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McClain was always close by

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 3:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Like every other first-round draft pick not named JaMarcus Russell, there was little drama associated with the signing of Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain.

McClain said he intended to be in camp on time, and his agent struck a deal with the Raiders late Wednesday night, enabling him to participate in the first practice Thursday.

“I know I missed a few meetings but my whole goal was to be here for the first practice,’’ McClain said Thursday. “We got it accomplished.’’

According to ESPN, McClain’s deal at No. 8 overall was similar to that of Darrius Heyward-Bey, last year’s No. 7 pick _ five years, $23 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $40 million.

Heyward-Bey got $500,000 more in guaranteed and $2 million less in maximum value.

McClain said he stayed in his apartment in Oakland until the deal was completed so he could get to Napa quickly.

He is counted on to be a leader of the Raiders defense and like fellow rookie Lamarr Houston, was in as the starter from the first snap of the first practice.

“I have my own goals, my own personal goals,’’ McClain said. “I’ve never really been a follower. I just know what I need to do in order to succeed, in order to help the team succeed. And that’s what I’m going to do.’’

More notes and quotes following the Raiders first training camp practice:

– As the Raiders went about the offseason, the Raiders offense was described by Michael Bush as “smashmouth’’ and by receivers as “vertical.’’

Coordinator Hue Jackson isn’t talking, or hasn’t been allowed to yet, and it may not matter all that much since the Raiders will create an identity over the next month or so which will determine the direction of their offense.

Quarterback Jason Campbell resisted characterizing the offense as either run-heavy or pass-heavy.

“It’s not like it’s going to be a run team or just a passing team,’’ Campbell said. “We’re going to do a lot of different things. Our whole game is to keep defenses off balance. It’s kind of like we do what we have to do to test defenses.’’

Campbell is absorbing yet another offense, having played for nine different coordinators dating back to his college days at Auburn.

“One day I can be an (offensive coordinator) and draw from nine different playbooks,’’ Campbell said.

Not that he doesn’t occasionally get confused.

“We were in a meeting the other day and coach asked me what the protection change and I called out one of my protections in last year’s offense when I was in Washington,’’ Campbell said.“It started with the same letter. Sometimes you have to just focus on trying to learn these plays.’’

– Louis Murphy was 12th among NFL rookies with 34 receptions in 2009, 10th in yardage (521) and his 75-yard touchdown reception was the longest of any rookie in the league.

He led Raiders wideouts in both catches and yards. Not bad for a fourth-round draft pick, particularly when the starting quarterback for 10 games was Russell.

Upon further review, Murphy thinks he could have done much better.

“There’s a lot of plays I left out there, man,’’ Murphy said. “I broke down every film, every play, of the entire year, I could have had a thousand yards.’’

Murphy wants to retain his zest for the game but tame some of the emotional swings which occasionally hurt his play.

“That’s what I really have to do this year, is tone it down,’’ Murphy said. “I remember one time in particularly I came in so amped up I forgot the first play.

“ I’ll tone it down, man, (I’m) feeling my way through the NFL. This second year, I feel way more comfortable. It’s a great feeling.’’

– “I want us to be tough, I want us to be physical, there’s no question about that, in both running the ball and stopping the run. But we’ve also got to be great defending the pass on defense, on third down and in the red zone, and offensively we got to be 180 degrees different in the red zone than we’ve been. So, we got a lot of work to do,’’ _ Cable on the Raiders 2010 identity.

– Inquires about the difficulties of Russell were in most cases deflected or redirected to praise for Campbell.

“It’s unfortunate the way everything went down. I really don’t want to get into that too much, but right now I feel we’ve got a good guy, a dependable guy, a guy who’s going to work hard, who will be there for us every day,’’ wide receiver Chaz Schilens said.

“He’s not going to shy away from anything. You know what to expect. We know what to expect. You know where the balls are going to be. That’s really all you can ask for as receivers, a dependable guy that’s going to go out and work hard every day.’’

Said Murphy: “He spoke loudly, commanded the huddle. It was great being able to follow our quarterback.’’

– Safety Mike Mitchell will always remember the training camp conversation he had with Jack Tatum a year ago.

“The one thing I got from him is he’s a very real guy,’’ Mitchell said. “.He’s not going to B.S. you. He heard the comparisons people were making from me to him, but he just told me to be myself, go out and play the way I play.

“He liked my passion, he liked my enthusiasm. I think that’s the thing you can learn from a guy like that, take the knowledge that he gives you and do what you do, don’t try and be anyone else. Play the way you play.’’

Mitchell felt he was behind almost all season physically because of hamstring issues which derailed his training camp.

