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.