McGloin speaks about Cowboys, playing on big stage, earning another start


Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin spoke with the media Monday night, one day after he and the Raiders came up just short in a last-second loss to the Tennessee Titans. Here’s what McGloin had to say in a question-and-answer session in the locker room:

Q: You are going to have to match pace with Dallas offense . . .excIted about the opportunity?
McGloin: It’s definitely an exciting week. Unfortunately it’s a short week for us, but today was a good day. A lot of guys were in here, working on their bodies. We had a pretty good walkthrough out there today so it was a pretty good start to the week.

Q: What goes into being sharp with this little rest?
McGloin: A lot of mental preparation. Obviously, they’re going to take it easy on us physically this week and we’ll what happens. It’s tough any time you play a tough, hard game Sunday, then you have to turn around and play Thursday, there are only a few days in there, but like I said, we’ll take care of our bodies and the main thing is to get ready mentally.

Q: Dallas has given up a lot of points, lot of yards, both passing rush but have DeMarcus Ware and some good players . . . what do you see?
McGloin: They’re a good defense. A lot of good players on that defense. We’re definitely aware of all those guys. Like I said we have our own problems that we have to correct and we’re doing that each and every day, but I thought we started off today pretty good with the walkthrough, we got a good jump on them.

Q: TD play, you’re going to get hit, throw back foot, get the touchdown, you probably didn’t even see it?
McGloin: I saw the celebration. That’s a play we’ve been running for a long time there and Marcel is a guy you can trust is going to be there and you know he’s going to run a good route and sometimes you have to give them an opportunity and go up and make a play. He made a great play. Sometimes you’ve got to stand there and take that hit. I’ll take that hit every time for a touchdown.

Q: Rivera said he’s been cleared 100 percent, ready to go, passed all tests . . . how good to have them back. He said you two have a rapport, he was out there during your tryout.
McGloin: I’ve enjoyed to throwing to Mike for awhile now. He’s a good talent and another guy that goes about his business each and every day, works hard, pays attention, listens, does everything he has to, does the right things, runs great routes for us. He’s abig part of our offense he’s improving each and every week so it’s a big plus for us that he’s going to be playing this week.

Q: Dennis came out Sunday night, said Matt’s our starter, one less thing to get out of your brain?
McGloin: Yeah, it feels good, you don’t have to wonder or deal with it this week. It gives you some relaxing, in terms of mental preparation, kind of just focus on Dallas now and not have to worry about who’s starting.

Q: Given how many points Dallas scores, puts premium on TDs and not field goals . ..
McGloin: Regardless of who you’re playing the objective is to score points when you get in the red zone and we didn’t do too good of a job on that Sunday so that’s something we have to work on the next few days, especially against Dallas, that offense has been doing some good things this year so it’s crucial when we get in the red zone we have to score touchdowns.

Q: No stranger to big stage, exciting national TV on Thanksgiving . .
McGloin: It’s a great opportunity for us. I’m sure everybody has grown up watching that game with their families and to be a part of it is something special. We’re all looking forward to it. We’re excited about it. It’s going to be a tough atmosphere for football, but we’ll handle it, we’ll work on it the next couple of days and we’ll be prepared.

Q: How do you guys fare better on third downs?
McGloin: Just keep at it, keep improving, watch more film if we have to. Continue to work the routes, the reads, communicate with guys. Just more of the things we’re already doing. Just continuing to preach it and work on it. Obviously it’s not a lot of things that are difficult there, but like I said, we’re right there, we just have to work out the kinks.

Q: Two conversions first drive, one the rest of the day, what do you see form the cut-up . . . that was right there, could have had it?
McGloin: We’re that close. As frustrating as it is it’s good to see how close we are. We’re communicating with one another. That’s never been an issue. Just continue to practice that’s all we can do. But we’re right there, it’s only a matter of time before we break out and have a big game.

Q: Haven’t played with Veldheer yet, but to have him back a big benefit . . .
McGloin: It’s great to see Jared back. He’s such a great part of that line and he has been since he’s been here. What’s great is we’ve had so many guys step in and do a tremendous job. Guys playing tackle, guys playing guard. I was really proud of those guys, and how they work, and how they accept any role that the coaches give them.

Q: Offense executed second have, as young QB constantly evaluating self and how you’re doing?
McGloin: Well yeah, you’re trying to gain as much experience as you can by playing and obviously I don’t have a lot of experience playing at this level yet, but it was good to see the way we made those adjustments at halftime. We came out, we fought, we put some good drives together and we put a good drive together at the end when we needed one.


Steve Corkran

  • prometheus

    mistic the buster^^^

  • RediaR

    Yeah, it makes it easier to see the idiots.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Please watch rewind last two weeks. He calls for an out route on 3rd down and blitzes several times in both games. Just to let you know. That is not conservative play calling.

    It did appear he was being conservative with Pryor though. In looking at how he was throwing and reading defenses who could blame him.

  • Papertiger

    Have you seen his sister? Their parents should get a freaking medal!

  • RediaR

    Those actions aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • Breaking_Black

    No, I’ll give more of that credit to Reggie being able to bring in solid players like Woodson, Roach and Sims.

    If the coaching staff was that great. The defense last year would have not looked so awful. Coaching staff didn’t change, players did.

  • steveopa

    Fitzpatrick was an option Jason Campbell was an option Matt Hasselbeck was an option should I continue. My point is we needed to sure up this defense our number weakness last year was pass rush and secondary we definitely up graded the secondary but our pass rush is still a huge issue.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    By the way Gruden got awfully conservative at times. You guys have bad memories.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lol….he deserves it.

