What Matt McGloin Must Do to Go into Offseason as Raiders’ 2014 Starter

Despite losing to the New York Jets by a score of 37-27 on Sunday, Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin has seemingly done enough to maintain his starting role for the foreseeable future.

According to Scott Bair of CSNCalifornia.com, McGloin will continue to start for the remainder of the season unless something unforeseen happens:

McGloin has certainly surpassed expectations after joining the Raiders as an undrafted free agent from Penn State. He started the season third on the depth chart and now finds himself cemented as the starter for the Raiders' remaining three games.

When looking over the production this season between McGloin and former starter Terrelle Pryor, it becomes obvious why the Raiders are sticking with the rookie:

Simply put, McGloin is a far more polished passer.

Yes, Pryor has been exciting at times over the 2013 season. However, despite his abilities as a runner, he is not seen as a threat otherwise.

Meanwhile, McGloin continues to grow into his role in the Raiders' system and has progressed nicely over the course of his starts this season.

Losing Pryor as a runner has not hurt the Raiders on the ground. Because opposing defenses must respect McGloin as a passer, the running game has been able to find room to maneuver. In Week 14 against the Jets' second-ranked run defense, Marcel Reece was able to rip off 123 yards and one score on 19 carries—an average of 6.5 yards per rush.

Why was he able to find so much success? Because the Raiders finally have a balanced offensive attack.

Even though Oakland was trailing for most of Sunday's contest, the Raiders were still able to maintain some balance, rushing 26 times and passing 36 times. With the Raiders matching up against a stout Jets defense while playing from behind, those become very respectable numbers.

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