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Rolando goes toe to toe with media in rare interview

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Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain does not enjoy speaking with the media. That’s a shame because he is in the minority in that he almost always has something interesting to say.
Yet, it’s the way he chooses to conduct business. On Monday, McClain broke from tradition and graced the media with a nearly 4-minute question-and-answer session, while holding a car seat with his baby in tow.
McClain has been the target of criticism for his uneven play the past two games. However, he doesn’t shy from the criticism and uses it as fuel to get better.
Here’s the transcript from the interview with McClain, which took place about an hour ago:

Q: Good game plan for Jets?
McClain: I think our game plan was just to be more physical than them. They pride themselves on being physical and that was just the game plan. Try to stop Santonio Holmes and stop the run.

Q: What does it say about secondary to keep losing people and still win?
McClain: It’s just a testament to how well we practice, trying to get so many guys prepared for the game. Chekwa stepped in and did a great job. Just have to give coach Rod Woodson a lot of credit. Guys got hurt but guys stepped in and played well.

Q: Did you feel difference with how defense played in first half and second half?
McClain: I just made a statement at halftime that how we played with the Bills, maybe they’re thinking that what happened last week is something that will continue to happen. That’s not being able to finish the second half. We just wanted to make the effort to finish in the second half. (At this point, his baby cries) I don’t think he likes the media either.

Q: How important is it to beat a quality opponent like that?
McClain: It feels great. They’re always in the AFC championship game. They have been the last two years. Just to go up against a team, try to compare yourself to that team, to beat that team kind of lets you know where you are.
We’ve still got a long ways to go, but we’re going to keep pushing, keep working.

Q: This week is another one of those games?
McClain: Huge game. One of the best teams in the league and they’ve been a premiere team in the league for a while. Just another way to measure where we are right now. Just go out and compete against these guys.

Q: Different kind of test with the Patriots after the physical Jets?
McClain: This is just a finesse team. I mean, Tom Brady’s a smart guy, has many weapons around him, with his receivers as well as his tight ends. His tight ends are playing great right now.

Q: Are you happy with your play this year?
McClain: I’m just trying to step my play up each week, try to get better from what I did last year and get better week by week.

Q: What did the sellout crowd feel like?
McClain: It felt amazing. I think that won was due to them. It was huge just to have the fan support. I think they feel what we feel. We feel like we’re turning this Raider program around and I think they feel the same thing.

Q: What was the difference between this game and Buffalo?
McClain: We knew it. It was still in the back of our minds what happened in Buffalo. And we won’t forget it, we didn’t forget it. We won’t forget it for a while. It was still fresh in our mind. It’s your job to report on what we did. And we wanted to quiet the critics, saying we can’t finish in the second half. We just tried to play a good second half.

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  • If Campbell can play a little above average and let the running game deliver, it’s playoff time. Campbell has some skills granted, but he is what he is, a QB that must play within his limits. The running game and smash mouth physical football is what will get us there as long as we get more players back fron the little nick list than go on it.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Giordano is starting to become a liability. He is so slow.

  • A game manager is a great description Thec07.

  • Master Beeecham

    Dudes, the weekend was a mad success.

    Spanked the NY Pets, busted out three new jams for my upcoming solo record Wrecks N Effect and got down serious with 2 bangin hostesses from the Yardhouse LB.

    Magnums in effect, y’all.

    I even had time last night to stop by the blog and slap around my new favorite minion, Nob Raider. Love how that loser gets humiliated then quickly flames out. Too easy, but good for a few quick laughs.

    Where the heck is the old goat Krappy today? Bet that fool soiled his bermuda shorts silly at the game and passed out in the parking lot porta potty.

    FIGHT THE POWERS THAT BE REPRESENT THE UPRISING

  • When DMAC went hurtling into the Black Hole Faithful after his momentum changing 70 yard TD run he almost took out the fans immediately on the other side of the retaining wall.

    There’s one shot there you see DMAC, going backwards into the crowd. You can just barely see a fan whom seems destined to wear DMAC’s helmet. Fortunately he made a last secind evasive maneuver. His accompanying look was like, “woah, dude.” It’s all good!

    Chazz knee is still bothering him. Even b4 Leonard took him down with a shot to his (injured) right knee Schillens was favoring it while getting off the ground.

    Mankins, Patsies all-world LG vs. Richard Seymour. Man, that’s gonna be a fun matchup to watch. Nasty, too.

  • Method To My Madness

    293.Thec07 Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    Cro and Nam 2 dumb fcks….

    fck em both, neither one are RAIDERS…

    **********************

    Well Cro talk is relevant cuz we beat his ass yesterday and sent him to hospital….the Nnamdi talk would stop when his ass munch goon squad shuts da fk up about him

  • The Jets win despite Sanchez not because of him. 27th in QB ratings.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Brad Johnson had a epic year in 2002.

    Look at his stats. 22 TD’s 4 ints, 4th in QB rating, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl winner.

    Very, very few QB’s in the history of the NFL ever had the year Brad Johnson had in 2002.

