Apologies if this seems dated -- been in and out of it after undergoing surgery on an eye -- but perhaps you missed Raiders running back Darren McFadden breaking his long silence in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio last week.Really, they were McFadden's first comments since he was lost for the season in Week 7 after severely spraining his right foot against Kansas City. And he acknowledged what had been perhaps the worst-kept secret in Silver and Blackdom -- the injury was worse than initially revealed and yes, it was a Lisfranc sprain.But now, more than five months after getting hurt?"Physically I'm feeling pretty good," McFadden said. "It's a long recovery from (a) Lisfranc injury. It's one of those things you have to let time ride it out. But I'm feeling pretty good right now."McFadden, who is due to make 5.63 million this season and has a salary cap number of 9.458.833 million, is obviously aware he has a reputation of being injury prone -- he's missed three, four, three and nine games, respectively, in each of his first four NFL seasons. Not that the third-highest paid running back in the game -- behind Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson, who will make 8 million apiece, per NFL.com -- is going to change the way he runs the ball."Only thing I can do is go out there and go hard," he said. "If I get hurt, I just get hurt. I'm not going out there and trying to play and not worry about getting hurt. It's part of football. If you get hurt, you just get hurt."McFadden was also asked about the new regime, headed by general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen."It's a great feeling around the organization," McFadden said. "Everybody's very excited about the new coaching staff. It's like a new generation coming through for us. Everybody's very excited and we're looking forward to it."McFadden, who was off to the best start of his career, was injured the same Oct. 23, 2011 game in which quarterback Carson Palmer made his Raiders debut, alas two quarters earlier, so the two never took a snap together last season."I think he's going to do a tremendous job for us," McFadden said of Palmer. "Go out there and make plays for us and get the ball into those young receivers' hands that we have."And, of course, McFadden was asked his thoughts on Peyton Manning coming into the AFC West with the Denver Broncos. McFadden laughed at first."It is what it is," he said. "We have to prepare for every game. We can't worry about Peyton Manning being in our division. We have to go out there and play every game, one game at a time."
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.
Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.
The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.
Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.
“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”
Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.
“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”
Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.
“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”
Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.
“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”