Matt McGloin Shows Why He’s a Better Fit for Oakland Raiders than Terrelle Pryor





The offseason has been pretty contentious among the Oakland Raiders‘ faithful in terms of debating the team’s quarterbacks. Though most seem pleased with the addition of former Houston Texans signal caller Matt Schaub, the Raider Nation is sharply divided when it comes to talking about Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. The two young quarterbacks both saw extensive action last season and guided the team to a dreadful 4-12 record. Though they both made some fantastic plays, as well as mind-numbingly dumb mistakes, much of last season’s misery can be attributed to poor offensive line play and a defense that gave up yards as well as points at an astounding rate. There are good points and bad points to both young quarterbacks. Both do different things well and have their strong suits. And we could argue about, parse and analyze their head-to-head stats from last season until Hell freezes over or the Cleveland Browns win a championship– whichever comes first– without ever coming to an agreement about who performed better on the field. But the former undrafted rookie from Penn State recently showed the biggest difference between he and Pryor — and why you’d want him, rather than Terrelle, on your team.

When the Raiders announced that they’d acquired Schaub from the Texans for a sixth-round draft pick, Pryor threw a fit and reiterated his request to be trade or released from the team. It seems that for Terrelle, it’s starting QB or bust. If he’s not going to start for the Raiders, he would rather take his ball and go elsewhere. McGloin, however, had a very different response. He actually welcomed Schaub in and said that he’s excited to learn from the veteran quarterback. In an interview with CSNBayarea.com recently, McGloin had this to say:

” I’m really looking forward to being around him and learning from him It will be good to work with Matt Schaub each and every day and learn as much as I can from him. Just being around him, to see how he works and try to pick up on anything at all that he does (will help). I’m really looking forward to that, and being around a lot of the other veterans too.”

In that interview, McGloin showed that above all else he is a professional and will do what it takes to help the team. If that means sitting behind and learning from a veteran of Schaub’s caliber, he will do it. Rather than having a temper tantrum because he isn’t being given the keys to the car and demanding to be released or traded, McGloin showed his class and poise. He showed that he fits McKenzie’s image of this team’s identity — he puts the team first.

The biggest difference between the two young quarterbacks is that McGloin acknowledges he had a rough 2013 and still has some things he must learn to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He acknowledges that spending a season backing up a veteran like Schaub — somebody who’s had a tremendous amount of success in the league, has weathered the ups and down, and has a vast, rich mine of experience he can tap into — will end up making him a better quarterback. McGloin acknowledges that he had some successes and failures in 2013 and that he has much to learn yet. Pryor, though, with the reiteration of his demand to be traded, made it crystal clear that he thinks he’s good to go as is, that he doesn’t have a thing to learn and that he can and should be a starting quarterback in the league right now. And if he can’t start for the Raiders, he wants to go elsewhere.

You want your starting quarterback to have swagger and be confident. But you also want them to be humble enough to know that they don’t know everything, that they can always find something to improve upon, will always try to get better and will always put the team ahead of their own wants and desires. That’s what you want in a leader. McGloin showed everybody why he fits in with GM Reggie McKenzie‘s vision for the team and Pyror doesn’t. Stats aside, the difference between the two players couldn’t be any more clear.

Kevin Saito is a fiction writer, sports junkie, history nerd, and NFL Contributor to RantSports.com He’s just a “clown with an opinion,” and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or on Google


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  • Raider Grant

    Do you believe McGloin could eventually be successful QB at the NFL level? Hopefully he can evolve into starter & step up after the Schaub project is over??? I personally want to see Raiders draft a QB who will lead this team for years to come! Go Raiders

    • saito8204

      I do believe that he can and will be a successful QB at the NFL level. My hope is that he will take over after Schaub and lead the Raiders for years to come. I think he’s got the mental make up and the physical skills to be a very good QB.

      • Catalacjack

        If you want McGloin to shine pick up Allen Robinson in the draft. The two click like Rice and Montana.

  • Austin Martinez

    Really? Pryor threw a fit? Because his agent demanded a trade for him in January? Hmmm the media creating self fulfilling prophecies. Nice…

    • saito8204

      Actually, shortly after the Raiders obtained Schaub, Pryor asked to be traded or released. It was from a story that appeared on NFL.com on March 24 and was confirmed by Reggie McKenzie at the NFL meetings in Orlando. So it’s actually not a media creation, but an actual news item from March– not January.

