Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie told reporters Thursday that he is committed to Darren McFadden as Oakland's starting tailback for 2013.
Like coach Dennis Allen, McKenzie is attributing McFadden's 2012 struggles to simply being a poor system fit for outgoing OC Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. "He's not a lateral mover," McKenzie said of McFadden's running style. The Raiders are expected to turn back to a power-blocking, gap-based running system in 2013. McFadden is owed a pricey $5.856 million base salary.