McGloin named starter for Titans game, Hayden’s season done


ALAMEDA – The blossoming career of undrafted free agent Matt McGloin kicked into high gear Wednesday at about the time the Raiders announced that first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden’s rookie season ended.
Hayden, the prized pick of Oakland’s draft class, was placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of a groin injury he suffered two weeks ago. He underwent surgery for a sports hernia Tuesday, coach Dennis Allen said.
Meanwhile, Allen tabbed McGloin as the Raiders starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, in large part because of how well McGloin played in his first NFL start last Sunday.
“Matt McGloin earned the right to get another opportunity to start,” Allen said.
McGloin completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans last Sunday in one of the more impressive starting debuts in NFL history.
He played only because of a sprained right knee that has hobbled Pryor since Nov. 3.
Allen and Pryor said that Pryor’s knee remains an issue. It’s conceivable that Pryor will be the primary backup Sunday, as long as his knee gets stronger.
“I play a certain way and I just got to be a little bit more healthy to do that,” Pryor said of his heavy reliance upon running and moving around in the pocket.
Pryor practiced Wednesday, but he was limited because of his injury. He said he is receiving extra treatment at home but there’s still discomfort.
Allen made the decision to go with McGloin after meeting with Pryor. Everyone seems onboard with Allen’s decision.
“You get hurt, other guys play well, why not continue with it?” Pryor said. “I don’t blame coach. I’m a team player. I’ll be doing the looks for the corners, writing up a report for McGloin and helping the best that I can. I’m hoping that he has a lot of success.”
McGloin doesn’t lack for confidence, which is part of what endears him to Allen and McGloin’s teammates.
He said he isn’t sure what to expect long term but, for now, he feels as if he’s the right person for the job.
“It’s a performance-based business and, at the end of the day, you have to perform to play,” McGloin said. “We did play well last week. Coach is doing the right thing sticking with what we had and seeing what happens.”
Pryor understands the business side of the NFL. After all, he earned the starting job in training camp by outperforming Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson and McGloin.
He said his focus now is on getting healthy, finding ways to get better and helping McGloin succeed.
Pryor started eight of Oakland’s first nine games, with Flynn replacing Pryor for one game after Pryor suffered a concussion.
Flynn since has been released and McGloin has burst on to the scene as an intriguing prospect at an unsettled position. That coincided with a precipitous drop in production by Pryor.
In Pryor’s first four games, he completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 845 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions and 11 sacks.
However, he completed only 50.8 percent of his passes for 714 yards in the past four games, with one touchdown, eight interceptions and 18 sacks.
McGloin has made the most of his chances at every stop during his football career. He knows full well that the pressure is on to show that his play against the Texans wasn’t an aberration.
“As long as I play well, I would hope I get more and more opportunities to start,” McGloin said. “But the main thing being there is playing well. We know what it takes. Last week, obviously we did a great job. Hopefully we can continue that.”
Wide receiver Rod Streater said he and his teammates are all-in with McGloin.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Streater said. “He came out very poised, made a lot of plays for us and helped us win the game. … We just got to go with the changes.”

— Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and defensive end Jason Hunter (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
Receiver Andre Holmes (shoulder), guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) practiced two days after they underwent MRI exams for their injuries.
Allen said McFadden had a productive workout with a team trainer on the side Wednesday and that McFadden is “getting closer” to returning to practice. McFadden missed most of the past three games.

— The Raiders activated linebacker Miles Burris from the physically unable to perform list and placed him on their 53-man roster.
Burris started 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie last season. He missed all of the Raiders offseason workouts, training camp and the first 10 games this season while recovering from knee surgery.
Burris returned to practice with his teammates three weeks ago. The Raiders were obligated to make a move Wednesday. Allen said there’s a “chance” that Burris will play against the Titans.

— Allen said that he is targeting the Raiders game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the 2013 debut of left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who has spent the past 3 ½ months rehabilitating from triceps surgery.

— The Raiders also re-signed defensive end Brian Sanford to their 53 man roster. He was waived by the Raiders each of the past three weeks, only to be re-signed.

— Defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin was signed by the Raiders and placed on their practice squad. He played in one game for the Arizona Cardinals last season.


Steve Corkran

  • Stay cool man the trolls will fade.

  • the super gay danny

    Yeah cuz a football factory like Ohio state doesn’t really coach their players.

    Ridiculous. Pryor simply has a low ceiling as a passer. The skills aren’t in him.

    U can’t make silk out of a sow’s ear.

  • Raider_Riff

    I definitely think that was part of the case. Not just with TP2, but with Flynn also. From a body language standpoint and a gameplan standpoint.

    Whether it was McG or the coaching staff, someone smart knew that 5 & 7 step drops werent going to get the job done.

    Everything was going to be quick. No option routes. No decisions for the WRs to make. No time for the pocket to break down. McG went to the line and knew where he was going with the ball immediately.

    It will be interesting to see how Tenn combats that this week. And what adjustments Olson makes to the gameplan in anticipation of that. The Raiders have to know that Tenn will be aggressive and looking to take away all the short/quick stuff.

