Allen testy with media, won't reveal details on McClain

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Allen testy with media, won't reveal details on McClain

ALAMEDA -- Rolando McClain's locker at the Raiders compound remained full Thursday, even as rumors swirled that the middle linebacker was about to be cut and coach Dennis Allen confirmed that McClain was asked to stay away.Call it, Rolando Watch '12."Really, nothing more than we asked him not to come to practice today," said coach Dennis Allen. "Theres going to be consequences to his actions and its a team-related issue. I dont really want to get into the details of it. We asked him not to come to practice today."RELATED: McClain asked to stay away from Raiders practice
Wait, consequences to his actions? Well, there was a report that McClain and Allen had a "heated" discussion Wednesday that ended with Allen kicking McClain out of practice. McClain then purportedly went on his Facebook page and, according to several who had access to it, posted the following:"Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!" he wrote, before adding, "Well technically I am. But I'm mentally done. Just waiting on my papers."Later, this was posted: "It's out of my hands right now." Then, "I'm gonna weigh my options. Looking forward to playing for an actual 'team.'" His final post: "I'd like to be anywhere besides here."Allen would not say what McClain's exact "actions" were, though, only saying the McClain was still on the roster."We have to make a decision and I really dont want to get into the details of what were going to do," Allen said.So, he's not suspended, then?"We have not done anything other than ask him not to come to practice," Allen said.Then is a suspension under consideration?"We havent done anything other than ask him not to come to practice," Allen reiterated.Allen did say he had spoken to him on Thursday, but said McClain was not in the building and did not know if he would be on Friday.Asked if this could be a distraction for the Raiders, Allen shook his head."You know, guys, Ive really said what I need to say about this," Allen said. "We asked Rolando not to come to practice today. Well make any decisions that we need to make when that time comes as an organization. Its a team issue and were going to keep it between the team."Then has Allen had to address it with the players?"Listen, its a team issue were going to keep it within the team," Allen said.And if McClain does not play, recent signee Omar Gaither would play middle linebacker against Cleveland on Sunday.NEWS: Raiders vs. Browns to be blacked out locally
It would seem to be an easy decision to simply cut McClain, who has been a headache for the Raiders both on and off the field since they used the No. 8 overall draft pick on him in 2010. But maybe Oakland is looking at how to suspend McClain the maximum four games without pay for conduct detrimental?Because if they simply cut him, it would be, in a way, rewarding the middle linebacker, who is still owed a prorated 285,294.12 of his 970,000 base salary for 2012. He would hit the open market, so to speak, and could potentially join a future Raiders opponent and, ahem, share the Raiders playbook with that team.Suspending him and thus, making him inactive for the rest of the season would keep him in place, so to speak, so that he could not hit the market. And then, maybe, general manager Reggie McKenzie could find a willing trade partner this offseason for a lower round draft pick.But who would want McClain in a trade with his struggling mightily in his NFL career.He was taken off the field in nickel packages after Week 4 this season, in part, to help his conditioning to play better against the run. But he has had notable misses this season. In his career, McClain has 6 12 sacks, one interception, on forced fumble and no fumble recoveries in 41 games. Not exactly the stats of a cornerstone middle linebacker.And one year ago tomorrow, McClain was arrested for, and later convicted of, charges of third-degree assault, menacing, discharging a handgun in city limits and reckless endangerment and was sentenced to six months in jail and slapped with a 2,000 fine. Since then, the Raiders are 4-12. Karma?Earlier this month, after he appealed, the charges were dropped."I'm aware of the bad publicity that I've given the Raiders," McClain said in a statement to reporters back in May. "After talking to Coach (Dennis) Allen, I have the support of the Raiders, my teammates, as well as the coaching staff. I apologize for the bad publicity that's been put out there. But it is a legal process and I can't talk much about it, but I think in due time the Raiders and the Raiders fans that are out there will see it all come to an end. It is what it is; I can't really talk much about it but it will be resolved in the near future."In fact, McClain was given a clean slate by McKenzie."Since we've been here, he's been great," McKenzie told a group of reporters in a roundtable session following the end of mandatory minicamp in June. "I'm not going to hold anything over his head about what he's done in the past. We're only concerned what he does from here on out."Per his rookie contract, McClain is due to make 4.005 million in base salary in 2013 (a salary cap number of 6.675 million), 5.805 million in 2014 (8.475 million cap number) and 2.665 million (5.085 million cap number) in 2015.

Raiders pleased with Derek Carr’s maturity, focus under national spotlight

Raiders pleased with Derek Carr’s maturity, focus under national spotlight

ALAMEDA – The Raiders started 0-10 and finished 3-13 in Derek Carr’s rookie year. Near that season’s merciful end, but a handful of local reporters attended his postgame press conferences.

There was little interest in that 2014 squad for obvious reasons, especially after Dennis Allen was fired and the Raiders played out a long string of losses. There was some interest in rookie starters Carr and Khalil Mack, but nothing like there is today.

The Raiders are 10-2. Carr is an MVP candidate. The Silver and Black might be the most entertaining team in football, with their penchant for drama and epic comebacks.

