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Darren McFadden feels he owes Raiders a fantastic season

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Last season was a disaster for Raiders running back Darren McFadden.

He looked out of place behind the zone blocking favored by former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, gaining just 3.3 yards per carry, and missed four games with another in the long list of injuries that have sidelined him throughout his career. The Raiders fired Knapp after the season and McFadden is back as the starting tailback in the final year of his contract. At 26, he said he’s only “shown glimpses” of what he can do and wants to pay the Raiders back for their faith in him.

“The organization has shown tremendous faith in me, and I’m very grateful for that,” McFadden said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. ‘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.”

After eight carries in the first two preseason games, McFadden didn’t play again because of a shoulder injury so we’ve only seen glimpses of him this year. Those glimpses came without Terrelle Pryor in the lineup and with the now-injured Jared Veldheer at left tackle, which makes it something of a mystery how the whole thing will fit if, as expected, Pryor starts at quarterback.

A big year from McFadden would take a lot of pressure off any quarterback and his talent has been obvious in past seasons, but he’ll need to stay healthy for the first time in order to deliver that fantastic season.

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32 Responses to “Darren McFadden feels he owes Raiders a fantastic season”
  1. trevor123698 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:40 PM

    Yeah and I’m sure he doesn’t owe this to himself because if he doesn’t he is not going to get paid NEXT YEAR

  2. oakfolk says: Sep 5, 2013 1:41 PM

    Yes, you do Darren….yes, you do.

  3. ingraven says: Sep 5, 2013 1:44 PM

    He meant to say that he owes them an ENTIRE season.

  4. mickmoney says: Sep 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    He owes my fantasy team a fantastic season

  5. ern215 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:46 PM

    I believe he will have his fist healthy season and be a top 5 running back this year!

  6. dstep24 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:46 PM

    Darren McFadden feels correctly.

  7. Fist of the Raven says: Sep 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    and every fantasy owner last year who picked him up!

  8. raidadon says: Sep 5, 2013 1:48 PM

    RUN DMC!

  9. deepseabreeze says: Sep 5, 2013 1:50 PM

    if he doesn’t have an injury free season, he ain’t coming back to the silver and black. extremely frustrating player.

  10. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    He will be sidelined by week 6. But hey, God speed .

  11. cappa662 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    You owe it to your fantasy team not to be hurt… AGAIN!

  12. verticalgame510 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:06 PM

    I don’t think people realize how monumentally bad of a decision it was to bring an Offensive Coordinator that was just recently fired back.

    Not only did we fire Knapp and Cable the Raiders totally divorced themselves from that offense philosophically as well as through the draft regarding the type of players we drafted. Dennis Allen should have been fired for re-hiring Greg Knapp alone. What a waste of a season.

  13. stillers213 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    He owes them nothing. The Raiders owe him an apology for not trading him to another team.

  14. Raider-in-PA says: Sep 5, 2013 2:08 PM

    DMAC is a BEAST when healthy… Here’s to a healthy 16-game season!!

  15. dalcow4 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    He will have a rough season. They don’t have a QB so they will try to run but the OL is terrible. Plenty of 3rd-and-longs for the Raiders this year.

    Raiders battling the Jets for the #1 pick.

    Is there a QB who merits that top pick? Probably not. Better grab that OT from Texas A/M.

  16. stlunatik says: Sep 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    I think he owes them 2/3 of the money back they gave him

  17. denverdude7 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:28 PM

    McFadden will be on IR by week 5 at the latest.

    The guy is an even more frail version of Cleveland’s Trent Richardson.

    In fantasy football terms: drafter beware.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Don’t sweat it DM, the Raiders owe many players their football careers back.

  19. raiderfanatic4life says: Sep 5, 2013 2:40 PM

    Dmac will be fine. Fantasy can expect bid things from him this year. All you doom and gloomers need to just STOP. He will have at lease 1500 yards this year. Bank on it!!!

  20. radrntn says: Sep 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    ya think?

  21. silvernblak says: Sep 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    I love Dmac, but if he cant show anything he IS supposed to have since being drafted,? I say we need to move on with Jennings and L.Murray on IR. Stewart is not that good of a running back and I would send him back to the practice squad and bring back Deonte Williams.

  22. mezanine10 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    Run DMC needs to have a good year so he can paid so he can pay for all his illegitimate keedz.

  23. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    Mike Shanahan had countless scrub running backs who ran for 1000 hard seasons with the same zone blocking scheme McFragile couldn’t figure out…

  24. 3yardsndust says: Sep 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    Run DMC is a stone-cold bust.

  25. beckhruby says: Sep 5, 2013 3:30 PM

    Because he is so fragile he has been a worthless bust his entire career. Even if he could string together a healthy season his numbers suggest mediocrity. This team will go 0-16 this year and he’ll have another miserable, injury plagued season…just like he does every single year.

  26. eddytap says: Sep 5, 2013 3:34 PM

    I’m so ready for the season to begin so I can’t quit hearing all the “experts” tell me how bad this team is before they’ve even played one game. God can we just watch and see for ourselves? Preseason means squat…. AUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHh

  27. ringheadcrusher says: Sep 5, 2013 3:38 PM

    Alper mentioned a key point here. Without Jared Veldheer, anyone who plays out of OAK’s offensive backfield is going to struggle mightily. The line was shoddy enough WITH Veldheer – who is a top-10 LT in this league – but now it’s just really nasty. Bad juju.

  28. mezanine10 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    Fantasy advice: If available, start the defense playing the Raiders every week. That goes for the Bills and Jets too.

  29. hendeeze says: Sep 5, 2013 5:02 PM

    verticalgame510 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 2:06 PM
    I don’t think people realize how monumentally bad of a decision it was to bring an Offensive Coordinator that was just recently fired back.

    Not only did we fire Knapp and Cable the Raiders totally divorced themselves from that offense philosophically as well as through the draft regarding the type of players we drafted. Dennis Allen should have been fired for re-hiring Greg Knapp alone. What a waste of a season.

    ___________________________________

    Not only did you divorce yourselves from a top 10 offense. But the replacements acquired can’t even get on the field, in a roster devoid of talent.
    Now combine that with a new coordinator who has a history of finishing in the bottom 3rd of the league in his previous stops. And you have a recipe for the #1 pick in 2014

  30. glclemg says: Sep 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    DMC and LaDamian Tomlinson have the same action figure. (sitting on the bench)

  31. souldogdave says: Sep 6, 2013 7:17 PM

    Dmac won’t get it done, this from a Raider fan. Sorry, he’s weak and will get hurt again. Everyone will say “What a shame” and he will be over. He’s in what, 5th year? Never did squat except for one INCOMPLETE season of luck. Raiders will dump him after he fails again to complete a season.

  32. murfdeezy says: Sep 6, 2013 11:49 PM

    Why can’t we just feed the rock to Marcel Reece 30 times a game? Why are we trying so hard to pretend he is not far and away the best runningback that we have on the team, and probably have had in quite some time? With veldheer out, better get somebody in there that’s man enough to take his lumps and keep coming back for more. Just sayin.

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