Give Darren McFadden the Ball

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Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Why His Numbers Aren’t Better

McFadden has only rushed rushed for 338 yards as he approaches the eight game of this season but it is far from his fault. As a whole, the offensive line hasn’t run blocked very well and that may be because they don’t get opportunities to do it. That’s McFadden’s main problem too as he’s only getting 12 carries per game and the Raiders only run 19 times per game.

Head coach Tony Sparano has been a politician in his press conference, promising to be more committed to the run. And like most politicians, what he said is not coming into fruition as he seems more committed to quarterback Derek Carr. Then, in every game that McFadden starts to get going and close to breaking one, Sparano trots Jones-Drew out there to kill any offensive momentum like against the Browns.

It’s time for the people up top to go ahead and admit the Jones-Drew is another one of those acquisitions that didn’t work. I mean no disrespect because I loved “Pocket Hercules” but that’s not how Jones-Drew is running the ball these days. So McFadden should get the lion’s share of the carries and when he’s tired, it would be nice to see what Latavius Murray can do.