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McClain speaks for first time since arrest

Here is the transcript of Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain’s first interview since he was arrested Dec. 1 in Decatur, Ala., for allegedly assaulting a childhood friend and firing a gun near the man’s ear.

Q: What were the big issues defensively yesterday?
McClain: “They have a great team. They have a great scheme. They have a great quarterback. They have great receivers that make plays when they need them. You have to give all credit to them. They played a great game. We simply didn’t execute on defense. There’s no excuse for it. We’re not going to try to make excuses. We have to win games against some good teams. We lost to the Packers and were embarrassed by it. All we can do is to try to learn from it, practice hard and get prepared for these next three games.”

Q. Is there a sense now that there’s no margin for error?
McClain. “There’s never a margin for error. You want to be right. We understand that nobody’s perfect. You’re not going to play perfect. But you don’t want to make the mistakes that we’ve been making. They’re simple mistakes here and there. So we just have to fix them.”

Q. How do you think you played?
McClain: “It doesn’t matter how I played. We lost.”

Q. What happened on Ryan Grant’s long touchdown run? It looked like you thought he was going to go one way and he went another. Were you screened off by a teammate?
McClain: “I won’t speak on that play. We know what happened as a defensive unit, and we’ll correct it.”

Q. Can you tell us what happened?
McClain: “I’ll just tell you that we know what happened.”

Q. You want to be playing your best football at the end of the year. How frustrating has it been for you guys the last two weeks?
McClain: “It’s hard. I talked to my mom last night, and she (said), ‘The last two games since the incident a few weeks ago I played good.’ I told her, simple and plain, it don’t matter. We’re not playing good on defense, no matter how good I play … And we’re not winning. For me, all I want to do is win. Whether I make a hundred tackles or one tackle, all I want to do is win and for the defense to perform well. We’re not getting it done right now.”

Q. You haven’t commented on the incident.
McClain: “I won’t comment on it. I haven’t and I won’t.”

Q. Just wanted to give you the opportunity to comment.
McClain: “It is what is. No comment.”

Q. Would you say the team is in shock over what’s happened in the last two games?
McClain: “I don’t know.”

Q. Are you confident that things will stay tight and you can still make a run?
McClain: “I’ve always been a guy that liked to stay in control of my own destiny. We had that control when we were leading the West. We gave up that by losing two games. All we can do now is go out and play football, good football and win games. And we have to rely on somebody else to lose, which is out of our hands now.”

Q. You didn’t blitz very much against the Packers, who are obviously tough to blitz against.
McClain: “You have different schemes for different teams. Some teams blitz a lot, and some teams drop eight in coverage. No matter what we did, we didn’t get the job done. (Rodgers) obviously had a lot of success.”

Q. Is there anything you guys could have done differently to get more of a pass rush?
McClain: “I don’t know. I know the guys up front – they rush hard. You have to give credit—they have a solid offensive line. They’ve got some guys hurt, but they play good as a unit. Plus, Rodgers gets the ball out fast, not matter what the rush is. They’re a good team.”

Q. Are the problems easy to fix?
McClain: “That’s the good thing about it. It’s nothing that’s out of the ordinary. It’s things we can fix and we’re going to have to fix in order to be a good defense. If we want to play in the playoffs, play against some of these good team, we can’t make the mistakes we’ve been making.”

Q. How much better a player are you than you were last year?
McClain: “I don’t know. I’m able to play faster, but there’s 10 other guys on the field with me. Coach has been saying for the past two weeks, “you’ve got to trust the guys around you.’ Not just my play, but once all 11 guys can trust everybody to do their job, we can play a lot faster and we can play a lot more efficient.”

Q. Do you know what happened with the too-man-men-on-the-field penalty on Jordy Nelson’s touchdown?
McClain: “I don’t know. … I have no idea.”

Q. Is it going to help being home after a couple of tough road trips?
McClain: “It’s always good to feel the support of your fans. We have a great fan base. They’ve show up tremendous. It’s holding tight. It feels good to be at home, not travel on the road, leave on a Friday, just relax and get back to playing football. It’s nothing to do with being on the road or being at home; it’s just about playing good football. We haven’t been playing that type of football that we’ve shown we can play throughout this year.”

