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Raiders begin post-Carr phase expressing confidence in McGloin

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ALAMEDA — Life without Derek Carr officially began Tuesday, with the Raiders returning to work for the first time since losing their starting quarterback to a broken fibula.

 

The Raiders as a matter of policy don’t confirm surgical procedures, but Carr himself passed along the news on Twitter.

 

“Surgery couldn’t have gone better! Received great news! Already started the recovery process!,” Carr said. “Thank you for all of your prayers as I heal up!”

 

Meanwhile, the long faces in the locker room on Christmas Eve have given way to optimism, with players invoking the NFL custom of “next man up.” In the Raiders case, that means backup quarterback Matt McGloin.

 

“Nobody wants to lose the starting quarterback, so it was an adjustment for that moment,” center Rodney Hudson said. “We’re confident (Matt’s) going to do a good job. He prepares well, works hard, and we’ve just got to do our part to make sure we stay sharp.”

 

McGloin started six games as an undrafted rookie in 2013, winning his starting debut in a 23-20 road win against the Houston Texans and losing his next five starts.

 

His only extended playing time in the last 47 games were single appearances replacing Carr due to injury in London against the Miami Dolphins in 2014 and in the 2015 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

The good news for the Raiders is there will be need for major tweaks to the offensive system, given that McGloin operates in a similar way in terms of execution and delivery.

 

McGloin, who will speak to the media Wednesday, goes about his job Monday through Friday much like the man he is replacing.

 

“I would say the only thing is McGloin probably swears a little more than Derek,” rookie quarterback Connor Cook said. “That’s the main difference.”

 

Tight end Mychal Rivera said McGloin brings a competitive edge that was evident when both players were rookies in 2013.

 

“He’s a leader at heart and a hard worker,” Rivera said. “It’s almost like he lives for being that underdog, and that’s what fuels him. We’re going to rally behind him and we’re excited for Sunday.”

 

In McGloin’s first start, Rivera caught five passes for 54 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown.

 

Wide receiver Andre Holmes, who also played with McGloin in 2013, cited the quarterback’s late 19-yard completion to Amari Cooper which put the Indianapolis game away after Carr was injured.

 

“He put the ball out there for Amari to go up and make a play on it,” Holmes said. “Those aer some of the things he did a lot when he was starting here a few years ago. He understands the abilities that his playmakers have. He has full confidence in those players having his back.”

 

This time around, McGloin has a far superior team around him as opposed to the Dennis Allen-coached Raiders that finished 4-12 in 2013.

 

“Now he’s got a running game and he’s got weapons like Crab and Amari, and tight ends that do a good job working the middle of the field,” running back Taiwan Jones said. “He knows we’ve got his back and we’ll keep the show going.”

 

In a podcast Tuesday with Monday Morning Quarteback’s Albert Breer, former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson seconded the notion that Carr to McGloin should be a smooth transition in terms of preparation.

 

“You can’t minimize the loss of Derek Carr and how well he’s playing, but I think the staff believes in Matt and the locker room believes in Matt,” Olson said. “A lot of the traits they have are similar. They’re accurate, they make good decisions.”

 

Olson, the offensive coordinator in 2013-14, said McGloin is a “very capable backup quarterback and one that could probably be starting for a lot of teams this season. I think they’re confidenet in that, and there won’t have to be a lot of changes.”

 

Carr, whose chances of returning to the field even if the Raiders were to make the Super Bowl are extremely remote, is expected back soon.

 

“I think he’ll be back around tomorrow,” running back Latavius Murray said. “I know he’s not going to take time off or be away from this building if he doesn’t have to — that’s the kind of guy he is.”

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • rifflicks

    that’s ridiculous…..JDR has a history of not rushing injured players back

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Jesus heals

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Amen. That’s unexplainable

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    He was secretive on the players injurues and when theyll be back

  • MEX_GHOST McG believer.

    Connor Cook is our 2017 backup. We drafted him in the 4th round to be our QB Backup of the future.

  • MEX_GHOST McG believer.

