to Al Davis’s “guerrilla war” tactics. Obviously, they won because he finally has a deep threat with actual hands in his vertical offense. Al can just start dressing and acting normal, because his goofy mystique has absolutely NOTHING to do with the team’s success. He’s finally putting the right players in place, and good for him. That’s all it is.

  • BumpNRun

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Al can just start dressing and acting normal, because his goofy mystique has absolutely NOTHING to do with the team’s success.

    *****

    I thought it was, “like all business”, a crucial part of satisfying his “consumer base”?

  • ghosttothepost

    hey MR … sorry, didn’t read that far back … but really, I be smart … yes’um master

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

    Thanks for the attention KoolKell, but no I don’t need your real estate services.

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

    And since the Raiders are winning you have NOTHING to post huh?

  • LA to TheBay

    ghosttothepost Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:42 am
    yeah LA .. those 2 losses could come up as daggers

    ————–

    Only thing that could be salvaged from SF loss is that it may just have been the wake up call that got this thing going.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Bump n Run, acquiring players IS part of the business that is the NFL. You guys are not on your A game today. This is sparring practice. LOL.

  • ghosttothepost

    and by the way … i’m a lot more worried about who al’s drafting than what al’s wearing

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

    Al Davis would certainly claim that his influence on Raider success has nothing to do with his outfit. It is due to his uncanny insight into the game of football.

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

    ghosttothepost Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    Bo Schembechler Jackson sounds like the answer to a Wheel of Fortune puzzle

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

    LOL

  • LA to TheBay

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Bump n Run, acquiring players IS part of the business that is the NFL. You guys are not on your A game today. This is sparring practice. LOL.

    ——————————-

    Do you play video games on “Easy” and hit on fat chicks, MR?

    Seems like criticizing a guy with a 20something-80something record over the last 7+ years on a blog is kind of, well… lame.

  • DMAC

    I wonder who the hell drafted Shonasty?
    He’s a gamer!

  • LA to TheBay

    It’s like going on a Keanu Reeves blog and saying that he’s a bad actor everyday. Then, when he wins a Golden Globe, credits the cinematographer.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    Bo and Ghost To the Post, you guys should seriously ask your doctors about Ritalin. I heard it helps for A.D.D.

    Galactic Gus said last night that the reason Al is winning is because of his “guerrilla war” tactics. You know, that Al is basically rope a doping the league with quirky press conference policies and deceptive transactions, what have you. Al is winning because he has a deep threat with hands, finally. Something he hasn’t had since Branch. That’s it. Al can ditch his goofy costumes, dress normal, act normal, won’t make a difference. He won this game because of Ford. Without Ford, Raiders lose, this whole party’s over and we’re back to the 7 year skid. Jacoby Ford is the difference. Go ahead, fire some more pygmy darts. This is fun.

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

    Was he even acting in Bill & Ted?

  • ghosttothepost

    who’s worse — McConaughey or Reeves … i think it’s a deadheat

  • LA to TheBay

    lol

  • ghosttothepost

    hey MR … sorry, i missed last night’s comments … i was busy with life …

  • HairyBush

    In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.
    —————————-
    Is Jerry overlooking one of my favorite players that came after Bo Jackson? You all know who I’m talking about.

  • BumpNRun

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Bump n Run, acquiring players IS part of the business that is the NFL. You guys are not on your A game today. This is sparring practice. LOL.

    **********

    Acquiring players? What? A.D. hasn’t acquired players in years. His team of marketers/P.R. people do it for him, based on in-depth analysis of the Raiders brand “consumer base”. I thought you pointed this out to us already?

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # ghosttothepost Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    hey MR … sorry, i missed last night’s comments … i was busy with life …

    …………

    Your lavish social life noted, you still have poor attention skills, and have a tendency to blurt in conversations in which you don’t even know the subject.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    BumpNRun, I said no such thing. Desperation only convinces yourself you’re still in the fight. It doesn’t fool anyone else.

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

    I can’t even understand your nonsensical rant MR.

    Fact: Al’s influence on Raider success is tied to his decision-making not his wardrobe. Deal with it.

  • ghosttothepost

    thanks for that critique MR … I are getting smarter by the minute

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    I never blamed the players Davis acquired, I blamed Davis for the position he put them in.

