Webb says Ravens’ new leaders can lead McClain

AP

The Ravens have sent a lot of what was termed leadership out the door this offseason.

But cornerback Lardarius Webb said their locker room was strong enough to help reel in linebacker Rolando McClain, and can do for him what the Raiders could not.

The Ravens picked up McClain on a low-risk deal after the Raiders cut bait on the former No. 8 overall pick. And Webb, who was born and raised in Alabama, thinks McClain’s found the right atmosphere.

“I’m a Roll Tide fan, so I know exactly who Rolando is and what he’s about,” Webb said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Once he gets into our locker room and we lead by example and show him how we do things, it will be a great thing for him. He’s a young man and he has so far to grow.

“Not taking nothing away from Oakland, I know the organization we have and the people we have in our locker room, it’s going to be a great fit for him. We’re ready to get him in and show him what we do.”

McClain has vowed to be a changed man, but he’s reached the point after arrests and suspensions that his words carry far less meaning than his actions.

But the veteran corner thinks he can help. When Webb joined the team, he leaned on players such as Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. Those guys are gone now, so he’s ready to step into that kind of role.

“I’ve been here for four years with Ed, and we don’t even really talk football all the time,” Webb said. “Everything I could get from him, I’ve already got it. I looked. I paid attention. I watched him. I watched great leaders like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. They show you how to do it. I’m going to do all of my part to help this team win.”

Webb said his recovery from a torn ACL is going well, and his return is key to rebuilding a defense that got old all at once.

But if he can get in and help rehab the reputation of a talented player with a history of off-field problems, that could help the Ravens as well.

55 responses to “Webb says Ravens’ new leaders can lead McClain

  1. As a Raiders fan I say both good riddance and good luck. You were next to worthless for the Raiders but I hope you turn it around and learn to use the skills you have

  2. Webb is a beast and obviously they can lead him. This is the best locker room in the NFL. From top to bottom, no one does it better than the Baltimore Ravens. Cheers!

  3. As a Steelers fan it has always been the short term impact that had me worried with Sanders leaving.

    I agree that since he might walk next year anyway it doesn’t make a ton of sense to pay him money like that now, but he is a player that can help us early in the season while Heath rehabs his knee.

  4. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s anybody’s fault but the players. If he was such a leader at Alabama he should have been able to step into that role on such a young team.

    Maybe Rolando will step up and finally accept responsibility for his actions and not blame things on the environment or the devil. That’s when we might know he’s changed his attitude and grown up.

    Good luck and I hope he succeeds, but the guy flat out didn’t give the required effort the last few years.

  5. Can’t wait to see Webby back on the field, any size he might lack he makes up for with so much heart and determination. By far one of my favorite players to watch on Sundays.

  6. Paraphrase – “yeah, we know this guy’s a criminal, but so what, we can handle it. Dude’s a boy scout compared to some of our current and former players.”

    And @jobot, wrong article.

  7. locker room “leadership” is vastly overrated.

    He is a grown man. Do you really need your teammates to show you how to follow the law? No. Where he needs help is on the field. He underperformed. Does it matter who has the locker next to him if he cant tackle?

  8. People who think Lewis and Reed leaving deprives the Ravens of all leadership are underestimating players like Webb. He’s as solid as they come, and he’s not the only one.

    But whether they can turn around Rolando, we will have to see.

  9. That sounds good in theory. But how can the ravens locker room make him faster? How can the locker room make him tackle. Did webb remember the draft when sloro came out that he had all the leadership and mental capacity to run a nfl defense. Did the raiders all of a sudden turn him into a follower did they turn him slower? did they turn him dumb? As a grown man when he was paid he had a responsibility to perform. A locker can get you focus if you tackle wrong if you are in the right mental capacity. Did the raiders org cause him to pull a loaded gun next to a man head and pull the trigger?The one downfall the raiders did was under hue he didn’t fine and suspended him. But to say that the raiders locker room didnt try or the ravens have better MEN than the raiders hasnt been proven. Could it be that he assumed that he had arrived and refused to listen to anybody.Sometimes a man has to lose everything to appreciate what he has. I dont wish him any success because its a cop out to perform now instead when you was paid tons of money to perform then

  10. LWebb, Rice, Ngata, Dumvervil, Flacco, and yes, even Suggs. Plenty of leaders ready and willing to step up and be voices in the locker room and on the field.