    Post the link, amigo

  • MEX_GHOST McG believer.

    Wa da fa??

  • MEX_GHOST McG believer.
  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Gotcha

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Traitor of the Raiders

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Long live da blog eh

  • rifflicks

    Name one player he has pushed to play before they were ready…….you can’t……JDR has a record of patience and extreme caution…..maybe you weren’t aware that he (along with the majority of his staff) was a player too

  • rifflicks

    Not wierd…..or spiritual……pray tell?……no really….it medical science!

    https://askabiologist.asu.edu/bone-healing

  • rifflicks

    Reggie will bring in a veteran FA to compete with Cook for the #2 QB spot

  • rifflicks

    did He go with you to the other blog?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I’m right here bro. what’s up riff?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So Clinkscales is a pretty hot name out there for future GM eh

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Build a great team, and sooner or later they come a take, take, take

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    link? source? Joey grew up with Reggie & Raleigh, so I imagine it’d have to be a pretty sweet gig for him to walk away, especially from this young winning team

  • idahoraiderfan33

    NFLN, Rappaport. So i read

  • idahoraiderfan33

    5 years ago the RAIDERS had nothing. No draft picks, Cap money, foundation players, coaches, NOTHING
    Now here we sit at 12-3 with all pro, pro bowl players, impact rookies, etc,etc

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And the only thing that could hold us back from winning the SB is our DRAFTED franchise QB Derek Carr being injured

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    How much of that was Clinks doing? Was he a major factor or did he just hitch his saddle to the right horse?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Everybody helps when you have a winning franchise.
    And when you have a winning franchise, teams come a pluck personal. And that goes for everything not just sports.

    But make no mistake, Reggie is the boss and a TOP 3 GM

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    All of this crap talk about Carr coming back this year is just that: crap talk.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Could be that if McGloin does really well against the donkeys.
    There’s a lot of motivation there for McGloin in that if he excels in this game then he might just get a very good offer from some team.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I’d call it “wishful thinking” for the pessimists in the room, but I believe in miracles and healing.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    donkeys … and beyond

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Hi Rock, I believe in miracles too but God made the human body a certain way and a Carr return isn’t happening.
    It would also be a dumb move, on the part of the Raiders, which would risk permanent injury to the team’s franchise QB.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Lol
    I do not want to see McGloin go the donkeys.
    Perfect set-up for them.

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Note to Riff knob….. GFY…

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    What kinda stupid name is Riff anyway

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    If McGloin nets 3 straight wins to get us to the Bowl, I almost think you’ve got to play him regardless of Carr’s health … but it would be nice to have Carr as a safety net if McG goes down rather than turn to the rookie

  • the authority dr robert

    Aldon was unlikely to come in and do great things after so much time off.

    I mean he didn’t crush it last season.

    It’s probably more likely with so much time off and substance abuse, that he actually has “lost it” and will never be what he was before.

  • the authority dr robert

    It stabs for “bitter musician who never made it”.

  • the authority dr robert

    Love to see mcg generate some kinda offense cuz Denver can’t score.

    However, if we end up playing at Houston, isn’t it strange that mcg will be auditioning for his former and possibly future coach?

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Or someone who got beat up a lot…

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Too bad

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Gabbo to attend Sunday’s game

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Denver Broncos ‏@Broncos
    #Broncos OUT for #OAKvsDEN:
    • S T.J. Ward
    • TE A.J. Derby
    • DL Derek Wolfe

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Uh no.. he just needs a full camp

  • Aussie Raider

    Can Aldon Smith appeal the Goodell ruling?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    no Wolfe, Ward or Ware? go McGloin go !!!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    what was the ruling?

  • Aussie Raider

    NFL won’t reinstate Smith this season.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    can SD upset KC if Melvin Gordon plays and Spencer Ware doesn’t?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/12/30/justin-houston-out-spencer-ware-a-game-time-decision/

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Not long after the Superbowl someone will be trying to acquire the rights to make the Matt McGloin movie.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The guy’s got grit.
    Too bad he can’t see over the OL.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    No