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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?



    Quote Originally Posted by Terpsfan82 View Post
    This. I'm 49 years old and I bet I could pass that test with a month's notice.
    Damn brah. I thought you were closer to my age.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    ESPN magazine ran an article on him last October
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/98...-imposed-exile

    He has just finished running his morning sprints, up a hill on his lakefront property about 20 minutes from campus. McClain looks like he could play in the NFL tomorrow, but his diet is that of a college freshman.
    Starting to think that article was damage control/image repair and a new desire for a McKinnie payday
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Terpsfan82 View Post
    This. I'm 49 years old and I bet I could pass that test with a month's notice.
    and yet, at least one prominent Raven has failed the conditioning test coming into Training Camp the last 2-3 years.

    I'll admit, this is bad from the sense that McClain needs to prove a lot more than Courtney Upshaw, Jacoby Jones, Haloti Ngata, etc. Even more than Terrence Cody when he failed his rookie year. But, it's not like this is something that's passed with flying colors every time.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    I worked my ass off the summer between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. I lifted like a fiend and put on 15lbs of good weight that summer and maintained pretty solid speed and agility.

    Reported in August for training camp for my college football team.

    Failed the conditioning test.

    Passed it on the 2nd attempt 5 days later.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    I can see failing a conditioning test the first time around.

    What I can't see is showing up late, knowing that you've been out of football for a while and are going to be under intense scrutiny from everyone because of past issues. Attitude is at least as important as conditioning.

    I was never of fan of bringing McClain here. And I'm still not.




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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Unless the lateness was for a bona fide reason, that is unacceptable.

    I can grasp the physical issues, but not the lateness.




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    Yeah, I think the lateness is what is most damning there. I would think that if it's a valid reason, the lateness wouldn't have been mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenScallywag View Post
    Yeah, I think the lateness is what is most damning there. I would think that if it's a valid reason, the lateness wouldn't have been mentioned.
    well who is reporting it? did the team say that or did the source just say he was late without context. Did the source give context but the report leave that out? Could be a magnitude of reasons.

    Its not a good start but like others have said, its not a deal breaker either. Id like to know why he was late, but if he doesnt show up late again its kind of a moot point. FTR I think some rookies or new additions have shown up to places late by simply underestimating traffic and what not in a unfamiliar place. Im hoping that was more the case, but regardless of reason, it doesnt look good for him knowing his history.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    The team is not going to say if he was late or not.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    This continues to be a non-story. There is a very remote possibility that McClain will be a productive player for the Ravens this season at a bargain price. The far more likely possibility is that he will disappear somewhere along the process, the cost to the Ravens will be zero, and they are clearly not counting on him in any way.

    In the grand scheme of things that affect this football team, this is somewhere below Kevin Byrne getting a migraine.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Kinkhabwala is on WNST now, said he was 20 mins late and mentioned a migraine.

    WNST ‏@WNST 3m
    .@AKinkhabwala was told McClain was over 20 minutes late for the workout & mentioned there was talk of him possibly dealing with a migraine.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    The team is not going to say if he was late or not.
    Not sure I agree with this. I could see it as a psych issue - publicly give him a spanking and see how he responds. Does he step it up and blow the doors off or does he go to twitter and give excuses - or just take a "Go F*** Yourself" attitude?

    How does he handle the fact that he has a higher hurdle to clear if he wants to make it. I also think that they see something or they would not reduce his trade value. If they did not like what he showed, they could have played the "he looks fit/seems to be ready to come to camp/blah, blah, blah" to dump him after they draft/FA somebody else and say they have too much at LB. The "lateness/fail test" spin does not help the ability to get a bag of balls for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenScallywag View Post
    Kinkhabwala is on WNST now, said he was 20 mins late and mentioned a migraine.

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    .@AKinkhabwala was told McClain was over 20 minutes late for the workout & mentioned there was talk of him possibly dealing with a migraine.
    could explain the poor performance as well, though i dont think thats a very good excuse to be late unless he was on some type of medication that made him sleep through an alarm.
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Offense View Post
    Not sure I agree with this. I could see it as a psych issue - publicly give him a spanking and see how he responds. Does he step it up and blow the doors off or does he go to twitter and give excuses - or just take a "Go F*** Yourself" attitude?

    How does he handle the fact that he has a higher hurdle to clear if he wants to make it. I also think that they see something or they would not reduce his trade value. If they did not like what he showed, they could have played the "he looks fit/seems to be ready to come to camp/blah, blah, blah" to dump him after they draft/FA somebody else and say they have too much at LB. The "lateness/fail test" spin does not help the ability to get a bag of balls for him.
    Some teams would do that. Not the Ravens. When have they ever publicly thrown players under the bus to motivate them?
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    Re: Is Rolando McClain Coming Back or Not?

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    could explain the poor performance as well, though i dont think thats a very good excuse to be late unless he was on some type of medication that made him sleep through an alarm.
    Agreed. I am very sympathetic to migraines. They can be completely debilitating. But I question it as an excuse. If you had a migraine that bad, you should reschedule. If he was late because he was in the bathroom vomiting from the migraine for 20 minutes, then I guess he gets points for effort in showing up at all. If I were Ozzie though, I'd rather the dude just called me and said, "Hey, got a horrible migraine, been puking my guts up, and whatever I can do today won't be representative of my current conditioning anyway. Can we reschedule?"
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