Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he has contingency plans for all positions, so he’s not overly concerned about what will happen should inside linebacker Rolando McClain face discipline from the NFL stemming from an assault conviction in Alabama.
“Right now, as we look at it, Rolando is part of our family, he’s part of our team. We’re going to let the whole process play out before we do anything,” Allen said. “Once the legal proceedings are finished, then we’ll determine what, if any, action we need to take.”
McClain is taking part in the offseason program despite being convicted of assault stemming from a Nov. 30, 2011 incident in Decatur, Ala. while he was away from the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
“We’re starting anew. We’re not going to take into account past since necessarily for everyone’s actions,” Allen said regarding the team’s approach to off-field issues. “But I think everyone knows what the expectations are around here.
The Raiders don’t have a lot of depth at inside linebacker. Travis Goethel has been an intriguing prospect since being selected in the sixth round in 2010, but has struggled with injuries during his first two seasons. Nathan Stupar was also selected in the seventh round last month.
“If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to be a pretty good player for us,” Allen said. “I’ve been pleased with the way he’s been out here working. We’ll continue to have him get healthy one day at a time, and if he does that, he’ll have a chance.”
Meanwhile, Allen praised McClain’s on-field leadership, physicality and instincts, while acknowledging he has areas to improve on.
“He’s very instinctive. He’s smart out there. He’s taking command of the huddle. So those things I’ve been please with,” Allen said. “I think the one thing he needs to improve on, and he knows this, is the pass coverage aspect.
He’s really smart and understands the defense and has done real well in that regard.”
NOTE: Quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero signed with the Raiders. With Rhett Bomar released recently, Newhall-Caballero joins Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor as the quarterbacks on the roster.
— The Sports Xchange via Reuters