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Signs pointing to McGloin as starter vs. Texans

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Terrelle Pryor was officially listed as questionable, but the Raiders were preparing Friday for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to be the starting quarterback against the Houston Texans.

McGloin took all the first-team snaps, while Pryor, in terms of body language and performance during the media window, looked nothing like a quarterback ready to play Sunday when the Raiders visit Reliant Stadium.

“Obviously he wasn’t as good today as he was the day before,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow and we’ll make a decision.’’

If it’s determined Pryor won’t play, Allen said practice squad quarterback Tyler Wilson, the Raiders’ fourth-round draft pick, would be promoted to be the backup.

McGloin, who beat out Wilson to be the third quarterback behind Pryor and Matt Flynn then ascended to backup when Flynn was released, promised to be ready if called upon.

“I made the most of my reps and I thought I did pretty well this week,’’ McGloin said. “I thought we looked pretty good as a team. So we’ll just have to wait and see.’’

At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, the Raiders offense will have a more conventional look with McGloin at quarterback. Pryor, 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds, leads the Raiders with 504 yards rushing and 7.4 yards per carry.

“With Matt in there we’re probably not running as many read option plays and that type of stuff, but the basis of the offense and what we do is not a whole lot different,’’ Allen said.

Wide receiver Rod Streater complimented McGloin’s command of the huddle and said, “I think where he does a good job is in releasing the ball fast. He has a lot of zip to it. We know when we’re coming out of our break it will be right there.’’

The difference between Pryor and McGloin can in fact be measured in miles _ there are 265 of them between Jeannette, Pa., and Scranton, Pa., where both quarterbacks were high school stars.

While Penn State heavily recruited Pryor when both were seniors in high school, McGloin was asked to be a “preferred walk-on.’’

Pryor went to Ohio State, and McGloin eventually became the first quarterback who arrived without a scholarship (he received one as a sophomore) to be the Penn State starting quarterback since scholarships were reinstated at the school in 1949.

Mike DeAntona, McGloin’s football coach at West Scranton High School, said recruiters all had the same concern.

“Everybody would say, `If only he were 6-2,’ ‘’ said DeAntona said in a phone interview. “With schools not wanting to pull the trigger and by having Terrelle Pryor in our state, the cards didn’t line up for Matty.’’

A three-sport star at West Scranton, McGloin led his football team to two Class AAA championships and a division championship. He scored 1,300 points as a point guard for the basketball team and in baseball went 7-0 as a senior, hit better than .400, and led West Scranton to its first league title in 16 years.

The youngest of three brothers in a sports-minded family, DeAntona said McGloin is serious about preparation and added, “The quality that he has that I think everybody looks for in an athlete, particularly a quarterback, is he hates to lose.’’

Allen said McGloin has “a little bit of that `it’ factor you look for in a quarterback . . he’s got a lot of confidence in himself and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.’’

After finishing his career at Penn State through the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, McGloin was recognized by a local representative on the floor of the Pennsylvania state house for his “daily grit and tenacity.’’

When McGloin signed with the Raiders after going undrafted, it was a different story.

`When he first got here he was just a camp arm and he’s just gone about his business on a day-in and day-out basis, not letting anything affect him,’’ Allen said.

– Running back Darren McFadden, safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder) and cornerback DJ Hayden (groin) are out and will not make the trip to Houston. Tackle Matt McCants (toe) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs) are questionable. Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) and tackle Tony Pashos (illness) are probable.

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  • Zymurge

    To quote Harvey Danger:
    “I’ve been around the world
    found that only stupid people are breeding.
    The cretins cloning and feeding.
    And I don’t even own a TV.”

  • Jim Jesus

    Only thing that seems logical, no other good reason.

  • RaiderDebo

    This really isn’t that hard. So many sheep just allow themselves brainwashed by the media spouting tired cliches like “it’s a QB league”. Wake up and watch the games!

  • Zymurge

    And he wore panty hose with pride!

  • Charlie

    Loyal

    Branch should absolutely be in the Hall.

    But as with any theory or opinion, you have to back
    it up with evidence, and to do that I am going to compare Cliff Branch’s career with that of two receivers from the same era who are already in the hall of fame, Lynn Swann and Bob Hayes.

    Bob Hayes years 11 receptions 371 Yards 7414 Avg
    20.0 TD 68 Rings 2

    Lynn Swann Years 9 receptions 336 Yards 5462 AVG
    16.3 TD 51 Rings 4

    Cliff Branch Years 13 Rec 501 Yards 8685 Avg 17.3
    TD 67 Rings 3

    Now any reasonably objective person looking at
    these statistics could only conclude that these three players are clearly in very much the same group, and if you had to pick one player to be excluded, it
    would be Hayes, not Branch.

    Cliff played longer, had considerably more receptions than either, more yards than either, better yards per reception than Swann, and had just one touchdown less than Hayes.

  • SnBG

    Jf is 6 1 also. That’s not horribel.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    they lie try to nake them seem bigger…he does have a strong arm though…

  • SnBG

    He had great legs

  • SnBG

    I believe his stats where as good as Freddie B also and he is in the hall.

