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McFadden staying the course, remaining upbeat

Running back Darren McFadden isn’t one to blow his top when things aren’t working well, just as he isn’t going to sing his praises when things are rolling his way.
So it is that he plods along, working hard, remaining patient and sounding confident that his season-long funk running the ball is about to end at any time.
“I just have to stay focused at the task at hand, keep pushing,” McFadden said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t get down on yourself, can’t get down on the offense. Just keep playing ball and eventually it’s going to happen.”
But when? McFadden rushed 19 times for 53 yards (2.8-yard average) against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Through six games, he has amassed only 324 yards on 103 carries (3.1).
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp pleaded for patience a few weeks back. Coach Dennis Allen said he is committed to the run game and McFadden as the lead back.
“I’m disappointed that it’s not doing better,” Allen said. “Again, we’re going to continue to work, continue to see what we can do better, both as a coaching staff and how can we execute better to give our guys a chance to be successful. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we want, and need, to run the ball better than we have.”
To that end, McFadden says he watched the video of his runs each games, seeing if there are holes he is missing, blocks he isn’t reading properly, anything.
“You have to go back and look at it every time,” McFadden said. “You want to look at every run, so you can know what you did wrong or if you should have stayed with the hole or made an earlier cut. So, it’s one of those things you have to go back and re-evaluate yourself.”
McFadden rushed 46 times for 123 yards (2.7) in games against the Falcons and Jaguars, teams that allowed an average of 5.4 and 4.7, respectively, when the Raiders played them.
Allen said McFadden looks like the same player as the one that ripped through the league for most of the nine-plus games he played last season.
“Yeah, he does,” Allen said. “He’s still an explosive player. We’ve got to do a better job of creating some room for him to run. We’ve incorporated a few more of those gap scheme-type plays.”
Beyond that, Allen is like Knapp and McFadden in the belief that the short runs that have been the norm the first six games are about to turn into longer ones.
“You can say this on every play, but we’re one block here or one block there away from a big run,” Allen said. “Really, you go back and look at the Pittsburgh game and that was his best rushing output of the game. He had an explosive run. That’s how you get those big games.
“You have one or two explosive runs in a game and all of a sudden you look up and here’s a guy with a hundred-and-something yards rushing. So that’s what we’ve got to continue to do. We’ve got to continue to work in the running game and I feel that if we continue to hand the ball off to him, those big runs are going to come.”

– Six players suffered injuries against the Jaguars. The good news for the Raiders is, none is expected to miss any playing time, Allen said.
The six are: wide receiver Rod Streater (knee), defensive lineman Dave Tollefson (shoulder), linebacker Miles Burris (elbow), defensive end Desmond Bryant (elbow), linebacker Keenan Clayton (shoulder) and running back Mike Goodson (hip).
“Again, I don’t expect those to be anything that causes us to miss any time,” Allen said, “but (I’ll) have a better feel for that on Wednesday.”
The Raiders don’t practice again until Wednesday.

– Allen said he expects to get back tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) this week. The same can’t be said of right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot). Allen said it’s “doubtful” that either of them will be back this week.

– Linebacker Aaron Curry practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week in his return from the physically unable to perform list. It remains to be seen whether he can progress enough to be activated for the remainder of this season.
The Raiders are in the midst of a 21-day window for when they can evaluate Curry’s return from sore knees. They can activate him to the 53-man roster at any point. They have to activate him, waive him or place Curry on the injured-reserve list by the end of the three-week window.
“Still in the evaluation process,” Allen said. “We still got two more weeks to make a decision on him. At whatever point it is that we feel like he’s ready to go and can withstand the rigors of the National Football League game, then we’ll have him active and ready to roll.”
When asked the odds of that decision coming before the 21-day window expires, Allen said: “I don’t know. We’ll see how he works this week and what he looks like in practice. We’ll go from there.”
Curry has not spoken with the media since the Raiders shut him down during the offseason.

– Defensive back Michael Huff said he hasn’t been told whether he will return to free safety or remain at cornerback once Ron Bartell or Shawntae Spencer returns from injury.
“I just want to be on the field making plays,” Huff said. “I just want to be out there. It doesn’t matter. Whatever’s best for our defense, that’s what I’ll play.”
Former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was in the Bay Area over the weekend. He and Huff spent time together and the conversation soon turned to Huff’s play at cornerback the past four games.
“He told me he was impressed,” Huff said.
Huff said, in jest, that his play is more impressive because he doesn’t get to play man-to-man defense as often as Asomugha did during his eight years with the Raiders.
“We don’t have that defense anymore,” Huff said. “We don’t just press and play man every snap, so his takes don’t really apply right now. We allowed him to play man. He didn’t have to think, he didn’t have to do anything. He’ll probably get mad when he sees this but he knows he’s my guy.”

– Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced Brady Quinn as his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Allen spent last season around Quinn, when both were with the Denver Broncos.
Allen said he isn’t sure what the permanent change from Matt Cassel to Quinn means to the Chiefs, who are 1-5 and coming off a bye week.
“It depends,” Allen said. “That’s their team. I don’t know how they’ll respond to it. But, obviously, I don’t see them changing a whole lot as far as philosophically what they’re going to do on offense, the plays that they’re going to call and how they’re going to execute it.”
Quinn played in the Chiefs last game before the bye. He has completed 24 of 40 passes for 212 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Allen said the video of that game is something the Raiders will pay close attention to, for sure.
“We have to go and look at the tape and look at what they’ve done up to this point,” Allen said. “Their last game, Brady Quinn was their quarterback, so we’ll have a feel for what they think they can do with him.”

– Burris said he still feels like a rookie, even though his play suggests otherwise.
For that, he credits fellow linebackers Rolando McClain and Curry to helping expedite his transition from college to the NFL.
“They’ve been awesome,” Burris said. “They’ve been a big part of my continued progress here. Helping me get lined up, helping me learn, helping me on techniques, not just the coaches, they’ve been great teachers in this process as well. A guy like Aaron Curry, too, not just in football, but he’s making sure I know when Bible studies are and he’s making sure I’m doing all right off the field. These guys are awesome.”
Once again, Allen walked away from another game impressed by Burris’ progression into a dependable player.
“Miles continues to get better every week,” Allen said. “Again, I’ve said it before, he’s the type of guy that we’re looking for here. He loves the game of football, plays extremely hard, eliminates the repeat mistakes and I’m pleased with the way that Miles Burris is playing.”

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  • RaidersOne

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  • ottocrat

    ZBS-SUX-DIK

  • RaidersOne

    RaiderDuck Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    Dakota Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    Same McFadden hating crew as before. In here with an agenda because their DT wasn’t drafted in 2008.

    McFadden made you look like fools under Hue, and so now it is pile time on McFadden because the knapp offense can’t run the ball.

    You idiots didn’t learn your lesson last time?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL, calm down my man. DMAC didn’t make anyone look like a fool under Hue. He barely gained 600 rushing yds for the season.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Bench him. Goodson is more productive.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    5 on it

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Man the queefs must have finally come to their senses and realized they’ll just never be as good as us so why even try?

  • inonewordraider

    one thing i did like about hue was his insistence on running the ball year two of his O, even if it wasn’t initially effective

  • J Hill

    Defenses are paying a lot of attention to DMac. Has a lot to do with why the passing game is pretty fluid.

    Stick with it!!!

  • Gdog

    LOL, calm down my man. DMAC didn’t make anyone look like a fool under Hue. He barely gained 600 rushing yds for the season.
    >>>>

    Ask Denver and the Jets about this.

    330 of it were in those two games.

    He needs 4 or 5 games now to get that much. Every single player besides CP is playing WORSE on the offense this year, and people are trying to pretend its just a coincidence.

    Allen is busy trying to fix the defense, and the person he put in charge of the offense is a complete moron.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    This Queefs game is tooooo important. I think someone said it a while ago, but if we get that 6th loss this early in the season you can kiss the playoffs goodbye

  • inonewordraider

    stay out of 3rd and long, keep Hali in coverage, make quinn beat us, send creative blitzes watching charles out of the backfield on 3rd and long

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    IT IS NOT MCFADDEN! F’N O-LINE IS HORRIBLE AND THEY RUN A STUPID SCHEME.

  • J Hill

    Streater emerging will have the offense go to another level.

  • Gdog

    Seymour Bush Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Bench him. Goodson is more productive.
    >>>>>

    Something is wrong with McF, agreed. Now even his hands look bad. He looks like he has completely lost his confidence.

    I said before the season that maybe we should use him like Gruden used Kaufman… figure out the 15 plays that work best for him, and use Goodson as the work horse.

    Running McF up the gut is a wasted play, and it also happens to be the Knappster’s favorite play.

