Raiders News: Rookie Matt McGloin To Remain The Starting QB


Matt McGloin will remain the Raiders starting quarterback. While the undrafted rookie is expected to start Dec. 8 against the New York and could retain that role indefinitely, coach Dennis Allen wants to further evaluate his young quarterbacks before the season’s out.

Despite the fact that McGloin will once again get the nod as the starter against the New York Jets in Week 14, the evaluation process of McGloin and Terrelle Pryor is ongoing. McGloin may have played better than expected over the past few weeks and continues to show poise as the starter, but the team will keep their options open with Pryor still in the mix along with the possibly of drafting a quarterback next year.

In four games this season, McGloin has thrown for 799 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Although McGloin has only thrown one touchdown since making his first start against the Houston Texans, the rookie has been efficient with a quarterback rating of 84.6 while only being sacked twice.

Pryor may be more mobile with ability to destroy an opposing defense with his legs, but the traditional quarterback approach from McGloin seems to give this team the best chance to win week in and week out. The real question from here on out is if Pryor will get in the game in special packages keeping the opponents on their heels.

There’s no question Pryor brings a different dynamic to the quarterback position, but his inefficiencies proved to be costly and led the team to make the change to McGloin once the Ohio State product when down with a knee injury. Pryor may still be in the picture at season’s end, but it would be safe to say the team is leaning toward keeping McGloin under center for the foreseeable future.

(h/t Raiders Tribune)