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McFadden looks ‘explosive’

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 4:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • DJ Johnny

    Gee. How fascinating that in a qb controversy where the the starter hasn’t even been announced by the coach yet that in the entire Raiders org there isn’t 100% backing of one qb over the other.

    THIS is very unusual and speaks to the Raider dysfunction.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Haven’t heard anything about the players. According to Mike Silver “some in the building” think Pryor is a hopeless cause and McGloin should get a shot but that Mark Davis wants to see what Pryor can do.

    I’ve read elsewhere that Greg Olson really likes Pryor, though, so whoever it is, it isn’t him down on TP2.
    +++++++

    Hmmm. a friend asked me about it yesterday. I would assume players would prefer Pryor because of his movility. I really dont think we have a player on the team with enough clout to even try to persuade the coaches bout the starting QB.

  • theghostronin79

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:59 am
    jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 3m
    No sign of Watson as Raiders to through warmups. Don’t see Ausberry.

    Fine. Let the fat azz rest up till he comes back and then goes down with some other b.s injury.

    ============

    Mr. “I’ll have to double my Wits.”

    Needs to Double his Ball-Sack, and “Crack-On” in proud British fashion….

    OR however the Hell they say it.

  • Raiders for life

    Please don’t tell me that our 2nd round pick is injury prone. This O-line is not looking good at all.

  • The_Judge37

    I don’t like to blame players for suffering injuries. But i have no problem placing blame on the Regime for not having a back up prepared

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    guest123 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:52 am
    Someone will take a chance on DMC to resurrect his career ala Fred Taylor if he can stay healthy this year. someone will give him a 4th year. of course, none of that matters since contracts aren’t fully gtd in the NFL like they are in MLB and NBA.
    ——————————–
    Taylor and DMAC not a great comparison.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    raiders colts

    working against the raiders

    luck and his wr core vs our secondary. Luck can spray the ball all over the field and their isnt a throw he cant make. i know some people have questioned his arm strength but i dont buy that for a second. while it isnt a canon its more than strong enough to attack every angle very plane especially in the intermediate game.

    Im not wild about the prospects of porter lining up against wayne hilton or dhb and i think he will be a target. However i think with hayden in the mix with jenkins they will be adequate. especially since woodson unlike huff can tackle. How the raiders respond in the secondary this week is huge.

    mathis vs our patchwork o line. matghis is getting older and is the only real pass rush threat, but he is capable of finding the magic for a game or two even if he cant sustain it along the season. he definitely is a concern considering the shuffling and guys playing out of position. He must be part of the key for the raiders blocking scheme.

    what is working for the raiders?

    pryor is an ex factor. the colts are not much of a pass rushing team any longer, so if our o line can hold up the cots will be forced to blitz. they blitz a lot last year and i could see them trying that now. if pryor can find his hots, or escape and extend plays, or escape and take off there will be some big plays for him this week. also if the run game gets 3-4 yards a pop look for the raiders to have some shots deep vs one on one coverage

    or wr core vs. colts secondary. They dont cover well, they are not great tacklers, and vontae davis is the best they have to offer. My guess he will be locked up on moore. i don’t think he is good enough to shut down moore, but will moore continue to shut down himself? ford streater and butler all will have favorable match ups on the field and should get some looks on hots or in 1 on 1 coverage.

    damc vs the colt front7. dmac will shred these guys if he can stay healthy. The colts will be playing the run expecting the raiders to try and force feed him. They will also be committed to trying to stop pryor on play fakes and keepers. while dmac may have several 2-3 yard gains in the first quarter, they should continue to pund away. by the second half the colts will be gassed from chasing pryor o scrambles and keepers, and trying to tackle dmac. There will be some huge creases for dmac in the second half if the score still favors the running game.

    our d tackles vs samson satele i think sims and wlker will punish satele, and the cots will not have any success running the ball. The raiders will force the colts into passing mode early if they can get ahead on the score board. bradshaws health is uncertain as well. This only works in our favor if the secondary holds up. i also think sims could get pressure up the middle a couple of times, but i dont expect the raiders to suddenly have a pass rush off the edge. they need to attack up the middle on blitzes as well.

    i think this game can be won by the raiders n a shocker.

    i want to see the raiders help out the young raider offense by employing more shifts and motions than we saw in preseason. force the defense to declare early and play more vanilla with a heavy dose of the pistol hybrid concepts. Give some reverse and jet sweep motions to slow the rush and create easy lanes to pass and run for pryor and dmac. Spread the defense with reece dmac and the the wrs. give pryor the freedom to check out of calls at the line, dn adjust the blocking.

    This will help the qb identify the defense and the match ups. this will help the pass catchers see the coverage and face 1 on 1. this will help the rbs find more room to run.

