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McClain speaks for first time since arrest

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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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  • Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’m sure it didn’t help. But, I think injuries and lack of talent on defense hurt them more.

    …………..

    Sure about that? We were marred with injuries throughout the 3 game win streak, too. Same defense has taken the field all season long, as far as talent is concerned. But the one thing we didn’t have during that 3 game win streak was a player getting in a huge incident off the field. Since that’s happened, we’ve been the worst team in football. We’ll agree to disagree. We both made our arguments.

  • Method To My Madness

    the NAACP’s own site just shut kell’s bs down….that was easy

  • SD-Raider

    McClain is garbage. I see so many big running plays happen because he is out of position, just like Grant’s run on Sunday. For how smart he is supposed to be, he sure doesn’t act like it…on AND off the field.

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Del Rio would be a good hire too for the new DC if he would want the gig..

  • Method To My Madness

    fk mcclain…sucks out there and then likes to jump and bully cats…not cool

  • fingers

    The Donks can’t keep that ” play horrible for 3qtrs” and great the last 6 mins for much longer…. The wheels are about to come off the Tebow wagon… I hope

  • Thec07

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    the NAACP’s own site just shut kell’s bs down….that was easy

    ++++++++

    All I want to know is who put up the first 3 million to get the group started? lol

  • morilla

    He wouldn’t even be on the field. I watched I’m all game yesterday and it was just one giant face palm. I’ve never seen someone who half a$$es it like him on every play. No one in the entire NFL compares to him. I watch other teams MLBs and it blows my mind. The dude is just dead weight.

  • ElkGRaider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    191.Raider E Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    If the Raiders win out? All we need is a Broncos loss to the Chiefs to take the division. Our division record would be 4-2, while the Broncos would be 3-3.
    ==========================

    How the heck to you give the Chiefs a chance in that game with a semi-pro at QB??
    ——-
    Broncos also have a semi-pro at QB.

  • Method To My Madness

    207.Thec07 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    the NAACP’s own site just shut kell’s bs down….that was easy

    ++++++++

    All I want to know is who put up the first 3 million to get the group started? lol
    ****************

    obviously black people since we have 3 mil to toss around in the early 1900s

  • LOL
    ______

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    207.Thec07 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    the NAACP’s own site just shut kell’s bs down….that was easy

    ++++++++

    All I want to know is who put up the first 3 million to get the group started? lol
    ****************

    obviously black people since we have 3 mil to toss around in the early 1900s

  • This isn’t the 1970s. The 27 year old of today is not the 27 year old of 1976. Different society, different culture, different upbringings. Distractions like the McClain incident just kills teams in today’s NFL.

  • According to Wikipedia, Jews ran the NAACP. The organization didn’t have a black president until 1975

  • Thec07

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    According to Wikipedia, Jews ran the NAACP. The organization didn’t have a black president until 1975

    ++++++++

    Wow….Now we have yet another voice of reason…lol

  • ElkGRaider

    203.SD-Raider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    McClain is garbage. I see so many big running plays happen because he is out of position, just like Grant’s run on Sunday. For how smart he is supposed to be, he sure doesn’t act like it…on AND off the field.
    ===========================

    Hes a 3-4 backer who is great in a small space. We will make the move the 3-4 next year. Have to. TK will be gone. Bres will be gone. Wimbley and Curry set the edges. We have the personel to do it…

  • Thec07

    jewish owned, and jewsih controlled…NAACP has done nada in its stint but do the bidding of its masters who put up the money….

  • ElkGRaider

    Broncos also have a semi-pro at QB.
    ========================

    A semi-pro with the man upstairs on his side. Big difference…

  • Thec07

    without calling names, you gotta come a little bit harder than that Bruh….

    Keep doing google searches, the rabbit hole is a lot deeper…Enjoy…

  • zopi

    McClain’s problem is not with the defense alignment. He should play any alignment, the problem is that he is a moron and is unwilling to discipline himself, and HueSux won’t either so he’s getting a free ride, like he always has.

  • A lot of history, both mainstream and radical, is revisionist. Just look around you, and you can connect the dots.

