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McClain issues statement

Former Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain issued a statement Thursday about his future. Make of it what you will, just passing it along:
“Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions. Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I am not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I’ll play for them one day.”
McClain was released by the Raiders earlier this year after three disappointing seasons with the team that selected him No. 8 in the 2010 NFL draft. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens but opted to retire several days ago.

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  • SnBG

    The Colts had the first overall pick which was Andrew Luck. The Raiders didn’t pick until the very last pick in the third round.

    The Colts had ten draft picks, the Raiders had 5.

  • DutchRaider77

    Wasn’t there some speculation that they may have not given maximum effort to “Suck for Luck?”
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    Link?

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    http://www.stampedeblue.com/2011/12/12/2630093/another-columnist-thinks-the-colts-are-intentionally-tanking-the-2011

  • realtruraider

    The difference? The Colts were able to get out of salary cap hell in one year. This year, they had $41 million in cap room when the offseason started. And what did they do with all of that cap-room? They signed a bunch of questionable players: Laron Landry got $14 million guaranteed, Ricky Jean Francois was given $22 million over 4 years and someone named Gosder Cherilus was given a $34 million over 5 years. So in the one year the Colts GM had money to spend, he spent it poorly. And even with all of those signings they still have over $11 million in cap space.

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    I was talkin about 2012 season, don’t give fk what they doin this year, I just gave dude a example is all

  • realtruraider

    SnBG Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    The Colts had the first overall pick which was Andrew Luck. The Raiders didn’t pick until the very last pick in the third round.

    The Colts had ten draft picks, the Raiders had 5.

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    Einstein, I’m not comparing 2012 colts to Raiders 2012, its the 2012 colts cap situation and roster turnover to this years Raiders 2013

  • JLofty

    GDog,
    First bro we come from the same place. I LOVE the Raiders. Since I was a child in the mid 70s. I can see you love the Raider too. So we’re good there.

    I don’t think Reggie has it in for the Raiders. I think quite the opposite. He is a man, with flaws, like you and me, trying to do a tough job as best he can.
    I understand why he waited a year to torch it. I didn’t say I LIKED it. But you start a job in January and you THINK you are going to need to burn it to the ground, you’d BETTER be sure. So he took the season to eval, fair enough.

    The Seymour deal was like two handfuls of $hit. Which one you going to pick? You HAVE to eat one, so do you choose the stinking pile that means you pay HUGE $$$ to NOT have someone on your roster…
    or do you eat the one that has you pay HUGE pile of money who MIGHT stay healthy enough to contribute. It was lose-lose I can live his choice, too bad Dick Seymour didn’t play more.

    Look I am not a fan of the Briesel move but that is little picture. So what. A f’n guard didn’t turn out. Guy is Raider tough but gets no love.

    Not a fan of the Knapp hire, the move to ZBS. Those were bonehead. That was trying to fit square pegs into round holes. I get why he wants a ZBS (still not a fan) but that move was simply stupid.

    See? We found common ground. And from what I’ve seen of our off-season we are NO longer going to be embarrassed. That was the LAST 10 years NOT the NEXT 10 years!

  • SnBG

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    Wasn’t there some speculation that they may have not given maximum effort to “Suck for Luck?”
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    Link?

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    http://www.stampedeblue.com/2011/12/12/2630093/another-columnist-thinks-the-colts-are-intentionally-tanking-the-2011
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    Thxs DR, fascinating read

  • RaiderRetribution

    Denver was able to draft Von Miller one year, sign Manning the next; and had God’s blessing in Tebow; the reason’s they’ve won the AFC west last two seasons.

  • Gdog

    SnBG Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    >>>>

    If Reggie wanted to torch the place, why on earth did he wait a frigging year? To win a whopping 4 games??

    The money he wasted on Seymour could have been used to sign Bryant this year. Instead we have NOBODY on the d-line but a bunch of scrubs.

    And why even bring in Wheeler or Brisiel? Or even ANY free agent last year? Why bother? He wanted to torch the place but he was too scared to do it? Now we have to suffer through yet another embarrassing season.

    And you think this is wonderful… great. You deserve 0-16.
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    NIT PICKY HIND SITE ALERT! BEEP,BEEP,BEEP

    >>>

    You weren’t scratching your head after he restuctured Seymour? I did… no hind site at all. I was saying how stupid it seemed. I can post the proof if you don’t believe me. The guy was clearly on his last leg, and the only reason to restructure an expensive veteran is if you think you can win a SB right away with him.

    And explain why you hire free agents when the idea is to clear salary cap room and nothing else?

