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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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Steve Corkran

  • LA to TheBay

    American Jews have LONG since been involved in progressive ideals and the civil rights movement and older cats around that will confirm this.

    Just quit fkin with the NBA, OK, my Hebrew brethren?

  • Raider-in-PA

    Not one to complain about the terrible calls yesterday (you know there were), but when they said that a play wasnt challengeable because the reviewing equipment was malfunctioning, that is some weak a$$ sh!t right there!!! Thats Pittsburgh-esque!! They couldve looked at the f@cking jumbotron and saw that the dudes foot was out of bounds at least 15-yards before where the ball was spotted… C’MON MAN!!!

    With or without the refs help, our boys got their a$$es handed to them yesterday…

  • Method To My Madness

    247.raiderdav Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    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.

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

    very disgusting

  • Thec07

    Jesus Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    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 ….

    ++++++

    Control…

  • LA to TheBay

    Hellofapost, Sam.

  • Jesus

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

    ———————
    Uncle Tom @ss b!tch he is ! Marrying white women and then claim to be black as hell . KOOL UNCLE TOM …

  • Method To My Madness

    250.RaiderSam Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    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.

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    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

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    Kell will call you a bootlicker

  • aig-raiders

    Jack Del Rio, Steve Spagnolo or Mike Nolan as the next Raiders D Coordinator!!!
    —————–
    Or someone from the Ravens staff. Hue will most likely bring in a 3-4 guy from Baltimore.

  • Seymour Bush

    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!
    =======================================

    We didn’t even show up. And as bad as the referees have been this year thru out the league, you can’t put an almost 40 point beat down on their calls.

  • Thec07

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

    +++++++++

    Ham was allways good for a jig…

  • Method To My Madness

    256.Jesus Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    kell ignores naacp’s site vs wikipedia lol….kell is one dumb old crusty sellout house ngga for real

    ———————
    Uncle Tom @ss b!tch he is ! Marrying white women and then claim to be black as hell . KOOL UNCLE TOM …

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

    he makes more money than you and drives a corvette that is drop top and doesnt allow his black man’s toupe to fly off

  • aig-raiders

    McClain excelled in the 3-4 at Bama and I think he will do better in that defense as well. Now we just need a big fat DT and we should be ok.

    Did Stanford Routt get smoked by another WR yesterday? Overpaid and overrated.

  • Raider-in-PA

    RaiderSam Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    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.

    =====================================
    #6 We have to get that fixed…. NO SH!T!!!

  • Chris in NY

    I’m not seeing any firm report that McFadden is done. Phil Simms is OK, but I don’t know that I buy him as a reporter. He may very well be right, but I’m not going to give in on that yet.

    Seems like it’s taking an awful long time to get our guys healthy though. What gives?

  • SaintKaufman

    WTF??
    People are touting Caveman Cable, expecting us to win a 10:00am game on the east coast and then beat the juggernaut Packers in Lambeau?

    OK, are these the same people that believe the spooky man in the sky is the reason the Broncos have lucked their way to 6 wins?

    Embarrassing fellas. sad.

  • The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.

  • ElkGRaider

    very disgusting
    =========================

    Not the same thing Hue. Full of it…

  • Thec07

    We didn’t even show up. And as bad as the referees have been this year thru out the league, you can’t put an almost 40 point beat down on their calls.

    ++++++++++

    can’t argue it…

  • LA to TheBay

    So why did Lisfranc get mentioned only on the CBS broadcast?

    What was their source?

  • Method To My Madness

    266.MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.

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

    yep…and where is the fair in that? no reps hate all blacks and want them back in the fields while dems are good guys and want them on equal plane

  • Kell looks a lot like Ernie:

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  • Thec07

    LA to TheBay Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    So why did Lisfranc get mentioned only on the CBS broadcast?

    What was their source?

    +++++++++

    Phil simm s mentioned it during the game…

    Per wiki, lisfrac is a 6-12 week event to heal from.

    In wiki we trust….

  • Thec07

    hahahahahahahaha…….ROFLMAO…..WOW

  • Kirk

    Someone please ask Hue Jackson how his defensive line can be offsides four times in one half???

  • Thec07

    Wow…just wow….

  • Dont make fun of KK Munster he hates name calling!
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    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Kell looks a lot like Ernie:

    http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/default.asp.f-meetouragents_view_profile.agentid-9788

  • RaiderSam

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.

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

    H.Cain is a Fed Reserve Puppet, and even ran it in Kansas City. He is an idiot of the highest order as demonstrated with the Libya rant. NAACP is meaningless – it is done purposely to create “tension” rather than unity and have blacks co-opted into keeping their own race down. A Black conservative is another “label” with no distinction from a “black liberal”.

  • Seymour Bush

    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.”
    ==============================================

    Of course he won’t speak on that play. It’s just another in a long long line of plays he didn’t make.

