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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Bush starting for Oakland, McFadden '50-50'

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Bush, fresh off a very solid performance against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, will remain the starter against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6, according to coach Tom Cable.

Via our Oakland Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore, Darren McFadden says he is "50-50" to play Sunday.

"I'm still feeling it right now," McFadden said of the hamstring injury. "I haven't gone out there and tried to go 100 percent."

As we wrote yesterday, it makes a lot of sense for the Raiders to take their time with McFadden -- Bush is a completely capable back and more physical than McFadden. Additionally, hamstring injuries have a way of not healing through additional wear and tear.

As for the quarterback situation, it looks like Jason Campbell will get the nod in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski.

"That’s yet to be totally determined, but it looks that way right now until we know exactly what’s happening with Bruce," said OC Hue Jackson.

Campbell struggled early during the season but looked like the quarterback the Raiders hoped he would be while leading the team to a win against the Chargers Sunday.

And in good news, if/when he starts hearing the old boo birds chirping on Sunday, he can probably just assume it's for Alex Smith.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: October 8, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Cable says McFadden is 'very, very doubtful'

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE 3:52 p.m. ET: McFadden, along with LG Robert Gallery, has been ruled out for Sunday's game. 
 
The bad news for Raiders fans is that Darren McFadden, who's been one of the better backs in the NFL over the first quarter of the season, is really bothered by a hamstring injury. 

So much so that Tom Cable called him "very, very doubtful" for Sunday.

"If you look at when Mike's played, it's been the same things," Cable said. "He runs more physical in the box, maybe. You may not get as much play on the perimeter, but you'll get it running downhill at the defense. (McFadden) has been very productive, so we've got to find a way to get that same production, but I think Michael's ready to take that load."

But, hey, there's good news too -- Michael Bush, who actually outperformed McFadden in Week 4, is finally (supposedly) healthy. 

Just in time for the league-leading Chargers defense!

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: The Old Hanging Chad(s)

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .


As late as Monday afternoon, this column had the potential to be BOR-ING. But bless you both, Chad Henne and Buddy Nix, for your beautiful run of incompetence -- Chad Henne decided to get his interception on against the Patriots in a Monday night South Beach slaughtering and Nix shipped Marshawn Lynch out to Seattle on Tuesday afternoon for a fourth round pick, totally changing the landscape of people fighting for jobs in the NFL.

As a result of Monday night's performance, there's all kinds of wild conjecture flying that the Dolphins will consider looking to Tyler Thigpen (you may recall him from mop-up duty last night) or Chad Pennington.

In part, the latter makes sense -- Pennington led the original 'Fins revival a few years ago. The reluctance to bail on Henne stems from the fact that he has "all the tools" (as the old saying goes) and Miami invested a second-rounder in him

And the fact that bailing from Henne, regardless of how robotic some of his throws look, is a knee-jerk mistake.

Look, again, some of his decisions in the pocket were beyond embarrassing, but if you take away the three picks (it's okay, I'm laughing while I write it too), he went 29 of 36 for 302 yards and two teeters, and that's the type of game that will win most of the time.

Now as to why we so willingly yanked out all the mistakes from his line, well, look no further than the special teams issues on Monday night -- when the third branch of your team coughs up 20-plus points, it changes your gameplan entirely. In the case of the Dolphins, it switched them from a run-heavy/run-often team looking to keep the ball out of Tom Brady's hands into a team that was forced to pass more than it wanted to.

Or, as Tony Sparano said, it "puts a lot of stress on the position."

Panic is inevitable in South Beach -- the Dolphins fired their special teams coach within 12 hours of the Pats loss -- and that's okay. But they're 2-2 headed into the bye, just a game (plus tiebreakers) back of the Pats and Jets and firmly in a convoluted playoff race just a quarter of the way into the season.

Giving up on Henne now would be overkill -- especially when games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore after the bye will give them plenty of opportunity to make a move.

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"Beast Mode" should end up starting for the Seahawks -- Julius Jones was released after Seattle acquired Lynch, Leon Washington is best used in situational running and special teams, and Justin Forsett just hasn't looked like a feature back.

