Just give Darren McFadden the damn ball!

The numbers don’t lie and since Tom Cable is calling the plays in 2009, I hope he’s more than aware of this. During Darren McFadden’s injury shortened rookie season, the Oakland Raiders won three of the five games when Run-DMC got 12 or more touches.

Forget about JaMarcus Russell. Never mind that Zach Miller is on the verge of making a trip to Honolulu. Ignore Michael Bush. Darren McFadden needs to be the lynchpin for the Oakland Raider offense in 2009. Everyone else is just a decoy for him because after he touches the rock a few times he, in turn, becomes a decoy for all of them.

We’re talking about a talent who is the future of the NFL here. Gone are the days of handing the pill to a guy 30 times a game and asking him to simply chew up clock and move the chains. Guys like Reggie Bush and D-Mac are what this league is quickly becoming.

McFadden might not ever run for 1,700 yards. He might not ever have 1,400 yards receiving. But I guarantee you this much. He is more than capable of netting over 1,600 all purpose yards and 10+ touchdowns a year. Simply find a way to get him the rock.

Honest talk, McFadden might have the best hands on the Raider roster. Split him out wide.

McFadden is as shifty as a Helio Castroneves. Line him up in the backfield.

His Arkansas resume is the reason why the NFL is “Wildcat” crazed. Line him up under center.

I don’t care how you do it Coach Cable. Get Run-DMC the rock!

He’s the Brian Westbrook upgrade with a splash of Priest Holmes and has an E-40 sprinkle of East Bay funk in his game.


Don’t take my word for it, just ask Kansas City, Denver and Houston what its like to defend the Raider offense when you have to keep tabs on where McFadden is lining up on every down. Suddenly the whole playbook opens up and guys like Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chaz Schilens, Zach Miller and Darrius Heyward-Bey become a nightmare to cover. Then, just when the opposition is weary from chasing all that Raider Speed all over the field, the hammers Justin Fargas and Micahel Bush come in to punish the d-line.

Nnamdi Asomugha, Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard, Tommy Kelly and the entire Raider defense will line up to shake your hand Coach Cable for giving them all something the haven’t had as members of the Silver and Black: Rest. That’s right. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Let John Marshall have a few extra moments on the sidelines to make adjustments, give Nnamdi a chance to get down one more swallow of Gatorade and before you know it they’re getting more three-and-outs than Nolan Ryan.

I’m not saying I want McFadden to go Keyshawn or Dwight Howard on Cable. But the Raiders do have an obligation to just get him the damn ball if they want to reverse this losing trend.

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