Quarterback Position Remains Debatable as Raiders Fall to Titans

Matt McGloin couldn’t capture lightning in a bottle two weeks in a row. Yet Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen feels no need to make a change with his young quarterback and has already penciled in the undrafted rookie to start in Week 13, per Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:

A week after getting the fanbase overly excited when he threw for three touchdowns without an interception in his first NFL start, McGloin looked much more like the inexperienced quarterback he is during a 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

McGloin passed for a season-high 260 yards and lofted a 27-yard touchdown pass to fullback Marcel Reece that temporarily gave the Raiders a lead late in the fourth quarter. It was the best pass McGloin threw all day and showed why Allen remains so high on the former Penn State star.

However, McGloin clearly wasn’t as sharp as he had been against the Houston Texans. He was much more erratic with some of his throws and, with the offense backed up to its own 9-yard line, threw a costly interception that the Titans turned into a field goal.

“Just a bad decision by me,” McGloin said of his pass that was picked off by Tennessee linebacker Zach Brown. “That’s really it. I didn’t put the ball where it needed to be.”

That was true of several of McGloin’s passes.

He threw a pass that fell incomplete behind wide receiver Andre Holmes in the first quarter. He also made a high throw that wide receiver Rod Streater had to leap high to grab before crashing back to the field.

Streater was briefly shaken up on the play but returned and finished with a team-leading five catches for 93 yards.

More troubling was the four passes that the Titans batted down at the line of scrimmage. For a quarterback who is generously listed at 6’1”, that’s not a good sign.

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