    You guys all act like the Lombardi trophy is won with the salary cap… so what gives? Like its the ONLY thing important in the NFL.

    I am simply pointing out how stupid such an idea is.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    I really don’t want to talk about this any further but the fact that RoMac “thanks” the Ravens for an opportunity makes me ill.
    No mention of the opportunity he got in Oakland and that HE squandered.

  • SnBG

    Einstein, I’m not comparing 2012 colts to Raiders 2012, its the 2012 colts cap situation and roster turnover to this years Raiders 2013
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    Bozo the clown, that was the colts 2012 cap situation. You can’t compare them because the colts were able to purge in one year. The Raiders can not purge in one year. Read the fking article

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Everybody thinks they’re an expert at Franchise building.

  • Gdog

    JLofty Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    GDog,
    First bro we come from the same place. I LOVE the Raiders. Since I was a child in the mid 70s. I can see you love the Raider too. So we’re good there.

    I don’t think Reggie has it in for the Raiders. I think quite the opposite. He is a man, with flaws, like you and me, trying to do a tough job as best he can.
    I understand why he waited a year to torch it. I didn’t say I LIKED it. But you start a job in January and you THINK you are going to need to burn it to the ground, you’d BETTER be sure. So he took the season to eval, fair enough.

    The Seymour deal was like two handfuls of $hit. Which one you going to pick? You HAVE to eat one, so do you choose the stinking pile that means you pay HUGE $$$ to NOT have someone on your roster…
    or do you eat the one that has you pay HUGE pile of money who MIGHT stay healthy enough to contribute. It was lose-lose I can live his choice, too bad Dick Seymour didn’t play more.

    Look I am not a fan of the Briesel move but that is little picture. So what. A f’n guard didn’t turn out. Guy is Raider tough but gets no love.

    Not a fan of the Knapp hire, the move to ZBS. Those were bonehead. That was trying to fit square pegs into round holes. I get why he wants a ZBS (still not a fan) but that move was simply stupid.

    See? We found common ground. And from what I’ve seen of our off-season we are NO longer going to be embarrassed. That was the LAST 10 years NOT the NEXT 10 years!

    >>>>

    Fair enough. I disagree. I see our defense being better vs the run, and nothing else improved. I see some embarrassing games where we get shut out… especially if none of the QB’s turn out. I see we score the least points in the NFL next season… as all any team has to do is stick 8 in the box to stop McF and dare weinie arm Flynn to beat them with our horrible “wrong way” WR’s.

    I dont think I am going out on a limb here to say this could be one of the most embarrassing seasons as a Raider fan for me. All in the name of the almighty SALARY CAP!

  • SnBG

    A rebutul article to Silver.
    Now, before I go into how stupid this argument is because the Colts had THE NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE NFL DRAFT WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE ANDREW FREAKING LUCK A ONCE IN A GENERATION QUARTERBACK, let me talk about some other problems with the column:

    1.) Silver pulls most of his quotes from ‘a source.’ Nothing is more frustrating than a writer hiding behind a nameless source (one who, quite honestly, sounds like he is Carson Palmer’s agent).

    2.) Silver mentions that the Raiders had no draft picks last year and politely declines to mention how his BFF Hue Jackson was the one responsible for causing the Raiders to cough up a 1st and 2nd round pick for a proven quitter who is now about to quit on his 2nd team in 4 years.

    3.) In one paragraph, Silver mentions that this offseason the Raiders let big impact players like Philip Wheeler get away. In the next paragraph he mentions Reggie McKenzie’s bad free agent signings. He fails to mention that Wheeler was signed by Reggie McKenzie…so I guess he didn’t miss on all of the free agents he brought in.

    Now, as for the Colts/Raiders comparison, it doesn’t make sense for a couple of reasons.

    1.) The Colts have been perenial contenders with ONE bad season in an otherwise stellar run. To wit: 2007: 13-3; 2008: 12-4; 2009: 14-2; 2010: 10-6 and then they had their bad season in 2011 when they went 2-14 and got the first overall pick. The Raiders have been without a winning season since 2003.

    2.) The Colts had the first overall pick which was Andrew Luck. The Raiders didn’t pick until the very last pick in the third round.

    3.) The Colts had ten draft picks, the Raiders had 5.

    4.) Silver–or rather, Silver quoting from the ‘document’ he obtained–states that the Colts and Raiders had similar dead money situations: the Colts had $38 million in dead money and the Raiders had $28 million.

