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McClain not at practice today for ‘team-related issues’

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 1:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at his daily news conference today that middle linebacker Rolando McClain wasn’t at practice today because of “team-related issues.”
When asked for more specifics, Allen declined.
“No more details, no more comments, just team-related issues,” Allen said.
It’s also unclear whether McClain will be back anytime soon. Allen said “I don’t know that” when asked if McClain would be back at practice Thursday.
If McClain doesn’t play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Omar Gaither likely would get the nod. He is a seasoned veteran that is versatile enough to play inside or outside.

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  • MarcusAllen

    While McJog never did squat but lay out spoles and glad he is gone, I would not b surprised at all if he does better on his next team.

  • YoungAmerican

    nycraider Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    2012 the year of the excuse, 2013 there are no excuses

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

    I agree, and I’m sure everyone inside the organization knows that dramatic improvement needs to be made in 2013.

  • papertiger418

    I still don’t understand why Reggie couldn’t have kept Wylie, Wiz, and Saunders on the staff to continue last year’s offense UNDER Dennis Allen’s choice for OC, Knapp.

    I understand that Allen was set to pick his own staff, but if you’re going to try and be competitive this year (and apparently, they tried) then do what everyone wanted them to do and focus on the defense while keeping the offense stable for this season.

    Allen could have appointed his own OC while still retaining the same offensive structure. Reggie needed at least one season to clear cap room, at which point they could have then overhauled the line for the ZBS. All they would have had to do was re-sign Satele.

    Hindsight is 20/20, but for someone who is supposed to be deliberate, Reggie tried to change too much too fast.

  • inonewordraider
  • RaidingTexas

    The_Judge37 Says:

    Show me something to look foward to now is all we ask.

    ———————————-

    Well if McClain is on his way out the door, then we definitely have something to look forward to. That is a good start.

  • Chris in NY

    DA / Reggie supporters don’t have a leg to stand on.

    Their Argument: Dennis Allen is better than Hue Jackson.

    Their Excuse for a noncompetitive 3-8 team-: What did you expect? They inherited a mess. There’s no talent on this roster.

    Well, which one is it? If the talent is so bad, how did Hue Jack coach them up to 8-8? If Hue Jack was not a good coach, not far superior to DA, then we have at least 8-8 talent on this team and anything less represents failed coaching and leadership.

    You’ve got nothing. There is nothing logical or tangible to support your argument.

    Face it: You banked on Al Davis being the one thing holding this team back and getting a “real GM” and his handpicked coach would improve things. They haven’t. They’ve botched pretty much everything including somehow making our D substantially worse than it was under Chuck B.

    We were better off with Hue.-

  • The Mack

    Im high? You mention that Cleveland game talking about we barely won, but point is we won. Even with that decision he did enough for us to still pull it out. And how can you blame him for that Detroit loss when we were up 2 possessions in the “4th” youd expect your D to be able to hold a 2 score lead in the fourth and theres no guarantee we would have converted it… even with that though he called the right plays to march us down field for a game winning field goal but it got blocked. That game wasnt on him that was on chuck bresnahan who hue had nothing to do with his being here who hue was going to replace. Hue scored enough points to win the D let him down, Da is a defensive coach and he isnt stopping anybody. He has done nothing to show he deserves to be here next year, i see no promise in this guy.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    They performed better at times but were similarly flawed. Putting up points hasn’t really been any more of an issue this year. The real concern is that the defense seems to be even worse than an historically bad defense from last season, even with a new DC and a supposedly improved scheme.
    ————————-
    Last year we had a Top Oline, Top running game, and these people came in and tore it up.

    Why in Hell would anyone come in a tear up a good oline? Good, Well Organized Olines don’t grow on trees you know?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    the notion that palmer is ‘playing well” is inconsequential at this point.
    ===================================

    Of course it is not inconsequential. We had this discussion already. There are players that are going to be on your roster next year. The analogy I gave you was do you bench your best player the last couple of games as a pee wee coach because some loud mouth idiotic parent wants his lame ass kid to play Q? The answer is what kind of message does that send to all the other players? I can tell you: it sends a very bad message.

  • Raider E

    I bet McClain goes to a 3-4 team and becomes an above average LB.

