My first article was an emotional cry for help. I'm over it. The proof is in the pudding and time will tell with JaMarcus Russell. However, I have some ideas on how he can instantly get better.
Plain and simple. Make sure McFadden is on the field on almost every offensive snap. Think of using him in the same way Payton uses Reggie Bush in New Orleans. Don't get me wrong, McFadden is a top level NFL tailback, but right now I'd like to see Bush and Fargas roughing up the defenses a little.
I'd like to see McFadden in the slot, McFadden in motion out of the back field, McFadden lined up at wideout, and sent on an end around. Make the defenses find him, and then make them afraid...very afraid. I want to see linebackers shaking when they realize it's just the two of them on the outside. Who do you think wins that match up? You've seen it work with a fraud in New Orleans...imagine how it will work with a legitimate NFL tailback.
In my opinion, this will open up the field for the receivers and for Zach Miller as well. I know it's been speculated that the Raiders will be a running team this year. I love smash mouth football, but I hope that isn't the case. It would be a shame to waste that 30 million dollar arm Mr. Davis paid for.
Finally, after 3 quarters of chasing him all over the field, line him up in a traditional I formation with Lorenzo Neal, and let him salt the game away. The kid should and will be a huge star. The potential is unlimited. I only hope Mr. Cable reads bleacher report. Oh yeah, it might help the quarterback as well. Can you tell I'm getting excited about football season?