  • Violent Hands

    The Raiders announced the signing of 6′ 0″ 210-pound defensive back Ron Parker and released preseason darling Sterling Moore from the practice squad.
    Parker has the kind of size, speed and length the Raiders covet. Parker runs a sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash in addition to excellent times in the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He also broad jumped 9-7. Parker is a long and fast athlete with the tools to develop into more than a fringe roster player.
    Moore-as good as he was in training camp and preseason-is probably a fringe roster player. Moore also lacked the elite physical tools the Raiders like in their defensive backs. It’s suprising because it was widely believed Moore could be elevated this week to the active roster due to all the injuries in the secondary.
    Don’t be surprised if Parker is elevated to the active roster and Miller is released later in the week. Another option is veteran Lito Sheppard, although if it was going to happen it probably would have been done already.
    It’s somewhat surprising Nick Miller was not released today and that no corresponding move has yet been made to shore up the Raiders injured secondary

  • Plunketthead

    The “homohawk” cracked me up.
    I still cant believe he showed up in Philly looking like black peter pan

  • Method To My Madness

    298.Thec07 Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Big Hendog <— Was beastin yesterday…Had the crowd hyped in the 4th…He was a man possesed….Awesome energy…

    ********************

    Yeah but he got flattened after doing that lol…he lost his energy on that one play but yes he was doing his thang thang

  • Method To My Madness

    312.Plunketthead Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    The “homohawk” cracked me up.
    I still cant believe he showed up in Philly looking like black peter pan

    *******************

    Holy schit….too much lmao

  • jameyt777

    Nobody her said JC was going to the pro-bowl because no one here is dumb enough to make that comment. Reality check fool, JC is becoming a better QB and the offensive line and DMC are all part of that. I guess you don’t understand that it takes a team to get to the SB.

    Did you think Mark Sanchez had a better game? Because I remember him getting sacked numerous times, and not eating any hot dogs. Although he had a nice helping of the A’s infield dirt and turf. Oh and a nasty black eye.

  • Nnamdi got run over missing a tackle yesterday. Dream Team, lmfao

  • GoodOle00

    298. Yeah. His team mates kinda stay away from him when he’s like that. No eye contact.

    He may eat ya.

  • Dakota

    do you think Mark Sanchez can lead his team to a sb win? they’re perrenial Afc title game contenders so you must think he’s much better than JC right?
    ++++++++++++++

    Interesting question. I am not a fan of Sanchez. I think Sanchez has very little to do with that team getting to the AFC title game. Their defense carries the day for them.

    In Oakland we do not have a defense like that and we won’t anytime soon. If Sanchez was here I doubt I would have any more confidence in him to win a SB, or take us to a SB, than I do Campbell.

    In fact, I think Campbell in that system might give the Jets more of a shot to win RIGHT NOW than does Sanchez. Sanchez thinks he is better than he really is and the result is too many turnovers. But he is much younger than Campbell and has time to mature.

  • ghostraiders

    Be careful releasing Miller too early in the week… patsies might pick him up to drain his knowledge of the Raiders offense. …

  • Method To My Madness

    316.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Nnamdi got run over missing a tackle yesterday. Dream Team, lmfao

    ****************

    Consider the source of coining the 2011 eagles that and you know they are screwed lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sanchez has had some really good playoff games.

    But he has been a liablility in the regular season, and if wasn’t for his crappy play, they could have maybe got a bye or some home playoff games the last few years.

    I thought he showed more fire and passion than most of his team yesterday though. He played until the final whistle, not so for the rest of the team.

  • Method To My Madness

    319.ghostraiders Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    Be careful releasing Miller too early in the week… patsies might pick him up to drain his knowledge of the Raiders offense. …

    **********************

    Yeah then pats may as well sign me

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dream team is too funny.

    Mike Vick is 1-4 in his last 5 starts.

    VY might have to come in and save the season around Thanksgiving.

  • 319.ghostraiders Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    Be careful releasing Miller too early in the week… patsies might pick him up to drain his knowledge of the Raiders offense. …

    ==========================================
    LMFAO again. Like the virus in “Independence Day”, he can jack up their special teams.

  • Dakota

    Nick Miller is still on the team….doesn’t make sense as far as I can tell.

    Is he there simply to raise DHB’s confidence level? DHB can at least look at one dude on the team and say to himself “I am better than that dude.”

  • ghostraiders

    Method… I wouldn’t put it passed them… the Guy could be a Wes welker part two.. I hear ochocinco might get cut..this week

  • The Oracle

    Haha! Sanchez ate Wimbley’s hot dog alright!

  • RaiderSam

    Dakota Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    Im sorry but you need more than passing yardage stats to make a case against JC being a great player.
    +++++++++++++

    Now Jason Campbell is a “great player”? This is so ludicrous it is not even worth pointing out just how ludicrous it is!

    Great player? LMAO!