    Ive been a staunch defender of Olson. But this week could change that. He better have different plan of attack to start the game this week and loosen Tenn up.

    I dont know what that plan should be. He doesnt have a lot of tools to work with. So I know he’s kinda trying to squeeze water from a rock. I dont envy his position right now.

  • I haven’t seen a big play from D Moore in a while.

  • the super gay danny

    Like their fuzzy avatars?

  • I didn’t think there were many white people in New Mexico.

  • Raider_Riff

    He had a nice TD vs San Diego. Got called back on a BS penalty. That would have been TP2’s 3rd TD of the game and it would have secured a blowout.

    Had a nice TD vs KC as well. He does have big play potential.

    Other than that tho, yeah, he’s gone into his dissapearing act.

    Too many dropped passes for my tastes.

  • W.J

    If RM does this then I’m done. That will just confirm that he is and has been a monumental idiot. I’ve been giving him the benefit of the doubt. His drafting has been abysmal and his FA picks have been criminal. We keep giving him excuses. 2014 is the year to redeem himself. If he trades down/out of the “money” picks then that just confirms for me he is being worked and the GM’s see him as being a perennial sucker.

  • RaidingTexas

    Have you been to Taos or Santa Fe? More like Portland or Seattle types.

  • RaidingTexas

    40% at last census.

  • RTF916

    Yeah, sounds like it. How many bullets did they fire into that van?

  • RaidingTexas

    Cops are generally hicks or rednecks, no matter where you are.

  • Only leads the teams in TD’s.
    For the 3rd straight year.

  • I am not wrong there is no way Pryor watches as much film as McGloin. If he did he would be a better read of defenses.

    Just because he is in the building early and stays late does not mean he is watching film.

    McGloin is light years ahead of TP2 in his ability to make reads at the LOS and his overall understanding of the game. This comes from watching a lot of film there is no other way to do it.

  • the super gay danny

    Umm ur wrong. Again.

    Watch the Td to Rivera. The WR was out wide and Rivera on the line. Each covered man to man with a safety at the hash for help.

    McG walked up to the line and looked at the coverage. In the snap he dropped back and watched and waited. The moment the safety made a move to help with the WR to the corner, McG instantly fired the ball to where Rivera would be when the ball arrived, BEFORE he made his break.

    No safety help and and in-stride easy catch for the Td.

    That’s reading and decision making and great passing.

  • The cop was black actually

  • the super gay danny

    He also looked off the safety to make him go to the WR. Beautiful.

  • RTF916


  • Dammit JFB now how can we have a racially charged debate!

  • Raider_Riff

    College coaches are under too much pressure at those programs to sacrifice national championship contention in order to develop their QB’s in a pro style offense.

    Tressel took the easy route with TP

    Just like Urban Meyer did the same with Tebow.

    Both kids were top QB prospects out of high school. Neither progressed much as QBs in college. And that isnt because they werent gifted or too dumb.

    It’s criminal what those two coaches did. Or rather, didnt do.

    College coaches dont care. They cannot afford too. They only have you for 4 years. They could care less about preparing you for the next level. It’s win at all costs or they are out of a job.

  • Yes!!!!!!
    Just the lay of the land, better not get lippy on a traffic ticket.

  • the super gay danny

    Watch the Td to Rivera. The WR was out wide and Rivera on the line. Each covered man to man with a safety at the hash for help.

    McG walked up to the line and looked at the coverage. In the snap he dropped back and watched and waited. The moment the safety made a move to help with the WR to the corner, McG instantly fired the ball to where Rivera would be when the ball arrived, BEFORE he made his break.

    No safety help and and in-stride easy catch for the Td.

    That’s reading and decision making and great passing.

    He also looked off the safety to make him go to the WR. Beautiful.

    Needed this to be seen by everyone.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Well don’t get me wrong, I’d take it too. But $16 million isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s less than $8 million after fed taxes, plus state taxes as well. He’s doesn’t exactly have endorsements falling down from the sky. So if he bought a big house and some land, he’s less than 10 years away from being broke unless he’s real careful w his money and doesn’t get a new contract. Granted, it’s a good problem to have. But still.

  • W.J

    Com’on. FLYNN!!!!

  • Okay that’s nice….But when was his last “big play”

  • And like 50 years old.

  • RaidingTexas

    Hmm, I just watched the video. Doesn’t look black to me.


    Can’t condone the cops’ behavior, but why did she resist arrest?

  • Raider_Riff

    The Rivera play was set up by a series of quick strikes.

    The Rivera play doesnt happen if not for the setup.

    Olson is going to need a new way to loosen up the D this week.

    McG’s quick release cant succeed on it’s own. I expect a few deep shots early. Maybe some double moves by the WRs. i hope our damn OL is up for the task.

  • the super gay danny

    Nonsense. They developed them for their system, which is designed to succeed with qbs who aren’t necessarily pro style, since those are rare.

    Neither tebow nor Pryor have the passing ability to be pros. They throw dirt balls and way off target passes.

    They simply will never become quality passers cuz they don’t have those abilities in their bodies.

  • Initial cop was white, guy running up shooting was black (or believed to be, no name released yet).


