What To Do With Darren McFadden? Exploring the Oakland Raiders options

Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We all know the story, in 2008 Al Davis used his first round selection on a talented running back out of Arkansas who was drafted to be the future of that position for the Raiders. Flash forward to McFadden’s sixth season and we are left here scratching our heads about what to do about the running back position with McFadden injured yet again. McFadden has never made it through more than 13 games, yet alone a full season without an injury hampering his season. This leads to the predicament about what to do with this running back whose talent is undeniable, but can’t seem to consistently be counted on to lead this team and its running game. Even when he is on the field, his production is sporadic and you can never know whether he’ll have under 1 YPC (Denver 2013) or total for 200 yards and three touchdowns (Jacksonville 2010).

Lets take a look back on McFadden’s stats over the past six seasons shall we. His first two seasons were very unspectacular, as he never rushed for over 500 yards in either season. Then he exploded in 2010 when, in just 13 games, he amassed 507 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 1,157 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. He was playing at an all pro level and continued that in 2011 through 6 games when he accumulated over 750 total yards and 5 touchdowns including a game where he torched the Jets for 171 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He was running the best football of his life and was in the MVP race, then the expected inevitable happened- injury struck…again.

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) and Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Irving (56) stop the rush of Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) with quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

That time it was a foot injury that knocked off the rest of what could have been a historic season that was on pace for 2036 total yards and 13 touchdowns. Now we are dealing with the news that he tweaked his hamstring during the Redskins game that we eventually lost. This begs the question, what are we going to do with McFadden?

This 2013 team’s offense was being geared up to be centered around the oft-injured back and the failure that was Matt Flynn. Here we are 6 games into the season, and not only is Flynn no longer on the team, but McFadden is not an offensive centerpiece because of Flynn’s departure. Now we have a quarterback in Terrelle Pryor who can alleviate some of McFadden’s load, and also steal some touches in the read-option offense the Raiders have installed. Throughout the past 6 years, we have had a stable of backup running backs who when McFadden goes down have performed at a high level, whether it be Michael Bush, the talented Marcel Reese, or Rashad Jennings. The fact that our offense generates just as much efficiency running the football whether McFadden is in or not asks us if we really need McFadden, or should trade him to a running back desperate team (Giants maybe?) who is willing to take a risk on him for some draft picks. At the very least we could draft a running back more durable than McFadden or even trade for one if we wished.

January 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush (29) runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Should we, or should we not move on from McFadden is the question and as of right now, I don’t know the correct answer. If he comes back soon and plays in all the rest of the games this season at a high level, then bring him back, but if he misses more than five games, then Reggie and Allen have some tough decisions to make. Tell me your thoughts below on what you think the Raiders should do with Darren McFadden.

Topics: Al Davis, Darren McFadden, Fans, Injury, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation

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  • Hot One Recordz

    Move on please!

  • razkaz187

    Trade him or let him walk can’t count on him whatsoever

  • raider rod

    I’m over Mcfadden… we need a durable back…

  • Alexander Sorden

    Trade! Get something in return

  • j.King

    MJD

  • Johnny Avila

    Trade him

  • RdrFusion

    Doin’ pretty good without him…

  • Kevin Nunes

    Get rid of the bum

  • Angel Becerra

    McFadden is an explosive talent but, not reliable when it matters most. Raiders need consistency. It’s time to move on.

  • Raiderfan4life

    I’m a huge Raiders fan and have been extremely patient with Mc Fadden. My patience had worn out. Cut the losses get what we can in a trade. We pretty much told Flynn if you don’t perform you don’t belong. Time to tell it to Mc Fadden. I can sacrifice one more jersey.

  • Bubba W

    Mcfadden is like a broken down Ferrari. Doesn’t get you anywhere but still has value to sell as parts. Time to ship him out and get what value they can for him.

  • WTF

    Not sure on how much trade value he has and we’re thin at position. Certainly do not re sign him and seek better option in off season.

  • Johnny

    Get what we can for him time to move on…VIVA LOS RAIDERS!!!!

  • Phil Mokate

    Sign him to a smaller contract,if he wont accept let him hit the FA market.No trade value. Add another back as a triple threat with Jennings. We have been relying on him as the workhorse for a bad team for 6 years?. Its our own fault for using him to much. Murray is bigger and will help when he gets healthy. Anyone who thinks we will find a 16 game ever down back year after year is delusional. HE wants to prove himself so let him…

  • mike scarpino

    We would not be able to trade him he is in the final year of his contract which means if you dont sign him he just walks and you get nothing for himi think we should resign him for cheaper money and just give him a lesser role2 yr deal max

  • Bob

    Let him become a FA and get a more durable RB.

    I could push my recliner around the field and have more yards than DMC in his first five games.

  • Eric Kench

    I would give up on him. He’s always injured so I really don’t expect him to be with the team next year.

  • Bob

    Only carried the ball 51 times in four games in 2013. That is not a workhorse.

  • cerrone sanchez

    I like dmc, how ever we must move on…

  • Raiderfan4life

    Your delusional. I have supported DMC since day one. But the run doesn’t exist and is not our fault he’s Mc Fragile.

  • CognizantImpiety

    DMC was slow even when running in the open field. He goes down at the slightest touch of his legs. He doesn’t break tackles and doesn’t block consistently. Sorry, DMC, I like you, but you aren’t helping the Raiders.