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McGloin Time: Oakland Raiders Should Start Matt McGloin

McGloin Time: Oakland Raiders Should Start Matt McGloin

I don’t want to sound like an alarmist who wants to yank the young Terrelle Pryor after a few bad starts, but I think it’s time for the Oakland Raiders to give Matt McGloin a shot at being the starting quarterback. Pryor did not look one hundred percent today against the Giants and what makes matters worse is that there are reports that Pryor has sprained his MCL. You have to give Pryor credit for basically putting the offense on his back this season but he has seemed to regress now that defenses have figured him out. The Raiders can’t afford to risk Pryor’s career by playing him while injured which is why Matt McGloin should start next week in Houston.

Even though the Raiders offensive line has been atrocious all season long they did look better at stopping the pass rush today. Pryor was just not able to find open receivers or make accurate throws. Now is the perfect time to give the unheralded McGloin the chance start his first NFL game because the offensive line has improved and Pryor needs a rest. We all knew that this would be a tough season for the Raiders and after today’s loss we can officially kiss the playoffs goodbye. The rest of the 2013 season should be used to evaluate current players to figure out who deserves a roster spot next season.

Undrafted free agent Matt McGloin was not even supposed to be on an NFL roster after being shunned by all 32 NFL teams in the draft. McGloin was not even invited to the NFL draft combine which shows how far he has come. During the preseason, McGloin showed some flashes of potential that made the Raiders forget about both Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson so why not see what he can do in the regular season.

I have stopped doubting McGloin so I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a big game against the Texans. Terrelle Pryor should still be the starting quarterback but he needs some time to heal. If McGloin performs well the Raiders have a good prospect on their team and if he doesn’t they can chalk it up as an invaluable learning experience for their young gun slinger. Making the decision to start Matt McGloin next week will probably be the best thing for both quarterbacks on the Raiders roster.

 

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I don’t want to sound like an alarmist who wants to yank the young Terrelle Pryor after a few bad starts, but I think it’s time for the Oakland Raiders to give Matt McGloin a shot at being the starting quarterback. Pryor did not look one hundred percent today against the Giants and what makes …

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6 comments

  1. I like Mcgloin I feel he should implement a pro style offense while running the zone read option. I feel Pryor being 6’6 250 pounds would be a ood WR/QB option.

  2. I HOPE MARK DAVIS USES THAT 300MIL to upgrade the coliseum. The a’s gottaa go to san jose…

  3. Dennis Allen needs to give Pryor a rest. Why risk his career as Shanahan did with RG III? McGloin deserves a chance to play.

  4. Brutha Jorge … I think you know that I’ve been the biggest advocate for McGloin. I’m a Penn State graduate, so as I’ve commented before, I’ve had the opportunity to watch every game in which McG played. JoePa didn’t care for him (same situation as the RAIDERS, JoePa seemed to favor a “more athletic” QB. He did and before the scandal we lost games (and that with all of our stars). We recruited Coach O’Brien from the PATRIOTS when the scandal broke and we lost many of our star players. McGloin learned the Patriot offensive scheme DURING that first season … and more than that, he WON with it. It showed that Matt is bright and has the QB-mentality.

    Forward fast to our RAIDERS … a team with no real stars, but with some talent. All it will take is for a QB to find the open man. And what does that take? It takes a QB brave enough to remain in the pocket that extra second, with brains enough to choose the right receiver, and bold enough to LET IT GO (especially downfield)!! McGloin has those abilities.

    I hear some folks saying that there isn’t enough time in the pocket … actually there is. TP’s problem is that he NEVER STEPS UP INTO IT! Stepping back literally every throw – nervous feet that never set – a-l-w-a-y-s scrambling right (if I know that, don’t ya think the opposing defense knows that) … and that leads to only having half a field with which to throw. Then, when he does throw, he throws inaccurately and usually to the wrong receiver. Even worse, TP DIDN’T throw to receivers that WERE OPEN DOWNFIELD!

    McGloin won’t be perfect … like Brett Favre was never perfect. BUT, his mistakes will be 40 yards downfield (more often than not) … not INTs on slant routes!

    McGloin is brave, bold, and has brains. His lack of “athletic ability” is exactly what will make him a GREAT QB … like Brady – Peyton – Brees – etc … and every single WINNING Superbowl QB who ever played.

    I hope Coach Allen listens to you and starts McGloin for the rest of the season … I like Oakmetro’s idea to ALSO play TP (another thought I shared from the start of the season). TP is a good athlete. Imagine utilizing both QBS? Cutting down on injuries and keeping opposing defenses guessing even more.

  5. I hope Dennis Allen does listen. It is time to let some one else take the rains for a while. McGloin or Wilson, someone with some attitude and can do something besides run. I am looking at the next draft. If the Raiders are smart, they will draft a winner for QB. A.J. McCarron’s!!

  6. We have lost games for the wrong reasons. Not because of the defense, it is about the QB position and injuries to the O-Line. I watched the game with a angry disappointed look. A coach has to know. Give your team a chance to win, pull the plug on Pryor. I watched a ask, if he only had a brain. He has talent, and I like him, but come on. You have to have QB that can make the right choices, read the defense. Do something besides run, if that is all he has, then he is not the one to lead the team. Sometimes the best of talent need to sit on the side lines and learn!

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