  • The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909 by a diverse group composed of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Archibald Grimké, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling (the last son of a former slave-holding family),[10][11], Florence Kelley, a social reformer and friend of Du Bois,[12] and Charles Edward Russell, a renowned muckraker and close friend of Walling who helped plan the NAACP and served as acting chairman of the National Negro Committee (1909), a forerunner to the NAACP.[13]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Colored_People

  • LA to TheBay

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    wow since c3po, i mean cp3 took over we have been blown out by two teams that fired their coaches

    —————-

    GB FIRED McCarthy???

  • n 1905, a group of 32 prominent, outspoken African Americans met to discuss the challenges facing “people of color” (a term used to describe people who were not white) and possible strategies and solutions. Among the issues they were concerned about was the disfranchisement of blacks in the South starting in 1890 to 1908, when Southern legislatures ratified new constitutions creating barriers to voter registration and more complex election rules. Voter registration and turnout dropped markedly in the South as a result. Men who had been voting for 30 years were told they did not “qualify” to register.
    Because hotels in the U.S. were segregated, the men convened under the leadership of Harvard scholar W. E. B. Du Bois at a hotel (Fort Erie Hotel) on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Fort Erie, Ontario. As a result, the group came to be known as the Niagara Movement. A year later, three whites joined the group: journalist William E. Walling, social worker Mary White Ovington, and social worker Henry Moskowitz, then Associate Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
    The fledgling group struggled for a time with limited resources and internal conflict and disbanded in 1910.[9] Many members of the Niagara Movement then went on to join the NAACP. Although both organizations shared membership and overlapped in their existence, the Niagara Movement was a separate organization and is historically thought of as having a more radical platform than the NAACP. The Niagara Movement was formed exclusively by African Americans, while the meeting which birthed the idea of the NAACP was with three white people.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Colored_People

    Out!

  • LA to TheBay

    A semi-pro with the man upstairs on his side. Big difference…

    ———-

    People are really believing this?

    As if I flaunted by obsession with God and Jesus enough, good things would happen?

    There’s a lot of comedy in this blog, but it’s getting ridiculous.

    The Raiders need a win almost as bad as Raider NATION needs a win.

  • RaiderSam

    Raiderbuck Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    Top five Raiderisims

    1.) I take full responsibility

    2.) That one is on me.

    3.) He wishes he could have had a few of those back.

    4.) We as coaches have to do a better job of getting our guys prepared.

    5.) It’s a 2002 but it’s got real low miles.

    =====================================

    Top Raider fanisms

    1) fire the coach

    2) fire the coach

    3) get a new DC

    4) get a new DC

    5) cry about on blogs

    6) threaten to cancel season tickets

    7) refuse to read stuff

  • And speaking of looking around you…those of you in the town, what’s happening at the ports today? Occupy movement is trying to shut them down today.

  • Jesus

    ++++++++

    All I want to know is who put up the first 3 million to get the group started? lol

    ——————————-
    Rich white guys with interests in colored folk … LOL

  • ElkGRaider

    The Raiders season is on the line and we are talking about the NAACP??

    It was founded by affluent black people. Not Jews. They coordinated marches, helped in boycotts, etc. Why dont you go to their site (instead of wikipedia) to find more…

  • SaintKaufman

    Get pissed, go practice, get pissed some more, go play!

    Go Raiders!

    ….and F%CK the Broncos!

  • Method To My Madness

    Founding group
    The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard, both the descendants of abolitionists, William English Walling and Dr. Henry Moscowitz issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice. Some 60 people, seven of whom were African American (including W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

    http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-history

    Kell do you believe this or the wiki page?

  • autopalm77

    LOL…..Sam….What a great post….Add the Race bashing and mother insults and that about some it up….

  • Method To My Madness

    226.Sullivan44 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    And speaking of looking around you…those of you in the town, what’s happening at the ports today? Occupy movement is trying to shut them down today.

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

    was on news last night….let em have at it

  • Method To My Madness

    kell ignores naacp’s site vs wikipedia lol….kell is one dumb old crusty sellout house ngga for real

  • ElkGRaider

    224.LA to TheBay Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    A semi-pro with the man upstairs on his side. Big difference…

    ———-

    People are really believing this?