    I have always said he needs someone next to him. Just watch, the kid is not done in the NFL.

    Just one more example of the Raiders misusing a talent.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    This group

    Can’t Run
    Can’t convert 3rd downs
    Cant score in the Red Zone

  • papertiger418

    The worst part is our o-line coaches were still available at the time: Wiz and Wylie. Don’t see why they would mess with that unit in the first year of a transition period.

  • Plunketthead

    BabySlash Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    Mistic , teach him about the ” defendants of Ham”
    ************************************

    I would pay money to hear this

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Trent Richardson was just talking up McClain, saying he will be great when he gets some better players around him.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The Mack Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Im high? You mention that Cleveland game talking about we barely won, but point is we won. Even with that decision he did enough for us to still pull it out. And how can you blame him for that Detroit loss when we were up 2 possessions in the “4th” youd expect your D to be able to hold a 2 score lead in the fourth and theres no guarantee we would have converted it… even with that though he called the right plays to march us down field for a game winning field goal but it got blocked. That game wasnt on him that was on chuck bresnahan who hue had nothing to do with his being here who hue was going to replace. Hue scored enough points to win the D let him down, Da is a defensive coach and he isnt stopping anybody. He has done nothing to show he deserves to be here next year, i see no promise in this guy.
    ========================================

    I respect your opinion and I can see why a lot of fans don’t have confidence in Allen. But in the examples I used that you countered, yes, the FG against Detroit was blocked. But it was a 66 yard FG attempt. If Jackson needs to do something that has never been done before to win, he doesn’t deserve to win. And in the Cleveland game, Cleveland scored, got the onside kick, and the defense held. So once again, Jackson had nothing to do with the team winning and should have lost it by being a bonehead.

  • The Mack

    If the raiders keep Da they will probably go 0-16 next year the way McKenzie picks players and if they keep DA good luck. Lmao smh

  • inonewordraider

    wait i get it, da’s not gettin guys pumped because he’s tankin the season, draft position people

  • The_Judge37

    155.RaidingTexas Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:

    Show me something to look foward to now is all we ask.

    ———————————-

    Well if McClain is on his way out the door, then we definitely have something to look forward to. That is a good start.
    ——–

    I’ll take that i guess. Not much choice at this point. Go Raiders!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Trent Richardson was just talking up McClain, saying he will be great when he gets some better players around him.
    ========================================

    When you are the 8th player taken, it’s YOU that is supposed to make others better.

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Rolandos been released.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    the notion that palmer is ‘playing well” is inconsequential at this point.
    ===================================

    Of course it is not inconsequential. We had this discussion already. There are players that are going to be on your roster next year. The analogy I gave you was do you bench your best player the last couple of games as a pee wee coach because some loud mouth idiotic parent wants his lame ass kid to play Q? The answer is what kind of message does that send to all the other players? I can tell you: it sends a very bad message.
    ======

    i understand that you think it is not a good practice, yet that has no bearing on the fact that it is an accepted practice in football and has been for decades.

    In fact it sometimes happens even to players playing well or winning and sometimes before the last quarter of the season.

    Do i need to cite the examples again?

    your disagreement is noted, but it will not stop the inevitable

  • eastoaklandraider

    Mcclain is a good LB he just needs to be in the 3-4 or have some great coching which he hasnt gotten since he’s been here. Many Raider draft picks have failed here from lack of lack of good coaching, we’re just now getting a qb coach for god sakes I mean c’mon man a lot of these guys we drafted never had a shot because they were drafted by an org that wasnt stable.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    this group is hilarious…cut mcclain, he svcks!!!! Uhhh…i think he is going to be good on another team. Talk about covering your behinds…
    Its al davis’ mess….now that reggie has changed over half the roster….zone defense is the way to go, no more man….uhhh well we dont really have corners….you people.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Jim Morris ‏@JimMorris_AL
    Rolando McLain says he “will weigh options” after leaving Oakland. #NFL
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  • Jaysohn

    Last year we didn’t have a good O-Line, it’s amazing how soon we forget how poorly the lined pass protected last year. I didn’t hear anyone crying for Satele to come back or anyone who thought Barnes would be needed. Bush and McFadden ran the ball well at times but the line got ate up a lot in the passing game just like this year and even the run game was less successful as the season went on. It helped that Moore and Ford were more of a threat in the passing game. This year the receivers aren’t getting open against 1 on 1 coverage.

