Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden will finally have the chance to become the superstar that we all expected him to be. A year after the disastrous zone blocking nightmare brought forth by Greg Knapp, McFadden will be the focal point of a power run read-option offense. Last season, Frank Gore and Alfred Morris both had big season under the read-option offense, both of them are very good running backs, but they are not in the same league as a healthy Darren McFadden.
With all due respect to RGIII and Colin Kaepernick, Terrelle Pryor will be the most explosive running quarterback the NFL has seen since the days of pre-prison Michael Vick. Pryor is not only the second fastest quarterback in NFL history but he is also the biggest running quarterback. Having an opposing defender having to choose between Pryor or McFadden running the ball will be a no win scenario for defenses.
McFadden is heading into his contract year so he will be more motivated than ever to have a great season. New offensive coordinator Greg Olsen will be forced to use McFadden as a workhorse because of the Raiders terrible pass blocking and Pryor’s lack of consistency. Expect McFadden to have his biggest season ever for the silver and black. The only question mark around McFadden is if his body can handle the extra carries.
Sunday will mark the first time that the Raider Nation will get to watch McFadden and Pryor team up in the read-option. If the Raiders are going to have any chance to win games this year, McFadden and Pryor must both have big running seasons.