Carr used to play for a thin crowd. Now it’s a packed house. That was the case after Sunday’s 38-24 comeback win over Buffalo.

Now this isn’t Dallas or New York. The body count isn’t quite that high, but interest in this team and its quarterback has certainly spiked.

“It’s an exciting time in Oakland, for our fans. It’s really exciting,” Carr said on Sunday night. “Look how many people are in here now. I remember my rookie year, it was like ‘eh.’”

“This is definitely a fun time. We’ve come a long way as everyone here knows and has been with us. We’ve come a long way, we’re enjoying it.”

Wins draw attention in the nation’s most popular sport, and Carr is getting plenty of it as his legend grows.

Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of the next big thing. Carr’s on the ESPN the Magazine cover. He’s been featured on national halftime shows and syndicated radio programs. Many outlets are begging Raiders public relations to let them watch film with Carr and coordinator Bill Musgrave, to get inside the mind of one cerebral quarterback.

The spotlight will be hot all week, heading into highly anticipated Thursday night game against the rival Kansas City Chiefs for control of the AFC West.

Carr’s natural inclination is to accommodate, but the Raiders would like to insulate him some as the attention mounts.

“When the games get bigger, there are more people around,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You’ve got to protect your time. You’ve got to protect your preparation time. You have to protect the time you get with your family.

“I just think he’s mature. He’s a young player. He’s maturing and that’s probably the thing that I’m most pleased with. Obviously, the productivity is awesome, but the way he has conducted himself, the maturity, the handling it, continuing to heap praise on his teammates, to make it more about us, not about anything he’s doing individually. It’s more about us as a team. I think that’s really healthy for us.”

Carr keeps the focus on others whenever possible and shrugs off MVP talk at every turn.

It’s not just a rise in coverage. Ticket requests go up, as do outside demands on time Carr would rather spend with family or working on his craft. He has learned how and when to say no during this crazy time of year.

“I’m trying to learn as we go through it how to say no and things like that and I think I’m getting pretty good at it now and how to tell people no,” he said. “Because, everyone just wants a piece of what’s going on. They didn’t much want a piece of it when we were 3-13, you know? So, you can really have that inner circle of people you really love and you can trust and you’re just kind to everybody else.”
 

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, with 681,361 votes, leads all pla​yers in balloting for the 2017 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today. 

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (607,621 votes) ranks second overall, while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (519,210 votes), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Antonio Brown (508,913 votes) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (500,770 votes) round out the top five. 

Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote until Tuesday, December 13. Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster via social media by using #ProBowlVote and the player’s first and last name on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook, fans may comment on any official Pro Bowl Vote post by the NFL or a club. See official rules on how to vote at www.NFL.com/probowlvoterules.com.        

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. 

The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network. 

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" structure.

NFL media services

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME, TEAM VOTES
RB

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

QB

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

QB

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

WR

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

QB

Derek Carr, Oakland

500,770

QB

Matt Ryan, Atlanta

455,264

WR

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

WR

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants

429,728

RB

David Johnson, Arizona

405,436

QB

Drew Brees, New Orleans

403,802

 

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB

AFC

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

DE

AFC

Khalil Mack, Oakland

279,466

QB

NFC

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

DE

NFC

Cliff Avril, Seattle

244,999

RB

AFC

DeMarco Murray, Tennessee

365,207

DT

AFC

Ndamukong Suh, Miami

184,749

RB

NFC

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

DT

NFC

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles

178,222

FB

AFC

Jamize Olawale, Oakland

169,509

OLB

AFC

Von Miller, Denver

238,755

FB

NFC

John Kuhn, New Orleans

198,442

OLB

NFC

Sean Lee, Dallas

166,579

WR

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

ILB

AFC

Zach Brown, Buffalo

106,464

WR

NFC

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

ILB

NFC

Luke Kuechly, Carolina

230,068

TE

AFC

Martellus Bennett, New England

185,749

CB

AFC

Marcus Peters, Kansas City

208,577

TE

NFC

Greg Olsen, Carolina​

325,659

CB

NFC

Richard Sherman, Seattle

245,637

T

AFC

Donald Penn, Oakland

118,863

SS

AFC

Eric Berry, Kansas City

104,844

T

NFC

Tyron Smith, Dallas

252,590

SS

NFC

Kam Chancellor, Seattle

145,163

G

AFC

Kelechi Osemele, Oakland

118,666

FS

AFC

Reggie Nelson, Oakland

82,819

G

NFC

Josh Sitton, Chicago

233,416

FS

NFC

Earl Thomas, Seattle

144,891

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

128,053

P

AFC

Marquette King, Oakland

138,640

C

NFC

Travis Frederick, Dallas

249,976

P

NFC

Chris Jones, Dallas

70,331

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

128,682

ST

AFC

Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo

68,677

K

NFC

Dan Bailey, Dallas

130,954

ST

NFC

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

102,116

RS

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

90,568

 

 

 

 

RS

NFC

Tyler Lockett, Seattle

83,720

 

 

 

 

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters only

 

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