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Raiders RB Bush arrested for drunk driving

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Raiders RB Bush arrested for drunk driving

Feb. 12, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
MICHAEL BUSH PROFILE

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

Raiders running back Michael Bush was arrested and charged with OWI in Indiana early Saturday morning, according to WLKY TV in Louisville.

According to the report, Bush was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. in Jeffersonville (Ind.) for allegedly driving while intoxicated (and) booked into the Clark County Jail.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the team is aware of the situation and will continue to monitor it. A call to Bush for comment was not returned.

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Friday night, Bush Tweeted: My family got me watching my lil cousin tonight. But for some reason my tweetcaster won't let me twitpic it before Tweeting later, I kicking it with my boy @Jruss315 and @HulkDaBeast.

Earlier, in the day, Bush Tweeted: @williamgay22 im in louisville right now but I head to cali on Monday

His arrest could be costly in a particularly financial manner.

Bushs contract is expiring and depending upon the language in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could be an unrestricted free agent, able to shop his wares to any and all potential suitors on the open market.

Under the rules of the current, CBA, though, the fourth-year pro would be a restricted free agent, meaning the Raiders would have first right of refusal in matching contract offers. With the arrest, though, he could face an NFL-mandated suspension.

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The powerful Bush was the Yin to the more slashing Darren McFaddens Yang in 2010. And despite missing the first two games of the season with a broken thumb sustained in the exhibition against the 49ers, Bush rumbled for a career-high 655 yards and a career-best eight touchdowns.

His two best games came with McFadden out. Bush posted a career-best 137 yards on 25 carries with a 26-yard TD and four catches for 34 yards in the season finale victory at Kansas City. In the home victory over San Diego on Oct. 10, he rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and three receptions for 31 yards.

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Raiders owner Al Davis praised Bush in the Jan. 18 media conference announcing new coach Hue Jacksons promotion from offensive coordinator.

He brings that toughness (running) to the secondary, Davis said. I dont want to challenge certain teams in this league, but by the third and fourth quarter, they dont want to tackle Bush in the secondary. They just dont want him. Hes 250 pounds, power, speed, so thats a plus for us.

For Bush, though, the arrest is a minus when it comes to contract talks and public perception.

Bush starred at Louisville before being selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He was a star quarterback at Louisvilles Male High School.

Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the Patriots

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Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the Patriots

MEXICO CITY – Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City:

1. So you’re saying there’s a chance

The Raiders aren’t stacking wins as they’d like. Nobody in the AFC West is, either. The Chiefs lost another one, meaning the AFC West crown remains within reach. They’re two games back in the division and one back in the wild card race.

That, above all else, will keep the Raiders motivated after a disastrous loss to New England.

“We're professionals and to me, so long as you have hope, you keep your hope, you keep hope alive,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “So, we'll continue to scratch and claw and fight for everything we can.”

The Raiders can harken Lloyd Christmas from “Dumb and Dumber.” So you’re saying there’s a chance.

The Raiders will only stay in it if they start a prolonged winning streak. There’s a chance do that on an upcoming two-game home stand. They play Denver and the New York Giants, respectively, in Oakland over the next fortnight. Those teams have five wins between them.

Wins can’t be assumed with the Raiders team, with the inconsistency and mistake-prone play to lose to anyone.

Fight remains in this group. They’ll continue to push, especially with a 9-7 record being a legitimate playoff contender. They haven’t played worthy of such consideration, but remain hopeful a switch gets flipped.

“We are who we are, we're not going to turn on each other, we're not going to turn on anything about what we do,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Obviously, we know that our culture and everything that we do works, because we have seen it work.”

2. Receiver corps becoming a weak spot

The Raiders have a talented group of receivers lacking consistency and production. That was the case on Sunday, when pass catchers hindered offensive flow and scoring opportunities.

Seth Roberts was the biggest offender. He had a drop, a false start and lost a fumble near the goal line with the Patriots up 14-0 late in the first half. Roberts had 12 yards in his pocket but held the ball one-handed, away from his body fighting for more. Marquis Flowers knocked it free and Patrick Chung recovered.

That was the turning point, a true 10-point swing. The Raiders lost a chance to reach the end zone, and allowed New England to get a field goal as the half expired.

“That was a major turn of events,” Del Rio said.

The slot receiver wasn’t the only receiver who stalled the Raiders offense. That group had five drops, according to Pro Football Focus, including two from Michael Crabtree. Johnny Holton wasn’t credited with a drop, but he had a perfectly thrown deep ball clang off his helmet and shoulder pads.

It’s a bad night in a bad year for the Raiders receivers, who haven’t been producing.

3. Lopsided score keeps Marshawn from going BeastMode

Running back Marshawn Lynch was the only player who had a good Sunday. The bruising back ran roughshod over New England’s front seven, right from the start. He totaled 67 yards on 11 carries, and seemed primed for a big day and a higher-than-usual carry volume.

He and the Raiders run blocking was consistent, allowing him to reach the second level on several occasions.

The lopsided score, however, meant the Raiders had to abandon the ground game.

“I thought we ran the ball well early,” Del Rio said. “I would like to have ended up with 30-plus rush attempts in the ball game, but you got to stay within reasonable amount of the score in order to stick with the run.”

The Raiders were down two touchdowns in a flash, and were three scores behind at the half. That forced Derek Carr to chuck it towards an unreliable receiver corps. That method proved inefficient and never created the big moments.

Lynch has run well since returning from a one-game suspension. He has 25 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. If there’s a positive to take from Sunday’s beat down, Lynch’s efficiency might be it.

Del Rio calls out NFL for Raiders losing home games to go abroad

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Del Rio calls out NFL for Raiders losing home games to go abroad

MEXICO CITY – The Raiders have played in Mexico City the last two years, and have given up a home game to do it.

You already know head coach Jack Del Rio’s stance on the matter. He doesn’t like it. Not one bit.

The NFL announced Sunday morning that Mexico City will host games annually through 2021. The Raiders will be on the short list to return during that span.

“They’ve done a nice job for us over the last two years,” Del Rio said. “If it was a road game, I’d enjoy it. If they stop making (international contests) our home games, we’ll be fine.”

Hate to be the bearer of bad news Jack, but the Raiders will keep giving home games away. That’s expected each year until the Raiders formally move to Las Vegas.

The Raiders might not come back to Mexico for a third straight season, but could host a game in London next year. The NFL sent four games to the United Kingdom this year.

The Raiders have a massive fan base in England and Mexico, which makes them an attractive option to play abroad.

It might make financial sense for the team and the league to expand its base beyond borders, but the football people don’t find it fun.

The Raiders had more fans watching Sunday’s 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca, but it’s no substitute for playing in Oakland.

“I think the crowd down here is pretty excited for the Raiders, so we appreciate that,” Del Rio said. “When you travel four-and-a-half hours, you’re not at home. We appreciate the hospitality and the good people who came out and supported us, but it’s hard to call it a home game.”

This one, especially. The Raiders had overwhelming support last year’s game against Houston, but Patriots fans were a large and vocal minority. They had plenty to cheer, as the Patriots waxed the Silver and Black over four quarters.

It’s hard to say the Raiders had a home crowd this time around, with plenty of noise when they were on offense.

“You know what, traveling down here, I think it was like four hours or something like that, and getting here, I think that hospitality was great, but it really wasn't, it wasn't the Coliseum,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “It didn’t have that feel. Now, we loved playing here, we loved coming down here and playing, but it felt more neutral.”