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McFadden looks ‘explosive’

ALAMEDA — It’s no secret that, for the Raiders to have a fighting chance this season, Darren McFadden is going to have to regain the form that made him one of the game’s best all-around running backs.
The odds of that happening figure to be in McFadden’s favor, as well as the Raiders, given McFadden is entering the final season of his contract and he needs to show that he can make it through an entire season and be productive if he’s to land a lucrative second contract.
McFadden also is motivated by wanting to show that last season was a fluke and more to do with the blocking scheme than his inability to perform at a high level anymore.
The Raiders did their part by firing offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Frank Pollack and bringing in Greg Olson and Tony Sparano to take their places, respectively. That meant the end of the zone-blocking scheme and the return of the power-blocking scheme that McFadden flourished in during the 2010 and ’11 seasons.
Coach Dennis Allen likes what he sees from McFadden so far, though we won’t get a true gauge until Sunday, at the earliest, when the Raiders play the Indianapolis Colts in the teams’ regular-season opener.
“He’s looked explosive in practices so far,” Allen said.
Olson said McFadden is someone that others look up to in the locker room and on the field. Again, that’s just another sign of the Raiders taking their cue from McFadden in many ways.
“Darren McFadden is also one of those players that’s gone some pelts on the wall, that’s played in some games that’s played well in some games,” Olson said. “He provides to me, for a young team, a professionalism about himself for other guys to follow.”
The Raiders offense hopes to ride McFadden to the playoffs. If not, certainly more than the career-worst 3.3 yards he averaged last season.
During that time, McFadden failed to bust many long runs. He had a long touchdown run against the Steelers early in the season and then spent the rest of the season stuck in neutral.
“Really he’s a guy that there may be some 2-yard runs, some 3-yard runs maybe a 4 and then boom, you pop one,” Allen said. “That’s our anticipation, that’s our hope. We’re hoping we can give him a crease and he can break off a couple of big runs.”
McFadden’s best seasons came under Hue Jackson, who was the offensive coordinator in 2010 and the head coach in 2011. Jackson said one of the first things he did when he was hired by the Raiders was to approach McFadden and ask him for a list of plays that he liked to run.
McFadden laughed at Jackson and said he didn’t think Jackson could get that past then-owner Al Davis. Jackson pulled it off. Away McFadden went. He averaged better than 5 yards each season.
Olson said he didn’t go that route. Instead, he and other coaches watched all of McFadden’s rushes during his Raiders career.
“We didn’t discuss it with him,” Olson said. “We got started before we had a chance to meet with the players and we put in the scheme. Along the way, we tried to get a feel for what he’s comfortable, the scheme that he’s comfortable running in, and we tried to help adapt to that.”

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  • guest123

    Raiders for life Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 6m
    On Sept. 21, 2008, behind tackles Barnes and Pashos, Jaguars rushed for 236 yards and didn’t allow sack. Game was at Indianapolis. Boo-yah

    **********

    that was back when Barnes was back in Jacksonville driving drunk 100 mph and telling off the whitey cops. yeah good times!

  • jesusraiderjim

    @Guest123

    Kinda sick actually LMAO

    Raiderfan since circa 1966

    CODE SECRET BLACK

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t know about you all, but I have my whiskey and reposado tequila ready to go on Sunday. No logical reason to watch with all my senses in tact.

    No hard liquor for Raider games is like going to the dentist and telling him you don’t need any novacaine. you’ll just tough it out.

    ***

    @G123

    how can a healthnut promote alcoholic beverages?

    #earlydirtnap

  • fingers

    I hope Pryor gets some help from our WR’s… Like catching passes …

  • hwnrdr

    Rockstar…come on now…alcohol ha a lot of stuff in it that is good for you! :)

  • Raiders for life

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    I just got hit on at Walgreens by some white trash skanks

    must be the Jeff Hostetler mustache i’ve been working on the past few days

    #rednecksgotgame

    ###############

    Just need the mirrored shades and you’re good 2 go!

  • guest123

    Please don’t let false start barnes be our starting LT. Please!

  • DJ Johnny

    guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Raiders for life Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    I started out the offseason feeling pretty optimistic. I have progressively worked my way to feeling very negative about this years team.
    I got a feeling what we saw in preseason is what we’re going see in the regular season.
    Just like last year.
    Oh well, I’ll watch every game and keep hoping. Same ol same ol.

