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McFadden, Miller preach persistence

Darren McFadden, with 16 yards on his last 18 carries, looked none the worse for wear.

“I’m doing pretty good, just working to get the offense back on track and keep pushing forward,” McFadden told reporters Thursday.

McFadden echoed coach Tom Cable’s contention that the biggest thing missing from the Raiders running game are chances to run.

The Pittsburgh game got out of hand in terms of the score, and against Miami, the Dolphins held the ball for nearly 42 minutes, with Oakland running only 45 plays.

“That’s one of the things we’ve been working on, trying to stay away from, is falling behind,” McFadden said. “That’s what’s been happening to us – you fall behind, then you know you have to throw the ball.”

The McFadden that was atop the NFL averaging 108.0 yards per game heading into the bye week is now down to 85.9.

“We really haven’t ran the ball much at all,” McFadden said. “It’s one of those things you gotta just try to get going, get everybody in the groove and try to keep running it.”

Tight end Zach Miller agrees with McFadden in that the Raiders need to get back to their roots.

“I think obviously the biggest thing is our running game,” Miller said. “That makes everything work for our offense. It makes play action open, it makes throwing the ball a little bit easier. Once we get that running game back on track we’ll be all right.”

Miller’s health _ he’s battled a torn plantar fascia and now a severe contusion _ has also played a role in slowing the Raiders’ offense.

“Zach, he’s a great asset to the team. He takes a lot of pressure off us,” McFadden said. “Guys have to look out for him so, you know, you can’t just load the box up and say they’re going to commit to stopping the run because he’s a threat with the passing game.”

Miller said the injuries are frustrating but “getting more manageable every week.”

More to come . . .

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

    # Mistabrown Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    If you are wondering which way Jerry’s MOD leans take note Kell & MR post racial nonsense here daily without a ban.

    ………….

    Yeh. Jerry McDonald is an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. I knew it the first time I saw him.

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

    Drexl Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    RMR who are all the “people” you quote that think that Grads win/loss record this season is 7-5.

    ……..

    The ones who don’t have an agenda to knock Gradkowski.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    101.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Yeh. B.H. Obamy is an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. I knew it the first time I saw him.

    ****

    MR ment to say…

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    No link?

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    Again, #Raiders have yet to announce anything…but new QB looks more like JT O’Sullivan, than Patrick Ramsey

  • McRaider5150

    Bruce Gradkowski= Vince Evans (Back-up QB only)

  • RaiderRockstar

    I was checking out a still photo of Ramsey the other day, the guy will defiantly be the next Plunkett.

    ***

    LOL @ Drexl. he looked that good coming off the bus?

    fun fact = Hue Jackson was in Washington with Patrick Ramsey in 2002 & 2003!

  • LB

    EVERYONE KNOWS WE ONLY LOSE TO ARIZONA BECAUSE OF JANO’S MISSED KICK.

    Calm down RMR don’t blow a gasket! I never said that we wouldn’t have won if we made the the field goal. My point was we left points on the table so we shouldn’t blame the whole lose on Jano.

    Everyone but Cable, Miller, McRaider5150 and myself. Obviously, you are entitled to your opinion but I can’t give Grad a “W” when it is an official “L”.

    “Throughout the whole second half, if we score touchdowns instead of (attempt) field goals, it’s not even that close at the end,” Raiders tight end Zach Miller said. “Once we start scoring more touchdowns, games won’t have to come down to field goals.”

    Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2010/09/27/1356676/janikowskis-miss-costs-raiders.html#ixzz16zUCWgkO

    “I don’t think the game was won or lost on the last play right there,” Raiders head coach Tom Cable said. “We had a lot of opportunities in the second half to kind of put some exclamation points out there.”

    Cable: “We didn’t lose the game on a kick … We lost the game in not doing more in the last 30 minutes to put ourselves in position to not have to go through all that. We left so many plays out there on the field offensively. The players, coaches, we would all tell you the same thing: 1-for-5 in the red zone is not good enough. It’s totally unacceptable.”

  • LB

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Drexl Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    RMR who are all the “people” you quote that think that Grads win/loss record this season is 7-5.

    ……..

    The ones who don’t have an agenda to knock Gradkowski.

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    Dang, you up to 7-5 now!!!!!!!!!

  • LB

    RMR,

    Do you give us any chance to with this week?