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Raiders want to run the football more

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Running back Darren McFadden has been healthy through the first four games of the Raiders season, but their rushing attack has not been as robust as hoped.

The team is dead last in the NFL with 60.8 rushing yards per game and getting better was a point of emphasis during the bye week. Running backs coach Kelly Skipper and quarterback Carson Palmer both said that the team wants to run the football more often in hopes of hitting some big plays that will get that part of the offense moving in the right direction.

Coach Dennis Allen said that he’s seen progress during the bye week, but cautioned that the team isn’t going to move away from the zone blocking system installed by new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp this offseason. To many observers, the poor fit of the Raiders personnel with that system has been the biggest problem with the run game in the first four games.

“You can’t throw everything out and just start over in the middle of the year,” Allen said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “There have been a few tweaks, a few emphasis points but nothing like a drastic change other than we’ve got to execute better.”

The Raiders could have a chance for better results this weekend. The Falcons have allowed more than five yards per carry so far this season, which is considerably more than the Raiders have been able to muster up to this point. If they start to see positive results on the ground, the Raiders have a chance to rebound from their 1-3 start and lift themselves back into the AFC West mix.

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21 Responses to “Raiders want to run the football more”
  1. jagwired32 says: Oct 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    Just wait until next week when the Jaguars come to Oakland. We love to help people end their dry spells.

  2. donottellmethatnameistaken says: Oct 11, 2012 1:04 PM

    I was recently reminded about the Seahawks struggles to incorporate zone blitzing. http://www.fieldgulls.com/2012/7/15/3160997/the-seahawks-the-zone-blocking-scheme

    I believe it will take a little while to get McFadden and the linemen all on the same page. Once it does, it should benefit McFadden and the team.
    With that said, they need to get their pretty good wide receivers on the field at the same time. I think this will be the first time this season that Moore and Heyward-Bey will be on the field at the same time. Hopefully that starts to open things up. Also, not since week one they have not taken advantage of McFadden’s receiving abilities. Get on it Raiders!

  3. beavertonsteve says: Oct 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    What was wrong with the running scheme the Raiders were using last year? When McFadden went down he was having a great year and Bush got plugged in and started putting up 100 plus yards a week. Why would you go and mess with that?

  4. crise40g says: Oct 11, 2012 1:10 PM

    New coach, new system. Everybody knows there will be growing pains but to totally abandon the PBS that made the Raiders one of the top rushing teams last year is beyond me. Knapp better figure out how to use his best weapon in Run DMC.

  5. natelan69 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    The Raiders make my Chargers look like an elite team.

    Thanks Raiders.

    -Chargers Fans

  6. squared80 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    The legend of Al Davis’ team building ineptitude lives on!

  7. hehateme2 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    Not against the Dolphins they don’t… OWNED!

  8. zeddicuszorander says: Oct 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    Raider fans are thankful for Kansas City being in the division…..otherwise they’d be in the basement….wait what?

  9. oaktown49er says: Oct 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    IMO the o-line is better than last year, it is inexcusable that the running game has taken such a major step backwards. However, I have trouble believing McFadden isn’t due to break out soon. Although I am nervous saying “break” and “out” when it comes to McFadden.

  10. raidernation210 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:44 PM

    natelan69 says:
    Oct 11, 2012 1:18 PM
    The Raiders make my Chargers look like an elite team.

    Thanks Raiders.

    -Chargers Fans

    ————————————————

    STOP IT! The Chargers suck! one of the biggest choke artist of the last decade and still with no super bowls. Chargers are losers just like their fans

  11. KIR says: Oct 11, 2012 1:50 PM

    Hue Jackson is twice the OC of Knapp. Did anyone she McFadden last year before he got hurt. He looked like the best back in the NFL and Oakland was playoff bond even with a putrid defense. Can’t believe someone hasn’t offered Hue an OC job.

  12. kcsam76 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:24 PM

    Go Raiders! Go A’s!

  13. realfootballfan says: Oct 11, 2012 3:03 PM

    Coach Dennis Allen said that he’s seen progress during the bye week, but cautioned that the team isn’t going to move away from the zone blocking system installed by new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp this offseason. To many observers, the poor fit of the Raiders personnel with that system has been the biggest problem with the run game in the first four games.

    ——

    Hey, but it doesn’t matter if your personnel is better suited for their previous system. Dennis Allen and that fan proclaimed “upgrade” that I heard about in the off-season, Greg Knapp, are going to keep drilling that square peg into that round hole.

    Where are all of you clueless “fans” who criticized me for pointing this out because you couldn’t see this train wreck coming.

  14. bovice23 says: Oct 11, 2012 3:37 PM

    I have no idea why Oakland insists on being a passing team with Palmer at QB and McFadden there at RB. The only game they stayed committed to the run and weren’t trying to pass it 4 out of 5 plays was the only game they won.

  15. JSpicoli says: Oct 11, 2012 3:38 PM

    Allen is a plant from Denver.

  16. justwinsomeday says: Oct 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    Bottom line is the scheme has to be good, the coaches have to be good and the players have to be good. Unfortunately we’re not quite batting 1.000

  17. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 11, 2012 6:34 PM

    “Coach Dennis Allen said that he’s seen progress during the bye week”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Me too!!!!
    They didn’t lose, and Dmac’s YPC didn’t go down!!

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 11, 2012 6:36 PM

    “that fan proclaimed “upgrade” that I heard about in the off-season, Greg Knapp”…
    ++++++++
    Back up, son…. I don’t know of one single fan that was happy with the move to Knapp.
    We’ve all got long memories around here.

  19. csdaddy7777 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:20 PM

    natelan69 says:
    Oct 11, 2012 1:18 PM
    The Raiders make my Chargers look like an elite team.

    Thanks Raiders.

    -Chargers Fans
    -—————————————————————————–
    All five of you guys are welcome

    – RAIDER NATION

  20. raiderapologist says: Oct 11, 2012 8:38 PM

    natelan69 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    The Raiders make my Chargers look like an elite team.
    Thanks Raiders.
    -Chargers Fans
    ———-
    Elite teams don’t go 0 for forever in NFL championships. They don’t lose to 0-4 teams, and they don’t get waxed by “elite” teams like the Falcons. If you have to compare your team to another in order to make yourself feel superior, you’re a loser.

  21. hendeeze says: Oct 11, 2012 9:14 PM

    In case you didn’t know. The Niners QB + WR excluding RB’s have more rushing yards then the Raiders have as a TEAM. That is how bad the Raiders “scheme” is.

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