Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Matt McGloin prepared to accept backup role in 2014


When the 2013 NFL season ended with Terrelle Pryor closing out the season as a starter against the Denver Broncos after Matt McGloin was under center for much of the second half of the year the writing was on the wall that the Oakland Raiders would be looking for a different quarterback to lead them in 2014 after mixed results from both.

It was also assumed that McGloin would be the most likely to stick around as the Raiders backup, after all the rookie had a longer contract and seemed much more willing. The Penn State product has spent most of his offseason working out with former NFL/CFL star Jeff Garcia as well as Raiders wide receivers while Terrelle Pryor has also been working out hard this offseason, but has been reported to have asked to be moved out of Oakland.

With former Texans starter Matt Schaub in the fold and ready to start for the Raiders in 2014 barring a massive shake up during training camp and the preseason, McGloin has the inside track to assume the role of backup for this season ahead of whoever the team potential drafts at quarterback. Last year’s most surprising undrafted free agent also has now went on the record to express his excitement in the opportunity to learn from a proven quarterback in Schaub after a year where the Raiders were led by two unproven prospects in McGloin and Pryor.

From CSN Bay Area.

“He reached out to me and we talked, so it’s going to be great,” McGloin said last week. “I’m really looking forward to being around him and learning from him.”

“It will be good to work with Matt Schaub each and every day and learn as much as I can from him,” McGloin said. “Just being around him, to see how he works and try to pick up on anything at all that he does (will help). I’m really looking forward to that, and being around a lot of the other veterans too.”

Learning under Schaub and honing his skills on the sidelines is a must for McGloin, who despite showcasing his underrated arm and ability to make big plays downfield is still very much a project after going through the 2013 NFL Draft unselected. McGloin’s main issue is adjusting his lack of height to the NFL level, something that will come with experience that Raiders head coach Dennis Allen hopes he can get and feels is the missing ingredient.

“With Matt, it’s all about experience,” Allen said in March at the NFL owners meetings to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “It’s all about getting the reps in practice. It’s going to be about getting the reps in the preseason games and gaining experience, because there’s no better teacher than experience. I think that’s the one thing, when you look at Matt, that he lacks.

“I think it’ll be a great opportunity for him to fall in behind a guy like Matt Schaub and see how a guy who’s been successful in this league plays the quarterback position both on and off the field.”

Regardless of how Raiders fans feel about McGloin, namely stealing the starting job away from fan favorite Terrelle Pryor last season, there is no denying that the rookie showed off some intriguing promise and potential through the air. Much has been made of McGloin’s work ethic to become a starter in his rookie year after being undrafted and lowly regarded quarterback coming out of the depths of Penn State’s decline in the wake of the scandal that rocked their football program. If McGloin can continue that positive attitude and work ethic in a return to a full backup role in 2014 there will be a place for him on the Raiders roster for years to come.

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  • Maconslab

    Wow just don’t understand the way RM is doing the QB situation . MS named the starter but hasn’t played a down in da Silver and Black not to mention he ranked lower than both QBs on the roster as far as power rankings go. Also they’ve named MM the backup and he has similar numbers as TP. I’m all in with a lot of the moves that have been made but when it comes to evaluating QB talent RM is 0-2,MF and TW. What’s wrong with letting all three compete during preseason. Plus there is not any sexy QB pick that we should just go after. If they don’t want TP go ahead and cut him don’t hold him and you know you not gonna give him a chance. And to the guy that wrote this blog TP only voiced he wanted out after the starting QB was named and he was being shopped around back in early March. I think TP has handle this situation with class. Go Raiders!!!

  • Cetswayo Dawson

    “It was also assumed that McGloin would be the most likely to stick around as the Raiders backup, after all the rookie had a longer contract and seemed much more willing.” WTF??? I guess they just let anybody write articles nowadays.

  • Maconslab

    I agree this guy is an idiot!!!

  • Maconslab

    I would hope JC SW or KM would fall to us at five even though these studs should come off early if we can’t get these guys,fallback and pick up some extra picks!!! I think we in the verge of building a champion!!!!! Go raiders!!!!

  • chase ruttig

    So it is not a fact that Terrelle Pryor demand a trade and has a shorter contract? Thanks for trying…..

  • Raider Grant

    I believe McKenzie/Allen named Schaub the starter to build his confidence. If McGloin & Pryor (if still w/raiders) come in HUNGRY enough, to include putting in off-season work, it could turn into a competition. Go Raiders!!!

  • Angel

    Pryor WAS a fan favorite, in pre-season. McGloin is an actual quarterback. The Raider conformists who listen to everything their uncle believes are the idiots saying, “Pryor bad ass. Pryor is MoRe better. Pryor!” McGloin has a wider skill set and the pros and cons go in McGloin’s favor. Just pay attention. Pryor, pros ??? Runs…. Uhhhh anymore?? Nope. “Not even leadership??” Uhhhh not really. “What about when he admitted to making a mistake and blaming himself for it when he got sacked in the redzone, week 1 vs the Colts, then threw a pick in the remaining seconds???” Yes, just that one time but ehhhhh not enough. Okay, he sucks. Just pay attention. Let him go sit on the bench somewhere else and avoid the distraction… We are Raiders, when have we ever wanted someone on our team who publicized wanting to get off of it??? Kick him to the curb. He sucks.

    Since birth, go Raiders!!

  • Jared Myers

    Matt McGloin played well enough to earn at least one more year in a Raiders uniform. Pryor, who imploded down the stretch, hasn’t.

  • chris from cal

    Agree, TP has shown total class, trained hard, good guy. Probably not the best choice for our backup. Schaub is a mistake – shoulda kept McGloin and drafted a newbie or traded/FA’d for someone else, and let em fight it out. All the moves say win now, and I guess getting Schaub was supposed to be a win now so it kinda make sense, but he’s gonna falter under pressure, most likely. McGloin will end up playing, given just the two guys. We’ll see, hope I’m wrong. A good QB and we could go deep into the playoffs, with all the other changes we’ve made, I believe.