It’s abundantly clear that Matt Schaub is the Oakland Raiders‘ QB for now. It’s equally as clear that Derek Carr is the organization’s QB of the future. But the Raiders have a third QB on the roster who’s talented, a team player, has done everything asked of him and has played very well through the preseason so far — Matt McGloin.
You might remember McGloin. He’s the former UDFA from Penn State who managed to earn a roster spot by beating out GM Reggie McKenzie’s personal draft choice in 2013, Tyler Wilson. After the Matt Flynn experiment came crashing down in a fiery heap, the team turned to Terrelle Pryor who provided a spark early on. But injury and ineffectiveness led HC Dennis Allen to finally put McGloin on the field.
Given the circumstances in which McGloin found himself thrust into the NFL spotlight — being a rookie and without the benefit of really working with the first teamers — he managed to acquit himself pretty well. No, the results weren’t what Raiders brass or the fans wanted to see, but last season’s squad had far more wrong with it than just McGloin.
Fairly or not though, McGloin took a lot — if not, most — of the heat for Oakland’s second consecutive 4-12 season. Neither the coaching staff, nor the fans, showed any sort of faith in him and wanted to move on from him as quickly as possible without ever having given him a real opportunity to prove he belonged under center. And now he finds himself buried on the depth chart with no realistic chance of advancing.
Through it all though, McGloin has continued coming to work and is doing everything he can to improve his game — a task made even more difficult by his limited reps. But through the first two preseason games, it can be argued that not only has he outperformed prized rookie, and franchise QB in the making, Carr, but has been the best, or at least the most consistent, QB on the field for Oakland.
Undoubtedly, McGloin’s critics will automatically point to the fact that he’s been playing against second and third string talent. But if you use that argument, you must also acknowledge the fact that Carr has been as well. And of the two, through the first two games, McGloin has put up numbers either equal to (18-33 204 yds. 1 TD, 1 rushing TD) or better than Carr (19-32 183 yds. 1 TD 1 INT). McGloin is responsible for Oakland’s only score against the Minnesota Vikings, and led the game winning drive against the Detroit Lions. You can debate about who has been better until the cows come home, but there is no denying that Carr hasn’t outplayed McGloin in the slightest.
None of this is to say that Carr won’t eventually surpass McGloin in terms of being a better NFL quarterback. He certainly seems to have those intangibles in his makeup that QBs need to have. It just hasn’t happened yet.
So what is McGloin’s value to the Raiders? It’s quite obviously not as a quarterback. Trent Edwards can do the duties that will be required of McGloin this season – which we believe will be handing out towels and fetching Gatorade for the guys on the field.
While he seems to have no value to Oakland as a QB, he could become very valuable as a trade piece.
Given the fact that there are quarterback-needy teams still out there, McGloin might have considerable value indeed. With needs of their own, most notably at TE and in the secondary, it’s feasible that the Raiders might be able to obtain a serviceable player in exchange for McGloin. It would give him a legitimate shot to compete for a starting job rather than leaving him to languish in football purgatory.
The Raiders seemingly have no plans to use McGloin now or in the future. He’s playing well and has starting experience — two things that could be valuable assets for a few teams in the league. McKenzie should give him the chance to forge a career in the NFL for himself, and quite possibly help the Raiders in the process by trading Matt McGloin rather than leaving him to rot on the bench.