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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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  • fingers

    Still no date on the return of Moore or Ford…
    McFaddens a mystery….

  • Method To My Madness

    romo ripped whole squad

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    And he posted his HS pic so when he shows a house the folks are like who the hell is this lump.
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    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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

  • DutchRaider77

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

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    Wasn’t KK in the army before he went to college? So he would be older?

  • beach

    Hold on one more week, fellas. The tide will turn in the RIGHT direction on December 18. Tebow Mania comes crashing down to earth vs. New England, and ironically will die in Buffalo on CHRISTMAS EVE! RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Method To My Madness

    Hue needs to get fired at end of season…i believe he lost locker room

  • autopalm77

    No excuse, B, seems that all this blog has digressed to…I am sure your parents are good and have been an inspiration to you….Sad to read all this…..

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    romo ripped whole squad
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    Of course he ripped them. What did they deserve, ice cream after practice? The question is whether you hold Jackson responsible for this 2 week debacle. Personally, I do.

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hue needs to get fired at end of season…i believe he lost locker room
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    I agree.

  • SaintKaufman

    Moron. Just what we need, another HC.

    Good plan genius!

  • beach

    Too many people think like Al in here. Impossible to have a decent conversation. This is the closest we’ve been in 9 seasons, and they want to fire Hue. CRAZY!

  • fingers

    Romo… Rodgers runs a ” Ballet”…. Romo says… They need to eat Bacon…. To funny…
    Romos great today…. Calling out Richard Seymour now

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hue should get 1 more with a GM in place and CP there for the off season.

  • SaintKaufman

    These are the same people that want a new QB, OC and DC EVERY year that we don’t make the Superbowl.

    LOL!

    We’ve got the HC and the QB, unfortunately we have no offensive weapons or chemistry(injuries) and our defense is amongst the worst when we play quality teams.

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy hasn’t had a legitimate listing since the French & Indian War.

    Amazing how that Kane web site has been amusing blog dweebs for years now.

    All you blog rookies missed his old time web page with shots of him driving his hot red corvette through the town parade.

    Although the money shot was him and KrappyWife hamming it up on their lot in Switzerland.

    Still waiting for the Krappy Family Christmas photo album of Brian the Genital changing his grandpappy’s diapers on the kitchen table.

  • beach

    Richard Seymour should be fined half his salary for impersonation of a defensive tackle!

  • Method To My Madness

    308.Seymour Bush Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    romo ripped whole squad
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    Of course he ripped them. What did they deserve, ice cream after practice? The question is whether you hold Jackson responsible for this 2 week debacle. Personally, I do.

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    what? since denver game and cutting hagan i aint been happy

  • fingers

    Yes… Gotta give Hue at least 1 more year… This has been a very unusual year… I’m giving Hue the Benefit of doubt for this year…

  • Method To My Madness

    Krappy hasn’t had a legitimate listing since the French & Indian War.

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    lol thats rather funny..ill admit that

  • GoodOle00

    Jackson responsible?

    Some, but seriously, Dead Owner, QB out, RB out, Starting CB out, Starting RDE out and a dozen others injured including ALL of your speed/ burst guys on O. McClain arrest, Johnsons tragedy AND Hues a rookie.

    Gimme a break.

    Yeah, Hue is the one who needs fired.

    How bout Sparano? Hear hes looking for a job

  • raiderdav

    Hue Jackson = Tom Walsh, CABLE GUY IS REJOICING at least he got us to .500 7-9 woo hoo

  • RaiderSam

    Autopalm77 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    LOL…..Sam….What a great post….Add the Race bashing and mother insults and that about some it up….

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    True…

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Lisfranc injury and a foot sprain are entirely two different things. If thats what it is, (which I alluded too a loooong time ago (too lazy to look it up, but called that once he missed his 3rd week) so I’ll take credit for that one, though I wish I would’ve been wrong, thank you, Lol) we won’t see McFadden until preseason of next year.

  • fingers

    Lmaooooo… Romo.. They need to eat ” Raw Bacon”…
    Romos great…

  • Method To My Madness

    Still waiting for the Krappy Family Christmas photo album of Brian the Genital changing his grandpappy’s diapers on the kitchen table.

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    changing diapers on a rich tycoon? not my job…kell schits out more dollars than you and me have made in our lifetimes didnt u know that?

