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Jerry Jones: Rolando McClain has been “very impressive”

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The Cowboys took a chance on linebacker Rolando McClain in hopes that a player who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012 will be able to help them replace Sean lee in the middle of their defense.

After so much time off, McClain has some rust that needs to be knocked off before he can hit the field for a game. McClain didn’t play last week and probably won’t play this week, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that they’ve seen a lot to like about McClain after throwing him into the practice mix right away.

“Now, he hasn’t played football in a year and a half, so those legs, ankles and other areas just take some acclimation. That’s what you’re seeing. We’re trying to, under the real supervision of our trainers, we’re trying to ease him into this thing,” Jones said on KRLD, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s actually had some days were he had leg cramps, so he’s had to work back in. But he’s really impressive. He’s a different cat out there. He’s got the right attitude. I hope his improvement progresses so that we can get him into some games, possibly by the last two we might see him on the field against a couple of these teams.”

Coach Jason Garrett added that he’s “seen a lot of good things” from McClain, while adding that he’s been dealing with things on and off the field that have limited him a bit since the start of camp. McClain’s ability to handle those and play at a high enough level for NFL action are in doubt, but the Cowboys’ overall situation on defense leaves them with little choice but rolling the dice and hoping the result is a positive one.

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27 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Rolando McClain has been “very impressive””
  1. willking9 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:34 AM

    There’s a reason why Dallas has won 1 playoff game in 15 years. They continue to value a big name over character and class. Guess that’s what you get when your owner wants to pose for pictures with strippers instead of hiring someone who could actually build a winning football team.

  2. araidersfan says: Aug 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    I sincerely hope that McClain’s ‘performance’ with the Cowboys is about the same as it was when he was with the Raiders.

    And Jerry, senility fits you like a glove and the fans of all 31 other teams hope that you live many more years and never give up being the GM.

  3. punksinplay says: Aug 13, 2014 7:58 AM

    Bust.

  4. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 13, 2014 8:11 AM

    jerry reminds me of a man walking through a graveyard at midnight whistling because he wants to act like he isn’t scared…

    cause jerry’s a different cat, too….

    its sad when your hope lies with a guy who has quit on his team twice lately….

    keep up the good work, imitation general manager….

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 13, 2014 8:12 AM

    Is the Cowboys’ defense that bad that McClain is an upgrade? If so, that pretty much says it all.

  6. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    Cowboys are the only team where the owner gives updates on player health.

  7. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, I will refrain from being excited about this post. Did McClain not spill Gatordae on his jersey? I’d like to know what these “good things” are before I get my hopes up.

  8. steeelfann says: Aug 13, 2014 8:21 AM

    Yea, but what is really impressive is a drunken 66 year old cupping the breasts of a 22 year old and the 66 year old not get dumped by his wife and children over it.

  9. salmen76 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:23 AM

    What a joke the Cowboys are! Ha Ha. Bragging about Rolando McClain. LOL. I hope Rolando revives his career and plays well. But when the Saints come to town in week 4 the Cowboys will have their hands full just like they did last year when the Saints clobbered them in the Superdome. In fact ESPN is reporting that the Saints just scored another Touchdown. Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  10. andreweac says: Aug 13, 2014 8:37 AM

    If dude is the starter would in the world is going to happen when he inevitably gets injured by week 5.

    Fantasy advise: load up on Colts for their week 16 tilt in Dallas. Who knows, maybe Richardson finally has a useful game as a Colt then.

  11. danind says: Aug 13, 2014 8:51 AM

    if this guy pans out and turns into a starter, I am sure there will be a ton of people apologizing on there for slamming JJ for taking a guy with a conditional later round pick..

  12. brocattosbasement says: Aug 13, 2014 8:52 AM

    He won’t make it past preseason.

  13. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 13, 2014 8:53 AM

    When you are trying to make do with a player whose motivation is between questionable and non-existent, your defense is a raging dumpster fire.