    The difference? The Colts were able to get out of salary cap hell in one year. This year, they had $41 million in cap room when the offseason started. And what did they do with all of that cap-room? They signed a bunch of questionable players: Laron Landry got $14 million guaranteed, Ricky Jean Francois was given $22 million over 4 years and someone named Gosder Cherilus was given a $34 million over 5 years. So in the one year the Colts GM had money to spend, he spent it poorly. And even with all of those signings they still have over $11 million in cap space.

    The Raiders meanwhile have $23 million of dead money this year. That is almost as much as last year. AND they only had about $4.5 million in salary cap space when free agency opened. After cutting and signing some players, they have about $7 million now. So they still had to take a chain saw to their roster, still had dead money, and still basically had no money to spend. That’s how bad their situation is.

    5.) OK now here is the big one. You know how many games the 11-5 Colts won in 2012 by 5 points or less? 6.

    You know how many games the 8-8 2011 Raiders won by 5 points or less? 4. And we all know what happened to them last year.

    So, who wants to bet that the Colts take a BIG step back next year? I certainly do.

  • JLofty

    G, we gots to get your annual Raider kool-aid on…
    I’m buying!

    I am going to remain hopeful. I think we got gamers on our team now. Dudes who want to play ball. Was getting tired of being blownout the last 10 years. And going no where long term….

  • lefty12

    Gdog-its called an evaluation process.Is it so difficult to understand that last year was an evaluation year?After seeing what we had after the evaluation it was decided a total housecleaning was in order.Most of the fans already knew this,but the new regime had to see it for themselves.

  • JLofty

    Plus G, if our skinny armed QBs DO suck as you say, we can ALWAYS go and get TP6 in there to scrum it up. Kid got some “it.”
    Should be fun….

  • ohioraider

    I think this team will not embarrass itself this year, play competitively in all their games, probably win 6 or 7, and will be playing excellent ball by the end of the season.

  • oldschoolraider

    Clearly, written by someone other than McClain.

    Thanks to the Ravens but no love for the Raiders for funding his retirement plan? Ungrateful little sh!t.

    Save some money for lawyers fees rolando.

  • SnBG

    I dont think I am going out on a limb here to say this could be one of the most embarrassing seasons as a Raider fan for me. All in the name of the almighty SALARY CAP!
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    The salary cap dictates everything Reg is doing. Since day one he’s been working around up and down over and under with the cap. All his contract moves and restructuring are to deal with the cap.How does anyone know if he was wrong on Briesel or Branch or Bergstrom. Let them play this year and see how they do

  • nycraider

    JLofty Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    G, we gots to get your annual Raider kool-aid on…
    I’m buying!

    I am going to remain hopeful. I think we got gamers on our team now. Dudes who want to play ball. Was getting tired of being blownout the last 10 years. And going no where long term….
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    I didnt think the raiders quit at all last year. they werent good enough. Reggie will get his time to prove his ability to rebuild. I just wish the reggie lovers in here would be realistic.They prance around like Reggie is an incredible gm, I will agree he restored the cap space, but he has yet to prove he has the ability to rebuild. Ill give him time, but I havent seen any drafts or signings that make me think reggie is a genius. Once again time will tell. But my sense is all the Al haters in here give Reggie a break because he is not Al.

  • Gdog

    So, who wants to bet that the Colts take a BIG step back next year? I certainly do.
    >>>>

    Yea, they have talent issues on both sides of the ball. PFF had them ranked as a team near the bottom. But the kicker is.. thats how much a great WR with a good QB can make you so competitive in so many games.

    Its why I am looking at many more years of 4 or less seasons until Reggie gets the QB issue figured out. Especially since we might be having coaching issues to deal with also. I am not sold on DA at all yet. Reggie has a lot riding on that guy and finding a QB soon… crappy teams tend to stay crappy in the NFL. Why? All the good free agents will take less money to play on playoff teams.

  • Marks hair

    changing the offensive, defensive and blocking schemes was a pretty bad idea during a “evaluation year”….

  • lefty12

    it is really a shame that on this blog if you criticize someone you are considered a hater.Al was great at one point in time,but if someone criticizes him for the last 10 or even 25 years,people say they are haters.Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • JLofty

    Yeah NycR. Frankly I don’t think digging out of cap hell is that hard. I mean you just cut, cut and cut some more.

    It’s the (re)building that is the art. And since a BUNCH of folks in the biz think Reggie is good at that part (talent eval) I am hoping he does a good job.

    We’ll see he could a be great talent guy but a cr@p capologist. Might be too frugal for his own good.

    Lots of bad outcomes. At least the boat is afloat and (I think) heading in the right direction….

  • JLofty

    @122 : Co-sign!

