With another loss on Thanksgiving at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, the Raiders have officially entered into the evaluation phase of the season according to head coach Dennis Allen.
While hope for the immediate future has escaped, the future remains bright.
Many of the players on one-year “prove it” deals have done just that, and this time the Raiders will have enough money to lock them up- and then some.
A strong nucleus of young players is present and the front office should be able to entice some high-level talent in the offseason; but there is still a big, nagging question mark for the Raiders: Who is the quarterback?
Terrelle Pryor won everyone over with his remarkable athleticism and humble work ethic but then his progress as a passer began to slow, and then regress. Nobody can deny, however, that he could get back on track and start progressing again just as easily as he fell off of that track.
Matt McGloin is an uplifting story of a perennial underdog who never ceases to overcome odds and exceed expectations, but his physical limitations makes you wonder how good he can be even on his best day in his best year. Add to the mix that there do exist quarterbacks who have overcome similar shortcomings, (Drew Brees comes to mind) and you can’t help but feel like if anyone’s got the heart to do it, it’s McGloin.
We need to have a good evaluation of what we have at the quarterback position as we move forward. These last four weeks will be instrumental in us being able to do that.
With $70 million in salary dollars about to be freed up, it’s not unreasonable to believe that the Raiders could put together a playoff-caliber team in one offseason.
In the final four games of the 2013 season, the Raiders need to know if the quarterback that can help this team reach those goals is on the roster.