  11. I think one of the biggest advantages for Rolando will be his role with this defense. In Oakland they expected him to walk in and become the leader of that D fresh out of college. In Baltimore he will be expected to play his position, and follow leadership. Imagine the weight on the shoulders of a young kid going pro that is expected to control a group of grown men? It’s insane. Not even Ray Lewis was a leader in his early years. It was a role he developed after leaning on vets and learning from his teammates. Not comparing the 2 by ANY stretch of the imagination, simply saying McClain has a chance to do the same- lean on the vets on this D, learn the Raven way, and develop into a solid player. There are plenty of great vets on this team, both on and off the field, that can help him grow. Hopefully he gets his act together and makes his presence felt in a positive way.

  12. There are plenty of 20-something year old “grown men” who aren’t grown men. Let’s not kid ourselves.

    Just because someone is a certain age, does not mean they are mature mentally. Especially for young players without consistent father figures.

    So yes, locker room leadership is very very important even though it cannot cure bad play.

    But it can vastly improve focus and the abilities and natural talents to be maximized.

  13. hey @crown, I think you mis-read his quotes, go try again. Maybe the second time you can come up with something original and even somewhat based on facts.

    Once again, just because you desperately want it to be so, doesn’t make it real. You are going to have to come up with something other than Ravens are full of criminals.

  14. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks!!!

    Rolando McClain hasn’t had one game in three years in Oakland where he stood out on defense or even proven any type of athletic ability.

    An Al Davis draft bust for the Raiders is now the Ravens problem.

    Reggie McKenzie will make the Raiders a better team than the Ravens in two years time.

  15. For what he was signed for it was a good move. I just won’t expect much. Remember the Raiders let him go. The RAIDERS!!! Plus I remember Eagle fans saying the same thing about T.O. Some guys just won’t change. GO STEELERS!!!

  16. basically its ultimately on mcclain. if he wants to have a successful nfl career he will stay out of trouble. if he wants to be a knucklehead then he will be a knucklehead. to sign a 23 yr old former 8th overall pick fo a 1 year deal at 750k is a great move. if it doesnt work youve lost nothing. here’s hoping it all works out. go ravens!

  17. @lovefootball, you should take off your rose-colored glasses and re-read, for instance, this quote,
    “He’s a young man and he has so far to grow.”

    That’s a politically correct way of saying he sucks as a person.

  18. Actually tatumo64, while Fabian was pretty worthless, I always liked Fair Catch Carr. He played a great slot CB. He couldn’t return punts (hence his nickname), but he performed well in Baltimore.

  19. It is really more about Rolando. Does he want to be helped, does he want to pull his head out of his rear, and does he have the discipline to pull it off.

    Doubtful, but it could happen.

  20. McClain can be very good. He just signed for less ($700,000.00), to join The Ravens. If he doesn’t measure up, cut him. Ravens will probably still draft a ILB in the 1st 2 rounds.

  21. Rolando Mcclain talent based on where he was drafted, but a pathetic player both on and off the field. Ravens fans singing his praises that he can turn things around havent seen him play, differ to Raider fans i am sure they have glowing reviews of him.

  22. “Oakland is like a halfway house and Baltimore is like a two-parent household with dual income… Never give up on a guy because he didn’t succeed in Oakland.” – Shaun King

  23. Hey @crown your changing your comment. Specifically I am referring to your interpretation of Webb saying “…Dude’s a boy scout compared to some of our current and former players.” You calling the Ravens a bunch of criminals is weak and not factual.

    With respect to McClain of course everyone knows he has issues and a long way to go but I like Webb’s very articulate comment.

  24. “Webb said his recovery from a torn ACL is going well, and his return is key to rebuilding a defense that got old all at once.”

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

    Ummm… what are you talking about? Ray Lewis and Ed Reed? Okay, maybe they’re old… but who else? The other losses they had were some of their youngest guys. Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. Cary Williams? Seriously… the entire defense was old?

