How To Use Shake Rattle and Roll Effectively

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IJune 24, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Running back Justin Fargas #25 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Denver Broncos on September 8, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 41-14. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I think if there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that the Oakland Raiders may open the year with the best set of halfbacks in the league. This is awesome for Raiders fans, and being that they are so young yet, this could very well be awesome for years to come. That is if we can afford to keep them all after the put on a most impressive show this year.

The thing that bothers me is all this "who should start" stuff. Not the articles, not the writers of the articles, but just the fact that we need to ask that question. All three of them to play, and play well, to have a shot at our division or the playoffs.

The answer to your question is simple. Justin Fargas should be the starter. I'll tell you why, the first reason is because he has won the "Commitment to Excellence Award" for two straight years now at the Raiders end of the year Party. This year he shared the honor with Nnamdi, last year he was the sole winner.

Secondly, you can say whatever you want about Fargas, but you cannot say that anybody on that roster plays with more heart, emotion, or energy than Justin Fargas. We need him to start the games with his  smash-mouth style, smash and crash into the defense and get them good and hurting in the first quarter of games.

Third his energy and aggressiveness may not score many touchdowns, or be effective on third down and short, but it will set a tone for the game. It will say, "We did not come here to lay down and be walked on. You better bring your A game today."

Let Fargas wear them out in the first quarter while we get McFadden some time in the slot, and four wide sets. Then the second and third quarters should belong solely to Michael Bush.

This guy is a beast. I know he isn't that speedy, but he's very dangerous. He is patient, he waits for the blocking to set up, and then hits the hole for his pickups. Bush should get the bulk of the work as he is the one who will grind on the defense. He is the most durable of the three also. Also, he will score most of the touchdowns and be able to convert those third and short yardage situations.

So, we don't want to wear Bush out and get him hurt before the next game, we give him the middle of the game. The two middle quarters which should give him his 100 yards and two TD's if we are as run heavy as we should be.

So far, we have Fargas bringing his energy a and emotion in the first quarter. We have Bush grinding down the defense through the second and third quarter, and in the fourth quarter, we let McFadden come in a and cut loose on a tired defense.

Go three wides, four wides, Wildcat, Wild-hog, whatever. If we spread the defense out with receivers when they are tired, and hopefully losing, it will be an ample opportunity for Darren to do his kind of running to finish them off.

It will be a good time in the game for all those long passes that the coaches have been preaching in OTA's. A good time for JaMarcus and McFadden to earn their paychecks and play the glory getter's role.

It's just my opinion, but I think this is the best way to Shake, Rattle, and Roll to victory week in and week out. I may be wrong, and if I am just shoot me, cause I just must not know football at all.