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Darren McFadden: Another Al Saunders Star RB?

jeremy barilCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009


I'm kind of wishy washy on hiring Tom Cable. I do believe he deserves some role in the offense next season; I just don't believe he has the experience or know how to handle McFadden & Bush.

I do believe it would be very good if he was hired as head coach, and then hiring Winston Moss as DC, and Al Saunders as OC. Moss is obviously an upgrade over Ryan, and Washington should definitely help the secondary out. Remember Perry left Pittsburgh to coach our secondary and now he's leaving for the same position on another staff? Considering that Pittsburgh's secondary has been better since he's left implies he's not fit for the position.

At this point I don't believe any coach could really be hired that would drastically change anything, but at least hiring an offensive coordinator like Al Saunders would provide solid growth for Russell, and the development of a solid offense with McFadden catching a lot of passes that results in first downs (dump passes or short routes).

For those who are willing to discount Al Saunders as another stooge, don't forget when he was an assistant at St Louis and the offensive coordinator in K.C. he worked with both Priest Holmes & Marshall Faulk. Both of these backs are similar to how McFadden plays the game; they all have good hands.

Marshall Faulk, 5'10" 210 lbs
Best season 2000: 1,300 yards rushing, 5.5 ypc, 18 TD's; 81 rec, 830 yards receiving, 8 TD's 

Priest Holmes, 5'9' 213lbs
Best season 2003: 1,420 yards rushing, 4.4 ypc, 27 TD's; 74 rec, 690 yards receiving, 0 TD's 

Darren McFadden, 6'2' 210 lbs
Best season? 2009 or 2010?

With some added players on the O-line this team could really take off. I'm not saying next season, as it'll take a while to get acclimated; however after a full season in Saunders system, this team could be awesome.

McFadden should be putting up some gaudy numbers next season and score in multiple ways.

Fear not Raider Fans, Al will at least bring the talent level on offense to be awesome before he hands the team over to his son Mark.

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