Can Anyone Stop RB Darren McFadden or WR Jacoby Ford of the Oakland Raiders?
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As any military man or woman will tell you, you need to have domination in the air to have a successful attack on any enemy. Once the air of supremacy is there, you can move in with the ground attack and basically shatter all hopes.
This scenario is very similar to that of the Silver and Black attack led by head coach Hue Jackson and his squad of top-notch athletes. Two of those top-notch players are RB Darren McFadden and WR Jacoby Ford.
RB Darren McFadden has been with the Oakland Raiders three years, and although he had a rough start with injuries, he would soon become one of the Hue Jackson elite. In fact he would become the Oakland Raider primary ground attack players supported by Michael Bush and the fearsome Marcel Reece.
In 2010, RB Darren McFadden was virtually unstoppable as he pummeled his way through the front line. His athletic combination of speed and agility has helped him become one of the top running backs in the NFL. If not the best overall. McFadden posted over 1,000 yards, had seven TDs and ran an average 5.7 yards per carry in 2010! Should McFadden stay healthy and the front line improve, he will become the NFL's No. 1 running back.
Looking at the Oakland Raiders 2011 season (provided there is an NFL season), the team should be a contender for the playoffs as they have already established themselves as the AFC West best. Owner Al Davis has made every effort to keep the offensive and defensive line intact.
Of course there is the loss of Robert Gallery, who had an impact in the running of Darren Mcfadden, but in all likelihood, there are replacements who will cost less and can be just as effective, if not better. Jason Veldheer has been a formidable force for the Silver and Black running attack. Veldheer is also an example of powerhouses the Raiders picked up in the NFL draft.
So with a true ground attack we come to the "nail in the coffin": the "air attack." It was in the glory days of the Oakland Raiders that you could've heard John Madden say, "That's right, Al, and I think it's gonna come down to the bomb." Classic Raider football and also very wise words from one of the NFL's winningest coaches.
The Oakland Raiders have probably the fastest WRs in the NFL. Both WRs Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford have the hands and speed to break down coverage in the secondary. In recent times these two players have yet to remain consistent through the entire season. Yet, as many coaches and fans of the NFL know, QB Jason Campbell is practicing with his "bread and butter" receivers regardless of an NFL lockout.
WR Jacoby Ford appears to be the most talented of the two. He played a remarkable game against the Kansas City Chiefs and embarrassed CB Brandon Flowers. His speed and ball-hawking skills are virtually unmatched.
Should Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford train enough to become consistent in 2011, the Oakland Raiders will become, well, unbeatable. Jacoby Ford is not only a threat in the air attack, he can also be a force on the ground. To complement that, Darren McFadden has great hands as well. So is there anyone out there that can stop the attacks? Probably not.
Although the Raiders failed against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, coach Hue Jackson will open the box this season and attack from all angles. If you noticed the decimation of the Denver Broncos last season, you may notice that the passing and rushing was well-balanced. Very similar to another coach and quarterback combo, Gannon/Gruden.
The Oakland Raiders have talent pouring everywhere and the land/air attack looks to be coming together. This organization is no longer in the rebuilding era, it is more like a fine detailing as the players strive to become mistake-free, have less penalties and overall keep the spirit burning deep.
By keeping the air attack and ground attack sharp and aggressive, this Silver and Black army will win the battle for AFC West best again and retake the prize that has been in owner Al Davis's heart. They will win another Super Bowl and become the NFL's best for a fourth time.
World Champions in 2011.
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