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.”