7.29: Rolando McClain on Chronicle Live
Rolando McClain sits down with Greg Papa at Raiders training camp.
Earlier Amanda your -- last time I saw you -- tiger the quote right here not look at this in order to play for the team I need to be in training camp with just three guys around this league side so. Why was and so on. Important for you to be here right from job sort of -- my teammates and these get a good feel there than you -- legacy. Notre -- need to be and -- played brilliantly will. -- need to be in in his importance of getting there. Pat dye junior age has been around awhile and Al Davis -- well did you get involved as much with your agent or did you leave it to him. -- I said Omar played a video game Mexican net play. I had to Milan -- I have had to do -- job and I know he does a very good job so Elizabeth hill the -- to I wanted to back. Year history a little bit take me back to your early years at Alabama because the first coach ahead there was Mike Shula. And I coach shape but you're never sure Limbaugh know. Could soon recruited me in the in. What do you fire inclusive and I came in together in 2006. I haven't haven't coach Saban who I think is one of the great defense of mine's not just from being in college football but he got a good a lot of the NFL the Dolphins as a head coach should. He was our coach Belichick's staff and in Cleveland for a long time so. Having him right away as charger defense -- coach and your head coach how do you think that prepared you for the national for. All the -- into you know all of my success no guy gave me a lot of a physical ability. Contribute. For -- so much success goes and he gummy Bears every game he. He please mom mine as well Mumbai it to to different that was that was and thought I'd never be it -- out. And like I did I sit over there with the other guys are coming to slow the game down -- like I get a good pitcher that is somebody tell me. Are a couple of differences going from the defense he ran Alabama vs the one the Raiders -- run. They're gonna be the middle back of the Mike backer and a and a 43 which is different than being one of the insides of the 34 so how does that change trio. Mean and it threw for had to take on gore every play every single play mourn for through -- move him more covered up. And some are different season now more freedom to run and and they had to get a ball Huard have -- -- twosome was -- The second major change in this league is they can communicate not just the quarterback but now for the last few years is that the one of the guys -- defense has agreeing got. Which is a speaker from the sideline are you gonna have that Pickering got as a rookie years -- to have during that -- Is something different the microphone and ailment. When they told me is like the fourth of his practice oh -- like we got so used mark opposing. Palestinian and I've just seen their knees by the opposing signal flailing usual know all the senators allowed screeching noise all the way is this. System -- from what also is is. -- on and all I can you have to worry about. Give the signal im tired of which is. Signaling you know of college and being -- that comes right from coach Marshall your defense accord there. I think I think he may do call where they -- seventies so far right now he's been given me. Other calls through them the linebacker coach I saw that they have middle linebacker pro football's a leader and it's but you got guys who better right Richard Seymour. -- played a funny you know at. So it did you have a kind of personality that take -- is a rookie middle linebackers say. This is my defense some to get the guys lined up correctly Manaudou. But it just like when I was first and out of them. It it takes time and he had been groomed guys you have to do -- -- to many start demanding stuff. This person gets guys tend to sell with a minute they had to do was his. If you're leading you to come in day after day -- gonna they're gonna see an innate and respected in the -- they gonna you know respect you and then there respect you as a lead. And he comes with time so I have a great a great group of guys veteran guys in front of me so -- let them do their thing and -- -- do my thing in. And I'm gonna please you thing on the dues. Every -- and come out -- and believe I can be and I know eventually -- is it easier for the following year. They're but it no who's truly their body and your career Amaral you're one of the best defensive players -- -- -- national champion but your freshman year. -- coach -- ease you into it did not start every game they -- made eight starts at thirteen your freshman you're you're fourth on the team in tackles that there was 75. What was your your first season like with -- save Alabama. Actually -- need him baby -- -- eat them right -- -- fire from from they want the guy Fermi. Use face in the suspension. When I was -- -- told me not to play -- -- so the Thursday to rewrite and Ferraro start in. Mean game hearings and deserved -- would. And the first day in the NFL you gonna be thrown in there you're gonna with the number one defense and opening day September the twelfth in Nashville you've got Chris Johnson. CJ two K he's not around the league after a 2000 yard season. Vince Young just got I guess. Clear today by the commissioner he could not be suspended so he will place you gotta deal with the best running back in football. And the best running quarterback that football's known today and Vince Young so. -- of the Raiders get better defensive I know you're here last year with a rush defense but haven't Seymour inside now. What's the mindset of star shorn up this rush defense. Oh well I -- a little bit of fifth from from -- President is his -- everybody. It was it it was -- is. The detainees being embedded may have been one person you want prison they and thereby is not doing right job. On these particular play in this needed to long runs and so they're right he's being and being accountable for their own job doing don't they have removed before. I meant welcome to the Raiders look into the NFL -- -- So when he gets that money is at all as all arrive and appear to bring struck out as a has had arrived you have no idea and I go where but it think voters I think guys you get down. My -- -- very applicable among the -- and good luck --