As Raider Nation anxiously awaits Friday’s matchup against the Saints in New Orleans, we slip towards the end of the dog days of summer & ever so closer to that cool Autumn Wind of opening day kickoff. By now Raider Nation has heard the barrage of negative criticism from the mainstream media. We know the Raiders have been chosen to finish dead last not only in the AFL, but in the entire NFL as well. Unfortunately, we’re more than familiar on the issues if Darren McFadden can stay healthy throughout most of the season.
We know that the injury bug has started to plague Alameda, and apparently there is a QB controversy on who wins the starting gig to be #32 QB on Ron Jaworski QB rankings list.
Despite all the unknowns to the negative criticism, I find that having a QB controversy/competition to be more than interesting and a positive for the Raiders. The subject is going to be worn out until opening day, but the dynamics of situation are going to change after each preseason game moving forward. After last week’s triumph over Dallas; a consensus of Raider Nation’s opinion had Pryor looking like a starter, with McGloin surprisingly in 2nd, Flynn in 3rd, and Wilson nowhere on the map. Although it was just the first preseason game, it appears three of the four QB’s are playing for that starting position on the roster.
In defense of Matt Flynn & “The Flynnatics”; Flynn did not receive enough game time too accurately evaluate his play. Flynn appears to play safe, but since he’s being catered too like the starter there’s only so much of the picture that has been painted. If the Raiders run game can prove to be a force to be reckoned with, then a QB who is consistent & plays safe will only be conducive for the team. Keeping a team looking for the run & for safe passes over the flats only leaves the long game wide open as game progresses. We’ve yet to see a big play from Flynn, but if Flynn’s MO is to be cool, calm, consistent, and safe he could just have a breakout year this season. Keep in mind Flynnatics, Flynn was brought here to be the starter & currently it’s his job to lose.
Flynn’s backup, Terrelle Pryor, looked very energetic against Dallas and the entire team seemed to fire up on offense with him behind center. Pryor showed his true athleticism, and that hard work during off time pays off. Although Pryor threw a bone head interception his play appeared to be superior, and he was able to lead the team down into the red zone.
Something most EVERYONE seems to forget is how young Pryor is, especially his critics. With that being said Pryor is just two months differ in age than our rookie Tyler Wilson & already has NFL time under his belt. After listening to a recent interview with Pryor on 95.7 The Game, it seems Pryor has his head on straight, knows his faults, and is working hard to be that guy for the Raiders. The injury bug as taken its toll on the offensive line & if Flynn takes too many hits like he did against Dallas, Pryor could be handed the job due to unfortunate injury early in the season.
Now for Matt McWho??? Matt Mcgloin didn’t only surprise me, but it appears he surprised the entire Raider Nation! McGloin showed excellent composer and mechanics for a rookie QB, while proving he can lead the team down the field. Mcgloin was a walk on QB at Penn State University, and during his senior year took a team with seriously low expectations (sound familiar) to a winning season by playing big in games that were supposed to be lost. If McGloin can keep the fire he had at Penn State going, Mcgloin could be McBlowin it up for the Raiders sooner than later. It would be nice to see McGloin get some time with the 1st string offense before preseason comes to an end.
Even though Raider Nation seems dived, I am truly excited about having a 1, 2, 3 punch when it comes to the depth of our QB’s. I personally can’t remember a time where the Raiders had this kind of depth at the position. Whether you’re a Flynnatic or part of the Pryor parade, we as a Nation should be excited to have these young talented gentlemen aboard our ship. As the Raiders go marching down for a voodoo night game in New Orleans tomorrow, I anxiously await to see how this all shakes out.
Oh yeah; Tyler Wilson keep your chin up, there is a reason the Raiders drafted you with our 4th round pick. I invite you to comment with your outlook on the matter, as I enjoy the diversity of the Raider Nation’s opinions.