  • lefty12

    Marks Hair Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    changing the offensive, defensive and blocking schemes was a pretty bad idea during a “evaluation year”….
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    Really?You are installing your systems and it is wrong to evaluate the players to see who fits.Seems like the proper thing to do.

  • theghostronin79

    I dont think I am going out on a limb here to say this could be one of the most embarrassing seasons as a Raider fan for me. All in the name of the almighty SALARY CAP!
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    Really?……. That’s not dramatic at all..

    Like the kid sayin..”This will be the worst Christmas EVER ! ! ! ” Ain’t even opened the presents yet.

  • nycraider

    funny a team in our situation turns the corner makes the playoffs and the reggie lovers response is “yeah but they wont do it again”..

  • Marks hair

    I don’t think the players quit last year. they just got worse and worse

  • SnBG

    I didnt think the raiders quit at all last year. they werent good enough. Reggie will get his time to prove his ability to rebuild. I just wish the reggie lovers in here would be realistic.They prance around like Reggie is an incredible gm, I will agree he restored the cap space, but he has yet to prove he has the ability to rebuild. Ill give him time, but I havent seen any drafts or signings that make me think reggie is a genius. Once again time will tell. But my sense is all the Al haters in here give Reggie a break because he is not Al.
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    That’s not true at all. I think the fans should give Reg and DA some time. Several folks here want him one and done. That’s not realistic. If it doesn’t work out in a couple of years then move from them or at least DA. This has nothing to do with Al Davis. I see them as two different people. Al had his day and now it’s time to let Reg have his.

  • nycraider

    Lefty12 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    it is really a shame that on this blog if you criticize someone you are considered a hater.Al was great at one point in time,but if someone criticizes him for the last 10 or even 25 years,people say they are haters.Nothing could be further from the truth.
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    no the real shame is when you try to analyze reggie, that all his supporters do is point to the past 10 years as an excuse for Reggie.

  • theghostronin79

    it is really a shame that on this blog if you criticize someone you are considered a hater.Al was great at one point in time,but if someone criticizes him for the last 10 or even 25 years,people say they are haters.Nothing could be further from the truth.

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    Critiques get LUMPED in…….It’s like there’s a line down the middle. IF you’re on that side, then you must HATE the other side…..

    Damn differences of opinion anyway.

  • Marks hair

    lefty.. nope
    always coach to your strengths..

    the zbs is already gone.. krapp..gone

  • Gdog

    Marks hair Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    changing the offensive, defensive and blocking schemes was a pretty bad idea during a “evaluation year”….

    >>>

    Well said.

    Are you the same person I am used to disagreeing with? lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Al tried breaking the bank on players. It didnt work.

  • theghostronin79

    no the real shame is when you try to analyze reggie, that all his supporters do is point to the past 10 years as an excuse for Reggie.

    ==========

    Well, there’s this thing that goes into analysis….All science and evaluations…

    “Results take TIME to measure”

    Doesn’t sit to well with instant gratification.

  • nycraider

    SnBG Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    I didnt think the raiders quit at all last year. they werent good enough. Reggie will get his time to prove his ability to rebuild. I just wish the reggie lovers in here would be realistic.They prance around like Reggie is an incredible gm, I will agree he restored the cap space, but he has yet to prove he has the ability to rebuild. Ill give him time, but I havent seen any drafts or signings that make me think reggie is a genius. Once again time will tell. But my sense is all the Al haters in here give Reggie a break because he is not Al.
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    That’s not true at all. I think the fans should give Reg and DA some time. Several folks here want him one and done. That’s not realistic. If it doesn’t work out in a couple of years then move from them or at least DA. This has nothing to do with Al Davis. I see them as two different people. Al had his day and now it’s time to let Reg have his.
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    im willing to give reggie and DA time, but Reggie needs to be accountable for his actions.He made mistakes with his handling of Seymour, Branch, and Briesel. He also has put together the weakest DL in Raider history. Yet many in him say hes doing a great job. I give him credit for cutting salary , but he has yet to prove capable of rebuilding. Time will tell

  • Relentless

    I still don’t know y we need to sign Kluwe. We don’t need a big mouthed punter who was near last in every category last year. He just wanted to be as close to SF as he possibly could. Yes on 8 passed here jackazz.

  • SnBG

    Yeah NycR. Frankly I don’t think digging out of cap hell is that hard. I mean you just cut, cut and cut some more.
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    Contracts don’t all work like that. There is guaranteed money to be paid. Dead money left over. It’s way to complex to make a statement like that

  • lefty12

    What excuse are you talking about?How can you analyze the job he is doing in 2 off-seasons without allowing the results to show themselves on the field?We saw the results of Al’s ways the last 10 (25) years.A pretty good sampling,wouldn’t you say?

