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Rolando McClain Q&A

A transcript of Rolando McClain’s first interview with Bay Area media members since the start of the regular-season:

Q: How you feeling?

McClain: Good.

Q: Injury was not a big deal?

McClain: Everything’s fine. Just a little hip pointer, swelled up, I guess over the last two days it went down so I was able to practice.

Q: How would you assess your rookie season so far, nine games in? Are you where you thought you’d be?

McClain: I think I’m playing fine, but besides my individual play I think we’ve started to come along in our defense and that’s really all that matters to me. I have a role to help with this defense.

Q: What has been difference last three games, 6-for-42 on third down, what has happened?

McClain: I don’t know, there was one meeting, we all just said to each other we were going to play football, basically, and we told coach, and coach said he’s going to call the right things. It was a total team effort. Not just the plays, but it was something in the play calling and we were going to get in the defense that we were most comfortable with, and as we said, let the dogs unchained, just play football and just go out and have fun and that’s what we’ve been doing.

Q: Rookie wall, does it exist, where you’d be wrapping up in college . .

McClain: I don’t know about no rookie wall. The bye week’s here. I’m perfectly fine.

Q: After some early struggles, first couple of games, you mentioned early speed wasn’t much different than SEC, did you think maybe NFL was a little tougher, faster than you expected?

McClain: Not at all. Like I said earlier, you play against guys in practice all the time in practice that are just as fast as anybody you’re going to see. For me, it hasn’t been easy. But it hasn’t been hard either, because I have a great defensive line in front of me, taking care of me, allowing me to just run around, and coach is just letting us play.

Q: How often have you encountered guys on line getting to you at second level?

McClain: Sometimes it’s all the time. I watched film, last year you had to double Seymour as well as TK, and they forced the middle linebacker to make plays, and if you watch film now, you see you can’t double those guys because you have to account for me in the blocking scheme. My job is to try and make tackles, defeat the block first, but I don’t have a problem with that, especially with TK and Seymour making the plays they’ve been making, I don’t mind taking on the block every now and then.

Q: Focused on team aspect, but are there more plays to be made, interceptions, etc.?

McClain: I think everybody wants to make plays. That’s the league that we’re in. You just want to produce. But just from watching plays and watching film, coach is satisfied with what I’m doing. I don’t know. I take pride in my man not getting the ball thrown to him. When I’m guarding the back, because we’ve been playing a lot of Cover 5 lately, the ball hasn’t been going to my man so I haven’t had a lot of chances to make interceptions so I’m perfectly fine with that.

Q: Coaches are satisfied, but are you satisfied? And are you ever satisfied?

McClain: No, you’re never satisfied. If you’re satisfied, you become complacent and if you become complacent you might as well stop playing.

Q: Came in here conducting yourself as a veteran, do you feel like a rookie in any way at this point?

McClain: I don’t know, not really. I just feel like I’m one of the players, like I’m part of the team. That’s the hard thing coming in. You meet so many new guys, new coaches, new scheme, new everything coming in, and you have to adapt to it and fit in some kind of way. Now I feel like I fit in and everything is going smoothly, so I don’t feel like one of those 11 guys out on the field playing.

Q: You requested a sellout. You got it. What was it like?

McClain: It was crazy for the times I was out there. I only played 20 plays but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it that loud. I wanted the sellout because I knew we were about to do something special. You can feel it in the locker room, you can feel it in practice. We’re about to be pretty darned scary around here. I just wanted the fans’ support. It’s been like two years, and I don’t think I’ve ever not had a sellout, coming from Alabama . Me, as well as the rest of the guys on the team, feel like we’re about to have something special, so we wanted the fans to come out and support us.

Q: Confident you’ll pick up where you left off after the bye week?

McClain: No problem. The bye week, some guys could lose focus, but I don’t see that problem with this team. Everybody’s focused. We know the task at ahead. So, we’re just going to keep working, take some time off to recover and get our bodies healed and go back at it.

Q: Explain your reluctance to speak with the media?

McClain: I’m just not a media guy, to say the least. I’m just shy and I like to stay to myself. If it was my choice, I would never do media.

Q: Is it anything against us?

McClain: No, I have no problem with y’all. It’s just how I was raised. I just stay to myself and just real shy. I stay to myself a lot. It’s just the way I’ve always been. Talking to coach Cable after the first couple times I declined interviews, he asked why. I told him the reason, and he said ‘fine.’ You don’t have to do the local media. Just make sure if it’s one of those people from the network that are doing the game, then make sure you do that. I said, ‘All right.’ So, we kind of had an agreement with that. I promised if we had a sellout that I’d do media, so I’m here.

Q: So, when are we going to hear from you again?

McClain: Next sellout.

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  • 30 year raider

    primero???

