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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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  • willy91137

    I don’t think it hurt that bad Green Baypaying his salary for us’s soul were not going to take a very big hit on that and in today’s NFL if you draft a quarterback in the first round is not going to cost you $36 million

  • loyal

    My neighbors son asked me the other day why I am such a huge Raiders fan since they have been bad forever. I just realized that he’s 10 and never seen a Raiders team with a winning record. Made me feel sad and old.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Mad Matt ‘Mustache’ McGloin wearing the thick wristband with tiny
    printing and a drunk Seabass kicking the game winner after the the two
    minute drive tomorrow.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Woodson will take Keenum to the house twice, box cars baby.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    “If they fired GM’s for picking bad quarterbacks there wouldn’t be any GM’s”

    All hail Willy.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    draft is deep in qbs, lbs, & centers

  • lefty12

    Free agency

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    wouldn’t mind Raiders drafting a pure center in the 3rd or 4th round to be Wisneiwski’ s backup.

  • SnBG

    Niners whiffed on that one.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    First Round best QB available that will lead the Raiders to the division crown or the best pass rush specialist.

  • SnBG

    Not picking the right QB can set you back for year though, That’s why next years draft and Pryors time at QB this year are so important.

  • SR Raider

    Yup. There will also be some good QB’s in the 2nd round. Just depends on who’s available/who they like

  • willy91137

    Matt MC Gloin as that it factor

  • SnBG

    We are at the crossroads now sir. Make the right decision on a QB and we will be climbing the stairway to heaven.

  • SnBG

    OK, i’M WITH YOU! GO RAIDERS!

  • Jim Jesus

    So do you Willy so do you! :{)

  • willy91137

    both the GM and head coach our defensive minded people it wouldn’t surprise me that they would try to build up big defense and a strong front seven if your defense is good enough you don’t need to score a lot of points

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Not as much though as in years past with the new rookie salary cap. Now you can just cut him after a year or two and move on.

  • lefty12

    It also helps you stay in games and be competitive week after week.Many wanted us to be like Baltimore-great D and an offense that scored just enough to win.The D is getting there,hopefully the O will catch up soon.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    OT only if it is either Matthews or Lewan in the first, but only if we don’t resign Vehldeer and the top qbs and DE/LBs are already drafted.

  • SnBG

    Sometimes my wife will watch the game with me. Last week she asked me why Pryor was such a bad passer. I tried to explain it. Then she sat there and every time the Raiders made a mistake or did something bad she would turn her head and give me…… THE LOOK….. All I could do was hang my head and slump down in the chair.

  • Raider O

    Lmao. He does.

  • SnBG

    Without a great QB we are wasting our time.

  • loyal

    We are due for a break when it comes to QB’s. Please let McGloin be “the one”. There have been so many since Gannon.

  • lefty12

    LOL,mine sits there and yells time and again-throw the ball,throw the ball.Why doesn’t he throw it?

  • willy91137

    watching a football game with your wife is like being abuse when you were a child my wife will watch the game with me tomorrow asked me 100 questions some of those questions I have been answering for 32 yeas

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    2nd round QB, WR, OT, TE, , my oh my. .. we don’t resign Vehldeer, Porter, Houston, McCants, Gurode or Pashos we will be in the same boat next year.

  • lefty12

    LMAO-well said!

  • SnBG

    If we get the right QB we can say…………..

    There’s a QB who’s sure all that glitters is gold
    And he’s buying a stairway to heaven.
    When he gets there he knows, if the stores are all closed
    With a pass he can get what he came for.
    Ooh, ooh, and he’s buying a stairway to heaven.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Most (if not all) of those guys will be re-signed. Relax.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You can run, you can run,

    Tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.

    You can run, you can run,

    Tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.

    And I’m standing at the crossroads,

    Believe I’m sinking down

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    A trade back with either Cleveland or St. Louis would be an excellent move, they each have two first round picks and might be bigger on the qbs than we are.

  • SnBG

    Houston will be the interesting one to me. Can’t wait to see how that negotiation will go.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Now how do you expect me to relax when I have absolutely zero control over the situation?

  • Jim Jesus

    Burn one or have an Ativan, that usually works for me. Trees are preferable over the pharmaceuticals.

  • SnBG

    My wife is pretty good with football so sometimes when we talk about the game I feel like I’m blogging. I’ll say something and she’ll give me an argument. I don’t dare call here an idiot though.

  • 0ak R8rs

    It’s not going well already. They’ve been “talking” for over a month now.

  • loyal

    Don’t have much hope left for this season. A win tomorrow will keep us alive. A loss and this will turn into a draft blog.

  • SnBG

    I think that’s because of his agent,,,Right? He wan’t H to get elite pass rusher money, ha.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    My ex was as well. I didn’t hesitate to call her an idiot. Hmm.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Once we re-sign Veldheer, we can Franchise Houston if need be.

  • nolarick

    J Football is a Raider.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yep. That’s what I’ve heard. So it’s not looking good. Cause he’s solid. But he’s not elite pass rusher solid.

  • willy91137

    people who didn’t watch football in the 60s when theAFL first came on the scene really missed out on something and 62 I was setting a bar in Berkeley and they had a football game on it was a AFC game was Houston and Buffalo man they were going up and down the field one touchdown after another football I seen before that was the NFL Green Bay and the Bears 2 yards and a cloud of dust and a defensive back could mug the wide receiver all the way down the field and you can hit the quarterback anywhere and as hard as you wanted to

  • SnBG

    Ex is the key word here.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Who says he wants to resign? Heard he wants back to the east coast. Can’t blame him. East coast rules! Haha. Not really.

  • 2romes

    Q: When you interviewed with Dennis Allen for the job, you talked about all sorts of scenarios. Coach Allen said you both talked about Terrelle in the interview, is that something you knew coming in you wanted to bounce ideas off?
    Coach Olson: When I did interview, Carson Palmer was the quarterback here, but Terrelle Pryor was certainly part of the conversation in getting him more involved offensively and having a package of plays. That made sense, at the time. We came up with an initial package and certainly, that package has evolved and it will continue to evolve based on the things that he can do.
    Q: How much did you accelerate that package, given that he was named the starter?
    Coach Olson: We try to add to it, but certainly there is a sense of urgency when he did take over as the starting quarterback. We just wanted to make sure we had enough things that we felt one, that he could execute, and two, that would expand on his strengths as a player. Really, he has grown. Here’s a guy that didn’t take a lot of reps with the first-team offense up until the week before the last preseason game, so as he becomes more comfortable, we become more a little bit more comfortable with the package.
    Q: Did Coach Allen come to you and discuss Terrelle being the starter? How much involvement did you have in that decision?
    Coach Olson: It was a collective decision within the organization, based on some of the things that he had shown in the preseason and based on the competition between him and Matt [Flynn]. He did some good things there, and he was rewarded for that. That’s kind of the culture that [General Manager] Reggie [McKenzie] and Dennis are trying to embrace around here, that there will be competition; competition amongst the entire team. If you can create competition at every position, then we certainly hope we’ll get the best out of our players.
    Q: How is Terrelle’s passing game coming along?
    Coach Olson: It’s still a work in progress. We’ll continue to work and do the things that Terrelle can do.

  • willy91137

    I look at it like this we have a different quarterback playing tomorrow so it’s kind of exciting not knowing what to expect I hope mad Matt sets the world on fire

  • Jim Jesus

    Heard from where? Just curious.

  • SnBG

    and those QBs had one bar helmets, These QBs today are sissies.