Raiders: Juggling of McGloin, Pryor Illustrates Oakland’s Instability at QB

Using both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback might have been part of the Oakland Raiders game plan going in, but it was also indicative of the situation the franchise is in at the most important position on the team.

Coach Dennis Allen told reporters after the 37-27 loss to the New York Jets in Week 14 that rotating the quarterbacks in the first half was not a knee-jerk reaction and that it had been in the works all week. Whatever it was, it didn’t work out as well as the Raiders had hoped.

Not that it should be that surprising.

Oakland’s quarterback situation has been shaky all season, and despite a few bright moments here and there, it hasn’t gotten markedly better.

Pryor, who started eight games before spraining his right knee, came in for one series and drove the offense down for a field goal. He completed two of five throws for a modest 20 yards and scrambled a few times.

During one of his incompletions, Pryor showed good patience and scanned the field before throwing. That was something he had failed to do with any consistency during previous games when he was jittery and skittish in the pocket.

McGloin, who appeared slightly shaken up by the move, took a little while to bounce back and threw a pair of touchdowns to help Oakland make a slight push in the second half. Still, it was hardly the type of performance that should guarantee the rookie of a starting job in 2014.

The former Penn State starter, in fact, looked extremely average at times while playing about two hours away from where he grew up. McGloin fumbled twice and threw a costly interception near his own goal line that led to a New York field goal.

His overall numbers were 18 of 31 for 245 yards. It marked the first time McGloin had thrown multiple touchdown passes since his first career start Nov. 17 against the Houston Texans.

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