Matt McGloin: Hard work pays off

AP

Not only did most people think heading into this year’s NFL draft that Matt McGloin wasn’t good enough to be an NFL quarterback, but there were a lot of people who said during his career at Penn State that McGloin wasn’t even good enough to be a college quarterback. But here McGloin is, midway through his rookie season, as the Raiders’ starter.

McGloin views himself as evidence that hard work gets rewarded.

“It feels good that all the preparation and hard work has paid off,” McGloin said. “I’m glad that coaching staff has faith in me and trust in me, and I know the team does as well.”

Last week McGloin started because Terrelle Pryor was hurt. This week Raiders coach Dennis Allen made clear that McGloin is starting simply because Allen believes McGloin has surpassed Pryor as the quarterback who gives the team the best chance to win. But McGloin says things aren’t awkward with Pryor.

“Terrelle and I have a healthy relationship,” McGloin said. “I don’t think it really matters who starts. Guys are going to help out, Tyler [Wilson] helps out too, we all try to help each other out on a daily basis. At the end of the day, the most important thing is getting a win.”

McGloin helped the Raiders get one win, and he’ll try for another on Sunday. For a guy who wasn’t viewed as an NFL talent, he’s off to a good start.