  • The_Judge37

    How can we go into the season where our back up LT is the starting RT?

    FML!

  • No Mas Diamante

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    the nfl is a joke

    changing the rules to stop the brothaz from torching their league?

    trying to level the playing field to keep employment for the so called drop back qbs

    goodel = roosevelt
    ???????????????????????????????????

    You are truly clueless. Let me clear it up for you: Simply, this means that if a QB fakes a hand off or a pitch and then continues to pretend the he still has the ball in his possession then he can be hit or tackled. If he clearly does not have the ball any longer then he cannot be touched. Please explain to me how is this designed to “keep the brothas down”?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Here’s the game plan for Sunday:

    1) Play conservative on Offense. Turnovers would kill us.
    2) Bend dont break on D. Dont let it become a shootout.
    3) Hope we are within 1 score come the 4th qtr.
    4) Let Pryor do his thing running to win the game in a comeback.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Watson = british sissy

    again, or still

    sorry guys!

  • RaiderRockstar

    How can we go into the season where our back up LT is the starting RT?

    FML!

    ***

    @Judge

    to my knowledge, Barnes never played for the Browns or Packers … so we’re good

    #jaguarrejectsunite

  • No Mas Diamante

    I also think we win this game which really upsets the pundits at bspn and the rest of the talking heads. Perhaps I’m just being overly optimistic like I always am at this time of year, but what the hell…

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    Watson = british sissy

    again, or still

    sorry guys!

    *********

    make up your damn mind!!!!

    you’all hating on your own kind is wrong, just wrong.

  • theghostronin79

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:12 am
    I also think we win this game which really upsets the pundits at bspn and the rest of the talking heads. Perhaps I’m just being overly optimistic like I always am at this time of year, but what the hell…

    =============

    Yes, you are…..

    and Yes…… Eff it. It’s the time of year to do that.

  • guest123

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    Here’s the game plan for Sunday:

    1) Play conservative on Offense. Turnovers would kill us.
    2) Bend dont break on D. Dont let it become a shootout.
    3) Hope we are within 1 score come the 4th qtr.
    4) Let Pryor do his thing running to win the game in a comeback.

    **********

    I don’t think we can count on 1 thru 3, so skip over all that and give me a double of #4

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    the fact that the colts dfense game plan will focus on shutting down pryor and dmac should open up some big play opportunities in the hybrid shell game.

    I would like to see at least 90% of pryors pass attempts to begin with a play fake or false motion ( ghost reverse, jet sweep,) mix in some boot legs and this can be lots of fun

  • The_Judge37

    In order to win Pryor is going to have to have an amazing game, or Luck is going to have to have an amazing meltdown.

  • DJ Johnny

    theghostronin79 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:59 am
    jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 3m
    No sign of Watson as Raiders to through warmups. Don’t see Ausberry.

    Fine. Let the fat azz rest up till he comes back and then goes down with some other b.s injury.

    ============

    Mr. “I’ll have to double my Wits.”

    Needs to Double his Ball-Sack, and “Crack-On” in proud British fashion….

    OR however the Hell they say it.

    Lmao. That’s good. Actually it’s the British way to bail on responsibility. Just like Syria situation by crackey.

  • willy91137

    Just watch Bridgwater game against Florida last year the kid has the quickest release I’ve ever seen

    you would think he’d have eyes in the back of his head when he keeps his eyes down the field and still avoids the rush

    I seen him a couple times throw somebody open he’s really good on third down

    he is a baller

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Willy91137 Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:18 am
    Just watch Bridgwater game against Florida last year the kid has the quickest release I’ve ever seen

    you would think he’d have eyes in the back of his head when he keeps his eyes down the field and still avoids the rush

    I seen him a couple times throw somebody open he’s really good on third down

    he is a baller
    ==================

    WELCOME TO THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE!!!!!

  • The_Judge37

    #jaguarrejectsunite
    ——-

    RB pass: Jennings to Tackle eligible Barnes?

  • shutdown

    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.
    _______________________________________________________

    Well said, and might I add that not getting a stadium deal done is huge…further, this talk of a super small stadium reeks of desperation.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Watching White men can’t jump right now-classic.

    Maybe the Raiders can be like Billy Hoyle and “hustle” some teams this year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Judge

    last time Barnes went out for a pass, Willie Smith was blocking at RT with some blocking help from Rick Gordon

    I’ve never seen a Left Tackle be declared eligible to catch a pass, lol

    who would fill in at LT? Gurode?

