Darren McFadden: One Change Away from Superstardom

"Football is a game of inches." That's the old dictum that comes to mind when thinking of how little of a margin it is between a winner and loser of an NFL football game. Even blowouts can result from a series of plays that barely go the winner's way.

In the case of Darren McFadden, it's one small change that can make him a superstar instead of a bust. It can easily be done too.

Since showing flashes in Week Two of 2008, McFadden hasn't done much. The only thing he's been consistent at lately is getting hurt.

The release of JaMarcus Russell has to have McFadden on notice. Raider Nation is sure to look closely at the next highest paid player that isn't doing much.

I first blamed it all on how the offensive line played and the Raiders' lack commitment to the running game.  Those were problems, but a look at some tape told me that there was something McFadden could do to help his cause tremendously.

I listen to critics say, "He needs to get in the weight room and work on those skinny legs. That's why he's always hurt." He is doing that already, but Chris Johnson doesn't have big thighs and he didn't miss a game last year.

"All he has is that great speed going straight ahead. He needs to work on his agility so he can make people miss." He has plenty of agility. It takes more than that to make a man miss.

"He needs to run harder and keep his feet pumping to break tackles." There is something he can do about that, but it's not effort.

What is it?

It's actually the answer to all of his problems.

So what is it?



Running lower will answer all of his problems.

To make a man miss, he must be able to change direction at full speed. Sinking his hips is necessary to plant his foot and change direction at ...

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