  • 30 year raider

    yyyyyaaaaaa second toooo????

  • LA to TheBay

    ROLANDO MCPAIN!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    8LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Dakota Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Wish that damned lottery would pay off so I can drop this damned work BS!

    ————-

    Sounds like a hand out to me. Isn’t lottery paid for by…. TAXES (cue scary music)!!!!!
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Lottery paid for by taxes? I don’t think so. The lottery is funded from the money collected selling tickets and then the proceeds are used by the States to fund things like education and the general funds of the participating States.

    My $2 per week that goes to the lottery is like a self-imposed tax I guess.

  • Raider Raul

    Finally!! Way to go Jerry!!
    RAAAAIIIDDDERRRSS….RRRAAIIIDDDDERRRSS….

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Dell,

    Sorry I missed your request…busy day at work.

  • LA to TheBay

    Ro, you did struggle the first few games. I’d still like to see you ‘pull the trigger’ more, but I like the attitude.

    I can see this dude being the captain of the defense for a long, long time.

  • jbr63

    “Next Sellout” I love it! Man handling the press is much easier than fullbacks!

  • jbr63

    Has McLain ever had a pick 6? He’s been close on a couple of INT’s this year but couldn’t get the grab. I think he and Thomas Howard could be some ball hawking LB’s before the year ends.

  • RaiderRockstar

    RR, u drink that Rocky mtn p!ss? Don’t you know it is from Dungver?

    Time to put the SR 211 in the freezer!

    ***

    Dirty Raccoon,

    no. I dont drink man

    LA was just using a stereotype about people living in Podunk

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: How you feeling?

    McClain: Good.

    END INTERVIEW …

  • aig-raiders

    McClain: ……Not just the plays, but it was something in the play calling and we were going to get in the defense that we were most comfortable with, and as we said, let the dogs unchained, just play football and just go out and have fun and that’s what we’ve been doing.

    ———-
    They sure did the let dogs unchained. He’s signing autograph on 11/16. I wish I was back home. Darn it!!!!!

  • big pep

    hes off the hook, ill never bag on him again seems to have his head in the right place.
    cam newton was caught cheating in his pottery class while at florida. hahahahahahahahahahahahahah, what a dumb asssss, just hope we win enough games to not draft him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    let the dogs unchained?

    Vick won’t be in Oakland next year …

  • 30 year raider

    when is big john coming back??? mann we gotta get him healthy for our PLAYOFF PUSH!!! THATS RIGHT PLAYOFF PUSH!!!

  • Stabler76

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I can see this dude being the captain of the defense for a long, long time.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Needs to start by planting some Steelers on their backs next game.

  • aig-raiders

    Mistic,

    You are correct we both dont think we will win this Pitt game.

    The diff between you and I. I think JC sucks. I think he will look like a turd out there like Tenn and SF and even KC. It’s one thing to lose the game. It’s entirely another issue to lose the game because of his sorry a$$. So far this year, JC has missed 3 wide open deep balls. 2 of them costed us a game in SF. I dont even remember Bruce missing 3 deep balls on wide open receivers since he has been with the Raiders.

    I stand by my comment Japuke is going to get his a$$ handed to him in Pitt. Then we will be done with this JC myth once and for all.

  • RaiderRockstar

    it hasn’t been hard either, because I have a great defensive line in front of me, taking care of me, allowing me to just run around, and coach is just letting us play.

    ***

    Kirk Morrison wishes he had that kind of help up front while MLB in Oakland!

  • 30 year raider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    let the dogs unchained?

    Vick won’t be in Oakland next year …

    ###############

    WHATS UP ROCK STAR??? I AGREE VICK WILL NOT BE IN SILVER AND BLACK NXT YR… WE COULD HAVE HAD HIM THIS YR AND DID NOT PULL THE TRIGGER…

  • 1234567

    # DKnight007 Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    1234567 Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    Peter King was on Colin Cowherd this morning and said the Raiders, right now, are a top ten team? So then what are the top ten teams?

    ^^^^^^^
    Who cares what those two clowns think.

    Can’t stand either of them!

    ———————————————
    No one should care what either of them should think. I was asking, if there were a way to fit the Raiders into the top ten, as of now, what would the top ten be?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: Confident you’ll pick up where you left off after the bye week?

    McClain: No problem. The bye week, some guys could lose focus, but I don’t see that problem with this team. Everybody’s focused. We know the task at ahead. So, we’re just going to keep working, take some time off to recover and get our bodies healed and go back at it.

    ***

    yeah !!!

  • 30 year raider

    aig-raiders Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    Mistic,

    You are correct we both dont think we will win this Pitt game.