  • guest123

    Sure hope TP2 is perfecting his ‘jump-pass’ for Sunday. We need him to bring his A-game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123

    how dare you declare that i’m British!

    my own kind? pfft

    pass on the tea & crumpets bro. no thanks

  • RaiderKenny24

    Oh yeah,whoever picks in the top spot next year (most likely a team with no franchise QB) would be silly to pick Jadaveon Clowney over Teddy B.

    Clowney is a freaky deaky athlete no doubt,but still needs to work on some stuff to be a possible Bruce Smith,Peppers type talent coming out. Clowney seems to be living off the hype of his big hit on the Michigan RB in SC’s bowl game last year. He can improve his game basically this year,got off to a mediocre start last week obviously.

    Teddy B is very comparable to Aaron Rodgers IMO (think McShay and/or Kiper said the same) release,arm strength,footwork,accuracy and mobility…plus he’s NOT a douche (for all those weird Jokey Manziel lovers out there)…and the last time I checked,attitude/leadership are just as important for a possible franchise QB as the other stuff,if not more.

  • Raiders for life

    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.

  • RaiderRockstar

    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

  • R8erEduc8er

    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!

  • guest123

    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.

  • hwnrdr

    1074.Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:22 am
    Watching White men can’t jump right now-classic.

    Maybe the Raiders can be like Billy Hoyle and “hustle” some teams this year.

    We going sizzlers, we going sizzlers!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    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.
    ————————–
    You said it!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    hwnrdr Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:29 am
    1074.Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:22 am
    Watching White men can’t jump right now-classic.

    Maybe the Raiders can be like Billy Hoyle and “hustle” some teams this year.

    We going sizzlers, we going sizzlers!
    —————————–
    So pretty, so pretty.

  • Raiders for life

    Guest lol,
    Raiders turned me into an alcoholic about 6 years ago.

  • hwnrdr

    What is a quiche, Alex?

  • guest123

    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!

    **********

    never thought of it that way. Maybe TP2 is Oakland’s hail mary pass? a lot riding on his shoulders. no pressure kid!

  • willy91137

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:20 am
    =========================
    I hope he is in our future

  • Raiders for life

    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

    A very slim glimmer of hope

  • RaiderKenny24

    Egg,veggies and/or meat mash up baked in a pie crust…I think?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    WHAT DENNIS ALLEN AND PRYOR MUST DO TO FIND SUCCESS THIS SEASON

    tell pryor that he is the starter and that he will be the starter for the season no matter what.

    Pryor is not the type that folds because of competition, however he is a guy that can go too far when trying to make a point at times.

    He has heard the criticisms about his passing and worked like a mad man to improve. I did feel there were a couple of times he forced passes instead of running when it was open trying to win his coach over.

    pryor needs to go out and be himself, while employing his improved skills. he does not need to feel as though he still needs to prove anything to the coach or think about an inferior player taking his place if he makes a mistake.

    pryor is a young qb and mistakes will happen as they have for every qb not namde rgIII throughout he history of nfl football.

    I just want to see him relaxed and playing free. I Strongly suspect that by week 5-6 pryor will play far better than we have seen to this point, just from establishing routines and familiarity with being an nfl starter and his fellow starting team mates. i also suspect that olson will need a few weeks to learn how to cal the hybrid and will also improve over the first 5-6 weeks of the season

    i hope olson calls a few easy passes early to get pryor in a rhythm and settle him in. His firsts seaosn opener will have him a little pumped and he can sail one when he is that way.

    a bubble screen, a quick slant, something along those lines to get him in the flow.

    If the raiders to use read option, i want pryor to hand off the ball and resist the urge to pull it. let dmac hammer away early and often. I saw pryor was a bit impatientt with this in the preseason and that is a result of not runing the offense much. dmac is not rashad jennings and is quite capable of going 60 yards when he sees a crease. pryor was the most dangerous runner when he ran the option with jennings so this may also have influenced his thinking.

    trust dmac and let him be the work horse

    watching dmac in the option game again will be like watching him in college

    this could be magic!!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    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

    A very slim glimmer of hope
    ———————
    Cool, That was only a half decade ago.

  • RaiderKenny24

    haha! Nice Jags o-line history post RForLife

  • jesusraiderjim

    @RRS i.e. “PORNSTACH”

    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

    At a boy Podunk

  • DJ Johnny

    How long you guys think DA is gonna wait to announce the QB?

    Is he seriously gonna wait till just before kickoff?

  • Raiders for life

    Hey, Barnes and Pashos can use their walkers can’t they?

  • guest123

    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.

  • MikieG

    Can someone tell me why the Raiders haven’t signed
    Jo-Lon Dunbar since his release by the Lambs? He’s out 4 games…so what? We need as much depth and talent on this team as we can possibly get!

  • jesusraiderjim

    @Guest123

    True story.