    ******

    At a certain point you get to be “institutionalized” like Red in the movie shawshank redemption. gets to point you can’t stop watching Raiders football. No matter how bad it gets, just cant stop. I know.

    It’s like the GB game where I wanted to just turn it off for the 2nd half but I was worried we were gonna set a record for worst loss in modern history and I was just rooting for that to NOT happen.

  • jesusraiderjim

    @RRS

    How is the little one? Mom?

    You were on fire this morning bro. Love the A.M. Crew.

    Assuming you are well since you are in good form today.

  • willy91137

    Don’t worry they’ll always be the Raiders they might be Los Angeles Raiders

    or they might be Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders their home they ran away from home once but they came back

    the NFL does not lose franchises they may create some more but they’re not losing any

    Pryors got a start because Flynn is injured his ego mostly if we had a quarterback on this team

    he would be lonesome McGlion might be a good quarterback some day but not now

    let’s face it Pryor did not look that good in preseason he had his moments but very inconsistent

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Hwnrdr

    weak liver = meet Jesus

  • jesusraiderjim

    @RRS

    Those skanks backed off after you told them you were a RAIDERFAN? LMAO

    The “PORNSTACHE” can only carry a guy so far.

  • guest123

    @ Rock,

    I promote hard liquor over the beer that causes the big fat gut. At least with liquor, you enjoy the taste more and you don’t have piss every five minutes missing out on the action.

    Drink in moderation, only when the Raids are on. Once a week aint bad!

  • fingers

    True… Pryor didnt look good in Preseason…. Just better than Flynn..

  • hwnrdr

    1111.RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    @Hwnrdr

    weak liver = meet Jesus

    LOL!

  • hwnrdr

    1113.guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:44 am
    @ Rock,

    I promote hard liquor over the beer that causes the big fat gut. At least with liquor, you enjoy the taste more and you don’t have piss every five minutes missing out on the action.

    Drink in moderation, only when the Raids are on. Once a week aint bad!

    So true

  • The_Judge37

    1096.DJ Johnny Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:35 am
    How long you guys think DA is gonna wait to announce the QB?

    Is he seriously gonna wait till just before kickoff?
    ——–

    He’ll announce the starter as soon as he figures it out himself.

  • The Big Banana

    Hwnrdr Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:31 am
    What is a quiche, Alex?

    ——

    French egg and cheese pie, with various ingredient options depending on the quiche (spinach, ham, etc)

  • guest123

    @ Rock,

    I offset my bad habits with something I recommend to all of you. Yoga.

    It’s my secret. Feel better, last longer, better position, posture, stamina, etc. it’s awesome. if you don’t know, go and try it. addicting stuff and will change your life bro. just do it!

  • The Big Banana

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    I just got hit on at Walgreens by some white trash skanks

    must be the Jeff Hostetler mustache i’ve been working on the past few days

    #rednecksgotgame

    —–

    Lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Drink in moderation, only when the Raids are on. Once a week aint bad!

    ***

    @G123

    don’t you blog during the week or do “film” study, like the rest of us?

    week long agony bro. 7 days, not 1

    bar tab = mortgage payment

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123

    my wife would kick my ass if she saw me wearing yoga pants ala starting cb Mike Jenkins!

  • hwnrdr

    1118.The Big Banana Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:47 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:31 am
    What is a quiche, Alex?

    ——

    French egg and cheese pie, with various ingredient options depending on the quiche (spinach, ham, etc)

    LOL, we were talking about White Man Can’t Jump…
    “I’ll take foods that start with the letter Q, Alex”

  • The_Judge37

    1114.fingers Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:45 am
    True… Pryor didnt look good in Preseason…. Just better than Flynn..
    —–

    That’s been our roster competition across the board. Like running into an angry bear in the woods, you don’t have to run fast, just faster than your buddy.

  • Marks hair

    Sir Pantywaist of Liverpool not practicing today..

  • RaiderRockstar

    @JRJ

    whats up bro?

    the family is doing great! thanks for asking. Johnnie Lee is sweet as ever.

    btw, I didn’t talk to the white trash skanks outside of Walgreens.

    as soon as I walked out of the store they starting hollerin at me from their white pontiac grand am

    #stache2013

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post, brits!

