Found May 14, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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By Len PasquarelliThe Sports Xchange The raw win-loss numbers suggest that the Oakland Raiders are no worse off with star tailback Darren McFadden out of the lineup than in it. Since choosing McFadden with the fourth overall selection in the 2008 draft, after all, Oakland is 13-19 when the former Arkansas standout has started and, you guessed it, 13-19 when he hasn't. But as history has indicated, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And while the NFL pays so much attention to the last of that unholy trio, the first two are equally important, if not more so. Certainly the current Raiders' football leadership agrees that the notion the retooled team doesn't require McFadden to be both healthy and productive again to step up from the mediocrity of 2011 is a damn lie. "He's a key," first-year Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie acknowledged simply. "A big key." Every season, of course, there are players returning from a previo...
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