Yahoo! Ranks the Raiders Running Backs 21st in the NFL


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During the past week I have been posting the position rankings done by Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole. Today we look at running backs, a position Oakland lands at 21 in Cole’s rankings.

Two of the Raiders AFC West rivals finished ahead of them in the rankings. The Broncos came in at No. 10 and the Chiefs at 17. The Chargers, however, ranked below Oakland in the 25th spot.

In my opinion the Broncos are rated way too high. Knowshon Moreno had a solid rookie campaign but he did only average 3.8 yards per carry. Not to mention Moreno’s backup, Correll Buckhalter, is injured more often than he’s actually on the field.

Here is what Cole had to say about the Raiders running backs:

21. Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden was lucky to be surrounded by the pathetic presence of quarterback JaMarcus Russell in his first two years. If not for the stench of Russell’s play, fans might be talking about McFadden as one of the all-time busts in draft history. In two years, Run DMC has made less noise in his career than his rap namesake has over the same period of time … and Jam-Master Jay has been gone from us for nearly a decade. Yeah, that’s harsh, but let’s be real about this. McFadden still has a great chance for success. There have been plenty of running backs who struggled for a couple of years and then hit it big, but the clock is ticking and the Raiders have other options, such as Michael Bush.

Apparently Cole didn’t watch Bush play much last year since he barely mentioned him. Just so he knows, both times Bush received at least 14 carries in a game, he ran for over 100 yards and for the season Bush averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

I’m just saying.

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  • JSpicoli

    Once again, Jason Cole is a Raider hating tool.

  • big ROC, from Stockton, CA

    This guy that has been putting together these rankings list is terrible. Is he the same guy that had the Raiders ranked as the 2nd worst team in the league? I can’t wait til the season kicks off and the Raiders come storming out of the gate and show everybody that they are for real this year. We’re going to have a very stingy defense and with JC at QB we should not have a problem controlling the ball and putting up points.

  • Thomas Casale

    I agree Big Roc. I am working on a post that lists the top reasons why Oakland has a shot to have a winning season in 2010. These so-called “experts” just tell you the same thing that happened the year before will happen again this season. That is never the case in today’s NFL. Things change from year to year. People are making predictions on the Raider team of 2009, not 2010.

  • http://www.si.com J. Faulkner

    Jason “Yahoo” Cole, what can we say. This is America and even a clueless individual can get a job writing trash. He probably ranks his boyfriend as the worst $ex he has ever had.

  • bedlam

    With the offensive line still coming together as a unit combined with pathetic play at QB allowing defenses to focus on stopping the run, it was amazing everytime a Raider running back rushed for more then 100 yards. This year will be different. Thanks to an upgrade at QB and another year for the offensive line to gel I expect to see the Raiders rushing game improve dramatically.

  • HeavyHitter

    Jason Cole needs to get real instead of getting drunk.