  • RTF916

    “Don’t let it be a black and a white one. Cause they’ll slam you down to the street top. Black police showing out for the white cop”

  • the super gay danny

    McG threw downfield a lot.

    He simply makes good quick reads and decisions, is advanced on looking off coverage, and throws passes with accuracy, touch, and zip.


  • TD’s aren’t big plays?
    I thought the 3rd and goal slant catch with all hands was a nice “big”play to set the tone of the game.

  • RaidingTexas

    That doesn’t say much, considering the general lack of TDs for 3 years.

  • RaidingTexas

    Same video I saw. Look at the shooter’s hair at 1:12. You can’t tell me that’s a black man’s hair. C’mon. Maybe, just maybe, Hispanic. But not black.

  • Raider_Riff

    Watching film, and knowing what you are watching are two different things.

    TP2 is still picking up those subtle nuances.

    McG is further along.

    Combine that with the fact that there is no vet QB on this team to help in the film room or on the sidelines during games, and the odds are stacked against TP that much more.

    At this point and time, McG is further along in his development. Nobody is disagreeing with that. It’s the obvious. You didnt need to see the Texas game to know that.

    The question is, do you continue to develop McG at the expense of TP2 once TP2 gets healthy? It’s a tough call IMO. On one hand you have some not-so-subtle racist undertones by those who think TP2 is too dumb to eventually learn what McG already does know. And then there are those who think that TP2 has the work ethic to get there.

    I think TP2 has the work ethic. The question has always been, how far is that ladder to climb and will the coaching staff have the latitude to go thru the process with him. Does Mark have that patience? It could be a 2-3 year process. We’re just in year 1.

    Would you be willing to have a Cam Newton in 3 years if it meant riding the TP2 rollercoaster? Most fans would say no. They’d rather draft a QB this offseason.

    Which is kinda ironic considering that you have to assume that every QB is going to be a rollercoaster for the first few years.

    Raider fans dont have that sort of patience. Youre a McG fan now. You’ll jump off his bandwagon the moment he struggles. And he will. It’s inevitable. It’s what all young QBs do as they develop.

  • RaidingTexas

    Seems the Taos police themselves don’t like to stop when other cops are chasing them:


  • RaiderGuy50

    agree- that’s something that I, unfortunately, have not seen pryor do. I have watched by share of McG from penn state and he has that skill in his wheel house. We will have to see it consistently is the big thing.

  • Being reported as a black cop. Looks black to me, but I don’t really care either way.
    Lets just call it a Dominican and say we are both right.

  • Raider_Riff

    They were the best passing prospects out of HS.

    Neither progressed. That’s on the coaches. Not the players.

    They got passed up by lessor talents that got better coaching.

  • Raider_Riff

    Dropped TD’s are big plays also.

    Should have caught the ball vs NYG.

  • RTF916

    Probably the minority cops….the ones that aren’t Toms, at least.

  • RaidingTexas

    His name is Elias Montoya.
    Maybe he thought she killed his father?

  • RaiderGuy50

    Agree- but he also got a lot of pro grooming by Bill O’Brien at PSU.
    He got leaps and bounds better after that.

  • the super gay danny

    Pryor doesn’t have the upside of newton.

    Are u saying that its racist to suggest a qb lacks the mental component if he’s black? We have to dance around the subject?

    Some black guys aren’t smart. Some are. Same with white guys or anyone else.

    Pryor is just not one if those guys who can handle the incredibly difficult qb position at the nfl level.

    The ridiculous thing is that u guys want an nfl team to invest time in him like he’s a top pick. He’s not. For a good reason.

  • Raider_Riff

    Yep. The concensus is that Bill OBrien has everything to do with where McG is as a QB right now.

    But dont tell that to the Nurse. He doesnt want to believe that college coaching matters.

  • RaidingTexas

    Steven Lucero. I guess technically Italians are minorities.

  • J Hill


    Knew I wouldn’t have to scroll down far to find you defending 17.

    Good Job!

  • the super gay danny

    Nope. Lots of their hype was based on size and speed. Only time tells which end up being good passers.

    Lots of guys get to college and they find out they aren’t as good as everyone thought.

    Excuses excuses. It’s all about Pryor and how we all need to give him what no one gets in the nfl. Why us he so special?

    3rd rounders get one chance if they’re lucky. He got his.


  • Raider_Riff

    I’d rather you didnt dance around the subject. Just come out and say it. I’d respect you more. At least you wouldnt be trying to hide behind some weak arguments to hide your agenda.

    If you want to tell me he’s too black/dumb to learn the position, youre perfectly entitled to that opinion.

    And yeah, I do want him to be invested in. Doesnt matter where he is picked. If you are going to go with McG or TP2, they have to be invested in or you wont get the rewards. QBs arent drafted, they are developed.

    And plenty of NFL players and scouts on the Game have said they think that if the draft was re-done, Pryor would be worth a #1 pick. So that sorta debunks your stance that he isnt.

    Oh wait, I forgot what a football guru you are. You have coached QBs at high school and all of them went on to never play the position again at the college level. My bad.