Yep, and at the end against Miami, Green Bay and our last game against SD, Bush had nothing left in the tank to start those games but because HC/ GM/ Director of Player Personnel Hue Jackson didn't IR some guys like McFadden and replace them... Bush was all we had and of course the entire team knew we were screwed in those game.
He didn't have the durability to be a starter in the NFL which is why he signed as a back up. If he cant last ten games before breaking down then he cant play 16 that's for sure.
Jackson firing was not my ideal decision. However, I don't know what went on behind closed doors. I know nothing about Dennis Allen except what I read.
So let's just agree to not argue (discuss) coaching prowess...
However, If you look position by position, I cannot see where you think what you think...
-QB: Should be much better, considering Palmer's full off season worth of work, as opposed to picking up the playbook in week 8 or whatever it was.
-RB: Step back? Okay, I'll concede... We lose Mike Bush. (I don't agree with this, but will say, Bush's success was 100% based on our O-line, not his running... People touted his size and made it out to seem like he was some punishing runner just because he was 250lbs... I said it when he was here and I say it now... He was a soft runner.)
-WR: DHB's work is paying off and he has made significant strides, D. Moore is not a rookie any more, Ford and Murphy are healthy, Criner looks to be a potential draft steal/sleeper... Marcel Reece could be included as an H-back of sorts here too... Categorically better.
- TE: No Boss? No big deal. But again, if you want to say TE is a step back, I'll concede.
- OL: OK, was waiting for this position, as I am a big believer that teams are often judged by (so called) experts and the masses based on skill positions (WR, RB, CB, S, etc...) but everyone forgets to check out that Trench area. And this is where teams outperform expectations and underwhelm high hopes... The Raiders have a significantly improved O-line. Wiz moving to his natural center position, add in Briseil, Veldheer's 3rd year and an great camp battle for RT. Chargers, on the other hand, will go with a slapped together an O-line to go around Hardwick, who had Ankle surgery and Shoulder surgery last season, and they lost Dielman and McNeil. Raiders O-line is significantly underrated and is a significant step FORWARD.
-DL: Seymour, Kelly, Houston and Desmond Bryant, plus a return of Shaughnessy and addition of high motor guy Dave Tollefson? How is this not a Step Forward?
-LB: Lose Wimbley Add Wheeler. I am one of those that loved Wimbley, but let's face it.... he's a D-end. Not an LB... Wheeler is a true OLB. I look forward to his addition. Let's agree to call this a push.
Safety: This unit is solid at SS and FS. Branch and Mitchell plus Huff and Giordano. Solid man. A strength of the team.
CB: OK, so you are one of the ones that think Stanford Routt was the best CB out there I guess? Or did you like the 30 seconds per year that Chris Johnson played? Otherwise Where is the step back? We got talent in the off season in Bartell and Spencer and we got some good depth in Underwood and Lee to go with Chekwa.
Long post to illustrate why I don't understand how anyone could argue the steps back point.
However, I don't think 27 catches from Boss is going to be hard to replace so I am not sure how much of a setback it is.
People gave wins (like the San Diego Win) to Bush. And I disagree. it was 100% the O-line road grading. Had McFadden been in for the San Diego game, it wouldn't have been a 24-17 nail biter... He would have taken 3 runs to the house, whereas Bush got 45 yard runs without a single guy touching him, yet got tracked down from behind and didn't score the TD.
He is the epitome of AVERAGE. I am so glad he is off our team. Not that I dislike the man. But the football player? I wouldn't want Michael Bush back if he played for a bucket of nachos.
So.... To prove my points that I am not just trying to be optimistic about a (So called) "negative" thing that happened to us during the off season, please watch all 2 minutes and 58 seconds of this video.
I am sorry that I have to do this to you... But you asked for it and far too many people talk about Michael Bush like he was anything better than average. He was a passionless runner. There were more than 30 backup running backs in the NFL that would have done a better job with the opportunity he got last year.
Watch and understand. This video is who Michael Bush is as a football player.
I agree with your point but that highlight isnt fair since his own man fell in front of him and took him down.
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