    A double whammy.

  • Bobby Bushay

    Interesting thing physically about bye weeks that no one is talking about is the advantage of having your legs rested, body for that matter, and then go out and be physical the following Sunday. This isn’t a win or lose proposition, but physically, there is an advantage that I believe showed up against the Falcons and then the Jags. KC is coming off of their bye, so their legs will be fresher too. It’s the same thing about playing in freezing temperatures vs. practicing all week in mild conditions or teams traveling to Miami in their heat in September. Believe it or not, it’s a factor. Hopefully, the Raiders will build on back-to-back good defensive football (sans a breakdown or two) and the offense will continue to show more life, particularly the OL – which seems to be our biggest problem. Once it gets settled in, the run game and pass protection will improve. Not sure if it will mean 7 or 8 wins, but hopefully we continue to improve from here and into the future!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Dakota Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Same McFadden hating crew as before. In here with an agenda because their DT wasn’t drafted in 2008.

    McFadden made you look like fools under Hue, and so now it is pile time on McFadden because the knapp offense can’t run the ball.

    You idiots didn’t learn your lesson last time?
    ===============================================

    No one wants McFadden to succeed more than I do. I am just stating the facts. But since you brought it up, the guy I wanted increased their win total each of his lst two years. The last three years his team has 41 wins, two division titles and a World Championship. What has McFadden done?

  • J Hill

    Every single player besides CP is playing WORSE on the offense this year,

    ————————————————————–

    D Moore, Myers, and Streater are playing well in this offense along with Palmer. Reece and Ausberry are also contributing in the passing game when there # is called.

    If you can play, you can play!

    DMac will get it together and help us get some wins. No doubt in my mind.

  • Gdog

    Back-n-Black Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    IT IS NOT MCFADDEN! F’N O-LINE IS HORRIBLE AND THEY RUN A STUPID SCHEME.
    >>>>>

    I dunno… I agree the o-line has regressed for some reason (cough… COACHING) but McFadden looks lost out their.

    He can’t even catch passes anymore, and that used to be his best attribute!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sounds like the only tackles Curry is going to be making anytime soon is on those who don’t attend bible-study.

  • r8eray

    round here, between Normandie and Western, we call this here a little twenty twen twen…

  • Just Fire Baby

    McFadden drops a pass or two a game.

    He went from having good hands to awful hands.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Chiefs are 1 point favorites, which will probably be a push by kickoff.

  • Gdog

    J Hill Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Every single player besides CP is playing WORSE on the offense this year,

    ————————————————————–

    D Moore, Myers, and Streater are playing well in this offense along with Palmer. Reece and Ausberry are also contributing in the passing game when there # is called.
    >>>>>

    Two of the above weren’t on the team last year. Moore and Reece look about the same. Myers is improved although he cost us a win vs Atl.

    So two players improving since last year?

    Everyone else has regressed or stayed the same. Especially the o-line.

    This was one of the youngest offenses in football last year and all we did is step back.

    And that’s not coaching??? Please.

  • Dan78

    r8eray Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    round here, between Normandie and Western, we call this here a little twenty twen twen…
    _______
    Keep Rollin rollin rollin???

  • Gdog

    Correction, Ausbery is 2nd year player.. and is improved, although he hardly got on the field last year.

  • Just Fire Baby

    We need Wiz to stop playing like a ninny at center and get his ish together.

    He is making everyone else worse.

  • ArmChair GM

    Our O-line was 5th in the entire league in sacks allowed last year. 7th in OVERALL pass protection and run blocking protection.

    This same O-line except for ONE player(Breisel) somehow has regressed and Palmer is practically running for his life every other snap.

    This falls squarely on the COACHING, and anyone with even a remedial football IQ can see that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If Stefan Wisniewski was named Steve Williams, people would be calling for his head.

    Letting that Polish LB blitz right past him (when he is about the only impact player on the entire Jags team to pay attention to) is reprehensible for a center.

    Especially on the first 3rd down of the game!!!!

    Get it together man

  • http:///Albert_B_Paine Albert Bigelow Paine

    “We don’t have that defense anymore,” Huff said. “We don’t just press and play man every snap, so his takes don’t really apply right now. We allowed him to play man. He didn’t have to think, he didn’t have to do anything. He’ll probably get mad when he sees this but he knows he’s my guy.”
    ——-
    Huff getting another shot in there at Al’s defense.

  • Dan78

    Makes you wonder wwhy Wiz I quit. Not buying the personal issues thing.

