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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

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    No because Jerry has spoken.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    But somehow Drew Brees can and he is the same height,

  • Raiderkoolaid

    It’s the NFL. It may be a long shot for the worst team to beat the best, but for a little below average team to beat a good one is not unusual.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So you’re saying that McGloin is as good as Drew Brees?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    It’s dam foggy here in southern England. You can’t drive or walk anywhere.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)
  • Raiderkoolaid

    If Woodson could come back from a broken leg and play db, (although not very well) then I think it is possible Carr could come back. He doesn’t have to try to cover Wr’s and Rb’s. According to Dr. Bill Romanowski once the pin is in place the bone is stable and it is just a matter of if the player can tolerate it enough to play. I would check with Dr.’s who have actually gone to medical school and make sure there is no more than normal danger for him to play, but if they gave the green light and Carr said he was ready I would let him play, but if he is a little less mobile than normal and McGloin has played well and already led us to a victory or two, I might consider letting Carr be the backup.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    be the first, bro!!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    18m18 minutes ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    JDR feels Aldon has “done his duty” in working to get back, should have right to work…esp. when compared to others league has let back in

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Captain Jack firing off

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    JDR doesn’t agree with NFL decision to defer Aldon Smith case…he’s “a little disappointed” in decision

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Time will tell, but using the benchmark of Drew Brees is to expect him to be as good as one of the all time greats. I have said in the past though that I thought after his time with the Raiders is up he may go somewhere and become another Drew Brees. Even a notch below Brees would be a pretty darn good QB.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    CSNAuthentic
    CSNAuthentic – Verified account ‏@CSNAuthentic

    Report: #NFL will not reinstate Aldon Smith this season http://bit.ly/2iqfdLV #Raiders

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Raiders have ruled Karl Joseph doubtful for Sunday’s game at Denver. Likely he makes a playoff return.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Mike Haynes
    4h4 hours ago
    Mike Haynes ‏@MikeHaynesNFL
    Let’s go. #RaiderNation Thanks & I appreciate the follow @52Mack_ @MarquetteKing

  • Aussie Raider

    Jerry Seinfeld?

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Maybe to Goodell!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ?
    Jerry Jones…

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Good comments from JDR, Khalil in here: Del Rio ‘a little disappointed’ that NFL hasn’t reinstated Aldon Smith: http://fw.to/gaT0TKY

  • veni,vidi,vici

    Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes what a Cornerback combo. Shut down many an offensive receiving corp with man on man, blanket coverage.

  • veni,vidi,vici

    If he was a Cowboy, would’ve been reinstated by now. Seems Jerra and Kraft are the powerbrokers of todays National Football League.

  • Plunkhead

    Hey @TonyDungy, I Heard a rumor you thought @RobertMathis98 college tape was most impressive you’d ever seen…true?

    ‏@TonyDungy

    Barry Sanders was Number 1. Robert’s was Number 2.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Jerry told Goodell not to reinstate Aldon. He didn’t want to see him in the super bowl against them

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Rousey just got SMOKED!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Man that’s some BS!!

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Rousey lol

  • Reuel Smith

    Ripper time?

  • Plunkhead

    So much for her whupping Mayweathers butt.

  • Plunkhead

    I think I might be able to kick her butt also. I was worried she might take me down and tie me up like a pretzel but she cant take my left hook.
    Lights out for her if I land it

  • rifflicks

    Damn it Reggie…..you sure missed the boat on Jordan Howard…..1400 yards of offense from the LOS already with still another game to play

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Which round did he go?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Reggie picked DeAndre Washington over him. Not a DWash fan? “Denzel” & Jalen were good picks too. Got no issues with that.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Round 5. Almost all the rookie RB’s drafted in the first 5 rounds of 2016 put up decent numbers. I think the only guys that didn’t were Tyler Ervin (HOU) and Devontae Booker (DEN). Even 7th rounder Dwayne Washington (DET) & undrafted Rob Kelley (WAS) contributed this year

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Raider haters are signing us off.. they will be suprised

  • Aussie Raider

    Happy new year from Australia.

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Keep the blog alive in case Kenny’s crashes

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Ahoy Matie

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Happy New Year to Australia, and Happy Old Year to those of us here behind times!

  • Plunkhead

    In case we get banned

  • rifflicks

    5th

  • rifflicks

    Howard is the Power/TOP RB the Raider roster is missing.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Happy New Year to the RAIDER bro’s in the land down under!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Mad Matt McGloin to the rescue!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    We need to run the ball, stop the run, hit the QB, limit mistakes and win the TO battle

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Sounds like the things we need to do every week.

  • Die Haters

    Happy New Year!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And for the most part we have been. We need to continue that at an even higher level with Carr being out..

  • Die Haters

    We need to out score them, good chance we win that 😉

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And that’s the bottom line, lol

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Washington has a huge defensive line