Matt McGloin Deserves an Extended Run in the Side

Following Matt McGloin’s winning performance in Sunday’s Texans game, and given the state of Terrelle Pryor’s knee, I think McGloin should be given an extended run in the side.

Lets see how McGloin does in a 3 or 4 game spell. If he swims then let him keep him in the starting job through to the end of the season, whereas if he fails then we can hand the keys back to a fit again Pryor, giving him another chance to show that his recent failures were not down to lack of QB-talent. Either way, we get to see if we have a QB on the roster worthy of the starting spot next season. I think we do – possibly two – but the next couple of weeks could be crucial in proving that one way or the other.


Raiders Sign DE/LB Chris McCoy to their Practise Sqad

The Raiders have rolled the dice in theor practise squad, with the acquisition of DE/LB Chris McCoy (releasing OG Jason Foster in the process).

True not many practise squad guys make the team, but I like the fact that we are getting a closer look at McCoy.

His college numbers, in Tennessee, were excellent (recording 7 sacks in his senior year), plus he has the physical measurable to plat special teams and potential bring some pass-rush threat.

Check out 98 in the clips:

Time to Back Pryor

I’ve must admit I’ve found it hard to post this week, following the shock of the loss to the Eagles, but finally I’m back. What’s got me posting again, my desire to complain about how bad the DB’s were or just my general desire to whine? No, my disappointment concerning the amount of negativity that has surrounded Terrelle Pryor this past couple of days. Yes Terrelle had a bad game, and yes Matt McGloin looked quite useful (in junk-time) at the end of the Eagles game, but Terrelle this season has also shown enough flashes of brilliance for me to know that we have to back this kid 100%.

A lot of bloggers/media are back on the “we need to draft a QB-of-the-future” this offseason. I say, resolutely “NO” to this. Terrelle Pryor has shown me enough, so far this season, for me to know he CAN be the guy. We need to build an offense around Terrelle, not keep jumping from QB to QB.

What I have learnt this season is that we still have weaknesses at OL, WR and TE. Yes I have my concerns that Terrelle isn’t yet the QB that will lead us to the playoffs, but given the correct support he can be that guy.

Terrelle has the athleticism and pace to be a constant menace to the opposition defense, and he has shown the commitment to improve his arm. His passing is already so much better, compared to last year, but he needs to learn a more nuanced offence and improve on his passing range – definitely things that can and will happen, if we back him, which I feel we will.

In fact I’d say Reggie needs to seize this temporary moment of doubt as an opportunity to tie Terrelle Pryor up to a multi-year deal. At least that way he don’t cost us the house when all the improvements have already been made.

(Also of note, really impressed with Matt McGloin as the backup – very pleased with his development too )

Broncos Beat Us But We Showed Potential

So we lost, or more to the point (and this is important) the Broncos beat us. Peyton Manning was excellent, pure and simple….who knows if Hue Jackson hadn’t bet the family silver on Carson Palmer maybe we’d have Peyton Manning in silver and black šŸ˜¦

Anyway, Peyton beat us (and he’d have beaten most teams in the nfl on that form tonight. We just have to look for the positives in the loss, and there were plenty. Terrelle Pryor is a hard working gamer, and he deserves the keys to the francise QB position. Lets invest in Terrelle – give him a multi-year deal and a couple of quality OL – and see what he can do, as he’s improving with every game, and I just love how he keeps it interesting.

Other positives include the youthful fight a few of our players showed. Previous Raiders teams would have capitulated in the second half, but we came out fighting, restraining their second half offense and showing a few tricks of our own.

The much-maligned Raiders WR group also deserves some credit, as they once again showed signs of improving. As the groups young, with many different skill sets I wouldn’t waste a 2014 draft pick here, instead preferring to invest in the OL on offense.

The D also showed glimpses, but there is a general lack of talent when compared to a gunslinger like Manning that proves we need to spend next years top draft pick (and FA money) on D. On that Ronnie Hillman TD, for example, we truely sucked – we missed 2 clear tackles. Come on man, Hillman is hardly the kind of player that should be making us miss. Better players would have stopped that run in its tracks, but credit to the Broncos OL.

Flipping back to offense quickly, and trick plays – looking at the poise DMC put on that touchdown throw, we need to find ways of getting him throwing a couple of times every game. But what happened to his running yards? The OL didn’t perform well enough, but then again neither did he, a top RB should still be able to get yards even behind a weak OL.

Looking forward this team has potential at least, and I personally thought we’d lose by more.