  • The Big Banana

    “Miles continues to get better every week,” Allen said. “Again, I’ve said it before, he’s the type of guy that we’re looking for here. He loves the game of football, plays extremely hard, eliminates the repeat mistakes and I’m pleased with the way that Miles Burris is playing.”

    ——

    You can tell when you’re getting coach speak and when you’re getting an honest opinion. DA seems genuinely excited about Burris.

  • ArmChair GM

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    We need Wiz to stop playing like a ninny at center and get his ish together.

    He is making everyone else worse.
    ______________________________________________________

    Wiz was a straight up stud at center last year against San Diego, and that was as a ROOKIE!

    Did he suddenly forget how to play football?!? Or is the coaching staff a disgrace?!?

    Could that be why his uncle Wiz suddenly packed his bags and left?!?

    I know it’s hard for many of you in here, but try and use some common sense!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t see how it is the same O-line.

    You have a new center, RG and now RT.

    The entire right-side of the line is different. Different TE as well from Boss. New FB (Schmidtt) often times and in goalline.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wiz was a straight up stud at center last year against San Diego, and that was as a ROOKIE!

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

    LOL!!!!

    Pro football focus graded his game at home against San Diego as one of the worst played games at center all season BY ANYONE in the league.

    Satele is massively better.

  • da trinity

    Amen Curry, keep preaching that good news.
    Man I hope Dmc can get it together, he’s killing my fantasy team. And Big Palmer is the man. Keep grinding out there.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Here you go “horrific” was the adjective used to describe his game against San Diego at center:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/01/03/re-focused-chargers-raiders-week-17/

  • da trinity

    Hue gone fellas, why you guys keep talking about him?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Satele is massively better.
    =======================================

    I said that and 95% of posters here wanted Satele gone.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Meanwhile, 2 weeks earlier against Suh, Satele graded out as having as good a game as Calvin Johnson:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/12/21/re-focused-lions-raiders-week-15/

  • Just Fire Baby

    The best thing Wiz has going for him right now is the name on the back of his jersey.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DA “i dont see them changing…” thats why you and crennel have losibg records idiot…

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    McFadden drops a pass or two a game.

    He went from having good hands to awful hands.
    ===========================================

    Exactly. To me McFadden/Goodson is like the Jamarcus Russell/Bruce Gradkowski take over. One was 2-7 as a starter with 3 TD’s and 11 picks. The other was 2-2 with 6 and 3. Both had the exact same surrounding cast.

    Then you have one who is running for 2.9 yards per and one who is running for 8 yards per with the same supporting cast. And is a better receiver. Maybe Goodson should start at RB and McFadden can return kicks.

  • The Big Banana

    Seymour Bush Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Satele is massively better.
    =======================================

    I said that and 95% of posters here wanted Satele gone.

    ——

    Not I. Won’t find me in that list. I expressed early on my reservations about letting Satele go and moving Wiz over.

  • papertiger418

    Can’t drop games for a better draft pick! I know Knapp is a dumpster fire but it will mean more to the players and organization if we can somehow manage to float around .500 for the season. Besides, depth is a huge issue with the team and Reggie is going to make his mark, for better or worse, by stockpiling this roster with potential boar hunters. As desperate as we are for impact players, tanking for a draft pick is a b!tch move.

    As far as Burris is concerned, the play book should be your Bible. Keep up the good work, kid!

  • chuck

    It’s funny how you Reggie lovers can take something and use it as a negative,dmc gained only 600 yards last year because he missed 9 games.when he went down with 600 yards he was the nfl leading rusher,on everyones MVP list, and averaging 5.4 yards a carry not to mention over 1200 yards the year before.

  • chuck

    It’s amazing what happens when you throw the ball deep,now Allen needs to get a backbone.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Raider game on NFLN Replay this week?

  • Daviseraalumni

    I’m a fan of what Reggie is doing. Most of his players that he’s brought in are playing at a high level and his draft picks are performing. I do wish he would’ve given DVD another shot though.

  • 303Raider

    Wiz at center is a joke.

    Satele was a Stud.

    Briesel is retarded and someone kidnapped Veldheer.

    Regardless we own the Chefs in Kansas Schitty.

    Raiders- 28
    Chefs-10

  • raiderkoolaid

    I think Goodson’s sample size is too small to make a judgement from, but I would like to see him get more carries to see if his efficiency level holds up.