    The diff between you and I. I think JC sucks. I think he will look like a turd out there like Tenn and SF and even KC. It’s one thing to lose the game. It’s entirely another issue to lose the game because of his sorry a$$. So far this year, JC has missed 3 wide open deep balls. 2 of them costed us a game in SF. I dont even remember Bruce missing 3 deep balls on wide open receivers since he has been with the Raiders.

    I stand by my comment Japuke is going to get his a$$ handed to him in Pitt. Then we will be done with this JC myth once and for all.

    ####################

    BUT ON SUNDAY RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES SITTING IN SEC 122 ROW 29… JASON CAMBPELL MADE ALL THE THROWS WHEN HE HAD TOO!!! AND ALL THAT COUNTS IS THAT BIIIIIIGGGG WWWWWWWWWWW AT THE END OF THE DAY!!!

  • inonewordraider

    Never has to conduct another interview again, the man lived up to his word, I love this team

  • LA to TheBay

    ideology*

  • RaiderRockstar

    Never has to conduct another interview again, the man lived up to his word, I love this team

    ***

    IOWR,

    ROMAC will conduct another interview on 11/29 when we’re 7-4

  • 30 year raider

    JASON CAMBPELL WILL START AT PITT… HE WILL HAVE ANOTHER 20-32, 22-34, 18-28… 210 YDS TO 225YRD TYPE GAME…… THE KEY IS NO INTS!!! IT MAY NOT BE PRETTY…BUT HOPEFULLY MURPH AND Z.MILLER WILL BE BACK WHICH WILL OPEN THINGS UP FOR REECE OUT IN THE FLAT AND FORD IN THE SLOT OR FLANKED OUT WIDE…

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    Lets see if Jerry takes the hard questions…..or if Jon Becker mods the live blog.

  • RaiderRockstar

    somebody should have asked McClain to name 2 or 3 vets mentoring him and teaching him how to be a pro

    I bet Seymour, Wimbley & ShoNasty are the guys

  • 30 year raider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    somebody should have asked McClain to name 2 or 3 vets mentoring him and teaching him how to be a pro

    I bet Seymour, Wimbley & ShoNasty are the guys

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    GREG BEIKERT

  • RaiderRockstar

    whats up 30YR!?!

    good 2 see you man. hope all is well

    can’t wait to see our speedy young WR’s rip up the Squeelers secondary!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    25.LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Dakota,

    You’re right and I should clarify. You’re assessment of it being a self-imposed tax is actually very well said.

    If you agree, like most in the party I’m sure you are affiliated with (which comprise the same @$$holes in line ahead of me at the liquor store scratching their lives away, so to speak) then you are essentially buying into additional funding for eduacation and gov’t administration, which for the most part, your party wants to cut in addition to taxes, education, and veterans benefits.

    Without raising taxes on those who don’t play (or opt out, lol), you are paying for education and some poor schlep to get rich without ever actually working for it.

    If all participants in Social Security (taxpayers who can’t opt out) contibute an amount that then goes out as a handout and your party wants to cut social security and other social welfare programs, aren’t you essentially going against party idiology?

    ++++++++++++

    No. I am just buying a lottery ticket to strike it rich.

  • 1234567

    McClain: “I watched film, last year you had to double Seymour as well as TK, and they forced the middle linebacker to make plays, and if you watch film now, you see you can’t double those guys because you have to account for me in the blocking scheme.”

    This is funny to me. Means he was watching film from last season and thinkin, “Damn, Morrison is sorry.”

  • 30 year raider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    whats up 30YR!?!

    good 2 see you man. hope all is well

    can’t wait to see our speedy young WR’s rip up the Squeelers secondary!

    ######################

    ROCK went to the game sunday… was an ABSOLUTE ZOOOO OUT THERE!!! WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE THE SCENE!!! IT WAS MAD MAX ON STEROIDS X 10000000000000.00, LMAO!!! YOUR IN NW ARK?? ARENT YOU?? IF THE LAST GAME FOR KC IS FOR THE DIVISION WAS THINKING OF TAKING THE 6HR DRIVE UP NORTH I35!!! CLOSER FOR YOU ISNT IT??

  • RaiderRockstar

    IF THE LAST GAME FOR KC IS FOR THE DIVISION WAS THINKING OF TAKING THE 6HR DRIVE UP NORTH I35!!! CLOSER FOR YOU ISNT IT??

    ***

    30YR, Arrowhead is about 3.5 hours (each way)

    I want to wait and see if we’re playing for something at that point … if we’re 6-9 or 7-8 it may not be worth my time or money

    I have a bunch of buddies that are Chief fans trying to get me to go with them in full Raider gear. We’ll see what happens

  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota,

    LMAO!

    Fair enough.

  • mistic1

    Romac is right! 66 thousand supavillains in black. We battle the chiefs to a stand still! Forced two penalties on the offense, with our roaring enthusiasm. Sharing that kind of moment with your favorite team, and favorite players, in your own home town, was unreal!