    And about those old guys… seems to me like the defense finally started playing good once Ray Lewis got back on the field. They gave Peyton Manning problems in their playoff matchup(the score was only close because the Broncos scored twice on special teams).

  25. This comment isn’t directly about this post but covers a lot of posts like this. Every teams fans say “Once they learn the (insert your team) way they will be fine.” BS at its best.

  26. As a Bama fan, I know what McClain brings to the table when he’s in a disciplined environment, and desperately wanted the Steelers to take a chance on him. I also knew the brilliant Ozzie, who has a hotline to Saban, was unlikely to leave Rolando on the market for long. The Ravens got him for a song, and it will probably turn out to be yet another great addition to that defense. Sigh.

  27. This is the same kid that asked the Raiders not to draft him because he feared he could not adjust to living that far from Alabama.

    If Ozzie Newsome says the Kid can be lead to productivity I’m on board, Ozzie has earned the trust and respect of NFL Fans around the country.

    All 2o something year olds are not created equally. It’s amazing how some of us believe that sticking $4 to $40 Million in a kid’s pocket “Fixes” all scenarios he may encounter.

  28. Ed Reed & Ray Lewis < Mike Huff and Rolando McClain

    You replaced 2 HOF'rs with Oakland's cuts. Just ponder that while you're throwing out your arms patting Ozzie on the back.

  29. Ravens are built “through” Free agency. Not the draft. The key pieces that helped win the bowl were Free Agents. Pollard, Boldin, Leach, Jones etc. Ozzie’s drafts haven’t panned out. Ray Rice is on the downside.

  30. Here’s a stat provided for all my fellow Ravens fans to use when the Steelers or any division rival for that matter calls OUR team criminals.

    According to the NFL Arrest Database (yes its real, look it up). Since 2000 the number of arrests:

    Cincinnati – 39
    Cleveland – 23
    Pittsburgh – 19
    Ravens – 16

    The first one in the list for the Ravens is Ray Lewis in 2000.

  31. ravens super bowl starters that were draft picks. flacco rice torrey pitta dickson oher osemelie yanda tucker koch ngata jones lewis upshaw ellerbe reed. seriously dude. get a clue. thay post was emabarrasing. ravens build in the dradt and supplement through free agency…just like pats packers and yes even pitt. its what good franchises do. when you learn football you can come back

  32. last I checked, people don’t need a PHD to play NFL football. all you need is a phone with Internet to post here. as if football should be played by scientists, doctors, artists, and academic scholars. what is significant? it’s clearly not internet posts by crownifthehelmet. we’re talking about a contact sport here. having the ability to play is the primary value. people who have faced hard times and adversity can struggle as much as they can turn around and succeed. it’s well worth giving this guy another chance. it’s an opportunity to be part of a great TEAM. a concept many people struggle to comprehend. he’ll either succeed here, or he won’t, it’s that simple. the RAVENS have already proven their value, and Rolando has the opportunity of a lifetime.

  33. The players that put the Ravens over the top were free agents. BOldin, Pollard, Leach, McKinnie and Jones. Get a grip. Ozzie will be known for plucking free agents, not drafting players. Especially receivers. Please don’t mention Torrey “go route” Smith.

  34. yeah the same torrey smith who torched your defense in 2011 for a game winning touchdown as a rookie…or in the playoffs in denver with 2 long touchdowns….c’mon now, son..you sound silly, please stop posting on here and go back to yahoo sports…

  35. jtbsteeler says: Apr 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    The players that put the Ravens over the top were free agents. BOldin, Pollard, Leach, McKinnie and Jones. Get a grip. Ozzie will be known for plucking free agents, not drafting players. Especially receivers. Please don’t mention Torrey “go route” Smith.

    —————————-

    Tell me, are you even a football fan? Have you ever watched a football game? I highly doubt it if you think that BERNARD POLLARD put the Ravens over the top.

    Sergio Kindle is the ONLY player the Ravens have drafted in the past 3 years that isn’t still on the team. The ONLY player, and that’s mainly because he broke his skull open in the offseason. Ozzie is known for strong drafts and great bargains in free agency. What’s so hard to understand? Do you think Ozzie should protest free agency and only play with players that he drafted? You should really learn a thing or two about football.

