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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

  • Plunkhead

    @VicTafur

    #Broncos are allowing 135.2 rushing yards per game (29th in NFL) after allowing 83.4 per game in 2015 (1st)

  • veni,vidi,vici

    Wishing all of RAIDERNATION a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  • Die Haters

    Which means that we throw deep all day?

  • veni,vidi,vici

    Can’t hit a home run on every draft pick. However, considering Washington and Richards draft stock, I’d say Reggie did a helluva good job.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    You bet we will, lol

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Same to you and yours bro

  • Plunkhead

    Would BlackJack gamble like that?
    Musgrave is likely gonna be close to 57 – 43 run to pass on account of Matt

  • veni,vidi,vici

    Cheers mate.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Is Julius Peppers from Michigan entering the draft? He’ll make s great LB for the Raiders

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Would you say it would be in this order and let Murray walk?

    Howard
    Richard
    Washington

  • rifflicks

    Nope…….Murray …..Richard or Washington…..Howard in short yardage, Redzone….and 4th qtr clock eater

  • MEX_GHOST McG believer.

    Yes. Thats why he got long runs TDs. Remember his 2 TDs of the last week game??

  • the authority dr robert

    Happy New Year!

  • Reuel Smith

    in McG we trust!

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    Keep the blog

  • rifflicks

    START McGLOIN

  • Plunkhead

    Game day!! Shake your pom poms.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Big game today!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Too bad we don’t have Carr out there for this important game.
    KC is likely to win and if we don’t beat the donkeys, we lose both the division and the bye.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Been along time since we been in game this big

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Run the ball stop the run, WIN the AFCW!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Feels like a playoff game.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The AFCW is on the line, that’s a playoff type game for us

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Also a bye is on the line.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    GO RAIDERS WIN THE AFCW!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    GO RAIDERS!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It’s only fitting that all that comes down to beating our bitter and hated rival the Donks

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Start 2017 with a WIN!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Today’s line favoring the donkeys has dropped to -1.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Happy new year!!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    How many of yall are hung over?

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I just can’t understand how so many of these “experts” are picking Denver. Denver is missing a few starters on defense, their offense sucks, and they have already said they are playing some players just to get a look at them. The Broncos will play with pride and not roll over, but if they get down big they will feel no urgency to come back. With all they Raiders have to play for and how little Denver has to play for how can they be picking an 8-7 team over a 12-3 team. They must expect McGloin to be awful, but he wasn’t awful as a rookie with a bad team around him, and now he will have four pro bowlers and four pro bowl alternets to work with on offense. I guess in a few hours we will find out who is right. Me or the “experts.”

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Happy new year BRRUUUCCEEE!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Those people think the RAIDERS are now the Browns without MVP Carr

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Current weather in Denver is 43 degrees and a five mile per hour wind. Expected high is 51 degrees. Weather should not be a factor.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Go Dolphins!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Eat some pills and that should take care of the problem

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Great football weather!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Donks have a poor OL and we have the best defensive player in the league along with his side kick Irvin. MEJ, McGee, etc,etc.. Dominate them!!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Mcgloin will shut up the media haters today. Then we will be back in the super bowl talk

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Because of home team advantage-worth around 3 points.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    What gets me is the lack of respect Mack, Irvin and the rest of the defense are getting.. It’s like they don’t even matter anymore?!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    The media have been waiting for this moment to dismiss the Raiders. Crow will be served in large portions

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    What kind of pills lol?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Ya know?? The good ones 🙂

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Well, it looks like the playoffs will go through cheaterville eh

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Hmmm Osweiler playing?! Did they bench Savage already

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Nope, he got hurt

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I didn’t really expect the Dolphins to win but I did expect them to put up a fight.

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    That sux