Daily Madden: The Option Offense Befuddles The Raiders

OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Denver Broncos stunned the Oakland Raiders with 230 second half rushing yards on the way to a 38-24 victory Sunday.

John Madden told the KCBS morning crew the Raiders couldn’t handle the Broncos’ option offense.

“They didn’t tackle well, and they had a lot of penalties,” Madden said. “Those things seem like they should be able to fix — to eliminate some of those penalties and to be able to play the run better and to be able to tackle better. And they didn’t do those things.”

John said it would make sense for the Broncos to continue to focus on an option offense for quarterback Tim Tebow.

“The Raiders really went after him and they kind of beat him up every way you can,” Madden said. “And he just kept going and he would just jump up and go back to the huddle. I don’t know if he can throw the ball and do all those things, but I know two things. He’s a tough son of a gun and he can run.”

The 49ers are a surprising 7-1 after beating the Washington Redskins 19-11 Sunday.

“I think that everyone in analyzing the 49ers team became so pre-occupied with the quarterback position and Alex Smith, they really didn’t look around him,” Madden said. “They were developing a pretty good team. They were developing a good offensive line. They were developing a very good defense.”

Madden said the 49ers running game is a key to their success. “You have to be able to run the ball and stop the run. That’s where pro football starts… The way it’s being played today, we tend to forget that. But when you look at the 49ers and what they do, that’s where it all starts. They can run the ball and they can stop the run.” (8:50)

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