Rolando McClain is GARBAGE!!! Simple and plain. I don’t think he wants to play football in Oakland. I’ll put him in the JaMarcus Russell class of Raider first-round draft busts. He couldn’t tackle his own mother in a phone booth with help. He’s not the “run stopper” everyone thought he was coming out of college. (Run stopper? Really?) He lacks that “elite” instinctive football anticipation, constantly tackling the ball carrier five or six yards down the field or taking bad angles on tackles. (If he makes the tackle at all!) He’s semi-decent in pass coverage, but the Raiders didn’t draft him to be “semi-decent” with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
He was drafted to be the cornerstone of the Raiders defense for the next 20 years. Here’s guy who was so dominant in his college career at the University of Alabama, and he looked like a true beast at the NFL combines. He was supposed to be Oakland’s version of San Francisco 49er Patrick Willis, ( Now there’s an NFL middle linebacker.) who to me is perhaps the best (currently) at his position in football. He’s not a playmaker. The guy CANNOT play the RUN, or is scared too! He needs to get in that hole and hit those running backs so hard that he’ll force a fumble, (0 forced fumbles to this point in his career) make the tackle or scare them to death. ( In the backfield hopefully.) He’s always over running the plays, unable to get off blocks or arriving to plays late to jump on the pile and act like he did something.
Don’t believe me? Watch him for a full game as I have for two hard to watch seasons. He’s also a distraction to the team with his off-field antics (Last years gun incident that he is scheduled to serve jail time over after the season ends.) He’s not worth the contract his name is on. Trade him now. Maybe we can get a 6th round pick for him. (Ok a 7th rounder!) Just watch him yourself. You be the judge. When is the last time you saw a starting, (First round draft choice mind you) middle linebacker play a whole game ( And I do mean whole game) and get only 1 tackle!!! He’s a prime example of why the Raiders are what everybody around the league thinks they are. SORRY!!! He’s gotta go! NOW!!! Remember defense wins championships. Right now the Raiders defense is something you wanna forget.