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Here is the future of our backfield. One thing I've always noticed about McFadden's running style is that he seems to seek out contact. Its like hes trying to prove a point to the naysayers who felt he and his chicken legs werent stout enough to take a pounding at the NFL level. Instead of trying to juke or outrun defenders, he tries to take them head on. Once again, it is pretty evident in these clips. It usually ends with him getting stood up, as this style does not cater to his strengths.
I really believe the coaching staff should sit him down and tell him to try to utilize his speed and quickness more, as opposed to his power. Hes a strong kid, and that stiff arm on LaRon Landry is priceless, but he would be better served trying to run around defenders rather than through them. I know some of this falls on the coaching staff, because alot of what Cable preaches is toughness, but when you have a talent like mcFacdden, you dont need to encourage him to try and take defenders head on in space.
Lets leave the truck stick to Big Bush. It is easy to see from these clips that when he is in space, he makes the decision on whether to run through/juke defenders based on momentum and angles, as oppossed to mcfadden, who it seems like always tries to take on the defender, even if juking or stutter stepping would equal more yards. In the tampa bay games, there are instances where Bush is in the open field, and one play he cutbacks and scores, and another play he puts his head down and carries three defenders 5 more yards. I hope McFadden can be the lightning to bushes thunder this year- that coupled with a legitimate threat to pass and a decent oline should equal a formidable running game for the Raiders this year.
Some quotes from Tom Cable on NFL Network today...
Well I think, you know, we are not so far away now. We are very competitive now. Primarily, is to get our young guys to grow up. We’ve kind of gotten a little bit younger in the last year and a half, at the same time, more talented, which is a key.
On the Richard Seymour acquisition:
When we first got Richard last year, he jumped right into that role. A guy in the league for quite some time; he’s won the world championship a number of times, been to the pro-bowl a number of times…
He’s come in and showed this young team how you prepare, how you take notes, how you work every week, how you take care of your body, you know, all the things that are really critical to being good for a long period of time. He was fantastic with that.
On key issues being addressed this off-season:
I think there’s two things. Confidence number one, and number two is ball security and the turnover takeaway deal, which effects the entire football team. Those are the two big things that need to get done for this team to take the next step.
On running back Darren McFadden:
I hope so. I think he’s been so close and then an injury issue comes up. He’s not been able to stay healthy for an extended period of time. He’s flashed. Big time flash. But I hope he’s ready to put it all together, we need him to.
Is this his team?
Yeah, I think going into last year I did. The ’08 thing was a lot of work, a lot of adversity, a lot of things getting used to. I was a [offensive] line coach one minute, the next minute I’m coaching the line and coaching the whole team. So you kind of, get through that, to survive. You try to improve it and the last six weeks of ’08 we played pretty good football and last year, we didn’t get off to the start we wanted to and I think that’s a key in this league.
But I certainly think its my team.
On the playoffs and Al Davis’ patience:
He’s not at all. You know, and shouldn’t be and neither am I. That’s what I see this team being in 2010. That’s a team that can get to the playoffs. That’s the next step.
Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable made an appearance on the Murph and Mac show on KNBR 680 this morning. The coach talked about various topics, including the start of the OTA today and his quarterback situation. Here’s a transcript of some of the interview:
About the Organized Team Activities:
We start our OTA practices today. And we’ll go Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday this week, the same next week and it I’ll be about a lot of situations and kind of just putting the team back together again. Getting the rookies caught up and kind of advance where we at on offense and defense.
About attendance and the voluntary nature of OTAs:
The most important thing about OTAs is taking the bottom half of your team and raising its level. You’ll like to have everyone here, but it’s not the most important thing right now. You want your young guys here and your guys that you felt like, maybe you drafted a year ago that are still developing. Those are really the most important guys. But certainly having as many as you can make sit easier to do as many drills and situations as you can.
About the attendance of the draft picks:
They all are here.
About Roland McClain:
Well, I think that he fits a very important issue for us in trying to make our front seven better on defense, in terms of stopping the run and getting better, letting the secondary be able to perform on third down. So it was a big need.
What we got him from him was a guy who is a champion. He comes from a very good program, he’s been taught well his mind sight is whatever it takes and he’ll work all day. So I think is a breath of fresh air that you got a young guy in here that is committed to working and to being good.
About Jason Campbell and whether he’s the starter:
Jason is here. We’ll have Jason, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller – all three of those guys will get work. Probably, pretty equal amount of work as we go here. Then when we get to camp, really at Napa, that’s when the competition will really get going.
On Bruce Gradkowski’s status:
Well he is [still injured]. He’s coming along fine and the [pectoral muscle] should be healed. He’ll be done, ready in time for camp certainly, but he’s here every day working and learning, but physically he won’t do anything until we go to camp.
About the wide receivers and how Campbell at QB will help:
Well, I think its going to be a little of both. You know, first of all, you got Chaz Schilens, you got Johnnie Lee Higgins, and then you got Louis [Murphy] and Darrius [Heyward-Bey] who you already mentioned, and when you look at those guys, they are all a year older. Johnnie and Chaz are really just third year guys and then you got Darrius and Louis being second year guys. So their maturity is going to happen just by being in the league and understanding what it takes to perform at this level, how to take care of your body, how to study, all those little things. Then you put a guy like Jason in the mix with them, who literally, if they wanted to go out and throw balls all day, he’ll go out with them, play catch, throw routes, work on ball handling, whatever- they are all kind of gym rats.