Justin Fargas has been stirring the pot lately, making a case that he is the best running back in Oakland.
Despite Michael Bush's fan favoritism, and the fact that Darren McFadden did enough in college to make himself a top five draft choice in 2008, Justin Fargas recently took the lead in rushing yards for Oakland despite missing the first four games of the year, matching Michael Bush's 204 yards on the year.
Fargas has rushed for 204 yards on 54 carries, with his last 31 carries going for 154 of it. That is an average of 4.96 yards per carry in his last 31 with a long run of 35 yards, the Raiders long for the year.
Perhaps Oakland should run Fargas 31 times per game until he can't take it anymore rather than letting that young passing game throw it an average of 28 times per game.
Not only would it keep the defense fresh, but it would allow the offensive line to work at what their strength has been for the last two years, when they ranked sixth and 10th in the league at the end of the year.
Lets just hope Fargas get an opportunity to make a good first impression in San Diego tomorrow. Maybe he could recreate his image towards the fan base.
Tom Cable said that he wanted the Raiders to develop Fargas into their closer. I've said before and firmly believe that Fargas is more of a tone setter then a first down getter, but the way he has been running the ball lately, he looks like an entire gamer than an opener or a closer.
Just give him the ball.
I would like to see three straight Fargas handoffs to open against the Chargers in part II. It will be interesting to see if the coaches pick up on, or take advantage of the success Fargas has had recently.
I like the O-line and have a feeling once Robert Gallery gets back, it could be a strong group for years to come, with Chris Morris moving back to center, and perhaps Satelle going to right guard once Cooper Carlisle can't go anymore.
It is time for Cornell Green to take the bench, as Khalif Barnes develops into a solid right tackle for Oakland.
Go Raiders, Go Fargas!
JaMarcus isn't a bust yet: http://fanhuddle.com/oaklandraiders/2009/10/31/jamarcus-russell-not-a-bust-yet/