Matt McGloin Isn’t Ready to Lead Raiders to Win over Texans

The Oakland Raiders have had a surprisingly decent season so far, but their chances of winning against the Houston Texans will go down considerably if Matt McGloin has to start at quarterback.

According to a report from, starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor was able to return to practice on Thursday, but his status for the game against the Texans is uncertain.  The report goes on to say that McGloin is continuing to take the majority of reps with the starters on offense.

Vic Tafur from the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted this quote from head coach Dennis Allen:

Sorry, Allen, I'm not buying it.  If Pryor can't play and McGloin has to start under center, the Raiders will be in very big trouble.

Pryor has been the big playmaker for the Raiders on offense.  He's put up over 2,000 yards of offense and nine touchdowns this season, although he does also have 10 interceptions and four fumbles.  

He isn't the most reliable passer and doesn't always take care of the ball, but Pryor's ability to be a dual-threat quarterback has opened the field for the Raiders, helping the offense drive down the field and score points.  

McGloin can't deliver that same kind of play on the field.  In fact, he wasn't even a top-tier college quarterback while at Penn State, which is a big reason why he went undrafted.  Despite playing against some weak competition in the Big Ten, McGloin only completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions in his senior season.

While McGloin is certainly a smart player who can digest a playbook and read defenses, there are some things that should worry you about him playing at the NFL level.  He doesn't have the most ideal build for a quarterback at 6'1'' and 210 pounds, making it hard for him to see the entire field.  Meanwhile, he doesn...

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