  • taiwan

    R8erEduc8er Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:28 am
    Guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:53 am
    @ Charlie,

    the acne on the heart transplant analogy was nice. but even though you address the fanbase that has gotten restless over a decade of losing, you underestimate the frustration and its corresponding effect.

    for the 2013 season, only the die-est of die-hard fans will volunteer to wallow in. meanwhile a lot of the younger generation will easily slide over to the winning fanbase in san francisco.

    the fan base is dying, or at least aging. the bold changes and dreams of improving 6 win seasons may be too little and too late to save the raiders from uprooting and heading elsewhere. if the fanbase isn’t strong enough, we are certainly vulnerable to it. this business of playing games in empty stadiums isn’t just an inside joke. mark davis doesn’t live in a vacuum. this will take more than just years and money and cap space and draft picks. it will take a creative plan to enfuse the fanbase with some real excitement. that’s going to be very tough to do while we continue to lose.

    ———-

    Agreed. This is exactly why Al’s last pick (TP) is the only savior the team has right now imo. Flynn lacks energy, enthusiam, and fire. If we lose with Flynn at the helm, kiss the Raiders goodbye in Oakland. Losing with TP is different. He may give the fans a glimmer of hope in the coming future. The fans need to see a glimmer. This is why I can understand Davis stepping in and forcing DA’s hand on Pryor. He’s trying to save the franchise. May sound counterproductive having the owner butt in, but if DA wants to start Flynn, Mark has to voice his opinion. If Flynn starts and we lose games, there needs to be a very short leash or your Oakland Raiders will be no longer. Trust!
    ——————-

    I see no problem for Mark Davis butting in. RM is a rookie GM, DA is a rookie HC. Jury still out whether those two qualified for their position. Mark Davis will be stuck with Raiders and all the problems, be it financially or ridicule. Until he sells the team, he needs to oversee all the asset; and players are the asset. He cannot afford to have RM or DA reduce the value of his asset just simply because they believe in something else. RM and DA have not earn the credentials that warrant ‘hands free’ from owners. I see no problem for Mark to doubt RM and DA. This is desperate moment for Mark. We need some kind of excitement. Mark needs something marketable, and Pryor provides that. This is a business, after all.

    The last thing you want is a dull, losing team. And that’s what Raiders was last year – a very dull, losing team. Imagine the fear that Mark has watching Flynn’s performance in NO and Chi, another dull, losing team.

  • RaiderKenny24

    taiwan Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    R8erEduc8er Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:28 am
    Guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:53 am
    @ Charlie,

    “The last thing you want is a dull, losing team. And that’s what Raiders was last year – a very dull, losing team. Imagine the fear that Mark has watching Flynn’s performance in NO and Chi, another dull, losing team.”

    —————–

    Yup yup…if Flynn starts and underperforms he has to have a short leash I think. Especially for home games,its still a business at the end of the day.

  • Bigmike34

    ,,,,,The Pro TP people have made me change my mind

    I THOUGHT TP WOULD BE A GREAT WR….YOU HAVE PROVEN HE WOULD ALSO BE A GREAT RB…
    =======================================
    NOW LET LOOK AT HIM AS A QB…WHICH IS WHAT THEY CALL HIM NOW
    ————————————–
    …………PRE-SEASON………….

    PRYOR…17/37..53.1% COMPLETION RATE 2TD AND 2 INTERCEPTIONS…221 YARDS..59.5 QB RATINGS ..PLAYING MOSTLY AGAINST THE OTHER TEAMS reserves. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ………..FLYNN

    19/27.. 70.4% COMPLETION RATE…180 YARDS 6.6 PER ATTEMPT …2 INTERCEPTIONS AND ONE TD 70% QB RATING …ALL AGAINST THE OTHER TEAMS STARTERS…AND

    IT INCLUDES THE NUMBERS FOR PRESEASON GAME #3 WHICH REALLY HURT HIS STATS…..WHEN HIS ELBOW WENT BAD…AND HE STAYED IN THE GAME.

    YES PRYOR IS A GOOD RUNNER….BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE HIM A GOOD QB…WHICH HE WILL NEVER BE…HE DOESN’T PASS WELL ENOUGH OR MANAGE THE GAME WELL ENOUGH OR EVEN KNOW WHAT THE PROGRESSIONS ARE OR HOW TO READ A DEFENSE…OR HOW TO LOOK OFF THE DEFENDERS..ETC.

  • Dakota

    This year could not be worse than 2006! Right?