  • LesterHayes4Ever

    Unfortunately I live 45 minutes from Pittsburgh and have to watch their sorry asses every week. Here are the two must do’s to beat them. 1. Their Corners are garbage but Polamalu is unreal. You have to challenge the Corners but have to look Polamalu off. If you let him read your eyes, your done. 2. Get Rapistberger down quick. He is at his best scrambling and can complete big passes with players hanging on him. I hope Miller is healthy cause they blitz so much that they are vulnerable to passes in the middle of the field to TE’s and FB’s.

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    HAHAHAHAHAHA……….Jerry reads my blog!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

    http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com !!!!

  • aig-raiders

    30 yr Raider,

    Had KC been competent in their passing game like Pitt, Bowe would have never dropped that first down to ice the game.

    Had Ford not bailed out those “throws” JC made, we would have lost the game

    And this week’s headline would have been Another JC disaster.

    Japuke has benefited from riding the coat tails of other players around him. I have been saying show me that he can carry the team and I will give him his props. So far Zilch!!!! Nada!!!

    If you show me one game including preseason, that Japuke has carried the team and was the reason for us winning then I will gladly acknowledge it. I doubt you can.

  • RaiderReggie

    Being a Raiders fan for 41 years, I am sick and tire of hearing some of these racist overtone statements when it comes to Jason Campbell. We should just be happy that we are winning. I don’t care if Pee Wee Herman was the starting quarback as long as we are winning. I like Bruce Gradkowski, however, when you are winning games, you go with the hot hand. If Jason starts failing, I don’t have a problem replacing him with Bruce. CMON MAN!

  • 30 year raider

    mistic1 Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Romac is right! 66 thousand supavillains in black. We battle the chiefs to a stand still! Forced two penalties on the offense, with our roaring enthusiasm. Sharing that kind of moment with your favorite team, and favorite players, in your own home town, was unreal!

    ###########################

    MAYNE I WAS SOOOO GLAD I FLEW OUT FOR THIS GAME!!! UR SOO RIGHT!! IT SEEEMED SO UNREAL, WHEN N FACT IT WAS REAL111

  • inonewordraider

    Did you guys see Mike Wallace yesterday? Routt and Huffs speed gonna be put to the test

  • 30 year raider

    RaiderReggie Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    Being a Raiders fan for 41 years, I am sick and tire of hearing some of these racist overtone statements when it comes to Jason Campbell. We should just be happy that we are winning. I don’t care if Pee Wee Herman was the starting quarback as long as we are winning. I like Bruce Gradkowski, however, when you are winning games, you go with the hot hand. If Jason starts failing, I don’t have a problem replacing him with Bruce. CMON MAN!

    ####################################

    agree 100 %

  • crister

    wow, talk about throwing morrison under the bus. funny…

  • inonewordraider

    JMAC says he guesses Miller will be back v Miami, we need him against the Steelers

  • 30 year raider

    aig-raiders Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    30 yr Raider,

    Had KC been competent in their passing game like Pitt, Bowe would have never dropped that first down to ice the game.

    Had Ford not bailed out those “throws” JC made, we would have lost the game

    And this week’s headline would have been Another JC disaster.

    Japuke has benefited from riding the coat tails of other players around him. I have been saying show me that he can carry the team and I will give him his props. So far Zilch!!!! Nada!!!

    If you show me one game including preseason, that Japuke has carried the team and was the reason for us winning then I will gladly acknowledge it. I doubt you can.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    like i have said since we got him.. we dont need joe montana back there. we need a servicable qb who can get the job done his stats are more than decent!!!
    he has a 81% passer rating!! 57% completion avg 180yds passing a game!! 7tds 5 ints…getting it done with a solid running game!!!

  • Raider Dell

    Place Raider O on the back of a milk carton.

    Where are you, I need my dose of Huff comments.

    Better yet, let me try to be you.

    Fire Cable, that monkey, Fire Sanjay Lal, just fire all the coaches.

    Get rid of Gallery, Bennett, Williams, Eugene. Stevie Brown should be starting with Mitchell, send Branch to the bench, Huff should be a CB.

    How’s my preppie doing, just smoke, don’t drink.

  • RaiderRockstar

    JMAC says he guesses Miller will be back v Miami, we need him against the Steelers

    ***

    not really

    Myers & Barnes = good enough against a weak Squeelers secondary

  • LA to TheBay

    I want to wait and see if we’re playing for something at that point … if we’re 6-9 or 7-8 it may not be worth my time or money

    ——————-

    Say what? You should be going even if they’re 0-15 if you have the means to do so.

  • LA to TheBay

    Murphy will help. He eats Steelers corners for a light lunch.