  • Method To My Madness

    just heard that presser was nothing short of pitiful lol

  • ElkGRaider

    LMAO…You serious ABP? How you figure that KK…

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I refuse to read this.
    =====================================

    You have to be able to read to actually read.

  • John David Booty

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    176.morilla Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Someone mentioned it yesterday and I think I remember reading reports about it. Is it true that the coaches were considering replacing McClain with Goethel?

    ^^^^^^^
    The Raiders need to consider trading McClain at the end of the season for a 2nd rounder to a team that needs a LB help…badly.
    _________________________________________________
    Trade him to the Giants since they were so @ss hurt when the Raiders drafted him in the first place, and they had to “settle” for Pierre-Paul.

  • Method To My Madness

    278.RaiderSam Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.

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

    H.Cain is a Fed Reserve Puppet, and even ran it in Kansas City. He is an idiot of the highest order as demonstrated with the Libya rant. NAACP is meaningless – it is done purposely to create “tension” rather than unity and have blacks co-opted into keeping their own race down. A Black conservative is another “label” with no distinction from a “black liberal”.

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

    yeah maybe but why the hell is one painted as such a evil doer and the other a great guy?

  • autopalm77

    B, the absolute worse were the insults directed at your family….DISGUSTING….

  • fingers

    Tebow might be the luckiest Qb playing right now…. But in noway do I believe some old bearded man in the clouds is helping him…if he is, he should be working on more important things …it’s been luck and the fact they they don’t cave in…I believe our teams way more talented… But I believe the Donkeys want it more…

  • RaiderSam

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    278.RaiderSam Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.

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

    H.Cain is a Fed Reserve Puppet, and even ran it in Kansas City. He is an idiot of the highest order as demonstrated with the Libya rant. NAACP is meaningless – it is done purposely to create “tension” rather than unity and have blacks co-opted into keeping their own race down. A Black conservative is another “label” with no distinction from a “black liberal”.

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

    yeah maybe but why the hell is one painted as such a evil doer and the other a great guy?

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

    Because nothing sells to an unaware and dumb public as a “good guy” vs. a “bad guy”. They need simplified role players to “cheer for”, like the “Bin Laden capture”

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    The NAACP was silent when it came to H Cain. A Blk conservative can be bashed by the intolerant left and its not only tolerated by Blk leaders it’s celebrated.
    ==================================

    Only complete idiot conservatives would boost someone unelectable to the front of the line. And here comes Newt! hahahahahahaha.

  • Chris in NY

    A Lisfranc injury doesn’t necessarily mean a fracture or anything highly unusual. It’s part of the midfoot and could be a sprain as the Raiders have been saying. I’ve seen on here where people assume an injury by that name means it’s broken and could be career-threatening. But we don’t know that it was a break and not a sprain. DMC could still return and to say it’s a Lisfranc injury isn’t anything different than what Hue’s been saying all along. Only difference would be if it truly is a break and not a sprain.

  • I cant wait to get home and watch that comedy show.
    How many obviously’s ?
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    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    just heard that presser was nothing short of pitiful lol

  • Method To My Madness

    285.autopalm77 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    B, the absolute worse were the insults directed at your family….DISGUSTING….

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

    I mean everything else is cool…but my father and my mom? thats rather lame…for someone ot be such a black power guy you’d think he would respect black moms….oh well

  • ElkGRaider Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    LMAO…You serious ABP? How you figure that KK…
    ———–
    Kell let everyone on the blog know where he worked years ago. That is him. He also has his own personal website:

    http://www.move2alameda.com/

  • fingers

    Lol…Rowmanowskis funny today…. Says we need Boar hunters on Defense…. Called out McClain ..

  • 100’s of posts here everyday and Peymour Bish cant help himself from commenting on mine even if it means making a complete fool of himself.

    lol

  • RaiderSam

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    Jack Del Rio, Steve Spagnolo or Mike Nolan as the next Raiders D Coordinator!!!
    —————–
    Or someone from the Ravens staff. Hue will most likely bring in a 3-4 guy from Baltimore.

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

    how about some 3-4 people who can run it – Jarret Johnson, Brandon McKinney, etc.

  • fingers

    The Presser was a yawner …

  • Romo should replace Biekert, or at least join in!
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    fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Lol…Rowmanowskis funny today…. Says we need Boar hunters on Defense…. Called out McClain ..

  • fingers

    Hue basically said…..we gotta get better…. Same schidt .. Diffrent day..

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy the Troll King, stop trying to troll some innocent blogger into a discussion on race.

    Man, you sure do live up to your title!

    In other news, Albert Bigelo Puss is an idiot.

    KEEP ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN BIG SPLIFF IN THE MDR

  • According to his Linkdin page, Kell went to the University of Washington from 1970-74. That makes him about 59 years old.