Time to say it, Ravens: McClain is No...

Time to say it, Ravens: McClain is No. 1 back

There are 91 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 9, 2008, titled Time to say it, Ravens: McClain is No. 1 back. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Willis McGahee should pass the baton to Le'Ron McClain as the team's starting running back.

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Mike Morgan

New Orleans, LA

#1 Dec 9, 2008
By all means, make McClain the starter, but don't forget Rice.
rich in parkville

Manchester, MD

#2 Dec 9, 2008
WHY ???? Just a bad so called sports writer using up space in a lousy sports newspaper.

Chico, CA

#3 Dec 9, 2008
Time to say it: Mike Preston, you need to seriously STFU until you can actually be bothered to write intellegent articles that aren't just talking tabloid trash and stirring the pot amidst the more disgruntled of the Ravens' fanbase. It's a good thing that journalism isn't taken seriously anymore these days, otherwise Mike, you'd be out of a job.
Glen Burnie Ravens

Baltimore, MD

#4 Dec 9, 2008
For once I agree with Mike. McClain is playing better than the two other backs so give him the nod.

Baltimore, MD

#5 Dec 9, 2008
Yes it is !...Trade McGahee in the off season...get something like a 5th round for him....McGahee just doesn't have the Raven Mentality....He loves to boast about being from "The U " ..But alot of folks aren't impressed....His play on the field..average at best..

Baltimore, MD

#6 Dec 9, 2008
I've watched the Steelers and how they seem to do what they need to do to win. Their coach is a major factor here. They have also seemed to have the Raven's number over the last several years in big games that matter. I suspect that at home, the game is going to be an even contest with the Steelers finding a way to win. I do think the Ravens can win, and hope they do, but the key is going to be if our offensive line can prevent no more than two sacks and our "three headed monster" running game can get more than 150 yds.

Baltimore, MD

#7 Dec 9, 2008
I will agree that Willis seems to be injury prone and that is a very bad sign. However, I would not designate him as either one, two or the third running back. Keep rolling with the combination that we have been using. If it isn't broke, do not try to fix it. McClain sure looks good but Rice does as well. I believe in the end Willis is going to help this team in the final three games. Next year, I believe he should probably not be figured into our mix however,
Dave from St Marys Cnty

Orangevale, CA

#8 Dec 9, 2008
Thank you "Captain Obvious"!
...but why insist on making it official? A month from now in game 1 of the playoffs, what if McClain goes down and we're matched up against a team where Rice is ineffective, what then? It's obvious McGahee is ineffective, right now, but that may change...and be needed in the Dec-Jan push.
"Officially", let stay as the 3-headed monster!
Sun Columnist

Harrisburg, PA

#9 Dec 9, 2008
Bob wrote:
Yes it is !...Trade McGahee in the off season...get something like a 5th round for him....McGahee just doesn't have the Raven Mentality....He loves to boast about being from "The U " ..But alot of folks aren't impressed....His play on the field..average at best..
I agree. He can't run...can't hold on to the ball. He thinks he's tough cause he's from the "U". Well let me enlighten ya McGahee. "U" ain't much good this year. Try taking some of that money you're stealing from the team and buy a trainer. There's a reason the Bills let you go and it's the same reason we're going to let you go. Happy Holidays!!!

Edenton, NC

#10 Dec 9, 2008
Mikey....don't be a bad boy and start trouble right now..the team needs to focus, leave it alone and let the markets work it out. Grab a donut and write something about how your mother thinks coach Harbugh is hot.

Edenton, NC

#11 Dec 9, 2008
Willis has a bad knee, you can see it when he tries to cut back.
upper deck bird brainned

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#12 Dec 9, 2008
Why make it official? Keep the opposition guessing who the featured back is, they have to prepare for three running styles and we will need all three into the playoffs.Having said that, I was surprised that McClain wasn't the main back early. I agree from production and time of year, you want the big boy pounding the ball and wearing the D down, especially on cold days wear it hurts to feel that hit on bare skin. But naming him the featured or starting back, what does that do but make Mikey happy? It certainly doesn't improve whatever is ailing McGahee, physically or mentally. He seems to be another physically gifted individual whose talent has taken him this far and now with time has to realize it is conditioning and practice that will keep him there or take him higher. His talent has now have him at a plateau and it is downhill from here without work on his part.
Donald Jones

Bethesda, MD

#13 Dec 9, 2008
The Sun staff is jumping the gun.MaGahee is still the premiere back.Yeah,he got hurt,but he still is the no.1 back.Remember,MaGahee is still effective catching out of the backfield.The Ravens should use MaGahee as a receiver out of the backfield.Last week,against the Bengals,they didn't really need him.Football today is different,you need everybody to mix things up.I personally think that T.O. don't know nothing about football because he complained too much.I noticed that Willis isn't complaining either,he know something that we don't.I know what's going on with the Ravens.Anyone that says this guy should startor that guy should start,and we are winning football games,don't know too much about football.The Ravens are doing what they have to do to win football games and saving players that they don't need in games they think they can win without their star players.That's football.
Fells Point Craig

United States

#14 Dec 9, 2008
Does it really matter? As long as they keep winning, hell make Jason Brown the "number one back".

Ocean City, MD

#15 Dec 9, 2008
Mike. Do you and Anita conspire to keep this dumb issue going. WHO CARES WHO IS THE STARTER. Let the coaches coach, the players play, the fans cheer and the writter and broadcasters keep quiet (please).

I don't think you are doing any good to keep this issue alive. The team seems to be working together, as a team. If you were an expert you wouldn't be writting articles to show how smart and in-depth you are, you would be coaching. A C-.

Manassas, VA

#16 Dec 9, 2008
You've spent time arguing that McLain should receive a majority of time on the field as a half back. And while its interesting that you have conveniently not mentioned the success of Rice wen he has been the featured back, you have FAILED to explain the need to name McLain as a "starter". Its just a title, and as we have seen with the defense, quite arbitrary with many of its players. Perhaps you should spend more time writing a cohesive article instead of focusing first on stirring the pot.

Lumber Bridge, NC

#17 Dec 9, 2008
The strategy seems to be to run McLain in the 4th quarter, when the defense is beginning to tire. A fresh McLain will wear them down. Don't change a thing.

Since: Sep 07

Midlothian, Virginia

#18 Dec 9, 2008
I don't understand the value of naming Le'Ron McLain the # 1 back. It doesn't make any of those players more talented and dialing intra-locker room politics into this situation is not beneficial for anyone except our competition. All three have good games and pick on another up when one or two are having a bad game. Let them play loose without this # 1,# 2 or # 3 thing hanging over their head. We need focus, not drama. Forget about "admitting it" and "naming someone # 1" - there's just no value added to it.

United States

#19 Dec 9, 2008
Who really cares who has the title #1 back? Titles don't win games. Just continue to play hard nose football.

Rochester, NY

#20 Dec 9, 2008
Who starts is only important to the sports writers, all the fans know that there is free subsitution in pro football and the coaches are doing a great job of using all the RBs they have. No need to do anything diff or make an issue of a non issue!
Spending the time writing about the match up vs the Steelers would be much more informative and entertaining!

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