Raiders: Why the Run Will Lead Them to Victory

ALEX THE BAY REALISTContributor IJune 4, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills on September 21, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

As we are getting closer to training camp, I wanted my first article to be about the Oakland Raiders closing the door on the previous six years of obscurity. 

To make the final push into the new era of Raider football, this team needs to refocus and concentrate on the ground game. 

Our trio of RBs (Justin Fargas, Darren Mcfadden and Mike Bush) should be a top three rushing attack this year.  We have revamped the offensive line with more youth and speed, gotten a big target at Wide Receiver, and have a top tier TE, not to mention a cannon-armed QB.

Almost every article that I've seen has been about how the success of the Raiders depends on the development of Russell.

I beg to differ. The success of the Raiders depends on Cable implementing a power rushing game plan. This will open up the passing game, make the defense respect play action, and take the pressure off Russell, which will slow things down for him so he can become the QB we all know he can be.

We have the keys to a successful young QB. We have a good TE, a decent O-line, and a great rushing attack. All you need to do is look at the success of the young QBs over the past six years: Rothlisberger, Manning, Rivers, Flacco, and Ryan are all hugely successful due to a power ground game. 

To sum it all up, the ground game will lead us back to the promise land.  I'll concede that the Chargers are the best in the division on paper, but this division will be ours for the taking next year. Let this season be the stepping stone back to greatness!