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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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  • Whoknows

    SnBG Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Whoknows Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:25 am
    Have you looked at both of his games dkwad?
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    I have seen both games but you said it was the lions game, so what of it.
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    and you still missed it? You’re either a idiot or a liar.
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    Have fun trolling. You must live quite the life.

  • hwnrdr

    Wasn’t Boldin a fa? Wtf did they trade him FOR?

    A 6th round pick

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    So what happens if one of our two OT’s goes down in week one? Who plays Tackle then?
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    You could RockyRockstarRaccoon, you’re big and fat enough.

  • The_Judge37

    947.DutchRaider77 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:31 am
    935.The_Judge37 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am
    Our only consolation prize this past decade has been spreading out lack of talent throughout the league. If only we could’ve kept Huff in the AFCW

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    I have a feeling that Tommy Kelly will look good for the Pats this year playing next to Vince Willfork…people will be crying that we let him go.
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    Like Tommy Kelly, i think you’re offsides on your prediction.

  • RaiderRockstar

    would it be wrong to cut LB Kaelin Burnett on his birthday?

    that guy is a serious loser. He got clowned by T-Jax the other night

  • SnBG

    Whoknows Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:33 am
    SnBG Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Whoknows Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:25 am
    Have you looked at both of his games dkwad?
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    I have seen both games but you said it was the lions game, so what of it.
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    and you still missed it? You’re either a idiot or a liar.
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    Have fun trolling. You must live quite the life.
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    You still either missed it or can’t admit you’re wrong. You’re a small, small person.

  • DJ Johnny

    So there’s a chance Menelik returns to practice today right?

    It’d be a bit of good news for us.

  • The_Judge37

    953.SnBG Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    So what happens if one of our two OT’s goes down in week one? Who plays Tackle then?
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    You could RockyRockstarRaccoon, you’re big and fat enough.
    —-

    As long as he loves the game and will play for an IHOP gift card, then he’s got a legitament chance.

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:35 am
    would it be wrong to cut LB Kaelin Burnett on his birthday?

    that guy is a serious loser. He got clowned by T-Jax the other night
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    Raccoon, can’t you think for yourself?

  • inonewordraider

    our secondary does a good job and risk takers like woodson porter and hayden will make a qb think twice

    looks like we can stop the run

    the big question is health pass rush and points

    comparing our d to Baltimore’s I think we can cover better but we need pass rush to make peyton get rid of it quicker or he’ll pick us apart

    our offense needs to score points. luck will score points on us sunday

    i think this game and season will depend on health, dmac, pryor and the pass rush

    hopefully we’re pleasantly surprised by all of em

  • JLofty

    Wow Hwnrdr. A 6th…
    Looks like stupid isn’t limited to upstairs at 1220 Harbourbay Parkway huh?

  • SnBG

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    953.SnBG Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    So what happens if one of our two OT’s goes down in week one? Who plays Tackle then?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    You could RockyRockstarRaccoon, you’re big and fat enough.
    —-

    As long as he loves the game and will play for an IHOP gift card, then he’s got a legitament chance.
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    SIGH RACCOON NOW

  • RaiderRockstar

    @SnBG

    i’m not Dirty Raccoon, but that blogger is awesome – so thanks for the compliment

    8)

  • inonewordraider

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    So there’s a chance Menelik returns to practice today right?

    It’d be a bit of good news for us.

    ____
    HUGE

  • pcraider

    Agreed, nice post Charlie.

    Rang true on all points.

    The biggest and only issue I will be keeping tabs on this season is how well Hayden, Watson and Moore do. Sprinkle in a few others as well. The rest of the pieces aren’t in place yet. But if Reggie hit on those picks and found viable starters then things are starting to turn around.

  • hwnrdr

    961.JLofty Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am
    Wow Hwnrdr. A 6th…
    Looks like stupid isn’t limited to upstairs at 1220 Harbourbay Parkway huh?

    Right? That was a gift

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:40 am
    @SnBG

    i’m not Dirty Raccoon, but that blogger is awesome – so thanks for the compliment
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    You’r not dirty. You’re Rocky,,,RockyRaccoon.

  • R8ER MIKE

    GOOD AFTERNOON NATION !!
    and my GreenParty brothers !!

  • hwnrdr

    What’s up MIKE?! How’s the mood down there in Baltimore? At least the O’s won…

  • RaiderRockstar

    @SnBG

    why do you log in and tell everybody that your granny is bigger than Earl Campbell & looks like Jim Kelly?

    that’s just rude!

    bad enough comparing yourself to actors like Bridges & Gere. smh

  • hwnrdr

    I thought he said Grace Kelly…I could be wrong

  • RaiderRockstar

    RockyRaccoon.

    ***

    who??

    am I supposed to know who that is?

    a joke isn’t funny if you’re the only one who “gets it” – just FYI

  • R8ER MIKE

    whats up Hwnrdr ??
    lol .. all the Raven fans here are very quite today !!

  • R8ER MIKE

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am
    @SnBG

    why do you log in and tell everybody that your granny is bigger than Earl Campbell & looks like Jim Kelly?

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    @ SnBG…. how old is Granny and where/when can i meet her ??

  • The Big Banana

    SnBG Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:16 am
    How did you come up with the handle Big Banana? Wonder what Freud would say about that? Hum.

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    Wonder what he’d say about your inquiry on the matter? Why are so interested, Mr. Sparkle Pony, I look like Jeff Bridges and a taller sleaker Richard Gere?

