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McFadden ready to bust out in contract season

ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Darren McFadden is fresh from his worst season as an NFL player. Fortunately for McFadden, he has this season to redeem himself before he makes a pitch for a second contract.
On Thursday, McFadden said he isn’t thinking about his impending free agency, though he admits to it being something he is aware of. His focus is on showing that he can play at a level unlike anything witnessed his first five seasons.
“You’ve seen a lot of glimpses, though, but I can promise you that you haven’t seen the best of me at all,” McFadden said.
McFadden, who turns 26 just before the regular season, averaged 5.2 and 5.4 yards in 2010 and ’11, respectively. That figure dipped to a career-worst 3.3 last season.
Some attribute the precipitous decline to a change in the blocking scheme. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Frank Pollack implemented a zone-blocking scheme, even though McFadden flourished in a power-blocking scheme the two years before.
Coach Dennis Allen fired Knapp and Pollack at season’s end. Now it’s back to a power-blocking scheme under new offensive line coach Tony Sparano.
McFadden looked lost in the zone-blocking scheme. He said he feels quite comfortable in the new scheme.
“I feel like everybody’s up to speed,” McFadden said. “I feel like I’m up to speed with everybody. I know the blocks that they’re going to make and where the holes should be.”
McFadden also is taking it upon himself to be more of a leader, something that coach Dennis Allen welcomes.
“I feel like there was times last year, guys would like to talk a lot,” McFadden said. “It might have been at the wrong time when I was cracking jokes. I’m just being more of a vocal leader and leading for the younger guys.”

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  • the famous dr robert

    Raider Mayne Says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    okay man. gotta lot of stuff to do. leaving for Chicago tomorrow. been a while. sad circumstances but i’m looking forward to being home.

    Show Me or Blow Me (c)

    Later Raiders (c)

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    Doc Rob you ever think if you werent such a d!ck face your friends mom would be alive today … Just kidding had to say it … but just joking like you always do
    ********
    U join Kell and whoknows as the most classless pieces of sh1t currently on the blog.

    What a sh1tty human being u must be.

    It doesn’t hurt me but it speaks volumes about u.

    Not even missdick has sunk that low.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    nope

    i imagine it like this

    he starts flynn we stumble out to a 0-3 start, flynn is mediocre and fans are not showing up.

    realizing he has nothing to lose and desperate he makes the switch hoping pryor can ignite a sparc/

    thats about all the credit im willing to give your boy ‘tits’
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    Please.

    This is the same brain-dead, clueless fool that stuck with Krapp an entire season.

    This is the same moron that refused to even activate TP for almost the entire year.

    This is the same visionless fool that was saying TP wasn’t anywhere near ready to start a game.

    This is the same dolt that wanted to start Matt Lice.

    Nope, this hopeless azzclown will not start TP even if Flynn is struggling, the team is floundering, and the stands are empty.

    He’s that fckng stupid and stubborn.

    Someone (OLSON, RM, MD) better tell him what to do and offer some leadership bcz it’s not coming from the hopelessly incompetent Coach Tits himself.