Well, the bleeding is over.
The Oakland Raiders were the unfortunate subjects to the clinic that the Broncos put on at O.co. The Raiders were ravaged by injuries in their secondary, having their top safety and two corners out of the game due to injury when they faced, when his time is done, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever live.
The Broncos set out to prove to the NFL why they deserve the title of the best team in the league and that they are determined to the win the super bowl this year.
At the expense of the least talented team in the league.
It was a match-up of complete opposites and terrible football from the team we fans love. Here are the key takeaways
The franchise quarterback is not on this roster- This is hard for me to say because I have been a believer in Pryor since the day he came to Oakland, but neither him nor Matt McGloin seems to be future of this team, at least not as a starter.
“Obviously, there were mistakes. He wasn’t quite as sharp as he had been earlier, in a couple of the earlier games, but I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen out of Matt McGloin from, really, the first moment he walked on campus here. I think we have a guy that can be in our plans for the future, and I’m glad he’s on this football team.” -Dennis Allen on Matt McGloin
While it seems that Dennis Allen is intent on keeping Matt McGloin on this football team for next season, I think he Allen knows that he is nothing more than a backup, going on five game losing streak after beating the worst team in the league.
While Pryor showed flashes of potential during his stint as the starting quarterback this year, he is just too raw and inconsistent to be counted on to be a future franchise QB at this point in his young career.
So the search for the next franchise QB continues as next offseason they will have plenty of opportunities to find one through free agency or the draft.
Do they go after Jay Cutler or Sam Bradford (if released) in free agency, do they gamble on their first round pick with a QB like Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, UCF’s Blake Bortles, or do they try their luck with a mid round pick on a QB with potential, like San Jose State’s David Fales?
I think Reggie McKenzie doesn’t choose a QB in the first round unless they absolutely fall in love with him, because he drafts along the “best player available” strategy instead of need.
This game reinforced what was known all season, the lack of talent- This game was most likely the most mismatched game of the year in terms of talent game in almost every position. You can blame Dennis Allen and Reggie all you want, but what it really boils down to is that this team wasn’t built to win many games this year. Reggie and Dennis did an admirable job with the tools and pieces they were given, but if you expected this team to win the superbowl with half the money the rest of the league had to work with, then you had your expectations to high.
Manning ate up the likes of Philip Adams and Chimdi Chekwa in coverage, as he broke three records- in the first half.
There isn’t much to takeaway from this game other than this is the Raiders team that everyone expected them to be this year.