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The Michael Bush Conundrum

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Many Oakland Raiders fans believe that, going forward, Michael Bush should be getting the majority of the carries out of the backfield. Leading the team with just 589 yards rushing but doing so with a 4.8 yards per carry average, it seems like Bush is an easy candidate for the starting gig. With that said, what's the problem? Hit the jump to see what the conundrum is all about.

According to a recent report from Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, running back Michael Bush has been taking himself out of the game:

Privately, Bush’s propensity to remove himself when he’s on a roll, halting momentum, rubs the coaching staff the wrong way.

That definitely surprised me. I know a lot of us have been angry at head coach Tom Cable for pulling Bush; however, it doesn't seem like that's the case here.

Michael Bush is our most effective running back between the tackles. Justin Fargas is entering the final year of his contract and missed the last two games of the regular season with injury. Darren McFadden, well, quite simply isn't suited to run between the tackles although he can definitely help us in other areas in which we have discussed.

It seems that Bush cannot handle being the feature back and McFadden can't either, so to me there is a natural fit there between two young and talented running backs. The dilemma surrounding Michael Bush can be solved with the solutions already here.