Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said after Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys that Matt McGloin will start for the club when they return Dec. 8 at the New York Jets, but that he wants to evaluate both McGloin and former starter Terrelle Pryor over the season’s final four games.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Pryor will see some spot duty over the next four games—the questions are when and for how long.
Pryor hasn’t played since a Nov. 10 loss to the New York Giants, a week after he sprained his knee in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was inactive the week after the Giants game, but was available as the backup with a specialty package of plays for each of the last two games.
Allen just didn’t use him.
Of course, Pryor burned through a lot of the coaching staff’s goodwill with his performance in the Jersey swamps, when he didn’t divulge how bad his knee was bothering him in the week leading up to the game, played poorly, then blamed the knee for his poor performance in a postgame press conference.
Want to drive a coach bananas? Do just some of that.
Allen did say he wants to see more of Pryor.
“I think we want to see more of him at some point,” Allen said. “Injuries are a tough thing. They’re hard to account for. You don’t know how things are going to respond and how quickly people are going to get back.
“Obviously, not getting action against the Titans was good rest for him. With the short week, and again, only having 20 plays in the second half, we weren’t able to get him involved in the offense. But I think that’s something we want to look at moving forward, but we’ll see how that plays out.”
McGloin, meanwhile, has looked like a rookie at times, but has done well enough to keep the gig.
“I don’t think Matt’s done anything to play himself out of that position,” Allen said. “I think as Terrelle gets more and more healthy, to be able to see him more involved in the offense is something that we’ll continue to look at. I think Matt has gone in and handled himself pretty well. Really, in every game that he’s been the starting quarterback, we’ve had an opportunity to win those football games.”
In his three starts, the Raiders are 1-2 and McGloin is 55-for-94 for 712 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions for a passer rating of 87.7. Pryor is 132-for-224 for 1,559 yards, five touchdowns and 10 picks for a passer rating of 69.0.