  14. itsnotforme says: Aug 13, 2014 9:10 AM

    “Very Impressive”. This coming from the guy who thinks he’s a coach, GM, and his team is going to win the Super Bowl this year. Got any more pictures floating around for us Jerrad.

  15. officialgame says: Aug 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    There is also a lot to like about JJ being the GM says the Giants, Skins, and Eagles.

  16. RegisHawk says: Aug 13, 2014 9:16 AM

    The big news is that Jerry is now drawing an additional paycheck as the Cowboys’ press secretary.

  17. pete2112 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:44 AM

    Why is Jerry the only owner that you hear from constantly about players, injuries, etc.? Shouldn’t the coach be the one talking to the media about this stuff? It’s almost laughable for how much of a joke this franchise has turned into.

    Hey Jerry, why don’t you stick to getting drunk and hanging out with strippers who are young enough to be your grandchildren and then say the pictures are a misrepresentation. Jerk.

  18. fordmandalay says: Aug 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    (inhales deeply) ah nothing like the smell of hot garbage in the morning. It smells like…..the Cowboys.

  19. 88xfactor says: Aug 13, 2014 11:47 AM

    You PERFECT people are so quick to judge other people. None of you know why this man left football. I sure hope none of you guys have ever been on a jury. God help us all. Judge not, Less the be judged!!!

    THEMBOYS4LIFE

  20. joetoronto says: Aug 13, 2014 11:57 AM

    Well that’s it, Jerrah is officially senile.

  21. shaslers says: Aug 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    “Talk is cheap. Let’s play.”

    — Johnny Unitas

    (uttered in the locker room every time his head coach finished a pregame speech and asked Johnny if he had anything to add)

  22. tootitan says: Aug 13, 2014 1:05 PM

    “Rolando McClain has been very impressive” says Owner/CEO/President/GM/Press Secretary/Doctor Jones, apparently unaware of (or choosing to ignore) the fact that his dysfunctional team is a painfully accurate reflection of his own talent evaluation and micro-management skills, which so far have been anything but impressive.

    Years of his own ‘doofus-ness’ have turned a once-proud and stellar football team into the NFL’s saddest inside joke.

    Control freaks are rarely pleasant people, but Jer consistently takes it to a whole new level and it’s astonishing that the NFL has allowed him to continue driving the Cowboys into the ground without a single instance of censure or critique.

    Astonishing!

  23. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 13, 2014 2:10 PM

    danind says:
    Aug 13, 2014 8:51 AM
    if this guy pans out and turns into a starter, I am sure there will be a ton of people apologizing on there for slamming JJ for taking a guy with a conditional later round pick..

    dan: i don’t recall jerry apologizing for joey galloway, or quincy carter, or chad hutchinson, or t.o., or getting rid of parcells, the only coach since jimmy with the sense to run a football team…..so i expect we’ll both be waiting. on the off chance rolando mcclain can play after two years out of the league.

  24. txtroutslayer says: Aug 13, 2014 2:36 PM

    Jones didn’t get rid of Parcells, Parcells quit and Jones tried to talk him out of it. It had nothing to do with working with Jerry, he said it was because the losses just hurt too much at his age. if your going to rag on someones post get your facts straight.

  25. mikeditkascigar says: Aug 13, 2014 3:56 PM

    Actually, I hope McLain plays. It will make it that much easier for teams to run up the score on the Cowboys. Imagine, and actual NFL team placing all this hope on a guy who hasn’t played since 2012. . . only the Cowboys!

  26. mysterytonite says: Aug 13, 2014 9:54 PM

    Was this picture taken when he was at his other job as a…….crossing guard?

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    What Jerry is seeing in McClain is what the Raiders saw in him coming out of Alabama and why they drafted him in the first round.

    But 2 retirements and 3 arrests can’t be completely ignored. Character red flags all over the place. Jerry never gets it. smh

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