There aren’t many places in North America that are warm this Sunday, East Rutherford, New Jersey not being one of them. Luckily when the Raiders visit the Jets on Sunday the Silver and Black will have a quarterback who is used to the bitter cold of the North.
Just months removed from his college career at Penn State Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Matt McGloin says he is prepared to play despite the cold when his team takes on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, according to Scott Bair from CSN Bay Area.
“I’m used to it,” McGloin said. “I grew up in the East my whole life, so I’m used to playing in the cold weather. I’m used to the grip of the ball, how it feels, how to keep your hands warm and moist, things like that. So that won’t be too much of an adjustment for me.”
McGloin is an undrafted rookie out of Penn State and is from the state so Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson is as confident as the quarterback himself that the former Big 10 QB won’t be flustered by any conditions that are thrown Oakland’s way as they look to end their long streak of futility on the East Coast.
“We have a quarterback right now who has played in inclement weather and played in the Big 10,” offensive coordinator Gerg Olson said. “They get a lot of that kind of weather there, so you don’t really allow that to be an excuse or a distraction. It is what it is, and they know right now going into it that it’s going to be cold and there is going to be a chance of snow flurries, so you just keep playing.”
It should be noted that Terrelle Pryor is also used to cold climates from his Buckeye so the Raiders will have two former Big 10 QB’s who know a thing or to about playing through the wind and frozen extremities. McGloin is expected to start and to take the majority of the snaps against a Jets team that looked incapable of moving the ball under Geno Smith last Sunday in a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins. Looking to end their dubious losing streak out East, the Raiders should feel confident in knowing that they will have a QB under center who is not only comfortable in the cold, he comes from it.