As has been bandied about many a time between Andy and I, Lynch isn't exactly an elite running back. But he does possess some traits -- most notably an ability to actually be physical when running -- that the rest of the Seattle backs just don't have. Add in Pete Carroll's disappointment with the running game following the loss to the Rams, a bye week to prep Marshawn for the team's system and there's no reason to think he couldn't garner the majority of carries right off the bat.

The fascinating subplot of this job fight is that Lynch was in Forsett's wedding recently -- the two were roommates at Cal, which means it should at least be congenial.

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Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb just WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE. Stupid Vick had to go and get his stupid ribs stuck in between two stupid Redskins on a stupid run near the stupid goal line (why yes, I do own him in like four fantasy leagues, why do you ask?) and now Kolb takes the reigns as starter.

Again.

The Eagles get the 49ers on national television this week and then get a bye, so it's unlikely that Kolb could perform so well in two weeks to warrant Andy Reid changing starters for the rest of the season. But I'm fairly certain I've said that like twelve times this season already.

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Jake Delhomme is healthy which means we can just move on past that whole Mini-Seneca Wallace Era that featured a win and ... oh, I see. We can't move on? There's some sort of controversy in Cleveland? NO!

Okay, there's not a controversy, per se, but Eric Mangini did say that starting Delhomme wasn't "a knock on Seneca" because he'd, after all, "decreased the amount of turnovers the last couple of games." Translated from Coach on the Hot Seat Speak, that means that if Jake throws more than one interception in the first half next week, he's getting yanked.

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Cadillac Williams actually acknowledged that he might not be Tampa Bay's feature back for much longer; presumably that means that LeGarrette Blount makes a play for the starter's role, which, by the way, is bat-s insane.

And also just kind of gross from a karma perspective, considering that it should definitely be Stafon Johnson starting somewhere. But whatever -- Cadillac has been awful this year, and if he can't average more than three yards per carry, you certainly can't blame the Bucs for putting some fresher legs in there.

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Ryan Torain could be stealing a job, too. Clinton Portis, always a charming interview, hopped on the radio Tuesday and gave Mike Wise an on-air scoop (yes, the same one, irony alert, thanks) when he told him that he didn't think he'd play this week.

Torain's been a better runner, a more physical runner, is healthier, doesn't fall down randomly when running in the middle of the open field, has fresher legs and has more to prove. Plus, this is Mike Shanahan we're talking about -- it wouldn't be appropriate for him not to have a random dude come storming up from the practice squad to rush for 1,000 yards in his system.

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Quickly ...

- Forgot to mention the Bills whole RB situation, but the presumptive notion has to be that Fred Jackson will see some carries and C.J. Spiller will get a much-increased role.

- The Jags dumped Todd Bouman which means Trent Edwards gets promoted which means that David Garrard slightly thinner ice than Jack Del Rio.

- Darren McFadden, who's been pretty daggum good this year, could miss Week 5. If he does, Michael Bush gets to really make a power play for the starter job in Oakland (although they'll still split carries when McFadden's healthy); Bush looked better against Houston and was considered a distinct possibility to begin the season as starter before a hand injury.

- Poor Garrett Hartley. That's like having your dad beat you in basketball. When you're 29.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:29 am
 

Hot Routes 10.05.10: Everybody Pat Chung Tonight


Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Albert Breer of the Boston Globe page/NE">Patriots+news">thinks that the defensive system is "taking shape." And it is the shape of Patrick Chung. Okay, he didn't write that -- but that was a critical bounceback game for a Pats D.
  • Perhaps it started, as Ian Rapoport notes in today's Boston Herald , from Bill Belichick's speech to the team -- a classic "you are the underdogs" rant that we all really want, since, you know, there's nothing better than a bunch of Bostonians still trying to pretend they're the scrappy fellas.
  • Matty at The Phinsider calls the Dolphins' loss lots of mean names, but when reality replaces anger for him, it sounds pretty clear that he's concerned for the future, even though it's only Week 6.
  • Armando Salguero writes in the Miami Herald that no one on the special teams unit should be safe . Of course, he also writes that they've been "flirting with disaster for three years" (cue the Molly Hatchet and head to the archives for some scrutiny!). But yeah, when you suck at your job you can totally be fired.
  • A bunch of San Diego restaurants are showing Chargers games even though the games are supposed to be blacked out. The NFL, predictably, is not happy about this. And the restaurants don't care . It's a rebel state that California.
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: September 12, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Today's key inactive players (AFC)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Channing Crowder, LB, Dolphins:
This, of course, is not a surprise, but Miami will miss him on the inside of its 3-4 defense. Look for Tim Dobbins to get his playing time, but he's also gotten plenty of work in the preseason with Crowder's absence.