  • nycraider

    Mcclain is a good linebacker. he just has to play in a system that doesnt require him to defend against the pass, choose the right gap, get his uniform dirty, or have to run. He’s good , just ask his mother.

  • Dakota

    172.eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Mcclain is a good LB he just needs to be in the 3-4 or have some great coching which he hasnt gotten since he’s been here. Many Raider draft picks have failed here from lack of lack of good coaching, we’re just now getting a qb coach for god sakes I mean c’mon man a lot of these guys we drafted never had a shot because they were drafted by an org that wasnt stable.

    +++++++++++++

    There is some truth to that…..but you can’t coach the lazy out of some people. Slowlando and JaFatazz are both lazy.

    Michael Huff and Robert Gallery…..those guys were not lazy, just not talented.

    DHB….not lazy, just not a very good football player….I am pulling for the guy because he seems like a very hard worker, he just doesn’t have much to work with outside of speed.

    McFadden….now that guy would benefit from a change of scenery.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Jaysohn Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Last year we didn’t have a good O-Line, it’s amazing how soon we forget how poorly the lined pass protected last year.
    ————————
    WRONG, try NFL.com Oline stats. #5 last year.

  • J Hill

    LOL

    So 55 was the problem all along, eh?

    I can see how much better our defense has been since he got demoted coming out of the bye week.

    This is really going to help, LOL!

  • theghostronin79

    KoolKell Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    This group

    Can’t Run
    Can’t convert 3rd downs
    Cant score in the Red Zone
    =============
    And opposite on Defense

    Give up the big runs
    Give up NEARLY every 3rd down. 3rd in 20 is no lock to get off the field either…
    Red Zone D is probably their best quality, and that ain’t sayin MUCH….

  • The Mack

    Cleveland scored got the onside kick and still loss, why? Because hue scored enough to win. So he is responsible for them winning that game. Last time I checked in order to win you have to outscore the other team and he coached them to doing so. The defense just did their job and stopped somebody, that’s what you call a team effort … hue and the offense did their job and the defense did theirs, they both deserve credit for that win. But with DA we’re scoring 20 plus points and we’re still losing. DA was brought in to fix this defense because it was a weakness and hes just made it worse along with every other aspect of the team. Defense is his baby and he can’t even take care of that. Smh

  • The Mack

    Post #169 i agree with that, you dont get picked in the 1st to be a role player…

  • The Mack

    The raiders neef a coach like singletary on D ehos gonna get on their @$$ and hold them accountable when they dont play hard. I bet you singltary could get Rolando to play hard.
    .

  • boss01

    Trent Richardson is talking McJogger up because he is hoping the coaching staff bites and gives McJogger more PT. Trent Richardson knows he will have a career day if McJogger plays a lot.

    Probably used to brutalize and abuse McJogger in practice every day.

  • MarcusAllen

    The apologists need to just stop w excusing the coaches.

    This team was not playoff material but seriously – this is bad of HISTORICAL proportions.

    Carson Palmer, while not my favorite, is better than most…

    Many folks here have noted the drop off from seemingly every player. How does DMoore fail to achieve with Palmer when he could with JC? Really it’s not rocket science it’s run the route and catch the ball. Was the route practiced? Was the play in on time and communicated? Rarely does this team show any good tempo.

    You simply cannot defend the play calling by Knapp. The inability to utilize more players (REECE), other TEs and more sets.

    Consistently running draws on 3rd and long. Christ we saw the EXACT same thing the first time Knapp was here.

    Do not defend this defense – you cannot blitz the safeties from 15 yards out constantly when the line gets zero pressure. Bengals laughed they knew exactly what to expect. we got a hc with supposed defensive knowlege for crying out loud! There is too much to list here – the stats speak for themselves and in better english than Tommy Kelley.

    We should demand better.

  • mcthompso

    If McClain is indeed cut, looks like the likelihood the Raiders go Te’o in the draft just went way up.