OK, Michael Bush started his NFL career with a broken leg. He missed an entire season. Since then he has been solid as a rock. His performances have been sure and steady. He is prototypical power running back who just runs through you and punishes you along the way.
Last week he had 242 yards of total offense breaking a modern record for the Raiders. He has had other days when he broke through and showed flashes of brilliance. But he has toiled in the shadow of Darren McFadden who has been the starting running back when healthy.
RunDMC has been hurt several times now and is showing that he might be fragile. However, before injury he was leading the NFL in yards on the ground.
With all that considered, should Bush be the starting running back? That would allow the coach to play McFadden but protect him from over work and injury. It would also allow McFadden to line up occasionally at WR as well. They could both be on the field at the same time in other sets.
After RunDMC gets healthy again, are we to just wait for the next injury to happen, maybe right before the playoffs?
Is it better to have the solid as a rock Bush on the field more and save McFadden? Is it better to use him more sparingly?
Either player could get hurt at any time, but recent history tells us that McFadden is the fragile one.
The good news is we seem to be in good hands with either player on the field.
So who do we start?
Who should get the bulk of the carries?