    Players are players. They all come from the same player pool.

    The difference is how they’re used and developed.

    Al Davis said, “Organizations Win Super Bowls”

  • LA to TheBay

    who’s worse — McConaughey or Reeves … i think it’s a deadheat
    ———————

    After a runaway Trolly equipped with a bomb threatens San Fransisco, the city turns to two unlikely heroes….

    McConaughey. Reeves.

    Dead Heat.

    In theatres this Summer.

  • BumpNRun

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Al’s one of the best target marketers in the history of corporate America. Maverick? I dunno. He’s a businessman. Let’s be honest.

    **************

    Al Davis has a team of marketers who regularly conduct polls with the “consumer base”. They canvas an area from International Boulevard/East 14th Street starting just east of Lake Merritt all the way to the far reaches of Hayward. They make monthly trips to Oxnard and South Central Los Angeles, and have lately included the City of Industry – all 800 of its residents.

    Among the contributions from those polled over the years:

    “The Vertical Passing Game”
    This was inadvertently coined by an intoxicated Berkeley youth polled in ‘63, who was trying to say that he was drunk so often that he was getting good at the “vertical passing-out game.” It stuck.

    “Just Win, Baby”
    This originated with an outtake from the 1940 film “Knute Rockne: All American”, starring Ronald Reagan. His memory a problem not just in his later years as President, Reagan continually flubbed the crucial line “…tell them to go out there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper!” Finally, he screamed, “Just Win, Baby!” Fans saw the outtake at a rally for the Governor’s race held by Reagan in 1966, and lobbied pollsters for its inclusion in Raiders branding.

    “The Pompadour”
    Fans in Oakland, obsessed with the then recent phenomenon of the Hells Angels, wanted to see the rebel club’s style reflected in their city’s professional sports franchises. Davis responded with an imitation of Sonny Barger’s pompadour from the late fifties/early sixties.

  • ghosttothepost

    I can hardly wait for Dead Heat – The Sequel

  • VanHeathen

    NFL Network show ‘Sound FX’ opened w/ coverage of Cable mic’d up for the KC game…Cable’s h says to Geoff Tripplett during the discussion over Miller’s Muffed Punt in the 4th qtr, that ” you’re costing us this game”…Priceless… Cable also informs him that 2 of his crew called Miller down on the play…
    Makes me wonder what’s going on…We were up by 4pts w/ a 3.5 pt spread, and we get a phantom fumble call?
    these refs look crooked to me…

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    I never blamed the players Davis acquired, I blamed Davis for the position he put them in.

    -DeAngelo Hall

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

    HairyBush Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.
    —————————-
    Is Jerry overlooking one of my favorite players that came after Bo Jackson? You all know who I’m talking about.

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

    Harvey Williams?

  • LA to TheBay

    Ok, so Treat Williams beat me to it, so what?

  • LA to TheBay

    HairyBush Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.
    —————————-
    Is Jerry overlooking one of my favorite players that came after Bo Jackson? You all know who I’m talking about.

    —————

    No, he’s better than Fargas.

  • ghosttothepost

    VH .. sometimes u wonder about refs … but u gotta fuggitaboutit … that’s what the players are doing … teams of the past used to let those calls kill ‘em

  • HairyBush

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    HairyBush Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.
    —————————-
    Is Jerry overlooking one of my favorite players that came after Bo Jackson? You all know who I’m talking about.

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

    Harvey Williams?
    ==================================
    I wouldn’t stick my “neck” out for Harvey Williams lol, but The ordained minister napolean Kaufman on the other hand was quite explosive imo, too bad his career was so short. Def one of my all time faves

  • ghosttothepost

    this team is a lot more resilient … players have some character … nice for a change

  • HairyBush

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    HairyBush Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    In one season, McFadden has gone from the guy who goes down too easy to their best and most explosive running back since Bo Jackson.
    —————————-
    Is Jerry overlooking one of my favorite players that came after Bo Jackson? You all know who I’m talking about.

    —————

    No, he’s better than Fargas.
    ————————-
    I like Fargas………..in a role like William Thomas/ Zack Crockett, not as RB lol