Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Now that Rolando McClain is back in the news again for the wrong reasons, let's have a little fun with numbers.
There are a few significant numbers with regard to this malcontent linebacker. Let's start with the large numbers and count down the Rolando McClain dirty dozen.
12 - Combined tackles (7 solo) is the highest single game total this full-time starting middle linebacker has ever had. He did it one time. It was the 2011 week three win over the Jets. He had 10 tackles two other times for a total of 3 times in 3 years he reached double figures in tackles. Phillip Wheeler was in double figures in tackles 4 times last year alone (11, 11, 10, 10).
11 - Players on the opposing offense who had no reason to game plan to face McClain and paid little mind to the middle linebacker position for the Raiders on any given play.
10 - Men on the field picking up the slack when McClain jogs out a play. Those same 10 men also knew their leadership was not coming from the middle linebacker position.
9 - Games McClain started for the Raiders in 2012. He was only an every down player in the first 4 of those games.
8 - Overall selection in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. It is also his average salary per season after signing his 5-year, $40 million rookie contract with $23 million guaranteed.
7 - Linebackers chosen in the same 2010 draft who have proven to be better all-around players than McClain even without the off the field issues. Those players are Sean Weatherspoon (Round 1, pick 19), Daryl Washington (2nd round), Sean Lee (2nd round), Pat Angerer (2nd round), Donald Butler (3rd round), Navorro Bowman (3rd round), and Perry Riley (4th round).
6.5 - Career sacks by McClain.
5 - Games McClain was out at the end of the 2012 season (2 suspended, 3 inactive) due to his verbal altercation with Dennis Allen in practice and his rant on facebook saying he was "officially no longer an Oakland Raider" and looking forward to playing for "a real team". That was every game in December. A month in which the 28th ranked Raiders defense jumped to a top five ranking for the final 4 games. Coincidence? You do the math.
4 - ...million reasons he has not to care. At least that is what he reportedly said to Dennis Allen the day he was kicked out of practice. It is approximately his base salary in 2013 as well as his remaining guaranteed money ($3.67 million to be exact).
3 - -year career with the Raiders because there is really no way they can bring him back. It would be like having an operation to re-insert a malignant tumor. It could end up being his NFL career as it was for JaMarcus Russell. It's also the number of wins the Raiders had this season with him in the lineup. When he was initially made a part time player in week 6, the Raiders defense had a 3-game stretch of great defense. He played only 40% of the snaps during that 3-game stint. Another coincidence? Or arithmetic?
2 - Arrests in the past year. This latest one for signing his name as "Fuck y'all" after a traffic stop in Alabama. The previous arrest was far more serious. It carried four charges for which he was convicted by a judge in Alabama. Those charges were assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, and discharging a firearm, which carried a 6-months jail term. He appealed it and the alleged victim in the case eventually dropped the charges. That is typically because a settlement was reached.
1 - People Rolando has to blame, including himself. Despite his claim that everyone is out to get him.