Raider nation has a tendency to overreact whenever anything good or bad happens. This is no exception to when it comes to trying to find a franchise quarterback. All throughout the year, fans have been calling for their favorite quarterback to start, without stepping back and analyzing how either of them are actually playing.
Here, we are going to examine some stats and how they reflect both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, because the statistics may be surprising.
Matt McGloin is completing just 56.9% of his passes, 2 percent lower than Terrelle Pryor’s 58.9%. Everyone is praising Matt for his “superior” ability to throw the ball more effectively, but this actually isn’t the case.
Matt is 62-109 on his pass attempts and Terrelle is 132-224. In first 104 pass attempts, which is roughly the same sample size as Matt’s first 109, Terrelle completed 68% of passes (71 completions). This is also before Terrelle was banged up from the Kansas city game, then later injured.
They both threw for 4 TD and two INTs in that span of time, but Terrelle Pryor also added 229 yards on the ground in that span and completed nearly ten percent more of his passes.
Terrelle Pryor just dumped it off many of the times for short yardage and easy completions you say? Actually, in that span, his average pass went for 8.1 yards compared to Matt McGloin’s 7.33 yards per pass. You also cannot say that Matt is throwing more in each game than Terrelle, because Matt averages 31 pass attempts per start, while Terrelle is averaging 28 attempts.
You could argue that Matt McGloin has better technique and is technically the more sound passer, which is true, but this is a production business and Terrelle has produced more than Matt even if you take into account the games where he was injured in a very important part of his body, his legs.
Matt had one very good game against the worst team in the league that lost to the Jaguars, twice. His previous two games have been nothing special, except costing the team with the very untimely red-zone turnovers. When healthy, Terrelle not only has shown he is more efficient throwing the ball, but also has the added wrinkle of scrambling. Matt could not capitalize on what is one of the worst secondaries in the league against the Cowboys when he failed to throw a touchdown pass and consistently move the chains in the second half.
Terrelle Pryor of late has been though, as he lost the ability to fully use his legs, that took away a vital part of the running game because while he was starter, McFadden was running the ball ineffectively for the most part. He has thrown 8 INTs to 1 TD in his past four starts, but he did go up against two very good defenses in two games, got stuck in a hole in the Philly game and was injured in the Giants game. Pryor out dueled a SD team that beat the chiefs and came with a few plays of beating the Colts, which could have been avoided if Janokowski made his field goals that game.
I do believe that Terrelle is and has the ability to be a much better quarterback in this league compared to Matt McGloin, who looks to have a nice career has a good backup, which is not bad considering he was undrafted out of Penn State. Matt does not have the ability to win games for this team on his own, something that Terrelle has and come very close to doing.
As Terrelle did, Matt seems to be regressing as he starts to play better teams and at this rate, I believe it best to start Pryor, see what he can do in the next four games with all his potential and he is healthy. If he starts to play at the level he did earlier in the year, great, we are able to draft save our first round pick, and if he completely tanks, then we can draft Derek Carr in the first round and hopefully get some star playmakers for him with all the money we have in free-agency next season.
Imagine him throwing passes to Jimmy Graham and Eric Deck next season, while adding elite defensive prospects as well. We can all dream can’t we?
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