`This is the best shape I’ve been in since I’ve been a Raider,’’ Mitchell said. “I’m excited. I was flying around today even though we weren’t supposed to. I’m just excited to show everybody what I can do this year. It’s going to be a big Year 2 for me.’’

– Second practice begins at 4:20 p.m. . . .

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  • fat kidd

    1st

  • http://sizzurp Dr. Steven Hawking

    Deuce bishes.

  • Midwest Fan

    I’m hoping to see more plays out of our secondary this year. We need to force more turnovers to win the closer games.

  • http://www.oakglenisafuktard.com MistaBrown

    Nice!

    “As the Raiders went about the offseason, the Raiders offense was described by Michael Bush as “smashmouth’’ and by receivers as “vertical.’’

  • Pretty Rick

    Sounds like the Raiders are using a very balanced offense,,even amount of runs & passes,,sort of like the way I run my offense in Madden football. McClain still got robbed on the Madden ratings.

  • fat kidd

    Flozell Adams joins the Steelers
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 29, 2010 5:53 PM ET
    The Steelers have signed a rather intriguing option to fill their massive hole at tackle.

    Flozell “The Hotel” Adams signed a multi-year deal with Pittsburgh, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. Jay Glazer of FOX has confirmed the move. The longtime Dallas Cowboy has lost a step, but still remains a force in the running game and upgrades a thin position for the Steelers

  • HayesDaze37

    repost

    It’s a great Camp day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Can’t stay long…

    First…RIP Jack Tatum. A great Raiders legend, and a much kinder and approachable man than his on-field image would ever let you know.

    Seymour’s got a lot of leader qualities, in addition to his ability to play up and down the line. He’s one of the best, and he wants to prove it. Seymour could become a Raiders legend late, ala Alzado back in the day.

    By almost any measure, Al Davis GOT IT DONE this off-season.

    Time for the guys on the field to do their parts — but we gotta remember that we’ll have YOUNG PLAYERS all over the field…and young players make young-player mistakes. Talent and smarts will overcome!

    Tom Cable? Tom Cable’s kept his head down, and “nose to the grindstone” the past year. His calm and optimistic approach to rebuilding this team has been pretty remarkable, actually. He’s got HIS guys believing they can get it done.

    Al’s had some pretty amazing comeback stories under his regime…methinks Cable’s going to be one of them. Of course, that would mean Al’s made a comeback, too. A comeback to a winning tradition.

    Oh, yeah…it CAN and WILL happen! This year? Why not?!

    It’s a great Camp day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

  • J Wiggle

    It’s going to be a big Year 2 for me.’’

    ——————————————————-

    Just really wonder how this guy is going to get on the field?

  • http://sizzurp Dr. Steven Hawking

    Sumthin good is brewing with this team…..

  • HayesDaze37

    “I’ve never really been a follower” – RoMcClain

    This is exactly the kind of attitude that makes one a great player. This young man is ready for the challenge, and as long as he stays healthy, I say he “competes” for Rookie Of The Year this season.

  • DKnight007

    Alot of good things said by Campbell about keeping defenses off balance and from Cable saying he was wants to be tough and physical.

    Like hearing what Murphy has to say as well about staying level headed on teh field.

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    So far I love the vibe the team is giving..

    I just might have to roll in to Costco this weekend, and get that crate of kool-aid…

    To hell with taking names, let’s just kick some ass this season!!

  • mistic1

    Im so glad we are using this offense! It sounds like we are using the the joe gibbs version of air coryell, circa 1987 to 1991. Power runs with two really fast widse and a possesion guy. Our team has potential to be better! Ill take campbell over rypien, and he has the tools to be better than doug williams. Cable said he liked how campbell fit in the gibbs scheme, and jackson has spent time working for guys from the coryel tree. This is my favorite offense. Are wides are faster than the posse ( can they catch?). If bush and dmac can come close to byner or rogers look out. Oh yea miller is better than any tight end h back gibbs ever had. What we dont have ARE THE HOGS! I beleive we will continue to adress the line next year and I hope our rooks develope quickly.

  • mistic1

    # J Wiggle Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    It’s going to be a big Year 2 for me.’’

    ——————————————————-

    Just really wonder how this guy is going to get on the field?
    ………………………………………………..
    3 wides 1 back

  • DKnight007

    mistic1 Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    Im so glad we are using this offense! It sounds like we are using the the joe gibbs version of air coryell, circa 1987 to 1991. Power runs with two really fast widse and a possesion guy. Our team has potential to be better! Ill take campbell over rypien, and he has the tools to be better than doug williams. Cable said he liked how campbell fit in the gibbs scheme, and jackson has spent time working for guys from the coryel tree. This is my favorite offense. Are wides are faster than the posse ( can they catch?). If bush and dmac can come close to byner or rogers look out. Oh yea miller is better than any tight end h back gibbs ever had. What we dont have ARE THE HOGS! I beleive we will continue to adress the line next year and I hope our rooks develope quickly.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I want this Raiders offense to be run much like Ravens and Jets offenses were run last year.

