Can Cowboys Coaches Inspire Rolando McClain?

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Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back (34) Ryan Williams is tackled by Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain in the first quarter during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s article is a challenge because I have to tell you things about Rolando McClain joining the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a slow news cycle and it’s the story of the week. Let’s be honest, any and every move the Dallas Cowboys make is heavily criticized. Signing Rolando McClain has brought both cheers and jeers from within Cowboy Nation. We should approach this move with low to moderate expectations. It is simply a low risk – high reward signing that we should be proud of.

I’m not sure how this can be criticized when half of you were pleading that the Cowboys should sign 36 year old Brian Urlacher. It hasn’t been reported yet, but I’m sure Will McClay had a significant contribution in this “outside of the box” signing. I use that term because McClain wasn’t on anybody’s radar to join the Cowboys as a middle linebacker.

McClain will turn 25 years old on July 14th. He was the last first round pick by the late Raiders owner, Al Davis, after winning the BCS National Championship with the University of Alabama in his junior year. He became the 8th overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft and received 23 million in guaranteed money.

With the Raiders, he played under three head coaches and defensive coordinators.



Head Coach

Defensive Coordinator



Tom Cable

John Marshall

8 – 8


Hue Jackson

Chuck Bresnahan

8 – 8


Dennis Allen

Jason Tarver

4 – 12

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