      • Austin Martinez

        That’s completely false, Pryor’s agent demanded a trade in January, the media didn’t run the story until after the raiders got Schaub…Pryor never even talked to the raiders about being traded, he left that to his agent to decide. and where did he “throw a fit” I’d like to know…

      • $$MAN RETURNS!!

        Pryor asked to be traded or waived once it was determined that Dennis Allen would return as the HC playa, so get your facts straight. How would you like it if you had your job handed to a inferior white guy every season after you busted your ass every yr while your boss put you in postions to get injured every season? I didnt’ think so.

        • Jon Palmer

          What a bunch of racist bullshit you are spewing. McGloin performed better last year, period. He also has more class than Pryor (didn’t cheat in college). And no, I don’t favor white QB’s. I don’t care what color they are. I judge by skill level and character. My favorites are Kurt Warner and Donovan McNabb.

  • Dah Bone

    Hopefully, Pryor will get with a team that has a good coach–and helps him reach his full potential, per his exceptional gifts. McGloin will fail. The jump balls he tossed up and was lucky to have Raiders come down with will not continue… his interception ratio will continue to increase. He’s not going to get better–but be revealed for his limitations. Pryor, on the other hand…(who won more games last year than Schaub or McGloin) will flourish with a better coach. Think Cam Newton… but a bit faster. I look forward to the day when Pryor comes back and beats the hell out of the Raiders… hopefully, it will be early this coming season so they get rid of the real problem… excuse making, player-blaming silver spoon doesn’t deserve to still be here at 4 wins last two years where coaches before him won 8 in each year… and got fired–Dennis (ExcuseMan) Allen. Get him out of here…

    • saito8204

      I hope Pryor does hook on with a team that runs a scheme that can accentuate his talents. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s just not a good fit with the Raiders as they’re constructed right now. But I think long term, you’ll see that McGloin turns out to be a better quarterback in the league. He showed it in his limited time last season.

      • $$MAN RETURNS!!

        A good HC will take the team he has and fit an offense around it rather than force an offense on a team not talented enough to run it effectively, remember the zbs in 2012?
        Pryor is the better QB and a good HC would fit this team to suit his strengths rather than bring in bums their previous team all but ran out of town and anoint them the starter and get benched after ONE START. That happened with Matt Flynn last season yet these morons are STUPID ENOUGH TO REPEAT THE SAME PROCESS AND BRING IN A GUY THAT WAS ABOUT TO BE TARRED AND FEATHERED IN HOUSTON??

    • Ecade

      Thank You @Dah All Matt did last season was Go 3 and out .. And As long as DA is the Coach this team will underachieve .. From Coach Jackson 8-8 record with a Top 10 Offense and A Top 5 Running Game to DA’s 8-24 Record we have went backwards ..

  • Corebare32

    McGloin could be a starter in the NFL, but then again, maybe not. None of us know. – But what I do know is that McGloin threw the ball much better than Pryor did last year.
    McGloin threw receivers open, while Pryor ran around like a chicken with no head, waiting to see an open receiver. Pryor does not know the playbook as well as McGloin and he can’t even run much of the plays in it.
    I thought the Raiders were either going to find another use for Pryor or trade him. And clearly, Pryor thinks he’s a “starting QB in the NFL” (what a laugh – He has ball throwing skill that are just slightly better than Tim Tebow)
    McGloin will be the #2 behind Schuab and the Raiders will get a 6th round pick, OR just some cash for Pryor.
    BTW, How stupid is Pryor to act like that? Doesn’t he know that the Raiders spend the off-season purging themselves of the “Me First” type players that he is acting like?
    Good luck being a starting QB next year Pryor…..You’ll need it because it’s NEVER going to happen….

    • saito8204

      You’re right, nobody can say with certainty that McGloin is going to be a star. I personally think he has the mental make up and the heart to be avery good QB, and as you correctly note, he threw the ball better than Pryor last season. Head to head, I think McGloin proved that he’s a better QB. That’s not to say that Pryor isn’t talented and athletic. He most certainly is. But he’s just not a good fit for the Raiders’ system. McGloin is. Pryor has a problem with pocket discipline and reading his progressions. He’s a runner who can throw the ball rather than being a QB that can sometimes run– like a Russell Wilson type. He’s on his way out of town, that’s for sure.

  • Howie Shadle

    I think Pryor wants to use that “free” card he has around his neck to gain the starting job he has not earned. Yes he can run better than McGloin but he is NOT a quarterback. Good riddance to some bad rubbish!

