Lesson learned -- Darren McFadden and a zone-blocking scheme do not mix. The Oakland Raiders running back averaged just 58.9 yards per game in 2012, his lowest mark since 2009. His 3.3 yards per carry was a career low. "I came in last year with my hopes super high," McFadden said Thursday, via the Contra Costa Times. "They were just crushed. So I wanted to put that behind me and move forward." Fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp switched things up in his return to Oakland. McFadden went from hitting the hole downhill to stretching things out laterally. That did not fit his power-running style. New offensive coordinator Greg Olson has dumped the scheme, and McFadden is thrilled. "It's a downhill offense," McFadden said. "That's one of the things I like about it. I'm the type of guy I like to get going downhill, so I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a great fit for our team.
Darren McFadden likes Oakland Raiders' new scheme
Published On: Apr 19 2013 11:36:59 PM CDT Updated On: Apr 19 2013 11:37:00 PM CDT
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