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Rolando McClain doesn’t want to talk about the past, on field or off

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In two seasons since the Raiders took him with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Rolando McClain has garnered at least as much attention for off-field problems as he has for on-field production. But McClain vows that his past is behind him and his future is bright, on the field and off.

McClain channeled Mark McGwire in talking to reporters about his past problems, but he said he has big plans for the future.

I’m not talking about the past,” McClain said. “This is a new year. The past is the past for a reason. It’s a new year, and we got a chance to go out and be as good as we want to be.”

McClain, who is likely to have a jury trial after the season on charges of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and unlawful discharge of a firearm, said he doesn’t have any concerns about the NFL suspending him.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a talk of anything about a suspension,” he said. “I haven’t heard it. I guess that’s all speculation.”

Looking forward, McClain says the Raiders’ new defense is a better fit for his skills than what he’s been doing the last two years. And so he thinks he’s ready to develop into a defensive leader, on a Raiders defense that looks a lot different than it did when he was drafted.

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15 Responses to “Rolando McClain doesn’t want to talk about the past, on field or off”
  1. tsizzlehotpiss says: Sep 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    Did the Raiders switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme? That’s what he ran at Alabama, and he ran it very well.

  2. fdugrad says: Sep 4, 2012 5:18 PM

    So…McClain hasn’t talked about suspension, hasn’t heard about suspension and he doesn’t want to talk about the past. Well then that’s about that. Logic dictates that because one has not talked or heard about something, that naturally it won’t happen, and of course, not WANTING to talk about a certain situation translates into others going along with your agenda! It is truly amazing to read about so many pro athletes being completely out of touch with logical consequences and thinking they won’t happen because THEY SAID SO!! Perhaps it is this exact kind of arrogance that convinces them that they are entitled which, of course, leads to the long list of poor choices made by the ones who freely chose that path.

  3. raiderapologist says: Sep 4, 2012 5:28 PM

    I wouldn’t want to talk about the past if I were him, either. At least not the last two years.

  4. redman7924 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:30 PM

    No but the new regime is a lot different than the last 2 years! I think he has more freedom to roam more this year.

  5. rayguyreturns says: Sep 4, 2012 5:38 PM

    The guy showed he’s brainless for doing what he did off the field, especially since he was on leave from the team at the time to attend a funeral. He’s got a lot to make up for, provided he doesn’t get cut.

    Reg seems to be cleaning out the clowns. Maybe this guy should watch his back.

  6. cooklynn17 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    I wouldn’t want to talk about the past either if I was a huge screw up like you.

    Info nugget……Jason Pierre-Paul went like 7 picks after McClain in the same draft………The question, who would you rather have?

    The Raiders, some things never change.

  7. souldogdave says: Sep 4, 2012 5:56 PM

    He’s looked good in pre-season. Nothing to do but wait as far as his court case is concerned. New regime, clean slate, don’t screw up.

  8. raydahhs75 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:17 PM

    As a lifelong Raiders fan, I must say I’ve found it downright comical to see the defenses they’ve attempted to use in the modern game, and how poorly they’ve used their personnel the last 7-8 years. Michael Huff is the shining example of this for me. Ask him to use his speed, corner type cover skills, and ability to read and diagnose, and he’s a Pro Bowl safety. Ask him to be an in the box, linebacker type run support safety as they did for a couple years, and he’s a bust. When McClain says they’re using him to his strengths, at least for now I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

  9. invaiduh says: Sep 4, 2012 6:35 PM

    hey cooklynn. go back and check out that draft.
    including what the football “experts” had to say.

    hindsight is always 20/20.

  10. raiders757 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:21 PM

    cooklynn17 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    I wouldn’t want to talk about the past either if I was a huge screw up like you.

    Info nugget……Jason Pierre-Paul went like 7 picks after McClain in the same draft………The question, who would you rather have?

    The Raiders, some things never change.
    ——————————————–

    Considering the Raiders were in need of a linebacker, they made the right choice and were praised highly for doing so. After all, I recall some Giants fans wanting him pretty badly, and the team was considering drafting him if he fell to them.

    Raiders haters, some things thing never change and they just keep getting dumber and dumber.

  11. slickster35 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    The only thing worse than oakland LBers are oakland CBs.

    That line can’t cover receivers or TEs.

  12. torturedraiderfan says: Sep 4, 2012 8:54 PM

    Reggie won’t put up with a player that’s not living up to his draft status on the field and acts like an a-hole off the field. If he doesn’t get it together soon, he’ll be sent packing.

  13. raiderapologist says: Sep 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    cooklynn17 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    Info nugget……Jason Pierre-Paul went like 7 picks after McClain in the same draft………The question, who would you rather have?
    —-
    It’s a draft, not a crystal ball. Predicting the future is a bit more challenging that reciting the past. Don’t be lazy.

  14. irishfan109 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:14 PM

    @ Cooklyn17

    Hindsight is 20/20. We can go back and forth about what should have happened years later but the best player available at arguably their biggest need was McClain, so it was a good draft pick. Most people still think he’ll be one of the best LB’s to come out of the draft and given Oakland’s draft history, I can live with that.

    Oh and by the way Ron Dayne was drafted a few picks ahead of Shaun Alexander. Good one.

  15. raiderapologist says: Sep 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    slickster35 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    The only thing worse than oakland LBers are oakland CBs.
    ————–
    Not all of them. At least one got picked up by the Chiefs.

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