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Raiders Will Play To RB Darren McFadden's Strengths Under Greg Olson
There were a lot of things of things not to like about the Oakland Raiders during a 4-12 season but managing to turn Darren McFadden into a mediocre running back is near the top of the list.
McFadden averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry over 216 attempts, a sharp decline for a player who had averaged over five yards per carry over his previous two seasons.
McFadden's fall from grace was primarily blamed on the zone-blocking scheme installed by one-and-done offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. His replacement, Greg Olson, imagines an offense that plays to the strengths of its best player.
"What we've decided to do, as a staff, is see what Darren McFadden is comfortable doing," Olson said Wednesday. "Let's try and make it more comfortable for Darren, because he's one of our premier players."
Olson brings back a power-blocking scheme and says Oakland's offense will rely on "heavy play-action" and "gap scheme stuff" that suits McFadden's considerable skill set.
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