Darren McFadden Feels Like He Owes a Fantastic Season to the Oakland Raiders

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Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Football is here Raider Nation!  Unfortunately we, Raider Nation, will have to wait one more week to be at our house, O.co.  I still like to refer to it as “The Coliseum.”  This a reminds me of the days of gladiators fighting in Roman times.  That’s what I want the Oakland Raiders to play like, gladiators fighting for their lives.  Maybe with all the negativity from the off-season, they will play that way.

What I’d like to discuss today is our running back Darren McFadden.  It’s been a difficult time for him in Oakland.  His ability to stay healthy has not been that good.  There could be many factors that are attributed to this.  Maybe he isn’t eating right, stretching right, working out the right muscles, etc…  Some have said he is just injury prone, and he will continue to be.  Personally, I believe that McFadden has the drive to stay healthy.  Not to mention the fact that this is a contract year for him.  It’s a year that he will determine what type of contract he will earn, based on his play this year.

His loyalty to the Raiders and Raider Nation has never been in question.  He leaps into the Black Hole after scoring touchdowns, and he connects with the fans.  He is a players player off the field.  He wants to stay a Raider, and he has alluded to that in several of his interviews about this contract year.  One of the best comments I heard him make was today.  He was interviewed by Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, and McFadden stated, “The organization has shown tremendous faith in me, and I’m very grateful for that.  I feel like it shows real faith in me and in this offense as a whole.  They clearly have confidence in my ability and what I can do in a downhill running scheme.  I’m so excited to be able to run in this type of offense again.  I feel like I owe the Raiders a fantastic season.”

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  • Raider Grant

    Appreciate the optimism!!!! I wish the best for McFadden, the rest of his career rides on this season whether he stays with The Raiders or not. He was one of my favorite draft picks ever & I had such high hopes for the man. Go Raiderrrrs!!!!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Oh man Raider Grant, the pre-season has you all glum and down in the dumpers. Never fear, this Sunday will cheer you up. D-Line is all healthy and working together this week. Pat Sims will make everyone else better. McFadden will be back in his element from 2011. It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s Raider Time!

  • Raider Grant

    I’m usually the optimistic person of the bunch, but since the passing of AL I’ve been skeptical on decisions being made, excited for new era, but very skeptical. I just see this years draft being a bust the more the season progresses. Sio Moore is my new Favorite, but feel McKenzie dropped the ball with too high of risks which are not going to bear fruit for the Raiders. I listened too 95.7 The Game last night & they were hitting on things I’ve been hitting on all off season. Their not Raider haters on The Game either, they just see the realization of how things turned out. McKenzie will draft better next year I just know it & don’t feel he should be on hot seat yet! Allen’s seat is already on fire, I have extra luggage for him & will help him pack. Go Raiderrrrs!

  • Phil Mokate

    PSimms needs to get on the treadmill and stay away from the local buffet. Who in the hell is the trainer? Dont these guys need to make weight? DMac is my man, but he has not even played his 1st game yet and he has a shoulder? 16 games? This I gota see….

  • Bob

    Sadly, I have no faith in DMC.