Ravens to give Rolando McClain another chance
Life doesn’t hand out second chances very often. As such, conventional wisdom would suggest those that get third and fourth chances should probably take full advantage.
Linebacker Rolando McClain, by some standards, has already used up his second chance before even taking the field as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, following charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in his hometown in April. Still, the Ravens organization has confidence that McClain can turn things around given some time. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta told the Baltimore Sun that he thinks being with the team will be a positive influence on McClain.
“I think this about McClain, he deserves a second chance,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said during The Baltimore Sun Sports Forum. “If you asked him, he would probably admit to making some mistakes. We think he warrants a second chance. Obviously, he’s an Alabama guy.
“We have a relationship with a lot of Alabama players. We get a lot of good information from Alabama because of Ozzie Newsome’s relationship with the school. So, we think he deserves a second chance.”
DeCosta praised the Ravens’ mentoring program and the leadership provided by veteran players and coaches, as well as player development officials Harry Swayne and O.J. Brigance.
While having Ray Lewis around to mentor McClain might have been the optimal situation for Baltimore, McClain will be one of the more veteran leaders in the linebacking corps. Terrell Suggs and Jameel McClain are the only linebackers on the Ravens with more NFL experience than Rolando McClain.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio really hit the nail on the head earlier Tuesday, talking about the impact of troubled players on football teams at any level:
The Ravens, like most teams at every level of football, pick their principled positions carefully. A player regarded as a contributor gets a bag of second chances after getting in trouble, and a slappy who finds himself in the back seat of a squad car doesn’t get a second thought.
That’s the way it goes in sports, and it would be nice if someone/anyone would just admit it.
McClain is a fairly solid player on the field. But if he doesn’t take advantage of his second chance with his second NFL team, his future prospects don’t look so bright.
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