Oakland Raiders: Cris Collinsworth claims Raiders are high end QB away from competing in AFC West

November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Network television reporters Cris Collinsworth (left) and Bob Costas (right) on the field performing the pre-game broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers game at Heinz Field. The Baltimore Ravens won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A lot has been made about the Oakland Raiders quarterback situation, recently CSN Bay Area (an NBC affiliate) asked Sunday Night Football’s Cris Collinsworth about the Raiders quarterback situation and if Dennis Allen along with his staff have handled the situation the right way. Collinsworth sidestepped the answer and instead mentioned how the Raiders have been competing all season in spite of who has been under center, claiming they are likely a QB away.

From CSN Bay Area:

Question: Have the Raiders handled this situation with the two quarterbacks the right way or has it been a bad situation?

Collinsworth: I don’t know. We’ll find out. You know, the Raiders, they are right there. They are pounding the football. Running the ball the other day in the game against Dallas. And certainly they have some ability. But the quarterback position is ultimately going to decide this team. I know I’ve said it before, but I am surprised if they don’t continue to address that position in the offseason. But I will say this, they are fighting out there. I mean, defensively they are slugging it out pretty good. They are pounding the ball running the ball. I think that they are developing, haven’t gotten there yet, but they are developing a bit of an edge. A little bit of a hardcore toughness to them. Run the ball, stop the run, try and be physical on both sides of the ball. They don’t have the horses to get away with that kind of style yet, but I do think that as we continue to move forward, that’s who they are going to be. Unfortunately, you got to try and match points with a team in that division and ultimately, Denver is going to be the high bar that you have to try and hurdle. And I still think it’s going to take a high end quarterback to match with what they are trying to do there.

It is no secret that the AFC West has three quality starters in Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and Phillip Rivers that are a cut above what the Raiders have on the roster. Matt McGloin is the closest to those three in terms of production and passing ability, but unless the undrafted QB develops significantly over summer Collinsworth is fair in his assessment that the Raiders are likely a QB who can put points on the board away from threatening the likes of the Broncos and to a lesser extent the Chiefs and Chargers.

Topics: AFC West, Oakland Raiders

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    I think McGloin is that guy. Put some better corners in the back of our defense and a better offense and Jennings and Reece at running the ball and we got a team.

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