  • The Big Banana

    “There’s a lot of plays I left out there, man,’’ Murphy said. “I broke down every film, every play, of the entire year, I could have had a thousand yards.’’

    ——————————————————–

    This kid’s a gamer and a worker. Can’t wait to see what he brings this year along with DHB and Schilens. Then you have McClain.

    Lunch pail guys. Way to go Raiders. THESE are the type of players fans can get behind and the type we need on this team.

  • Nnamdi21

    Way to go Hayes. Have a great day!

    Go Raiders!!!

  • kvnbntly

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr69bx6tj30

    thanks to eduardoraider for the entertainment

  • Plunketthead

    The birth of big air was a great 30 for 30

  • fat kidd

    Former Raiders QB Jamarcus Russell is the latest sports star who will compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

  • http://www.oakglenisafuktard.com MistaBrown

    Fat Runt what did I tell you about trying to be funny ?

  • kvnbntly

    Scuffle on far field. Not sure who it was, but Gallery was mad and Houston didn’t have a helmet
    jmcd on twitter

  • kvnbntly

    liking houston more and more every day

  • http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1324/raidersskulllogo.png GG

    Good observation, Mistic1, re: post #13

  • itzSteve

    Nnamdi Asomugha just picked off a Gradkowski pass and handed the ball to off coord Hue Jackson

    —————-

    Love it!…payback for all the smack talk from Hue during Mini camp and OTA sessions…

  • priesttj

    Lamarr Houston will make a huge impact on this defense. This kid is just a Raider through and through.
    His motor is what gts to guy’s because he doesn’t take plays off. This defense will be led by Seymour but the corner stone is Nnamdi. He has to be special and Shonasty has to get double digit sacks. I’m not the least bit worried about the safeties I think we have 3 great ones.

    As far as offense Murphy IMO is a go to guy and so is Chaz if he stays healthy. Chaz Murph and DHB are a pretty good trio nothing special yet but effective. The key to this O is the running game. If we can’t run w can’t win…………..period

  • http://www.oakglenisafuktard.com MistaBrown

    tj how many times have you seen Lamarr play professional football ?

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    don’t forget about Z Miller!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Houston and McClain will go down as the best 1 and 2 round draftees in raider history…

    they are both going to bring it…

    i love me some “D”…

  • http://www.oakglenisafuktard.com MistaBrown

    I think you can expect every player on offense to lift their game with JaBeanDip out of the picture. Having a legit Qb gives each & every player some juice!

  • http://www.oakglenisafuktard.com MistaBrown

    Pete how does that oil look on your beaches ?

  • mistic1

    The d is gonna be awesome, it all boils down to our o line.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Mistic, depends if we blitz, we wre stunning last year when we played it, but not Al’s cup of tea…….

  • inonewordraider

    if DHB, Schilens or Murphy gets hurt or two of them out for a period of time suddenly JLH is heavily in the rotation, JLH having a bounce back year is huge

    Our backup DB situation is fine w/ Routt and Mcfadden

    won’t stunt young OLinmen growth with free agency and we have a chance of being solid on OL with Mario backed up by Jared, Carlisle backed up by Cambpell, Gallery backed by Barnes, Walker at RT is an upgrade, worried about Satele

  • Thec07

    Good write up thanks springer….

  • Thec07

    I expect JFORD to take reps fromm JLH…

  • Thec07

    I have my own goals, my own personal goals,’’ McClain said. “I’ve never really been a follower. I just know what I need to do in order to succeed, in order to help the team succeed. And that’s what I’m going to do.’’
    +++++++++++++++=

    Looks like we have another stand up guy in the fold…

  • Thec07

    The “other forces” are runniung the NATION…
    With all due respect Mr. Davis is a spectator…
    He will not be calling the D or the O…

  • aig

    It’s weird for me to say this but I dont think we have a headcase issue in camp right now with personel. We dont have Javonne Walker or fat walrus to deal with. Weird.

  • Thec07

    New post…

  • http://www.tube8.com NoLuv4Hoes

    Ayyyyyyy

  • http://raiderthoughts.com RaiderThoughts.com

    “work hard every day” and “know where the ball is going to be” ….it’s a shame we wasted so much time and development possibilities on a fat slack-ass junky.

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  • http://chasmaloy.com Chas Malloy

    Raider Renaissance the early talk is encouraging what
    The Raider nation needs a year when we beat the AFC West all season.
    A road opener victory will be a great start.
    Oh yeah an injury free camp would also help a great 2010 turn around.
    Nation member since 1975