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LB Rolando McClain in good spirits about reduced role with Oakland Raiders

10/19/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Oakland Raiders’ bye week changes have proved productive for the defensive line against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but it ended up costing middle linebacker Rolando McClain his starting job. Indisputably, Rolando McClain isn’t at a very bright spot right now for a middle linebacker, whom the Oakland Raiders believed for two years could provide a solution for their struggling defense by thwarting opponents’ run game.
 
However, despite losing his starting spot to rookie Miles Burris in a nickel package and being limited to just 17 snaps against the Atlanta Falcons last week, Rolando McClain hosts no hard feelings over the Oakland Raiders’ new moves. Rolando McClain even found himself agreeing with Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s logic when he informed the 2nd-year player that last Sunday’s game was going to be his most productive-snaps per game in the 2012-2013 season.
 
"It was 17 plays and I had, I don't know, a ratio of every one and a half plays I made some type of impact type play. I think that's pretty danged good. It is what it is,” Rolando McClain stated regarding his performance the past weekend. “They wanted Miles to go in. That's perfectly fine with me. The situation is what it is."
 
The 24-year old’s had time to process the changes since Dennis Allen made the decision during the bye week before Rolando McClain hit the field in the base and goal-line defensive packages on Sunday.
 
"It makes my job easy, just focus on base, whenever that is, and go from there," Rolando McClain stated of his new assignment. "If coach thinks that's the best thing for the defense, then by all means do it. I can focus on the base downs and that's what I put my energy toward."
 
Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver noted that Rolando McClain has been willing to put the team’s need ahead of himself.
 
“That's what we asked him to do, and that's what he did," stated Jason Tarver said. "He was a pro about the situation."
 
The Oakland Raiders are headed for a crucial game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Dennis Allen updated his team on the AFC West standings and the records earlier this week claiming that the Oakland Raiders (1-4) could still make the divisional competition by covering a 1 1/2 games difference to leap ahead of Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers (both at 3-3).
 
Rolando McClain will have to up his game against a run-heavy Jacksonville Jaguars offense with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Two years ago when the Oakland Raiders played at Jacksonville Jaguars’ home, Rolando McClain sat out with a foot injury and miserably watched from the sidelines as his team lost 38-31.
 
Two years ago we went down there to Jacksonville and that's all they did was run the ball," recalled Rolando McClain. “They had 200-plus yards… They had the ball a lot. We had to stop the run and we didn't. They scored.”
 
But Rolando McClain claimed he took things “personally and won’t see history repeat itself against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
“We have to go out and try to at least stop that run,” Rolando McClain proposed the scheme against the Jacksonville Jaguars. “If you don't do anything else, stop the run, let them know you can't do this two times in a row."
 
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Rolando McClain, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars
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