Dennis Allen: McGloin “earned the right” to be in quarterback discussion


The Raiders aren’t saying who their quarterback will be in Week 12, but coach Dennis Allen did admit that Matt McGloin’s first start went well enough that he’ll be in consideration for a second one.

McGloin completed 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-23 victory over the Texans, joining Todd Marinovich as the only rookies with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions in their first NFL starts. According to Allen, giving the Raiders production through the air that they hadn’t gotten from Terrelle Pryor in recent weeks “certainly earned [McGloin] the right to be in the discussion for the starting job in the weeks to come.

The condition of Pryor’s sprained knee will be a factor in any decision that Allen winds up making, but the thoughts of Raiders players when it comes to the quarterback won’t be taken into much consideration.

“They don’t always agree with the decisions I make,” Allen said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. ” … You’ve seen where guys have rallied behind Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback and played well with him in there. Then, you saw how our guys responded with Matt McGloin in there. I really don’t see that as being an issue.”

If Pryor’s knee isn’t ready, Allen will have an easy choice to make. If Pryor is healthy, he’ll have to decide whether McGloin gives the team their best chance to win and the increased potency of the passing game is a big vote in the rookie’s favor.

29 responses to “Dennis Allen: McGloin “earned the right” to be in quarterback discussion

  1. McGloin fits the offense better. He stablizes the offense. With TP the offense doesn’t really function unless he’s improvising and making plays outside of the play concept.

    TP might be a good Coryell QB, but I don’t think he’s a fit for G Olson’s offense. At least not a better fit than McGloin.

    I’m a big TP fan though.

  2. Pryor has given this team a spark and McGloin played really well in his first start. All this tells me is Dennis Allen is incapable of making a decision and sticking with since he is now on his third Qb this season.

  3. He played well but no he hasn’t. When are nfl head coaches going to learn rookie qbs do well because there is no film on them? Once there is film, schemes get tailored.

  4. I know it’s only been one game and we need to see more, but the thing is, he didn’t get away with lucky throws, it wasn’t a situation where everything happened to go his way.

    He was remarkably calm in the pocket, read the defense from left to right, and had some real nice zip on his throws.

    I can’t wait to see more.

  5. I don’t think I’d go all Matt Flynn on McGloin, there, coach. Pryor has “earned the right” to be QB after working his tail off for three years. He’s injured. When he comes back, if his play is poor, that’s discussion time. You played the Texans, who if you haven’t been paying attention, are a mess the likes of the Raiders teams in your rear view mirror.

  6. I think you have to give McGloin another start . He really seemed to have the “it” factor . Great composure , made some difficult tosses ,and didn’t make any mistakes . Its not like Terrelle has been lighting it up as of late .

  7. MM should be in the discussion I mean look at what Pryor has done.. Not much besides looking like a “mobile” version of Carson Palmer making game costing mistakes I’m not 100% behind MM over just one game but if he turns out to be the real then we won’t have to use a high draft pick on a QB but hey here’s wishing for the best

  8. We’ve seen what Pryor can do, now let’s see what we have in Mcgloin! If it wasn’t for like 4-5 dropped passes he would’ve been 22-32 for probably 260 yards and maybe another TD! Receivers need to help the kid out! Those drops put him at 56% accuracy instead of almost 69%!!!

  9. First I have heard that Marinovich also did that. At least Raider fans can rest assured that McGloin will never turn into a drug-induced idiot like Marinovich did.

  10. At this point in the season it is best to start evaluating all of talent on the team. That is what Reggie and DA (If Davis still wants him) need to be doing.

    I’d play with the cards you’ve been handed. McNasty shouldn’t be just given the keys. But he has shown improvement in the offense the way its meant to be executed. I’d roll with McG and see what happens. At least the Raiders can move towards building a more in-depth roster moving into 2014.

  11. Well the craziest thing as banged up as the raiders have been, and 5 guys waiting their MRI results from Sundays game its crazy to think we are only one game out of the final wildcard playoff spot.

    With that said what makes Pryor effective with a poor o-line is his mobilty. With a bad wheel it would make no sense to play him. But the o-line is back to where it was at the begining of the season except now it even has Watson in there. Should no more about Velhdeer in the next few days as well.

    Nice to have Holmes back as well. I hope his MRI comes back negative. After he led the team in the pre season, I think we all saw a taste of the potential he has. Take away the one deep pass that McGloin just slightly over threw, and the one the refs robbed from him, he would have had over 100 yards receiving that day. (need to show proof that the ball didnt move- bs) …..Bottom Line GO Raiders….with whoever is healthy enough to play.

  12. Remembering McGloin from his Penn State days, this kid is a gunslinger. He has a swagger and isn’t afraid to make mistakes, which can be often. But this kid can ball. McGloin is a young Brett Favre.

  13. some of you guys are so hungry and desperate for a savior that you need to get out the clouds, wake up and get back to reality… was one game against a team that currently has lost 8 games in a row…which is the worse in the NFL (worse than the jags )

    I am rooting for the kid, but remember he was a walk on at Penn State, and was undrafted in the NFL….to start saying he is in Canton, and make comparisons to other NFL greats is a bit delusional. Easy there nation…lets just take it one game at a time.

  14. Here is the problem, This guy did not do that much for 3 quarters. He threw 2 td passes when he had the ball in the red zone but he did not really take the team down the field.
    I believe Pryor gives this team the best chance to win now. Raiders are in the wildcard mix, The AFC wildcard team is going to be a 8-8 team there is no doubt about that

  15. I have always felt a scrambling/run oriented QB (going back to Tarkenton) would never be an effective long term success in the NFL and history proves this to be true. Pocket presences is an intangible than can not be taught. Go Raiders!

  16. rubicon202 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 1:55 AM
    tell you what DA, you don’t play Pat McGroin, I will make it a mission in life to see Raider fans make it a point you not be our coach in 2014
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    wow , i betcha he must be scared now….he will have to start McGloin now for sure ….no way does he want you to make it your life’s mission to do that…

  17. raidernation37 says:
    Nov 19, 2013 9:25 AM
    Pryor has given this team a spark and McGloin played really well in his first start. All this tells me is Dennis Allen is incapable of making a decision and sticking with since he is now on his third Qb this season.

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    All this tells me is raidernation37 has not been paying attention as a Raider fan. Pryor…starter #1. Flynn…starter #2 because Pryor was sidelined with an injury. McGloin…starter #3 because Pryor was sidelined with an injury. What does this have to do with Allen’s ability to make a decision?

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