Ex-Raider, Stanford assistant McGlockton dies

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Ex-Raider, Stanford assistant McGlockton dies

Former Raiders Pro Bowler Chester McGlockton, a member of David Shaw's coaching staff at Stanford, has died at the age of 42.

The official cause of death is unknown. According to his hometown newspaper in North Carolina he "he woke up short of breath then apparently suffered a massive heart attack."

McGlockton finished his 12-year NFL career with 555 tackles, 51 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four interceptions. He delivered a career-best 9.5 sacks in 1994.

A powerful physical presence, he was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the L.A. Raiders in 1992. He played for the Raiders (1992-97), Chiefs (1998-00), Broncos (2001-02) and Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders(1994, '95, '96 and '97).

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He was hired by current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh as a defensive assistant with the Cardinal in 2010. Stanford University released the news of McGlockton's passing shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, via this press release:

STANFORD, Calif. -- Chester McGlockton, who has served on Stanfords Football staff for the past two seasons, passed away overnight. He was 42 years old.

Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton, said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw. For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chesters wife Zina and their two children.A native of Whiteville, N.C., Mr. McGlockton was in his second season on the Stanford coaching staff as a defensive assistant. A first round pick (16th overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992, Mr. McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders (1994, 95, 96 and 97).A three-year standout at Clemson, Mr. McGlockton earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.

McGlockton spent 2009 as an intern coach at the University of Tennessee under current USC and former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin.

Before earning all-ACC status at Clemson, he earned All-State and All-America honors at Whiteville High School in North Carolina.

McGlockton led the ACC in sacks as a freshman in 1989 and helped Clemton to a top-10 ranking in 1990. In 1991, he earned first team All-ACC honors while spearheading Clemson's top-ranked rushing defense which helped the Tigers to the ACC title. He had 20.5 sacks in his three-year Clemson career.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”