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« on: February 14, 2013, 12:32:26 AM »

Greg Olson knows how to use his weapons at the running back position. His former teams had the likes of Maurice Jones-Drew, LaGarrette Blount, and Stephen Jackson. Now he has two weapons in Oakland in the form of Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece and he intends to utilize both of them to their fullest.

Olson realizes McFadden and Reece are premium weapons who had both been used improperly last season and the Raiders offense stagnated because of it. He intends to change that.

"Marcel Reece is a different kind of a fullback, so what does he do well and how can we get him involved in some of the matchups that will create problems for defenses?" Olson told reporters Wednesday. "Darren McFadden... is a downhill runner. So we'll get back to some of the gap scheme and the things he does well."

McFadden is the feature back in this offense and therefore getting him back to the form that had him rush for 1157 yards in 2010 and average 5.4 yards per carry in 2011 is job one.

"Based on the 11 players that were predominant starters last year and knowing the type of tailback and type of quarterback if you're talking about Carson Palmer as the starter and Darren McFadden as your tailback. To me, Carson is a pocket passer. So you're looking at heavy play action, push the ball down the field that way and you're looking at tailoring some of the gap scheme stuff for Darren McFadden where he's able to hit the ball going downhill. Those two go hand in hand, the downhill gap scheme and the hard sell play action to me fit those players if those are the players we're looking at."

But while getting McFadden going is crucial, it is clear he is most excited about the dynamic possibilities Marcel Reece brings to the offense. He just positively beams about Reece as a versatile offensive weapon.

"He's got such a unique set of skills for a fullback. He's a college wide receiver. He'll present some matchup issues. I was pleasantly surprised in watching the tape to see that in a lot of the downhill lead plays where you need a fullback to go in there... I was excited about that to be honest with you. Also, again to see him get out of the backfield and to spread out in some of the one-back sets and empty sets and look at the matchups you can get with him was exciting as well. He does have tremendous speed. He has very good hands. He has loose hips. He can run some of those option, choice routes that are matchup nightmares for defensive players."

Another area Reece was underutilized last season was as a third down, short yardage back. Knapp miscast McFadden in that role and the offense stalled constantly because of it. That is a role Reece should be playing and Olson intends to use him that way.

"It's nice to know especially from a quarterback standpoint to have somebody who is built like he's built and is also intelligent enough to be that third-down back who understands the blitz packages that other teams are doing and to have tremendous hands coming out of the backfield. I was really pleasantly surprised in that part of the game that he could go in and be a third-down back. Not just a plug-in type guy but not only did he do it but he did it well. I was excited to see that."

So, it would appear the Raiders running game should receive a much needed jolt under Olson. His track record as an offensive coordinator suggests he is not blowing smoke with regard to how he plans to use McFadden and Reece.

http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/2/13/3987220/big-plans-for-darren-mcfadden-marcel-reece-in-oakland-raiders-new-offense
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 11:01:48 AM »


Sparano has big plans in Oakland, but doesn’t want to say “Wildcat”


Tony Sparano was the head coach who showed the NFL how successful the Wildcat offense can be with the Dolphins, then was the offensive coordinator who showed the NFL how dismal a failure the Wildcat offense can be with the Jets. Now Sparano is the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Raiders, and he doesn’t want to talk about the Wildcat.

Sparano talked on Wednesday about how excited he is about what the Raiders’ offense can do with running back Darren McFadden. Specifically, Sparano noted that when he was the head coach of the Dolphins, his quarterbacks coach was David Lee — who was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas when the Razorbacks used to use McFadden in the Wildcat. But Sparano stopped short of saying he thinks that’s what the Raiders will do this year.

“I’ve known of McFadden for a long time,” Sparano told reporters. “My quarterback coach at the time in Miami was a fella by the name of David Lee. And David Lee was at the time the coordinator at Arkansas when they were out there and they were running McFadden and Felix [Jones] and that group of guys, doing some different things with them. I don’t want to say that word, you’ll bring it up soon enough. They were doing some different things with him obviously, I got a chance to watch him and study him and get a chance to learn.”

It’s not surprising that Sparano doesn’t want to use the word “Wildcat.” After the disaster that was the Jets trading for Tim Tebow last year, allegedly because he could run the Wildcat in Sparano’s offense, Sparano probably views the Wildcat as a millstone around his neck.

But before the Wildcat became a millstone in New York, it was cited as an example of the creative way that Sparano got the most out of his offense in Miami. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Sparano help the Raiders draw up some plays in which McFadden takes the snap. Just as long as it’s clear that McFadden is more like Ronnie Brown than Tim Tebow.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/14/sparano-has-big-plans-in-oakland-but-doesnt-want-to-say-wildcat/

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013, 02:00:54 PM »

Interesting...

Would like to see a bit of wildcat every now and again with McFadden. I think it would be wise to sprinkle in there. Just like packages with Pryor.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 02:50:54 PM »

Good to see Olson recognizes everything Knapp refused to.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 06:10:48 PM »

Anyone here ever seen mcinjury throw a pass? You have to really sell me on this guy in a wildcat.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 07:27:58 PM »

Anyone here ever seen mcinjury throw a pass? You have to really sell me on this guy in a wildcat.
Throw a pass? Hell I just want to see if he can run for more than 2 yards per carry and get more than 8 games out of him. He`s the best RB who never was.

For what its worth, his rep out of school was that he was most prone to turnovers when doing the WC.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 07:38:58 PM »

Well that's just it, why have him in the WC when we have TP?  Besides, Defenses are well versed in stopping the WC these days. Sprano had success early im Miami because at the time it was unique to the NFL. Tebow had success because he was a QB who could actually pass the ball.
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