  • loyal

    Branch, Stabler, Flores, Brown, Plunkett and Guy should all be in. Just the curse of being a Raider holding them back.

  • SnBG

    First and foremost you must look at the era they played in. In that era when Namath played he threw for over 400 yrds in the SB when passing was not king. I think that’s why you will find that guys like him and Bradshaw may not have the statistical advantage of the great QBs today.The Steelers also ran the ball a lot more than many teams do today. In fact that has been their signature. Run the ball.

  • plunkhead

    #2 is out, Mad matt is starting per PFT

  • lefty12

    People saying Namath and Bradshaw don’t belong in the HOF-UNBELIEVABLE.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Namath threw more INTs than TDs almost every freaking year.

  • SnBG

    I think Guy will get in soon.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Next step (presumably): Cut Brian Sanford and sign Tyler Wilson to the active roster.

  • lefty12

    Different era,different rules.Namath would be a top 3 QB in todays game right up there with Brees and Payton.

  • Charlie

    If you saw Namath play I think you would change your mind.
    See my posts below.

  • willy91137

    Mad matt I like that name

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I’m going by the cumulative data on Namath. Remember that “data” is not the plural form of “anecdote.”

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Me too

  • Deacon John F. Mostler

    I’m sorry that it took an injury to get Pryor out but let’s see what we have because T.P. is not the answer.

  • SnBG

    Right on brother. It takes a village!

  • SnBG

    Namath was amazing.

  • lefty12

    You hit the nail on the head Charlie.The young fans today don’t know how good those guys really were.It take many of the QBs in that era over ANY QB playing
    today.Joe,Bradshaw,Stabler,B.Jones,Cook,Dawson-the list goes on.

  • 10centsworth

    Lester?

  • Deacon John F. Mostler

    Joe Namath should be in the Hall if for only the fact he put the AFL on the map and forced the merger, never mind that he took a 19 point underdog to victory in Superbowl III.

  • loyal

    We will never be great again until we find a QB. Could still be Pryor, could be McGloin, could be on the roster next season. I just don’t know if RM has the eye to find him. Anyone know if it was RM who brought Aaron Rogers to GB?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Either RM or Ted Thompson.

  • SnBG

    The Rams where slinging it in the 50s and the Browns with Otto Graham may have had arguably the greatest QB in the history of the game.

  • SnBG

    THE MOLESTER!

  • 10centsworth

    Certainly see the AFL imprint on the QBs you named.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Anecdatum.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    i know Priest was there and came up with the idea.

  • willy91137

    Thompson said he was in his draft room waiting to make his pick and when his number came up he seen this kid that everybody was high on named Aaron Rodgers out of Cal he said he didn’t want to take a quarterback but he said he fell in my lap so I had to he had Brett Favre

  • loyal

    I hope McGloin “lights it up”.24-28 for 327 yds and 4TD’s. I want TP to succeed as much as his biggest supporters but I am tired of losing.

  • lefty12

    Something I find amusing is many complaining about RM and saying he can’t evaluate QBs.Many of these are Al devotes.How did he do evaluating QBs?In all the years,even in the glory years,he drafted 1(one) star QB named Kenny Stabler.All his other QB picks were at best avg.

  • SnBG

    2004 Super Bowl Champions Pats

    Scored 437 points (27.3/g), 4th of 32 in the NFL.
    Allowed 260 points (16.2/g), 2nd.
    Differential of 177 points (11.1/g), 1st.
    Expected W-L: 12.4-3.6.

    Balance more often than not will get you to the SB

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Beuerlein was pretty good. Too bad Al’s ego ran him off.

  • lefty12

    LMAO-very good!

  • KoolKell

    In other words, you never saw him play.

  • willy91137

    we are all tired of losing my I hope mad Matt wins the game tomorrow it would do a lot for a lot of people on this board we been going through this for 11 years could we just see a sign of things getting better the brightest spot of this year is the defense they’re playing much much better and I think we have some good pieces I want to see some progress and a win

  • loyal

    1 word…… Flynn. That move really damaged RM’s reputation.

  • SnBG

    2003 Super Bowl Champions

    Scored 348 points (21.8/g), 12th of 32 in the NFL.
    Allowed 238 points (14.9/g), 1st.
    Differential of 110 points (6.9/g), 6th.
    Expected W-L: 11.4-4.6.

  • loyal

    Agreed…….D is much improved.

  • SR Raider

    It will be great to see a Raider QB make some NFL throws for a change. Hopefully the line and receivers give mad Matt a chance

  • SnBG

    Why? He knew Flynn and there were not any other decent QBs out there. Also Carroll and the Hawks paid him why more money than we did. Their reps seem to be fine.

  • willy91137

    If they fired GM’s for picking bad quarterbacks there wouldn’t be any GM’s Kenny Stabler sat on the bench for five years he held for the field goal kicker George Blanda and he would play cribbage with George on the airplane for five years Blanda taught him how to play quarterback

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    That was the beginning of Al’s demise, that one and his fued with Marcus Allen

  • SnBG

    We knew the team was working on the D as the priority. Our Oline is injured and DMC is a bust. Reg drafted an Olineman in the second and went with Pryor. Who knew Hulk would tear his tricep. Shyt happens.