Shocking just about no one who saw Matt McGloin’s three-touchdown, no-interception performance against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen named McGloin the starter for this week when the Raiders return to the Black Hole to host the Tennessee Titans.
The San Jose Mercury News reported the decision on Wednesday.
“Matt McGloin earned the right to get another opportunity to start,” Allen said.
McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, was 18-for-32 for 197 yards. He was pressed into service because starter Terrelle Pryor was out with a right knee that he originally sprained against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3.
Pryor’s knee is apparently still bothering him, but it’s possible Pryor will be the No. 2 quarterback against the Titans.
“I play a certain way and I just got to be a little bit more healthy to do that,” Pryor said.
Pryor did practice Wednesday, but was limited. However, Pryor supported Allen’s decision.
“You get hurt, other guys play well, why not continue with it?” Pryor said. “I don’t blame Coach. I’m a team player. I’ll be doing the looks for the corners, writing up a report for McGloin and helping the best that I can. I’m hoping that he has a lot of success.”
McGloin wasn’t exactly humble about the news, but his confidence is what has helped him get to where he is after having to walk on at Penn State and fight his way up a depth chart as an undrafted free agent.
“It’s a performance-based business and, at the end of the day, you have to perform to play,” McGloin said. “We did play well last week. Coach is doing the right thing sticking with what we had and seeing what happens.”
The Raiders, at 4-6, are very much in the hunt for a wild-card berth in the AFC. They trail the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins by a game, with the Jets currently holding the sixth and final playoff position.