  • realtruraider

    SnBG Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    Einstein, I’m not comparing 2012 colts to Raiders 2012, its the 2012 colts cap situation and roster turnover to this years Raiders 2013
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    Bozo the clown, that was the colts 2012 cap situation. You can’t compare them because the colts were able to purge in one year. The Raiders can not purge in one year. Read the fking article

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    Man your lost

  • Twocents

    I think Nycraider makes a valid point. There are two camps, AD supporters and McKenzie supporters. And yes, I like McKenzie simply because he is not Al.
    I have never considered McKenzie a “genius”. People called Al a genius.
    I would also point out that Al had more than one year to win a Super Bowl.

  • lefty12

    The thing is the whole staff was new.They weren’t sure what the real strengths of anyone on the team was-hence an evaluation year and the changing of philosophy regarding what we’d run.

  • John David Booty

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    I really don’t want to talk about this any further but the fact that RoMac “thanks” the Ravens for an opportunity makes me ill.
    No mention of the opportunity he got in Oakland and that HE squandered.
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    I feel that same thing. But I just have to chalk it off to the fact that this dude isnt a football guy. Thats why he was clueless trying to play Mike in a 4-3. He could only play worth a damn when Saban was babysitting his every move and promising an NFL paycheck for his hardwork. He just was not a football player, simple as that. I wouldnt expect this guy to even have the slightest respect for the fact that he was the last 1st round pick of one of the NFL’s greatest names, and a huge contributor in making the brand what it is today.

    I wish him well and hope he gets it together. Maybe someday he will be able to recognize the opportunity he was given and what it meant to be the last 1st rounder of the great Al Davis. But the fact remains, Rolando is not a football guy. Hes just a guy that played football. Theres a difference.

  • theghostronin79

    That’s why I think this year will be EXTREMELY telling of our future.

  • nycraider

    Theghostronin79 Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    no the real shame is when you try to analyze reggie, that all his supporters do is point to the past 10 years as an excuse for Reggie.

    ==========

    Well, there’s this thing that goes into analysis….All science and evaluations…

    “Results take TIME to measure”

    Doesn’t sit to well with instant gratification.
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    So when can we evaluate his decision on Seymour? its already done and we are paying the price big time. What grade would you give for his big free agent signing of Briesel? or is it too early to evaluate a 20 million dollar signing, How would you grade him ignoring the DL in the draft while after giving up 2 draft picks for Flynn,then he drafts a qb with our 4th round pick.
    Do you have any concerns that he said we could make the playoffs in July and September, then in week 10 he announced 2012 was an evaluation year and 2013 would be a rebuilding one?
    tell me the parameters that would be fair to evaluate Reggie, while we see many teams rebuild quickly
    This instant gratification nonsense is a way to ignore bad decisions.

  • realtruraider

    Fk that, I’m a Raider supporter, I am a AD supporter and a Reggie supporter, believe it or not MOST of Raider Nation are both, but you wouldn’t believe it if you just read this blog

  • SnBG

    im willing to give reggie and DA time, but Reggie needs to be accountable for his actions.He made mistakes with his handling of Seymour, Branch, and Briesel. He also has put together the weakest DL in Raider history. Yet many in him say hes doing a great job. I give him credit for cutting salary , but he has yet to prove capable of rebuilding. Time will tell
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    This is hind site stuff. Seymour was restructured because He played well the previous season and I can see why Reg wanted to keep him. Same with Branch and he also restructured Huff’s contract as well. We don’t know how Briesel will turn out. As far as the DL goes, it’s still a cap issue and they seem comfortable with the DL to not draft a great pass rushing DE.

  • nycraider

    This post goes out to all the excuse makers, the guys who insist rebuilding cant be done in one year,….see below
    2006 Browns 4-12
    2007 Browns 10-6
    2006 Redskins 5-11
    2007 Redskins 9-7
    2006 TB 4-12
    2007 TB 9-7
    2007 Ravens 5-11
    2008 Ravens 11-5
    2007 Falcons 4-12
    2008 Falcons 11-5
    2008 Bengals 4-11-1
    2009 Bengals 10-6
    2009 KC 4-12
    2010 KC10-6
    2009 TB 3-13
    2010 TB10-6
    2009 ST L 1-15
    2010 STL 7-9
    2010 Bengals 4-12
    2011 Bengals 9-7(w/o CP3)
    2010 Broncos 4-12
    2011 Broncos 8-8(1st place)
    2012 year of the Excuse—2013 No Excuses!!!

  • realtruraider

    2012 Colts