Matt McGloin remains Raiders’ starting QB in Week 12
Coach Dennis Allen said on Wednesday that the Raiders will again opt for McGloin under center when the team hosts the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. McGloin was able to make a case for himself after starting last Sunday in relief of an injured Terrelle Pryor, to complete 18 of 32(56 percent) of his passes for 197 yards, three touchdowns with no interceptions. Even though McGloin didn’t exactly close the game well, he still put in an incredible effort through three quarters to lead the Raiders to a 28-23 win over the Houston Texans. It was an interesting change of pace for the Raiders, who reportedly aren’t sold by Pryor and are still searching for a long-term answer under center.
If McGloin can at the very least make a repeat of last week’s success, he will have a second chance to remain in the conversation to be the Raiders’ week-to-week starting signal-caller. Over the last four weeks he threw for just one touchdown pass with eight interceptions. A sprained right knee, sustained in the 49-20 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, has slowed him in recent weeks and eventually caught up with him in Week 11 – while opening the door for McGloin.
As an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, McGloin was initially viewed by many as just a “camp-arm”. He was fortunate enough as it is, to even make the Raiders’ final roster – beating out veteran Matt Flynn to earn a spot. But McGloin continued to climb up the depth chart in the regular season, by outplaying Raiders’ fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson for the No. 2 quarterback spot last month.
His story is even more fascinating, if you consider the complete history of McGloin’s journey, which has led to him becoming the talk of NFL rookie of the week honors. As a former walk on at Penn State, McGloin wasn’t raised to a full-time staring job until the 2012 season. But even after leading the Big Ten in passing while throwing 24 touchdown passes with five interceptions, McGloin wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Knowing that he still had a lot to prove, McGloin wrote a passionate letter to every general manager in the league, strongly making a case for a second chance.
"The conventional wisdom is that I don't have the measurables," McGloin said in a reading of the letter, via Yahoo! Sports. "Well I'd argue that victories under more pressure than any other program in America is measurable enough to earn a chance to prove what I can do. To those saying to me that you'll never make it, all I have to say is this: Watch me."
The 23-year-old McGloin has come a long way since then, earning his second straight start this week, but there could be more in store for him. Allen kept the door open for McGloin to possibly etch his place in the starting lineup, saying on Wednesday that that football is a “production business.”
So, if McGloin can keep up the production, he might be able to take over from Pryor for the rest of the season.