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Oakland Raiders’ Dennis Allen Calls Darren McFadden Vital to the Team: Fan’s Look
The Oakland Raiders' new head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media at the 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis today, and provided a few answers to some lingering questions in regard to a few of the players. There has been some speculation as to whether or not Darren McFadden might be traded in return for some much needed draft picks.
Allen answered that question without hesitating, stating that when he was the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, McFadden was one of the biggest challenges when it came to defeating the Raiders. When asked if the running back was in Oakland's future plans he adamantly stated, "As far as I'm concerned he is."
Allen feels that the running back is one of the biggest strengths on the team's offense, and called both McFadden and Michael Bush the "two-headed monster."
Allen was also asked about McFadden's foot injury and stated that it's much better, and that he's also been working out quite a bit. He commented, "there is no doubt McFadden will be ready to go when the 2012 season gets underway." The organization is also looking at injuries from a lot of different aspects in order to determine how they cane be better prevented in the future.
With the emphasis on McFadden and Bush as a team, this could mean that they'll work hard to keep Bush, although he seemed to put the bigger priority on McFadden. I think the future of the backup running back that rushed for nearly 1,000 yards while filling in for the injured player is still pretty questionable. Allen did not discuss the future of the players who become free agents.
Coach Allen also answered a question about safety Michael Huff's future in regard to becoming the cornerback in 2012. Before the former head coach Hue Jackson was fired, he stated that he'd planned to move Huff to that position. Allen remarked, "The one thing do I do know about Michael Huff is he's an extremely good athlete and he has skills athletically of a corner. And so that obviously would be an option for us, but again, we won't make any decisions along those lines until we know exactly what we got."
In regard to Rolando McClain, the coach said, "We're going to give him every opportunity to prove that he's the type of player that he's capable of being. I think if he's willing to come in and work and do the things we ask him to do, he'll reach that potential."
Out of everything Allen discussed, probably the biggest question answered was the future of McFadden, and it looks like he is one who is definitely here to stay. If he can stay healthy, I'm certainly with Allen on this one.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan for her entire life. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett. Follow her on Twitter @kcdermody or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcdermodywriter.
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