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    This is troubling, check it out

    Miami’s defense is not good, Miami has the 25th ranked Pass Defense– palmer stunk with out question 48% comp 1 pick loss

    The Packers have the 31st Ranked Pass Defense! 4 picks 42 qb rating 57 cmp% loss

    The bears & 28th ranked Pass defense 56 cmp % 1 pick 72 rating win ( thanks to defense and special teams)

    Campbell Against Top 15 Pass Defenses:

    Texans 3rd Best Pass defense/ Campbell 2 TDs 1 INT– win
    Broncos 15th Best Pass Defense/ Campbell 2 TD/ No INTS- win
    Jets 6th Best Pass Defense/ Campbell no TDs, no INTS- win
    Bill’s 14th Best Pass Defense/ Campbell 3 Total TDs- 1 INT

    looks like palmer has a lot of trouble beating even poor pass defenses, but Jc ( outside of the patsies game) was money against the top 15 pass defenses

  • marios

    I say we win the last three and make it in as a wild card team. Jets play eagles-giants-fins they will probably lose one. Cincy plays vs the Ravens last week, hopefully they do lose that one. Titans have Colts-Jaguars-Texans, hopefully they lose one. Plus if Tebow loses to KC and we win out it doesn’t matter if he beats NE this week. So win out and you have big chances for the playoffs. Plus I wouldn’t rule us out even if we lose this week cause we need Denver to lose at KC anyway.

  • SaintKaufman

    You know how this game is paradise. The offense gets going and the defense just seems to follow.

    I agree, we are really bad on defense. Obviously. :)

  • Master Beeecham

    Albert Puss is the blog whipping boy and always looking over his shoulder for the next incoming whallop.

    So obviously he’s always paranoid that some mean ol blogger from the past is coming back to get him.

    Almost as funny as him playing the role of sports ticker, serving other bloggers timely game updates.

    Whatever it takes not to get smacked around, right?

  • fingers

    Mystic… Are you trying to tell us you don’t like Palmer?… Lmaooooo… We get the message..
    And it’s outta our hands…and he’s gonna be our starter next season too….so you’re gonna be bummed…

  • raiderdav

    This is Jason Campbell’s team, he needs to be back to take the reign and take us to the PROMISELAND Palmer is the biggest fraud since Jeff George.

  • autopalm77

    Moss player Sunday…Only 3 INACTIVES FOR WEEK 15….Campbell, DMAC and Campbell….

  • al d. davis

    We must get rid of the ebony sub-moron; he talked to his mother and they both agreed he’d been playing better since the “incident”? Why is that McTurd can suck himself and swallow yet can’t make a play????

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Romo called Urlacher classless today on twitter for calling Tebow a rb. I don’t remember Romo having that much class when he played. Didn’t he spit in someone’s face?

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    UFCK!, UFCK!, UFCK!, MUTHA-UFCKR, AND UFCK!

    There’s my semi-pro analysis of the Raiders effort yesterday….

    And, that is just from the 1st. qtr….

  • raiderinparadise

    @saint kaufman …. I agree obvioulsy with longer drives sustained and more points on the board, we can set a pace and help our defense. STILL even when we played well like that, teams made late surges becuase of our Defense.

  • raiderinparadise

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    Romo called Urlacher classless today on twitter for calling Tebow a rb. I don’t remember Romo having that much class when he played. Didn’t he spit in someone’s face?

    ******

    It was TO’s face and he called a ni88er right before he spit.

    that was bad.

  • marios
  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I remembre Romo spitting on another player, but doing it with class. That Romo was a classy dude.

  • baumraiders

    The problem for the raiders now is that most of the money is now being spent on the defense. It is incredible that you have Huff, Kelly, Wimbley, Routt, Seymour, McLain, Johnson, Curry making a ton of money and they don’t play up to the salaries.

  • DutchRaider77

    It was TO’s face and he called a ni88er right before he spit.

    that was bad.

    ______________________________________________________

    JJ Stokes.

  • ElkGRaider

    347.fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Man…Romos on Seymour today…. Get with it Richard..

    Good for Romo… Seymour was invisable yesterday
    ==========================

    You say it like these guys watch the show and will somehow be inspired. Fact is…they dont care about Romo or what he says. These guys are just giving up…they have bad schemes and are in positions they shouldnt be (i.e. Rolandos a 3-4 backer, Seymour should be a 3-4 DE)

  • raiderjhawk

    I can see how Hue deserves some of the blame for the last two weeks but our team is in shambles. We have a lot of key guys injured right now and most of the guys playing lack heart. Mcclain doesn’t even rush hard, if someone gets in his way he quits. We need to revamp the D, we have a good core group of guys to work with but we need to get some new blood in here. Who really expected us to beat GB with the shape we are in?

    Yeah, great idea to fire Hue so we can continue on the same crap hole roller coaster we’ve been on for the last 9 yrs. This team is gonna be scary when healthy, they just have to get healthy.

