Raider Nation for the longest time have loved the players which come out of seemingly nowhere to become a fan favorite and an electric player on Sundays. Al Davis has always known how to get this type of player on his football team it seems, and one such player in the recent years of the Raiders is Michael Bush.
On the other side of the spectrum is the under performing first round pick who just needs a chance to prove his worth, a man who realizes there is one last opportunity to prove they can be great after they have fallen.
Marshawn Lynch is this player, a former first round pick who is now a 3rd string player when he could be so much more. Lynch, an Oakland native, obviously wants out of this situation and to find a place to prove himself. Why not bring him back to the place where he became a great player in the first place? Why not bring Marshawn back to California in a trade with the Bills for Michael Bush?
Now do not get me misunderstood, I find Bush to be a great player for the Raiders and a great goal line running back especially. Still, this does not necessarily mean that the Oakland Raiders can not do better at the position.
Michael Bush is 26 years old and has played for the Raiders for two years scoring three touchdowns each year for the team. It is reasonable to believe that had he had a better quarterback, more carries, or a better offensive line then he could have possibly had more touchdowns, but that can only account to pure speculation at this point. During his time in Oakland he has had a 4.6 yards per carry compared to Lynch’s 4.0 average, yet Bush hasn’t had to carry an entire team and has had 152 carries less than Marshawn Lynch in the past two seasons (with Marshawn Lynch not even carrying the ball much last season).
During Lynch’s three year career in Buffalo, he has rushed for over 1,000 yards twice and has scored 17 touchdowns compared to Bush’s six. Last year was not Lynch’s best statistical performance, but the coaching staff severely hampered his performance and gave him half the touches he had in his first two seasons.
In his first two seasons, however, Lynch faced the same struggles as Michael Bush with an inexperienced line (at the time probably a worse line than what Michael Bush had) and a mediocre QB in JP Losman (the same QB who couldn't win the starting position from JaMarcus). What Lynch did during that time was try to carry his team with everything he had and fought hard for every yard, and his performance on the field during those years should be admired.
Another large difference between these players is age, Lynch being only 24 and Bush (as previously mentioned) being 26. Lynch has ore years left in his tank than Michael Bush does and a trade for a workhorse like Lynch could help us for years.
I understand 26 years old may still seem young, but most running backs don’t last past 30. Bush’s power running style only helps to shorten his career into what I can only imagine will be a couple more seasons. As a fan I hope this isn’t the case, yet I can see Michael Bush’s legs wearing out like Brandon Jacob’s legs did last year. Lynch is still young though, and has plenty more seasons left in him than Bush.
Yes, I know Marshawn Lynch does some boneheaded things, but this is a man with talent and potential who can still prove himself and wants a chance to prove himself I this league. Lynch and McFadden on the same team could prove difficult to deal with, and Lynch could handle the brunt of the work while McFadden can be used to try to make big plays.
Lynch has the swagger and force of the old Raider greats at running back, and he still has plenty of time to prove that he can be great. What Marshawn Lynch needs to reach his potential is to come back home to Oakland and do what he has always done here, be a star.
Let me know what you think Raider Nation!