When the offseason started, Raiders coach Tom Cable wanted an every down running back to emerge.
Now he appears to be reconsidering the plan to ditch the two-back approach with Michael Bush and Darren McFadden.
“Each one of them has their own strength but they both show up every
time we come out here. I actually think their both (No. 1s) and I think
it’s a great deal we got going here,” Cable said.
Cable expressed hope that McFadden would become that true No. 1 in March, but that has yet to happen.
“I think it’s a mentality thing. I think that we do talk about it,”
Cable said, in reference to McFadden’s struggles running between the numbers. “I think we’re doing some things [during practice drills]
that actually help him a little bit in terms of ball security and having
to get down near the ground and keep your balance, those kind of
things. But I think he hears it and he’ll do something about it. I
Coachspeak translation: We’d love for McFadden to be the guy, but we’re trying to cut down on high draft pick scholarships around here.