    As if I flaunted by obsession with God and Jesus enough, good things would happen?

    There’s a lot of comedy in this blog, but it’s getting ridiculous.

    The Raiders need a win almost as bad as Raider NATION needs a win.
    ==================================

    Half joking L.A.. Relax homie. But really though…how else you explain this?? Its like making a fire bet and hittin all the points at Harrahs…

  • Thec07

    Kell do you believe this or the wiki page?

    +++++++

    I myself would trust the wiki page….

  • KRAWFDADD

    Do some of you people even read the things you say before you post it,lol.Now its all Mclains fault.I see why he declines to do interviews now.For 1 they ask stupid questions to try and get you to throw teamates under the bus and secondly they are nosey as f#@k.We ran up on a stronger team @ this point in time than we are and i hate to blame the refs for losses but some of the bs calls they make on my team,GIMME A FRIGGN BREAK!!!That was a fumble,wasnt a clip on the td run by Wimbley,was an interception by Mitchell(that they didnt want to give us)wasnt pass interference on the underthrown ball by Rodgers,wasnt a roughing the passer on Groves and thats just 3 that stick out in my mind right now,but no crying over spilled milk we just have to get focused on stopping Detroit next week @home

  • ElkGRaider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    The Raiders se ason is on the line and we are talking about the NAACP??

    It was founded by affluent black people. Not Jews. They coordinated marches, helped in boycotts, etc. Why dont you go to their site (instead of wikipedia) to find more…
    ——–
    I’m sure the NAACP is going to emphasize on their site that the organization was run by Jews. Wikipedia may not be the most reliable source, but I will believe it before I believe a biased site.

  • Thec07

    trust in wiki, it will direct the true path…

  • fingers

    Question..Hue do you have any idea when the injured players might be back…. Answer… I don’t have a clue…… Whenever they tell me I can have them back…

  • Seymour Bush

    Im calling BULLSH!T there buddy. Cable lead us to plenty of stinkers in his tenure, and Cable NEVER had to play against a team the calibur of what GB is right now. At our BEST we would have lost by 20 yesterday. Thats not on the ROOKIE HC thats on the GM that built the team. We can’t afford quality depth because we have half our salary cap tied up on 4 defense underachievers. These ‘diamond in the rough’ guys that we find in the later rounds every year, they ARE THE QUALITY DEPTH for other NFL teams.
    =============================================

    No. Every team has tons of money tied up in non productive players. Cables lst year and a half were a whirlwind of disaster. That is not the case with Jackson. Jackson inherited a better team with a winning trajectory. My point about Cable is other than the Pissburgh game, we were in were in every game, and we were leading after 1 in Pissburgh and close at the half. It appears Jackson has lost this team, they have just roll over.

  • beach

    167.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    wow since c3po, i mean cp3 took over we have been blown out by two teams that fired their coaches

    ————————-
    And CP3 is going to give you a Merry Christmas by smoking KC. Keep your negative attitude to yourself, please!

  • LA to TheBay

    ElkGRaider,

    Nah man, I got you.

    I think I used that more as a vehicle, cause you ca see that people are half-joking but in the back of their heads actually believing it.

    Things have fallen neatly into place for Tebow and he’s had so much help.

    But it goes to show you how taking care of the ball and having a sound defense gets you far.

    We need to take a page out of that book.

  • ElkGRaider

    237.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    ElkGRaider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    The Raiders se ason is on the line and we are talking about the NAACP??

    It was founded by affluent black people. Not Jews. They coordinated marches, helped in boycotts, etc. Why dont you go to their site (instead of wikipedia) to find more…
    ——–
    I’m sure the NAACP is going to emphasize on their site that the organization was run by Jews. Wikipedia may not be the most reliable source, but I will believe it before I believe a biased site.
    =========================

    My bad on this one. Didnt check the site before I spoke. Took a black history class at the local university and was told it was a break off from the Niagara Movement. One group wanted to include whites and the other did not…

  • “One often-overlooked aspect of the NAACP’s history is that the Jewish community contributed hugely to the NAACP’s founding and continued financing.”

    http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1595.html

  • Jesus

    jewish owned, and jewsih controlled…NAACP has done nada in its stint but do the bidding of its masters who put up the money….

