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Is It Time for the Bush Administration in Raider Nation?

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2010

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 05: Michael Bush #29 runs with the ball during the Oakland Raiders Training Camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on August 5, 2009 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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In the '80s, we saw Rigginomics (John Riggins) in Washington with the Redskins. From the late '90s til the turn of the century, we saw the Marshall Plan (Marshall Faulk). That was in Indianapolis and St. Louis respectively.

Justin Fargas is now gone. Raider Nation has yet to see Darren McFadden make it through 16 games.

Does this mean that the Bush Administration is soon to take over Raider Nation?

He's way ahead in the popular vote.

It is now up to the Electoral College of Al Davis, Tom Cable, and Running Backs Coach Kelly Skipper. I'm sure the campaigning done by both McFadden and Bush will have everything to do with it when camp rolls around.

Early in the spring, Cable spoke of his desire to have a camp battle to see who would be the featured back. He would later come off of that stance and express his plan to use both Bush and McFadden.

What changed and Why.

After watching tape on Bush, I noticed that he started to campaign hard at the end of 2008. He rushed for 177 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. One of which came on a 67 yard run.

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In 2009, Bush found himself in the dog house for not being willing to switch to fullback in training camp. The result was Bush not getting too much run with McFadden and Fargas playing in front of him.

McFadden was then injured and missed Weeks five through eight. Therefore, Bush was pressed into a little more duty and he established some rhythm by Week 10

Bush's Week 10 was something to behold. He had 14 carries for 119 yards including a 60 yard run in Kansas City against the hated Chiefs.

He would then campaign some more in Denver against the also hated Broncos. Bush had 18 carries for 133 yards with a 23 yard touchdown run. He also had a 40 yard run in the game.

What is working in his favor is the fact that no one else had a 100 yard game last season for the Raiders.

What works against him is the fact that he wasn't consistent enough to put it out of reach.

Was it his fault?

Was it the offensive line the Raiders addressed this off-season?

Was it the lack of commitment to the running game?

Was it all of the above?

The polls are closing.

What do you think?

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