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.