    • saito8204

      He’s definitely not a QB… he’s a runner who can throw the ball. He’s not the Russell Wilson type who is a quarterback who can also run when needed. There’s definitely a difference.

    • $$MAN RETURNS!!

      So what did Matt Flynn do last yr to gain the starting job Howie? He was named the starter before he even set foot in Alemeda.
      Same goes for Shaub, set a NFL record in pk 6′s, the FANS BURNED THIS DUDE’S JERSEY AND HARASSED HIM @ HOME, THE TEXANS WERE ELATED TO FIND A SUCKA (RM) TO TRADE SCHAUB TO AND HE ALREADY HAS BEEN NAMED THE STARTER?
      PRYOR WON MORE GAMES LAST YR THAN MM OR SCHAUB YET HE’S DEMOTED TO 3RD TEAM?? WTF IS WRONG WITH RN THESE DAYS, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO COMMITTMENT TO EXCELLENCE?

      • Howie Shadle

        That should tell you the staff’s opinion of TP by favoring an undrafted free agent and bringing in Schaub???

  • Leftcoast Longboards

    I love Matt McGloin simply for his heart. He reminds me so much of the Raiders I watched as a kid full of guys like McGloin and all they did was WIN. A walk on in college as Penn St was collapsing around him he weathered thru it became a record setting starter. THEN goes undrafted and wins another starting hob. When a young man has that kind of heart and passion and a more than adequate skill set there’s ni limit to what he can do. I feel for Pryor, he worked hard too and I wish him the very best.

    • saito8204

      To overcome all he has, to have beaten out not only Tyler Wilson but Matt Flynn for the job, and then to perform as admirably as he did in a really tough situation… I’ve got a world of respect for McGloin and really hope he gets a shot long term with the team. Like you mention, he’s got incredible heart and the Raiders could use a good dose of that.

  • bardicverse

    Pryor might just end up finding himself hanging out with Tim Tebow or better yet, Jamarcus Russell. No one wants a piss-poor attitude from a 3rd string QB. Pryor had 3 years to shine, and hasn’t really wowed anyone. He shows great speed, he’d make a solid WR, but he lacks composure in the QB slot, always running out of the pocket.

    McGloin, a first year undrafted rookie stayed cool in the pocket, made some good throws, threw some TDs, he’s got quite a few people’s attention. With some fine tuning from a veteran QB, he’s going to be a solid contender. He may become a franchise QB yet.

    It will be interesting to see where he is in year 3, so we can truly compare McGloin and Pryor at 3 years in.

    • saito8204

      I absolutely agree with you… with some time under Schaub, and some time to develop, he can absolutely be a franchise QB. He made some terrible mistakes last season, but that’s to be expected of a rookie thrown into the fire like he was. I thought overall, he was cool and effective in the pocket and the offense responded to him. They accumulated more yards and points per game with McGloin under center than with Pryor. That has to count for something.

  • Marie Cornelius

    McGloin is an excellent representative of both of his teachers (Paterno and O’Brien). Both coaches taught the importance of an education, leadership and humility. Proud that McGloin has done so well and will continue to excel. Best wishes to him. Success with honor.

    • saito8204

      McGloin has a lot of heart, and the mental make up to be a very effective QB in the league. I think given the chance, he would excel.

  • $$MAN RETURNS!!

    Please, TP is doing the right thing in asking to be traded or waived. DA has shown for yrs he isn’t about to start a Black QB unless he has no other choice and has went out of his way to make sure TP fails by leaving him in blowout games and calling running plays to get him knocked out in order to play “HIS GUYS”
    For the 2nd consecutive season Allen has had RM to trade for a bum AZZ white qb and ANOINTED HIM THE STARTING JOB BEFORE MINI CAMP!!?? ONLY A WUSS LIKE MM WHO KNOWS HE IS A CAREER BACKUP WOULD CATER TO BROWN NOSING TO STAY IN GOOD WITH THE GUY THAT SIGNED HIM AFTER WATCHING HIM THROW 3 PASSES. WHAT A FUKN JOKE.

  • NotRickyBobby

    Pryor really liked learning from Carson Palmer. So lets not act like Pryor isnt one to learn. Its just that it was determined not only can he not compete for the job…but McGloin is moved ahead of him. Now add the fact they are likely to draft a QB in the 2nd round…..the odds of Pryor returning were slim. He can be a solid QB…IF he figures out how to move around WITHIN the pocket. His confidence was killed after the KC game. Totally different player after that game.