Jameel McClain's first career start at inside linebacker was a decent start, according to McClain.
"I thought it was pretty good," said McClain, who tied outside linebacker Terrell Suggs with a team-high six tackles in the Ravens' 10-9 win against the New York Jets Monday night. "There's still a lot of room for improvement in my opinion, but I thought it was a pretty good game."
Likewise, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was pleased with what he saw from McClain.
"He did a good job," Mattison said Thursday. "I thought he was very physical, and he helped us. The thing [is] the stats in that last game on the run, it happened on three plays. And we don't want that to happen, but for the most part, he did a really good job on the run, and we're excited about it. The good thing is, we rolled three guys; Jameel started the game, but [Dannell] Ellerbe played, and then Tavares [Gooden] played. So, you've got three guys that we feel very strongly about."
Perhaps the only glaring blemish was his horse-collar tackle of running back Shonn Greene in the second quarter. That play drew a 15-yard penalty that helped New York get a field goal for a short-lived 6-0 lead.
McClain said he didn't berate himself too much over the penalty.
"Man, I got over it," he said. "You've got to get over those plays quick because I can't dwell on them. I'm just going out there and trying to make a play at the end of the day."