Here we go again Raider Nation, the Oakland Raiders will not have a winning record for the eleventh season in a row. We all knew that the Raiders would face an uphill battle this season because of the massive roster overhaul that the team had during the offseason. General manager Reggie McKenzie has done an excellent job of freeing up 70 million dollars of cap room for the off-season, but having tons of money means nothing without a solid quarterback. Over the next four games, the Raiders must evaluate both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor to see if either of them merits a starting job next year.
Anytime a team implements a quarterback carousel, the team gets divided into different allegiances for a certain player. However, the Raiders season is already over so locker room divides don’t really matter at this point. Dennis Allen must find a way to use both Pryor and McGloin in all four games. Ideally, McGloin and Pryor could each start two games but having them split playing time against each opponent makes sense also.
Undrafted quarterback Matt McGloin has shown that he has the arm and the poise to become a capable starter one day. The Raiders need to find out if McGloin is capable of leading a revamped team to the playoffs next year. In three starts, McGloin has thrown for 712 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. McGloin has shown that his arm is strong enough to make all the throws you want from a starter and he has looked calm under pressure. The Raiders will play four solid defenses over the final four games so it will be important to see how McGloin plays against good defenses that have game planned around his ability.
Terrelle Pyor looked like he could be the answer to the Raiders quarterback problems at the beginning of the season. Pryor was literally the Raiders only offensive player as he single handedly led the team to wins. With a porous offensive line, Pryor was scrambling around and making plays by himself. However, opposing defenses began to exploit Pryor’s propensity to scramble to the right and made sure that he could only run to the left. Once Pryor was not able to scramble to the right, he did not look comfortable at the helm of the offense. Pryor’s awful quarterback mechanics began to resurface as the season progressed as he was not able to make NFL-caliber throws.
In my opinion, both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor are capable of being solid NFL quarterbacks down the line. Unfortunately for them, the Raiders don’t have time to wait for either of them to develop to their full potential. If neither of them shows that they can be the quarterback of the future over the next four games, the Raiders might be in the market to find a new face of the franchise.