Michael Bush, RB, Raiders:
Darren McFadden will start, and that actually might not be the worst thing in the world for QB Jason Campbell. You have to like McFadden's veteran leadership, and he might actually provide some relief for Campbell.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots:
He was questionable coming into today's game, and with no one sure how Wes Welker will perform for a full game, losing your No. 3 WR is a tough blow against a Bengals secondary that will be tough. But look for rookie TE Aaron Hernandez to benefit.

Brian Leonard, RB, Bengals:
Unless you watch Cincinnati every week, you won't understand how big a blow this is for the Bengals. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better RB in the league at converting on third downs.

Brady Quinn, QB, Broncos: He's the emergency No. 3 QB, and though this move is relatively insignificant, it just confirms that Tim Tebow is officially the backup to Kyle Orton.

Matt Leinart, QB, Texans:
You surprised?

Ikaika Alama-Francis , LB, Dolphins: This is a bit of a surprise, because he had been battling with rookie Koa Misi for the starting spot. There had been some concerns about Misi's ability to hold the corner on running plays.

Brian Brohm, QB, Bills:
After a preseason QB battle with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brohm is officially the No. 3 behind starter Edwards and backup Fitzpatrick.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Thomas is battling a foot injury, but this is disappointing for the first of Denver's first-round picks. Thomas practiced all week, but apparently, he's not ready to play.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 8:12 am
 

Michael Bush to have procedure on fractured thumb

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason Campbell isn’t the only member of the Raiders backfield who is dinged up. Michael Bush, the “co-starting running back” (i.e. tM. Bushhe guy Tom Cable really wants to start but can’t name the starter because that would mean admitting that Al Davis blew it with the Darren McFadden pick) will have a procedure on his fractured thumb, according to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

Bush will not be in a cast and could still be ready for Week 1. Given his injury history – remember the rod iron in his leg from his Louisville days – a fractured thumb must feel like little more than a mosquito bite.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 9:20 am
 

Michael Bush suffers broken thumb

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Bush has been a fantasy football sleeper -- and, you know, a real-life running back lying in wait -- for what feels like forever. Dude was a monster at Louisville, and this year, with some of the crazy out of Oakland (we think) and Darren McFadden not performing to his full talents, was supposed to be Bush's time.

Then he goes and breaks his thumb in a preseason game against the 49ers.

It's his left thumb, and the injury happened during the second half -- as of right now, Bush says he thinks he'll be ready for the season opener but can't be sure until the Raiders docs check it out Sunday.

"I have no idea," Bush said. "I'll find out [today]."

Given that Darren McFadden was supposedly healthy for the tilt against the Niners and Bush still started, it appears as if Tom Cable had maybe, possibly made up his mind about starting the former Cardinal.

Now, depending on Bush's timeline, the starting decision might be much easier to make.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:31 am
 

Could Oakland be a .500 team?

M. Bush is one piece of the puzzle that could help Oakland to a .500 season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yes, we know it’s the preseason, but the Raiders 32-17 beating of the Bears on Saturday night meant something to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times . It meant that dreaming of a .500 season isn’t a joke. It meant that, at long last, Oakland has real talent in its organization.

From the story:

When the pair of .500 hopefuls met on the field, the Raiders had decidedly more muscles to flex than did the Bears. They were bigger, faster, better, stronger, more explosive. And that was with Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha, the two biggest names on their defense, not even suited up. Starting cornerback Chris Johnson sat it out. Same goes for running back Darren McFadden and wide receivers Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all counted on to be important parts of this year’s team.


I don’t think the Raiders can compete with the Broncos and the Chargers in the AFC West – actually I’m almost positive about that – but it’s certainly possible the Raiders go 8-8 or … gasp! … record a winning record for the first time since 2002.

I just looked at their schedule, I can envision 7-9, but assuming Seymour and Asomugha play at a high level on defense, QB Jason Campbell plays solidly along with RBs McFadden and Michael Bush, and the underachieving offensive line can protect its quarterback, getting to .500 wouldn’t be a shock.

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