As the Oakland Raiders get set to play the final 4 games of the 2013 season, once again with the playoffs almost certainly not going to happen, they are left to evaluate their roster. Most notably the Quarterback position, with Matt McGloin and Terrell Pryor. Both of whom have shown flashes of brilliance and faults of rookies this year. Assuming Terrelle is completely healthy from this MCL strain, here is how I think they should go about evaluating what they have at QB.
Coaches are always talking about a culture of competition and how it breeds excellence. And the objective of the offense is to score points. So lets combine the two. McGloin starts the game. If he leads the offense to points, he gets the next series, if not, Pryor gets the next possession. And so on and so on. You drive the offense down and score points, you get the next possession, otherwise the other QB gets to take the snaps.
Rhythm and other arguments be dammed, these QB’s need snaps if the Raiders are going to get any feel for what they have. They need BOTH QB’s to get snaps and what better way than to put the additional pressure of this competition on them. I know this idea is new and some will discount it as crazy. But how is this any different than alternating starts or halves? How else can you evaluate two quarterbacks, evenly, against the same caliber opponent, in 4 games?