  • steveopa

    No steven a realist. ^^^^This Gut^^^ SMH

  • prometheus

    sure the other day u were talking about “regime change”.. only the buster used that marxist verbage

  • Howard Benner

    Other way around. . .RDE is traditionally where the “speed rusher” lines up. . .

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Man I can’t stop on this post Rob Ryan!!!! Are you kidding me? He was fired from Dallas from under producing there after under producing here. The pattern with Ryan is he is good first year then players figure out his crap and garbage and production slips due to attitudes.

    I am thankful during this Thanksgiving week you are not the GM on this team.

  • steveopa

    Being a good coach is knowing what your strength and what your weaknesses are. The book has been out on how to beat our defense it is simple spread us out and we will go conservative and not blitz and still get give up the big play time and time again.

  • RediaR

    When I say “option” I mean someone with a sliver of a chance at actually being a good player. All of those guys have been proven to suck at this point in their careers. Flynn still had a chance. It was wrong, but hindsight is 20/20.

  • RediaR

    We were starting all four rotating members of the three stooges in the secondary by week 3.

  • prometheus

    what if you have mostly below average players that suck? defensive line is better but the beyond that? not a lot to work with. Raider D is better BUt the nfl in general is worse this year. so i don’t buy it. D isn’t as good as some think. RUN D is better though

  • Al_is_theraiders

    if gruden was awfully conservative then danus allen is a freakin losing coach…oh wait he is a losing coach 18 times so far…

  • steveopa

    Look how bad both defenses looked once he left? Unlike Dennis Allen whose defense was better once he left Denver.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I give RM credit too by RM had no budget and with the budget he had he had to go with what was possible. Here is the reality of it all. This defense has 10 new starters.

    Lets break this down:

    1. CB Left side no one wanted signed to one year deal (NEW)
    2. CB Right side ditto (NEW)
    3. Safety CW ditto (NEW)
    4. Safety from Practice squad Ross backing up injured TB (NEW to Starting)
    (Osuma Young is above average for a backup Safety one of a few things above average on this defense with Houston being other)
    (Adams is a backup CB and was cut then resigned for 600k – he was not even good enough to be tendered)

    Burnett cut or allowed to walk from Maimi (replaced with Wheeler and signed to multi year deal (NEW)
    Roach FA signed to multi year deal did not garner much interest in FA market (NEW)
    Sio Moore (NEW) very good rookie but is a rookie (NEW)
    (RM did get good depth with Maliva (NEW) and Burris coming off IR (OLD Starter not good enough to start with upgrades from last year) which helps with ST)

    Houston (one holdover from last years starters and is an above average base end but is being used more as rush end due to lack over there)
    Walker (NEW) No one else wanted him signed to one year deal.
    Sims (NEW) No one else wanted him signed to one year deal.
    Hunter (NEW) He may have a multi year deal not sure but FA that sparked little interest.
    (Coaches trying to develop own talent using 6th and 7th round draft picks in rotation)

    Now I know a good DC can mask a lot of things but come on! We are actually overachieving based on personal especially against the run due to Walker and Sims performance and good LB play from Roach and Burnett as well as Moore. We even are getting some pass rush at times with no natural pass rusher on the line using blitzes and other creative schemes.

  • prometheus

    flynn played well yesterday and played ONE game here. jeebus man

  • RediaR

    Billicheck wouldn’t have been winning much here the last two years.

  • AutumnThunderstorm


  • Soup would have never came back here after Hue danced on his grave when he got hurt.

  • Papertiger

    NEW POST!!

  • RediaR

    New post, freaks.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    If you would stop making those cute graphics you would know that is for next year not this year. Having said that why did RM just sign guys like Porter or Jenkins to one year deals? He could have used money for next year to sign bigger multiyear deals and save cap money? Could it be that Mark Davis needed cash savings this year?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Just like Gruden – the guy you all want back here.

  • Gdog

    I guess it depends on ones definition of greatness. By year three with Gruden, he had us playing in the championship game, and if Gannon hadn’t gotten hurt, we would have been playing a very weak NYG team in the SB. That would be my definition of “great.”

    Others seem to think if DA coaches us “up” to 8 or 9 wins in the same three year period.. that would just be GREAT!! Accolades all around!

  • RediaR

    Why would you sign a bunch of guys to multi-year prove-it contracts?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Try to take a walk in Reggie’s shoes for a minute. It is spring. You are getting rid of Carson Palmer. The only QB on the roster is T. Pryor. You pop in the tape of the SD game. What would you do. Yea you would be on the phone to every FA and every team that had any QB availability.

    I do think he wiffed on Hayden though. He could of had Star, Flyod or Richardson or could have traded down again.

  • RaidingTexas

    Actually it’s Martez. There is also a Marquez, but he plays for the Bears.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    true reggie has given him practice squad neverbeens…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    “What if you have…players that suck?”

    Blame the Coaches!

  • CGRaider

    Yeah but Reggie had to take Flynn. None of those other quarterbacks played for Green Bay!

  • Dale Johnson


  • brad

    I hope he is starring too!

  • Jojo

    DMAC might pull a hammy on that ply so its a no

  • trogPOUNDA

    reverse cowgirls run d sucks. just need to pound the rock with jennings mixed in with a little dmac since he wants to show jerry that he should overpay for him in the offseason, keep romo on the bench arguing with dez and also rest our d. that should soften them up for mcgloin play action bombs to holmes and mych.

  • wildsach

    I’m good w/ that.