The summer is winding down, kids are getting ready to go back to school and the Oakland Raiders are having quarterback issues. Just like last year, Reggie McKenzie got rid of his starting quarterback and traded a late-round pick for a weak-armed quarterback named Matt. Unlike Flynn, Matt Schaub has proven that he can be a dependable quarterback in the NFL. However, both Flynn and Schaub come to the Raiders with the confidence of a Latvian center at the free throw line (Biedrins reference for you Golden State Warriors fans). I know we have just seen Schaub in three preseason game,s but wasn’t that enough time to realize that Flynn was not working last year?
I don’t want to throw in the towel on the Schaub era before it even begins, but it has become clear to me that the other Matt, (the red-headed step child of the Matt quarterback dynasty)McGloin gives the Raiders the best chance to win this season. While McGloin’s arm strength is comparable to Flynn and Schaub, McGloin’s confidence level is on another level.
It became clear that McGloin regained his swagger when he shrugged after throwing a game-winning touchdown to Brice Butler at the end of the second preseason game. People forget that McGloin was a rookie last year which is why his talents were written off for the 23,532th time in his career. Do you think a guy who had to fight to become the starting quarterback at Penn State after being a walk-on and a guy who wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine would just call it quits after Schaub was named the starting quarterback?
Most of the Raider Nation is abuzz with the thought of rookie Derek Carr starting early on this season. It is clear that Carr has the best arm and has the loftiest potential out of any quarterback who has called Oakland home in recent years. However, the 23-year-old Carr needs to sit back and study while sitting on the bench so that he can avoid a loss of confidence like the elder Carr did in Houston.
The Raiders will have to come out of the gates fast in order to avoid the 12th disastrous season in a row. Right now it looks like the cards are stacked against the,, as they have to play one of the toughest schedules in the NFL while traveling the most miles and playing only seven home games. It has become clear to me that McGloin is the quarterback who will give the Raiders the best chance to win games in September.