  36. randallflagg52 | Apr 12, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT
    Torrey Smith is better than any receiver the steelers have or have had in quite some time.

    Your homers view over looked Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown… Ok I ll stop.. You may know your ravens but you have no clue about good receivers. Winning a SB doesn’t make you all knowing it just makes you arrogant… And a less intelligent than before.

  37. It’s just amazing how I hear raven fans tell each other how great these movie’s are.McClain is totally worthless and for anyone to use the excuse about Oakland being to far from home for McClain, last time I checked Baltimore isn’t in Alabama!! Get over yourselves raven fans.Ozzie may draft well but he’s no king Midas he can’t turn trash into gold

  38. randallflagg52 says: Apr 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Torrey Smith is better than any receiver the steelers have or have had in quite some time.

    Not quite buddy. He has the potential to be a better receiver yes. Ward, Wallace are both better. Don’t get me wrong. He is a young receiver and has tons of talent and potential. But he isn’t better than them. Not yet at least.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Apr 12, 2013 6:28 PM
    randallflagg52 | Apr 12, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT
    Torrey Smith is better than any receiver the steelers have or have had in quite some time.

    Your homers view over looked Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown… Ok I ll stop.. You may know your ravens but you have no clue about good receivers. Winning a SB doesn’t make you all knowing it just makes you arrogant… And a less intelligent than before.

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

    Hines Ward is retired and hasn’t been good since like 2004, Heath Miller is only relevant to steeler fans, Brown is a good return man but a mediocre receiver at best (7 career Tds in 3 years lol), and if Mike Wallace is so good how come steeler fans couldn’t wait for him to sign elsewhere this year?

    Please nofool, get a clue and more importantly a life. You seriously need to get over this case of little man syndrome, you’re way too old to act like a child.

  40. Ravens are the most exciting team in the NFL. Hence, all the angry Steelers fans trying to convince themselves that the pain is over. It’s only beginning. But Look for Steelers to have a moment of clarity after they lay an egg in London and Big Ben is all over the tabloids. Also, given the Raiders attitude about rebuilding, look for Oakland to deliver Big Ben a beatdown of biblical proportions. It’s gonna be a couple of long plane rides back home this year.

  41. Please nofool, get a clue and more importantly a life. You seriously need to get over this case of little man syndrome, you’re way too old to act like a child.

    I am sure a friend of yours composed that post as it is an attempt at humor and we all know you are challenged in that regard. Acting like a child your the one boasting about watching orioles fans beating up on a Red Sox fan and how excited it got you. Seems to me like you are a knuckle dragging Neanderthal who pretends to be a football guru…please coming in out of the rain on your own would be an outstanding accomplishment for you.

  42. randallflagg52 says:
    Apr 12, 2013 8:48 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Apr 12, 2013 6:28 PM
    randallflagg52 | Apr 12, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT
    Torrey Smith is better than any receiver the steelers have or have had in quite some time.

    Your homers view over looked Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown… Ok I ll stop.. You may know your ravens but you have no clue about good receivers. Winning a SB doesn’t make you all knowing it just makes you arrogant… And a less intelligent than before.

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

    Hines Ward is retired and hasn’t been good since like 2004, Heath Miller is only relevant to steeler fans, Brown is a good return man but a mediocre receiver at best (7 career Tds in 3 years lol), and if Mike Wallace is so good how come steeler fans couldn’t wait for him to sign elsewhere this year?

    Please nofool, get a clue and more importantly a life. You seriously need to get over this case of little man syndrome, you’re way too old to act like a child.

    1 0 Hey thanks for your sage advice, but my life is quite nice as I don’t live in the stain called Baltimore. Also I really respect your unbiased and objective outlook on these threads . When I see your handle I can’t wait to devour the rich insights you provide loaded with intellectual principles and logic. Keep the comments coming I enjoy the comedy.

  43. To the guy who said Hines Ward hasnt been any good since 2004…… He was the Super bowl MVP 2006.

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