  • BabySlash

    Hue should get fired……

    If your D makes constant mental errors and commits stupid penalties all year (including 4 offsides in one half) and you trade a first and conditional second for a guy who has a passer rating lower than Soup, and your “defensive team leader, veteran super bowl DT” quits and gets constant personal fouls and booted from games, YOU HAVE LOST THE TEAM AND THEY DO NOT LISTEN TO YOU…..good OC, but should be gone.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    According to Seymour Bush Glenn – R Seymour has been a stud all season long.
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    beach Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Richard Seymour should be fined half his salary for impersonation of a defensive tackle!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Amazing what you can find on the internet. Kell was real stupid letting people know where he works. I can find out his wife’s name, her age, and where they live. Real stupid Kell.

  • GoodOle00

    Jayzuz, Ricochet, rmr, et al.

    gross

  • RaiderSam

    Fingers Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    The Presser was a yawner …

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    WTF were you expecting?; “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!, If you wanna crown em, then CROWN THEIR A$%”

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I’m not a fan of Hue but give the guy 1 more year with Palmer there for preseason games and I believe he will hire a wild freak of a DC. Throw a GM in the mix and we may have something…

  • GoodOle00

    328. MODS Ricochet is at it again with Kell and the invasioin of privacy thing…

    THREATS should be taken seriously or you will get your as-s sued.

    BAN THIS ****

  • autopalm77

    All Huellywood had to do was be forthcoming with the injury information regarding DMAC…He still doesn’t't get it….

  • SaintKaufman

    Get what exactly??

  • fingers

    RaiderSam… I expect information from a presser… How bout you…

  • BabySlash

    I support a FIRE SALE..get rid of all these high priced bums and injured stiffs and start over again, through the draft……

  • Raider E

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

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    watched the end of that broncos-bears game and that was the bears playing scared then Barber giving them the game twice. No Tebow necessary.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    GoodOle00 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    328. MODS Ricochet is at it again with Kell and the invasioin of privacy thing…

    THREATS should be taken seriously or you will get your as-s sued.

    BAN THIS ****
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    Shut up. It is not a threat. It is public information that anyone can find. I’m just saying it was really dumb of him to let people know who he is.

  • Method To My Madness

    307.autopalm77 Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    No excuse, B, seems that all this blog has digressed to…I am sure your parents are good and have been an inspiration to you….Sad to read all this…..

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    man i aint trippin…a few cats met my dad at Jets game…bout 6’6 330lbs…Kell would never say schit to him face to face…nor me for that matter

  • fingers

    Barber holds on to that ball and it’s 6 Pts

  • SaintKaufman

    Indeed Fingers.

  • SaintKaufman

    We’ve got to take care of our own from here on out. Score lots of points!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I dont know who’s fault it is, players? coaches? but the level of intensity on sunday was pathetic. watching Mclain go through the motions at half speed, and basically taking the day off from the first drive till the end of the day was dis-heartening.

    The O has a different starter on every skill position compared to the beginig of the season, not an excuse, they are all pro’s and should be ready to play on sunday.

    I know I’ve been hard on CHUKY B since the day he was hired. But the last two weeks are evidence enough to fire his incompetent butt today. The D is poorly coached and just plain depressing to watch.

  • raiderinparadise

    Well Barber didn’t hold onto the ball. What does it matter?

    OAK got smashed back to back 34-0 leads.

    So we are all saying the only way we are in charge of playoff run is if teams lose around us?

    Seattle Seahwaks 2010 2.0v

    LoL.

    we have a swiss cheese defense and struggling/hurt offense.

    We wouldn’t beat anyone in playoffs.

    Be real.

  • fingers

    Saint…exactly… If somehow we should play the Donks again we should pile on the points and not play conservative … Don’t leave Donkey boy anytime to pull his last minute crap .

  • Method To My Madness

    331.MistaBrown Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    I’m not a fan of Hue but give the guy 1 more year with Palmer there for preseason games and I believe he will hire a wild freak of a DC. Throw a GM in the mix and we may have something…

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    Palmer a TO machine

  • fingers

    Man…Romos on Seymour today…. Get with it Richard..

    Good for Romo… Seymour was invisable yesterday

  • SaintKaufman

    Don’t agree paradise.

    If, and a monumental IF, we can get AT LEAST Ford and Moore back for the remaining games with the POTENTIAL of getting McFadden back then we most certainly can make noise in the playoffs.

    No doubt.

  • SaintKaufman

    On man Fingers, to get the Broncos in the playoffs would be like Christmas X 1000!!

    I would almost do anything for that to happen.

  • raiderinparadise

    SaintKaufman Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Don’t agree paradise.

    If, and a monumental IF, we can get AT LEAST Ford and Moore back for the remaining games with the POTENTIAL of getting McFadden back then we most certainly can make noise in the playoffs.

    No doubt.

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    Yes we get back some weapons. But McFadden aint playing this week. Prob Ford & Moore and maybe Jones and Moss?

    Then again we can;t stop ANYBODY.