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

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 10:52 am in Oakland Raiders.

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.

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  • …And Justice for AL

    Last!!!!!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    If I hadn’t read the Q & A, I could’ve been last.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    All touchdowns baby,

    Raiders 35 Dallas 28

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Einhorn was hot!

  • plunkhead

    Purv have you worked in No nev?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    An interesting fact about this game is McGloin is going to go against a Tampa 2 defense that is not very good against the pass. The last two weeks he has been going against top tier pass defenses. It will be interesting to see how he does. Problem with Raiders right now is they make medicore Qbs look like HOF QBs and I am concerned the Raiders will not be able to keep up unless they get some early Christmas gifts from Romo.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not as a contractor. Did a lot for my brother there. Architect in Vegas. Thought about it ‘cuz with a Calif. Lic. you just fill out some forms and give ‘em some money and you’ve got a Nev. Lic..

  • Tyler Miller

    Cowboys signed Marquez Wilson….”The Raider Killer”, wish we would of kept him…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Worked with a couple other Contractors near Truckee. That’s pretty close. We hire each other to dodge the Workers Comp. requirement and expense.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    That kind of crap is so bush league. Leave it to the Cowboys to do that kind of stuff.

  • Raideraholic

    yo

  • Papertiger

    What about Finkle?

  • plunkhead

    Ever run into carpenters named Tanner from vegas. They moved to reno decades ago

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A bit of a winkie wrinkle there for sure.

  • plunkhead

    You don’t even have to take the law part of the test?. I had to to get AZ lic. But they waved everything else. What trade are you in?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    But I mean Sean Young. Rachel in ‘Blade Runner’ and Costner’s/Hackman’s woman in ‘No Way Out’.

    Apparantly a space cadet party girl that ditzed her way right out of Hollywood. That can’t be easy!

  • Papertiger

    Yeah, I think her last “project” was an appearance on Celebrity Rehab. Man, she’s really let herself go.

    Same thing with Nicole Eggert, incidentally. I couldn’t believe someone could fall that far.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Maybe. I investigated it a bit in the mid ’90′s. Don’t remember the details.
    ‘B’ isGeneral, but basically carpentry with good elec. and plumb. skills. Mostly worked by myself, so usually did everything.

  • steveopa

    Dennis Allen must go. I am tired of him playing not to lose instead of playing to win games. I knew we were going to lose as soon as I seen that soft zone. How many times do we have to get beat using this strategy until he learns to bring the heat on those situations. I hope the rumors of Gruden is true we need a coach that has a pair if you know what I mean. Heck I’ll even take Rob Ryan over Dennis Allen because what he is doing with that Saint’s defense is beyond impressive.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re singularly unique in that regard.

  • HELLSBELLS

    What rumors. Thats just made up crap.

  • SR Raider

    We blitzed a couple of times but weren’t getting results. They were blocking well. Basically it boils down to us not having a dominant pass rusher

  • Raideraholic

    Sanford and son to the rescue Thursday

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Gruden did it too, not to say it’s right.
    I maintain that a team learning to win in the last minute of play on defense has to be as aggressive as it can be.
    Make them hesitant, and bad things happen. Also, each guy should have been assigned a man on that td play that won it–man to man. The officials are less likely to have thrown a flag in close quarters like that with guys probably playing hand fights with each other, esp. in the home stadium.
    As it was, the guy bobbled the ball badly yet managed to hold onto it as it tried to trail down his leg and he re-gained it and fell forward.
    Man to man would have forced Fitz to make the perfect throw in a tight window.

  • Breaking_Black

    I think we have a special core of players on the roster now. The fact that they have been able to overcome having DA as a coach four times this year says a lot.

    The future of the Raiders is starting to shine through the cracks.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    exactly he coaches like a scared grandpa…

  • steveopa

    When we blitzed we got hurt by Fitz taking off not by him throwing. I rather get beat by blitzing then just sit back and let a team eat you up because you want to play a soft zone.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    1.) Gruden has told many he is never likely to coach again and what the hell makes you think if he did, he’d choose Oakland, who couldn’t afford to pay him what he’d want.
    2.) Why are so many convinced that Gruden was “great”? The greatest thing Gruden did was fight Al Davis and do what he wanted on offense. And…Gruden had vets and great vets, at that, on his playoff team.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    And you have a lot of Seoul

    WRECKS N FULL EFFECT

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Watching the Cowboys replay and they said they are the #3 red zone offense in the NFL.
    Bend but don’t break D won’t work this week.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    McGloin: I’ve enjoyed to throwing to Mike for awhile now.
    *************************************
    How do you shorten Mychal? Mike? Mych?

  • HELLSBELLS

    agreed

  • prometheus

    cowboys 33 raiders 27

    McGloin 23/33 354 3 tds

    janomisski 2/5

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    LIke Woodson said, the D had a bad day, didn’t get it done. He also credited the other team.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Yo Brahs, the Dawg is really taking this songwriting thing to the limit

    After 20 minutes of spraying wet turrd snakes all over the krapper, I came up with an amazing reggae jam that incorporates elements of sincerity, romance and terrorizm all packaged into a commercially viable format

    Then I forgot everything because I’m so wasted on mimosas

    Anyway time for a lipper, can’t ignore the roar of the Kodiak

    HELLZ FRESH

  • Raideraholic

    PFT on Flynn starting against Lions-
    If Flynn has another huge game in Detroit, that doesn’t mean you should offer him a huge contract in the offseason.

  • Raideraholic

    I wonder if Flynn and deangelo Hall talk?

  • RediaR

    Step 1: slap his parents.

  • steveopa

    Our pass defense is what is holding us back. Reggie can take some blame for this as well. Instead of getting Matt Flynn he could have gotten a pass rusher. Houston is playing out of position he is a great RDE but a LDE he is not. Can you imagine how well we would be if we had Dumervile or even Abraham playing opposite of Houston not to mention drafting Star Louilete or Sheldon Richardson instead of DJ Hayden.

  • RediaR

    It is actually exactly the opposite.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Wonder will we blitz Burris? That was his strong suit in college.

  • prometheus

    not a game i expect the raiders to win. titans, giants and deadskins are the losses that should have been wins.cowboys are favored and should be at home. just want to see McGloin show that he’s an nfl staring caliber QB on the big stage.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    but i thought we had tons of $$$$ now…

  • HELLSBELLS

    Hope hes a staring quaterback ha

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    You got to find a way to post your action on Turkey day so I can live vicariously through you.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    wildcat with dmc and throw to pryor….try it danus allen…

  • steveopa

    That is what he suppose to say. What do you expect him to say our coach sucks and doesn’t know to bring the heat in those situation?

  • RediaR

    There is no “instead of Matt Flynn”. There were no other realistic QB options at that point. No, Pryor before he started learning how to throw passes does not count.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You go on thinking that….. The only reason this team is not 2-9 or 1-10 right now is the coaching staff and the fact the players have bought in and played hard.

    Look at the defense for example. Not one player will be in probowl – not one. Only one starter is even above average.

  • Papertiger

    Whoa, whoa! Stick to títs, bro.