Let me start off by clearing the air; I have previously said that I do not believe Michael Bush will be an Oakland Raider in 2010 because Oakland will dangle him as trade bait and somebody will bite on the offer this coming year.
I do not wish to retract that statement quite yet, but what I would like is for the boneheads who call the shots in Oakland to take a look at this guy. Mind you, I have never been anti-Michael Bush, I just believe that the Raiders head honcho might be.
Michael Bush currently owns the last three 100 yard games by an Oakland tailback. They include a 177 yard game that cost the 2008 Tampa Bay team the playoffs and Jon Gruden his job, a 133 yard game against Al Davis' favorite rival which may cost the 2009 Broncos the playoffs, and a 119 yard effort in JaMarcus Russell's last start in which Bush had a 8.5 yard per carry average on 14 carries.
I can't, for the life of me, figure out how Justin Fargas ended up with almost a whole game's worth of carries (26), more than Michael Bush even though he's missed four complete games and most of the last one.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the fire Justin Fargas came out with after recovering from his preseason injuries. I like how he was breaking off big runs, and pumping the team up with his energy. I think Fargas and Bush are a great one-two punch.
I think Bush and Darren McFadden played a great one-two punch in Denver yesterday, combining for 207 yards with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.
What I disagree with is having Michael Bush only get the ball four times for nine yards in the previous three games, with not a single touch against Washington.
Question: How do you let a guy that has been as explosive as Bush not get the ball in his hands more?
Answer: Tom Cable, "I do that too, sometimes, really."
"The real issue is we have gotten ourselves in a turnover issue or behind and it’s taken us away from that,’' Cable said. "That’s not fair to anybody, but it is what it is, and that’s the situation we have to eliminate. When that happens I think we’ll see whoever getting 15, 20 shots at it."
What do you mean whoever?
The only Raiders halfback who hasn't had injury issues is who?
The Oakland Raiders halfback who has a five yards per carry average, over a yard more then the other two, on average, is who?
The only Raiders halfback who has proven to be durable enough to carry a 15 or 20 carry game is who?
These are not rhetorical questions Mr. Cable. I like you "Cable Guy"; you seem to have a knack for figuring out who goes where, but it takes you far to long to make the correct decision. (See Jamarcus Russell)
This one is not hard. You use a combination of Michael Bush and _____________ (insert player here).
And not only that, but you use Bush in heavy rotation. Not only will he open running lanes for the speedsters, but he will wear on the defense to the point that they will break down.
You are so into film study, Mr. Cable, why don't you go look up some film of Bush at Louisville before he broke his leg. As a junior in high school Bush was voted all-state at five different positions.
He has the ability to be patient, follow his blockers, and then cut it off their hips and accelerate for a big gain. He has shown signs of this ability at the pro level, something the other two have a harder time with.
Playing Bush makes the other two halfbacks more dangerous. Playing Bush more makes so much sense that the Raiders will probably never do it.
I think he's proven that he deserves a shot at being the main man for more then one carry in a preseason game.
You say you want to do what this team needs to win, then why don't you play the QB/HB/WR/S who could have over 1,000 yards on just 206 carries this year?
No time for looking up college tape of Bush? Here, I'll do it for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEFxYxTXrk&feature=PlayList&p=EDC9498DFCCD2AF4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=26
Do you have eight minutes to watch it? Don't worry, it'll be a long off-season.
To see Tommy Kelly lose his pants again, click here: http://fanhuddle.com/oaklandraiders/2009/12/21/oakland-puts-donkeys-down-at-home-in-consecutive-seasons/