    Too funny. You are a funny guy Mistic1….cuz that could only be a joke. Jason Campbell a great player? Oh man, my gut hurts!
    =======================
    I never understood this criticism of a guy who just goes out and wins.
    Just back the team, or prepare to eat crow. Campbell put up 300 plus yds yet they still lost. He is a game manager, just roll with it.
    I swear people love “i told you so” more than getting a win.

  • Just Fire Baby

    People were quick to point out 16 game projections for DHB after week 1. It was like 64 catches for 700 yards.

    Well after 3 games, he is now on pace 26 catches for about 275 yards, lol.

    Let the man block and try to draw 40 yard PI calls. That IS his game.

  • jmcclain

    JC is the qb of the team who leads the league in rushing. Thats what this offense is built on and its hell of good dominate. JC is not gonna throw 300 yds a game and pass for 3 td’s a game not until these young talented recievers learn how to run better routes. But come november we will be in better shape then alot of teams. It seems like every week theres ton of qb’s throwing 30,40,50 times a game. You have to have a running game late in the season cause the wheather will change and these teams that throw the ball all day will be screwed. JC will be above avg this yr might be his breakout season.

  • RaidingTexas

    Just Fire Baby Says:

    Brad Johnson had a epic year in 2002.

    Look at his stats. 22 TD’s 4 ints, 4th in QB rating, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl winner.

    ————————

    Fair enough, but Jason is on a target for similar TD/INT stats right now. In 2002, Brad had 3 TDs and no picks through the first three games, averaging less than 230 yards per game. That’s only marginally better than Campbell so far. Campbell’s one pick was a desperate hail mary at the end of a game, too.

  • RaiderSam

    Dakota Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    do you think Mark Sanchez can lead his team to a sb win? they’re perrenial Afc title game contenders so you must think he’s much better than JC right?
    ++++++++++++++

    Interesting question. I am not a fan of Sanchez. I think Sanchez has very little to do with that team getting to the AFC title game. Their defense carries the day for them.

    In Oakland we do not have a defense like that and we won’t anytime soon. If Sanchez was here I doubt I would have any more confidence in him to win a SB, or take us to a SB, than I do Campbell.

    In fact, I think Campbell in that system might give the Jets more of a shot to win RIGHT NOW than does Sanchez. Sanchez thinks he is better than he really is and the result is too many turnovers. But he is much younger than Campbell and has time to mature.
    =======================================
    Here’s another interesting question

    DID WE WIN THE GAME OR NOT? Take it one game at a time, dont jump the gun on how bad Campbell is, or how good he is. Maybe were witnessing the maturation of a player who has had impatient owners switch out O.C. and head coaches.
    Sanchez was beat, the Jets were beat, last 2 AFC title games dont matter, when you were outgained on the ground 234-100.

  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota, Campbell is a good fit for this offense right now. He’s a game manager sure, but a good one. He’s making the correct reads before the snap and adjusting the play at the line scrimmage accordingly. His completion percentage speaks for itself. No INTs (I don’t count the hail mary — only one if you must), sacked only twice (once by DMC), becoming an expert at play action.

    I was one of Soup’s biggest critics at the start of 2010 season but I’m on board now. In addition to all of that, I can see it in his eyes in some of his post game interviews and his choice of words, I think he’s become the leader of the offense.

    Naturally, this is what you want out of any QB, but not a lot of guys have it all. JC is certainly getting there and there’s no reason we can’t win with him at the controls.

    I’d be more concerned about the D keeping us out of the playoffs than Campbell.

  • GoodOle00

    Lol

    Take that HOT DOG BOY!!!

    RNS on FB

    Busted Sanchez’s nose and bruised Cromarties lungs

  • The Oracle

    -The Autumn wind is a Raider
    -pillaging just for fun
    -He’ll knock you ’round and upside down
    -and laugh when he’s conquered and won.

    The Raiders continue to leave a trail of destruction on enemy rosters on the way to the playoffs…..

  • The Oracle

    Time to cure this tailgate hangover…a round of shots for everyone.

  • alspals

    Listen I am probably one of the biggest haters out there that there was on Jason Campbell and last year at this time I was calling for Bruce. But now I feel Campbell is beginning to come into his own. no he is no brady, breese, or rodgers. But he is smart he doesn’t try to force anything. If there is one problem that I have with him right now is that he could be just a little more aggressive, because based on that throw he made to Bush yesterday I do think he has good enough accuracy to take more chances.

  • anhdazman

    To all the complaining and moaning fans…one thing to remember..from Big Al.

    “JUST WIN BABY!”

    The truth to all true Raiders fans. That’s all it matters….

  • vinoone

    Is it any wonder the guy does not talk to the media. You guys have no morals, anything for a headline. Where exactly did McClain call out the Patriots. When I saw the headline I wondered how could he be so stupid to fire the Patriots up, by talking trash. Then after reading what he said its not that he is stupid, just a stupid jerk-alist who can’t read, trying to write an inflammatory head line.

  • r8rb4cool

    The team is averaging 30 points a game…NOT turning the ball over,,,getting quality wins (barring the gaffe IN Buffalo). What is there to complain about?