    ——————————
    All about the cash at the end of the day ain’t it ….

  • DKnight007

    204.SilverAndBlackBleeder Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Del Rio would be a good hire too for the new DC if he would want the gig..

    ^^^^^^
    Jack Del Rio, Steve Spagnolo or Mike Nolan as the next Raiders D Coordinator!!!

  • raiderdav

    DFRAGILE IS DONE FOR THE SEASON
    News broke during the Raiders game against the Green Bay Packers that McFadden has a Lisfranc injury to his right foot and may just be out for the year.

    Raiders head coach Hue Jackson told reporters that he thinks McFadden will be back. Per San Francisco Chronicle:

    It’s not a season-ender. I mean, that’s what we said – it’s a sprained foot, Lisfranc, whatever you want to call it. Basically the same thing. I think Darren will be back before the season’s over. And when we get him back, we’ll get him back.

  • Method To My Madness

    244.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    “One often-overlooked aspect of the NAACP’s history is that the Jewish community contributed hugely to the NAACP’s founding and continued financing.”

    http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1595.html

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

    nevermind that…just watch barry o dance and shoot hoops and its all good

  • ElkGRaider

    239.fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    Question..Hue do you have any idea when the injured players might be back…. Answer… I don’t have a clue…… Whenever they tell me I can have them back…
    ==================

    This is ridiculous. “I dont have a clue”. WTF is going on? This cant be the way head coaches handle this around the league. When have you ever heard “when THEY tell ME I can have them back”. So unprofessional…

  • RaiderSam

    KoolKell Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    n 1905, a group of 32 prominent, outspoken African Americans met to discuss the challenges facing “people of color” (a term used to describe people who were not white) and possible strategies and solutions. Among the issues they were concerned about was the disfranchisement of blacks in the South starting in 1890 to 1908, when Southern legislatures ratified new constitutions creating barriers to voter registration and more complex election rules. Voter registration and turnout dropped markedly in the South as a result. Men who had been voting for 30 years were told they did not “qualify” to register.
    Because hotels in the U.S. were segregated, the men convened under the leadership of Harvard scholar W. E. B. Du Bois at a hotel (Fort Erie Hotel) on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Fort Erie, Ontario. As a result, the group came to be known as the Niagara Movement. A year later, three whites joined the group: journalist William E. Walling, social worker Mary White Ovington, and social worker Henry Moskowitz, then Associate Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
    The fledgling group struggled for a time with limited resources and internal conflict and disbanded in 1910.[9] Many members of the Niagara Movement then went on to join the NAACP. Although both organizations shared membership and overlapped in their existence, the Niagara Movement was a separate organization and is historically thought of as having a more radical platform than the NAACP. The Niagara Movement was formed exclusively by African Americans, while the meeting which birthed the idea of the NAACP was with three white people.

    ====================================

    Could we give the racial stuff a rest. The NAACP was formed as 1. a way to monitor blacks v. the burgeoning Communist influence that wanted “equality” while gaining a foothold on disillusioned blacks
    2. the ADL was also formed as a Jewish version to help against “jewish prejudice” and the burgeoning John Birch Society which was associated with the KKK, but in reality was a patriotic group
    3. the true African American reformers were Frederick Douglas and of course, Marcus Garvey
    4. the whole point of NAACP and probably the SCLC was to monitor blacks and re-direct them into the Democratic Party. Martin Luther King strayed from this goal due to his position v. the Vietnam War, Malcolm X was to make a speech to the U.N. revealing the CIA’s influence in Third World Countries and regime change – both King and X camps were infiltrated with provocateur – King with COINTELPRO.
    5. the Southern Strategy was created by Lee Atwater to re-energize the Dixiecrat base with the illusion that “blacks were taking away votes” when in reality , they couldn’t vote, nor realize what power they had