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Rolando McClain to get first-team work at middle linebacker

Matt Eberflus, Rolando McClain AP

The Cowboys like what they’ve seen from linebacker Rolando McClain so far this summer and now they want to see more from the former first-round pick.

Head coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the team is going to take a look at McClain at middle linebacker with the starting defense this week. Justin Durant, who has been in the middle, will move to the weak side with either Kyle Wilber or Bruce Carter rounding out the starting trio.

“At the end of the day, we need to find our three best linebackers and our best combination of those guys to start for us in base, and then there are some roles in nickel as well,” Garrett said, via ESPNDallas.com. “If guys demonstrate that they’re a better cover guy than base linebacker, maybe they’ll get their opportunities there. So we’ll continue to work the different looks and the different combinations and see what looks best.”

McClain played well against the Ravens over the weekend and the Cowboys need to be open to all alternatives on a defense that looks shaky, to put it mildly, across the board. Whether someone who hasn’t played in a regular season game since November of 2012 is going to change that is unclear, but it looks like we’ll get a chance to find out.

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22 Responses to “Rolando McClain to get first-team work at middle linebacker”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 18, 2014 3:17 PM

    McClain appears to be their best option at MLB and this would be the preseason game to find that out for sure. Starters will not play much at all in the last preseason game.

  2. folkcrusader says: Aug 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    You know you’re in tough shape when Rolando McClain walks in and starts.

  3. danind says: Aug 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    The guy is a beast and if he really does have his head into playing football, he is a top linebacker.

    And all this for league minimum and a conditional later round pick. Geez, our GM is sooooo horrible. lol

  4. danind says: Aug 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    For all the people jumping on this bandwagon to make fun of the Cowboy’s defense:

    Atlanta
    Jacksonville
    Oakland
    Chicago
    Washington
    Minnesota

    All these teams allowed MORE points per game last year. last time I checked, wins and loses are determined by points, not yards. Cowboys are the laughingstock of the NFL last year with their epically bad defense??? then what about the 6 teams listed above those gave up even more points???

  5. fordmandalay says: Aug 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    Long record of being a head case. So they start him, the defense depends on him… and when does he go off and mentally ‘retire’ again? Game 4? Game 9?

  6. joetoronto says: Aug 18, 2014 3:39 PM

    That’s how bad the Cowboys defuse is, that SloLando can actually make the team.

  7. thraiderskin says: Aug 18, 2014 3:44 PM

    The cowboys are a laughing stock because the players and fans don’t know how to let their game do the talking… they’re a laughing stock because they call themselves America’s team and only their fans think that. Their a laughing stock because the GM makes statements and decisions that result in the opposite occurring. If u don’t like my perspective on the subject, that’s on you, but they are all easilly correctable, but the cowboys keep achieving nothing.

  8. atthemurph says: Aug 18, 2014 4:00 PM

    Dallas is in big trouble. They can’t rush the passer and they cannot cover.

    They are thin at WR and their QB is beat up and mistake prone. going to be hard to outscore teams with a decent defense and even a moderately decent offense.

    Could be a long year.

  9. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 18, 2014 4:01 PM

    he’ll get sick of playing soon……WHAT A JOKE!!!

  10. antispy3 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:07 PM

    I wonder if there is a correlation that RoLoSloMo,s fine game was against a /Ravens team he is a bit familiar with; let’s see how well he performs against a team he has no familiarity with. . .

  11. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2014 4:08 PM

    The NFL should use McClain as a textbook example of why players should immediately change their phone numbers and ditch their old gangbanger friends as soon as they’re drafted in the NFL.

  12. pigskinjunkie66 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:16 PM

    Watched the game against the Ravens. He made some tackles but was out of position an awful lot. Hope he makes it but not holding my breath. I see an injury settlement in his future.

  13. dynastybeforeyoureyes says: Aug 18, 2014 4:21 PM

    Everyone knows the Cowboys aren’t Americas team.

    That would be the Hawks.

    #GoHawks
    #Dynasty
    #CowboyscouldntevenbeatPeyton
    #LOL

  14. motherstrucker says: Aug 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    no comment, too busy laughing, bye bye dallas

  15. starfan79 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:27 PM

    atthemurph says:
    Aug 18, 2014 4:00 PM
    Dallas is in big trouble. They can’t rush the passer and they cannot cover.

    They are thin at WR and their QB is beat up and mistake prone. going to be hard to outscore teams with a decent defense and even a moderately decent offense.

    Could be a long year.

    ———————————————————————

    Thin at WR? Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams was a stud rookie #2 last year that will be even better.. Jason Witten! Watch this Cole Beasley (slightly lesser version of wes welker), This new Kid Devin Street 6’4 200 and fast…

    This might be th worst defense again this year, but could be a top 3 offense with these WR, this beat up QB and maybe the best O-Line in football depending on how Zach Martin does his rookie season…

  16. flannlv says: Aug 18, 2014 4:41 PM

    The three best linebackers on the Cowboys have yet to be cut by their current teams.

  17. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 18, 2014 4:57 PM

    You can stick Singletary back there, if you’re running the Tampa-2 you’re going to get blown out.

  18. 88xfactor says: Aug 18, 2014 5:47 PM

    Once Dallas figures out which of these guys play well together, it just a matter of getting them healthy. Which has been the hardest thing yet. McClain is a star waiting to shine. I just hope he’s mentally ready. If he plays well this season. Jerry just might give him a big payday. The Boys will have plenty of $$ next year. Offensively we’re as good as any team in the league. Defencesively, well I know we want be ranked last.

  19. jukeboxhero101 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    he knows this is probably his last chance to ever play in nfl again. it figures that the almighty cowgirls would be there to scrape the bottom of the barrel like usual. looks pretty good in practice. looks pretty lost on gameday.

  20. angrypurplebirds says: Aug 18, 2014 6:22 PM

    Start him…..please baby please.

  21. snowdood163 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:52 PM

    thraiderskin says: Aug 18, 2014 3:44 PM

    The cowboys are a laughing stock because the players and fans don’t know how to let their game do the talking…
    —————————————–
    Says a Raider fan.

  22. dkalev says: Aug 18, 2014 11:28 PM

    Giants should’ve taken him… McClain McClain beason along with kennard and Williams would’ve been killer, or at least above average…

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