    I’d tell you how I came up with it if you weren’t so interested in sharing your looks with other dudes on a sports blog. Go away, fruitcake.

  • hwnrdr

    973.R8ER MIKE Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:47 am
    whats up Hwnrdr ??
    lol .. all the Raven fans here are very quite today !!

    I bet

  • R8ER MIKE

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:46 am
    RockyRaccoon.

    ***

    who??

    am I supposed to know who that is?

    a joke isn’t funny if you’re the only one who “gets it” – just FYI

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    nicknames dont count here unless they are given to you by Raider O !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    +2 bcp Banana!

  • RaiderRockstar

    nicknames dont count here unless they are given to you by Raider O !!

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    @Mike

    thats true. Odouls nice a nice job in the name-calling dept. I think Judge has taken over for BSJ though as the blog’s biggest comedian

  • guest123

    @ 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.

  • Whoknows

    SnBS, tell me how did a troll like yourself end up being a Raider “fan” if you hate Al Davis so much. Did your daddy make you watch? Let me guess you hate your daddy too.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wow Hwnrdr. A 6th…
    Looks like stupid isn’t limited to upstairs at 1220 Harbourbay Parkway huh?

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

    Agin players have no trade value, that’s why I always get a kick out of people on here always throwing out trade scenarios and such.

    Draft picks are so valuable, because you get a guy for 4 years, relatively cheaply.

  • DJ Johnny

    Losing doesn’t help Mark Davis right now. W the stadium issue in flux i.e: going nowhere, you couldn’t have picked a worse time to have team expected to go 1-15 or …I don’t even wanna say it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Charlie spouts the same nonsense in here everyday about how Reggie is doing a wonderful job, despite the fact that his 53 man roster is by far the worst in the league..

    you guys are slurping it up like crazy too, lol

    nobody says Al Davis did great his last 10 years. ok?

    like my man Judge says – revoke the pass!

  • RaidingTexas

    Guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    As a rule, if you play the Broncos, any pass caught within 6 inches of the ground, you need to throw the challenge flag. They always go into hurry up mode trying to get over on the officials checking the play. Even if you run out of challenges, it should be instinct.

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    Depends on the situation. What down? How many yards? Did it result in first down? Which side of the 50 yard line?

    I wouldn’t want to waste a challenge on a four yard pass from their own 20 yard line on first down.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Scott Bair‏@BairCSN 3m
    Updated content (including fact that #Raiders have just TWO healthy tackles): Watson remains out with knee injury

  • RaiderRockstar

    saying Reggie’s 2 offseasons are better than Al’s last 2 is like saying Gradkowski > Russell

    #bothterrible

  • Just Fire Baby

    Reading the Grantland article on the AFC breakdown.

    Interesting tidbit:

    “McFadden has to be considered Oakland’s best first-round pick even though he’s rushed for more than 707 yards only once (and admitted publicly this summer that he’s “tired” of football).

    When did he admit he was “tired” of football?

  • DJ Johnny

    Media could be saying we’re gonna win 10 games and i’d still wait to praise him till I see the team on the field.

    I sure as heck am not prepared to do so when they say we may have one of the worst rosters of all time.

  • DJ Johnny

    …”but he’s got over 50 mill to spend next yr”.

    How’d that work for Cleveland?

  • RaiderRockstar

    what was with having Keith Urban star at the NFL kickoff party?

    nothing gets people pumped up & ready for some football like … slow country love songs??

  • RaiderRockstar

    @JFB

    you think Norv is gonna “fix” Weeden? I see he’s your backup QB in FF

  • DJ Johnny

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    what was with having Keith Urban star at the NFL kickoff party?

    nothing gets people pumped up & ready for some football like … slow country love songs??

    It looked like a freaking Liberace concert.

  • DJ Johnny

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Reading the Grantland article on the AFC breakdown.

    Interesting tidbit:

    “McFadden has to be considered Oakland’s best first-round pick even though he’s rushed for more than 707 yards only once (and admitted publicly this summer that he’s “tired” of football).

    When did he admit he was “tired” of football?

    I think Raiders are perceived as team you can just go ahead and make up bschytt and not be challenged.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Weeden is going to put up some big stats this year.

    Dude has arm talent.

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:02 am
    saying Reggie’s 2 offseasons are better than Al’s last 2 is like saying Gradkowski > Russell

    #bothterrible

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    Al’s last two seasons produced a 16-16 record, Reggie, 4-12 on the way to 8-24. one is more terribler than the other.

  • guest123

    Weeden is going to put up some big stats this year.

    Dude has arm talent.

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    I don’t see him putting up big time stats. More like Christian Ponder type stats. His RB T Richardson is going to be the next Adrian Peterson and will carry the offense. Gordon is suspended for the first 2 games and Little has butterfingers. His TE Cameron is unproven and overhyped. Just don’t see the receiving weapons to say he’s going to be anything but mediocre.

  • guest123

    Norv won’t fix Weeden, but he’ll do wonders for T-Rich.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Weeden is going to put up some big stats this year.

    Dude has arm talent.

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    @JFB

    I’m a tad bit surprised you didn’t go after your boy Christian Ponder. no love for Greg Jennings & Cordarrelle Patterson as his WR’s ??

  • RaiderRockstar

    Norv won’t fix Weeden, but he’ll do wonders for T-Rich.

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    just like he did LaMont Jordan & Ryan Mathews?