  • raiderinparadise

    * JJ stokes, your right. DOh! my bad

  • fingers

    Hue paid a steep price for Palmer…. So he’s gonna play him till the wheels fall off …. That’s just the cold hard facts…. And he’s not gonna give the job back to Campbell .. Ever.. And he’s not gonna switch to Pryor after a 3 & 3 start by Palmer …. No matter how many int’s Palmers thrown…..palmers our starter…gonna be our starter…just the way it is … Just like Al Stuck with # 2( who shall not be named). Till the wheels fell off….

  • raiderinparadise

    anyone have a link to romonowski clip yet? its not on csn green room yet

  • baumraiders

    ElkGRaider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 4:09 pm
    347.fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Man…Romos on Seymour today…. Get with it Richard..

    Good for Romo… Seymour was invisable yesterday
    ==========================

    You say it like these guys watch the show and will somehow be inspired. Fact is…they dont care about Romo or what he says. These guys are just giving up…they have bad schemes and are in positions they shouldnt be (i.e. Rolandos a 3-4 backer, Seymour should be a 3-4 DE)

    ———————————-

    3-4 DE are most of the times 4-3 DT (3 tech), our problem is we have 2 of them. Sometime the O-lineman don’t even make the holes, but our penetrating DT make them also by themselves

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    As bad as CHUKY B is, Buddy Ryan would have trouble stopping anybody with the half-azzing attitude our D plays with. Mclain jogging, Routt waiting for someone else to make the tackle. the D line jumping offsides every other play….pathetic bunch.

  • fingers

    Elk…no, didn’t think about that way…. I thought about it just like I posted it…

  • Method To My Madness

    romo just basically said tebow was gay i heard

  • raiderjhawk

    OUR DEFENSE SUX… REALLY BAD!

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    CorkOnTheNFL Doesn’t sound as if QB Jason Campbell will return from his broken right collarbone this week. Coach Jackson says Campbell’s a ways away.
    3 minutes ago

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    romo just basically said tebow was gay i heard
    ++++++++++

    im telling you, that Romo is high on etiquete, really a classy fellow, on and off the field.

  • Method To My Madness

    romo has be exonerated of all his 49er ways! That is money if its true!…Romo call out everyone….tired of this weak schit

  • Method To My Madness

    378.Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    romo just basically said tebow was gay i heard
    ++++++++++

    im telling you, that Romo is high on etiquete, really a classy fellow, on and off the field.

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

    If true…romo is dope! Spittin in niner’s face callin tebow aka sports Rock Hudson’s sexuality? too clean

  • beach

    Anyone that is judging the trade based on Palmer’s 1st 6 games as an Oakland Raider is brain dead. Period. Tom Brady couldn’t win with a defense this effin’ bad!

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    TheGreenRoomCSN #Raidernation! Did you see ROMO tell it like it is on Raiders Postgame Live? I’m going to post it in about 30min. EX to the PLOSIVE!
    27 minutes ago

  • fingers

    Lol…Romo was pretty sour today…. Liked it.. Didn’t hold his opinion ..

  • autopalm77

    Hey, Cokkring the pulitzer in the fiction category has already been awarded…

  • fingers

    909..saw it… Agree…. He called people out…

  • fingers

    Beach…agree…can’t form an opinion on 6 games of a very unusual season … I’m giving Palmer the rest of this year and at least half next to form my opinion of the trade ..

  • raiderinparadise
  • raiderinparadise

    I’ll take Bill Romanowksi any day at LB’s coach.

  • 2romes

    Romo, he is the right guy for the Raider post show and for the most part today he called it right.Raider are very much underachievers all the way around.Sit the underachievers down and play a guy with passion. Maybe they will pick up the team.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Romo is right football is about blocking and tackling. The Raiders are too damn dumb to play smart, let alone compete.

  • Gerard

    Seems like all people can do when faced with FACTS about Cable is come up with some lame, worn out fat joke or something.

    Cable inherited a disaster. A losing team that hadn’t won jack squat. It was a complete mess after Al fired Kiffen and Cable was able to take that team to 8-8 and a division sweep. Yes, they should have won more outside the division but…8-8.

    What did Hue inherit? An 8-8 team with the arrow pointed strongly UP and where are we now?

    Blame the injuries I guess.

    I like Hue, but we were 7-4 and in firm posession of our own destiny and under Hue the Raiders respond by loisng the next two games by a combined 50 pts.

    50 FREAKING POINTS…With everything on the line.

    Bring on the fat jokes…hahahahaha.

  • joker94583

    McLame is as bad an interview as he is a LB. He’s a douche. Obviously. This team is a dumpster fire. Obviously.

  • raiderdnocal

    The guy needs to stop hanging around his homies from the old neighborhood. Two gun incidents in a year. Can anyone say Darrell Russell?

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