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Randy:
Oakland Raiders' 2013 outlook dire, but hope remains for future
Gil Brandt, Sr. Analyst NFL.com
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000213467/article/oakland-raiders-2013-outlook-dire-but-hope-remains-for-future

Autumn Wind Williams:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/raiders/ci_23453893/oakland-raiders-back-downhill-running-mcfadden?source=rss

 Oakland Raiders: Back to downhill running for McFadden
 By Jerry McDonald
 jmcdonald@bayareanewsgroup.com

 ALAMEDA -- Lateral movement has given way to full speed ahead when it comes to the Raiders running game.

 As the Raiders concluded their three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday, so did an offseason of junking the zone running scheme in favor of the type of gap and power runs favored by former offensive coordinator and head coach Hue Jackson, and most notably, running back Darren McFadden.

 "We were turning our shoulder to the sideline and running a lot last year, now we're keeping them square and going downhill,'' center Stefen Wisniewski said. ``You've got to change your footwork and that takes time. But we have more than enough time from April to September to adapt to some new run schemes.''

 Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders rushes past Demorrio Williams of the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in Oakland. The Chargers won the game 22-14. (Anthony L. Solis/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
 dedicates its first team session each day with a heavy emphasis on inside running, and the difference is striking. Instead of the stretch play runs where backs are asked to be patient before making one decisive cut upfield, McFadden, Rashad Jackson and Marcel Reece are taking handoffs as if coming out of starting blocks.

 If this seems like a familiar storyline, it's because it happened in 2010 as well.

 When Lane Kiffin was hired as the Raiders coach in 2008, he brought in zone blocking devotee Tom Cable to install the system. The Raiders running game improved, with Justin Fargas gaining 1,902 yards over 28 games in 2007 and 2008.

 The system wasn't at all compatible with McFadden, who struggled with injuries but also with

 the hesitation aspect of the scheme, looking nothing like the two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up he was at Arkansas.

 Cable eventually became the head coach and play caller, but things didn't change until owner Al Davis hired Jackson to take over the offense. Jackson immediately changed up the blocking scheme to feature plays McFadden likes, and the result was a leap from 3.4 yards per carry in 2009 to 5.3 yards per carry in 20 games in 2010-11.

 Left tackle Jared Veldheer said the switch is less dramatic in terms of learning because many of the linemen have done it before.

 "Coach Cable had a lot of zone stuff, then when Hue was the offensive coordinator there was a lot of power stuff, and all that stuff has been with me during the shifts,'' Veldheer said. "Nothing's a totally new concept like I've never done it before, so that's kind of nice, being able to build off all that stuff. Then when you specialize in one thing you can really get good at it.''

 The zone system isn't completely dead, but as McFadden noted, "for the most part, it's North-South. I feel like I'm a downhill runner and that's a lot of what we focus on, and it's something I'm looking forward to.''

 -- Allen came away from the three-day camp feeling confident about the Raiders being a much improved team in 2013.

 "I know there's a lot of experts out there that might thing differently, but I like this football team,'' Allen said.

 --The list of players who didn't participate remained the same and included cornerback D.J. Hayden, return specialist Josh Cribbs, r unning back Latavius Murray, linebacker Travis Goethel and cornerback Phillip Adams, but Allen said he anticipated everyone being ready to go for training camp.

 -- The Raiders won't meet as a team until they arrive at the Napa Marriott with July 24, with the first day of practice July 25 after a day of meetings.

 -- Players and coaches went through an NFL mandated security meeting following practice.

 -- Rather than concentrating on inside running plays in their first team session, the Raiders had a surprise on offense on the first snap as quarterback Matt Flynn play-faked to McFadden and threw a perfect 60-yard touchdown strike to Denarius Moore.

 For more on the Raiders, visit the Inside the Oakland Raiders blog at ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders. Follow Jerry McDonald on Twitter at twitter.com/Jerrymcd.

NEBRASKARAIDER:

--- Quote from: Toecutter on May 26, 2013, 11:18:17 AM ---
--- Quote from: NEBRASKARAIDER on May 25, 2013, 03:20:23 PM ---I think back to what Billie Bean did for the A's....& I relate it to what Reggie McKenzie is doing with our Oakland Raiders.  As long as we can decifer the players from the wins, we will win. But you have to have the correct mind set.

--- End quote ---
Exactly, Other franchises have turned it around, look at SF, and SEA. We just have a longer road to travel than they did. But travel it we must, and Reggie is doing a fantastic job pulling us along it.

A  few new beams, a lick of paint, and this Raider ship will be back in fighting trim, heading for sea lanes filled with blood, and treasure. 8) Oooooh yes.

--- End quote ---

Arrrrgh! Yessss, we must find thee treasure & Raid any ship in our way...arrrgh!!!

Toecutter:

--- Quote from: NEBRASKARAIDER on May 25, 2013, 03:20:23 PM ---I think back to what Billie Bean did for the A's....& I relate it to what Reggie McKenzie is doing with our Oakland Raiders.  As long as we can decifer the players from the wins, we will win. But you have to have the correct mind set.

--- End quote ---
Exactly, Other franchises have turned it around, look at SF, and SEA. We just have a longer road to travel than they did. But travel it we must, and Reggie is doing a fantastic job pulling us along it.

A  few new beams, a lick of paint, and this Raider ship will be back in fighting trim, heading for sea lanes filled with blood, and treasure. 8) Oooooh yes.

NEBRASKARAIDER:
I think back to what Billie Bean did for the A's....& I relate it to what Reggie McKenzie is doing with our Oakland Raiders.  As long as we can decifer the players from the wins, we will win. But you have to have the correct mind set.

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