Oakland Raiders Shouldn’t Even Consider Bringing Back Darren McFadden

Anyone wondering what the Oakland Raiders’ intentions were for running back Darren McFadden should have a much better idea following the team’s 26-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers. In his first game back following a three-week absence due to an ankle injury, McFadden had the impact of a windbreaker in a tornado.

In what is likely his final road game in a Raiders uniform, McFadden finished with a meager eight rushing yards on four carries. The soon-to-be free agent was stuffed for no gain the first time he carried the ball and was barely heard from after scoring on a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Rashad Jennings, on the other hand, continued to be the more effective runner of the two. Jennings, who will also be a free agent at season's end, ran for 45 yards and had another 27 through the air. As he has all season, Jennings ran hard, moved the pile and helped provide a good balance to the offense.

Neither the workload nor the production of either player is surprising.

Oakland has gotten next to nothing out of McFadden in the final year of his contract. Barring a shift in pattern during the Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos, it’s possible, if not likely, that McFadden will finish with fewer than 400 yards rushing for the second time in his six-year NFL career.

That, coupled with his lengthy history of injuries, should be more than enough to convince Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie not to re-sign McFadden in the offseason. McFadden has repeatedly stated his desire to return, but McKenzie has to resist the urge if he indeed has one.

The Raiders changed their blocking schemes this season specifically to accommodate McFadden, yet he has repeatedly failed to generate much offense. Although he made a nice run on his touchdown, the Chargers kept McFadden bottled up near the line of scrimmage whenever he touched the ball.

Contrast that to Jennin...

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