Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pissed Raider Fan

There is no reason Matt McGloin should have started the Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas. He had a decent first half but fumbled the ball inside the Raider 10-yard-line, which led to the Cowboys first score. 

Challenge my loyalty all you want (that's why I have my own Raider's blog to say what the heck I want to say), right is right, and what the Raiders are doing by benching Pryor is not right (and his name was not on the teams injury report so he's no longer suffering from the knee sprain that kept him out of the Houston game).

The commentator Jim Nance mentioned, "Matt McGloin was watching the game at home last Thanksgiving with his family, now his family gets to watch him." Well, what about Pryor's family? 

Just as McGloin fumbled the snap that led to a Dallas TD, Pryor should be allowed to make those same type of mistakes that all inexperienced QB's make.

It's 14:20 to go in the game, Dallas has scored 14 unanswered points to make the score 28-21. The Raiders have not scored in the second half, which is similar to what they have done all season. This pattern would suggest there's more of a coaching issue (making adjustments) than it is a QB issue.

The loss is not all McGloin's fault, he played well in the first half but did not produce in the second half. The Raider defense, in the second half, was shredded by the Dallas running game. Also, Oakland committed a few of their typical, bone-headed, 15-yard penalties, which certainly didn't help. 

So tell me, what will McGloin get out of this loss? He will gain experience. 

The same experience that Pryor would have acquired had he been given the opportunity to start. Matt McGloin is now 1-2 as the starter. His only win came against the woeful Houston Texans who have lost 9 straight games. 

Longest play of the day for the Raiders was 35 yards. Pryor usually runs for at least that on one play. Jacoby Ford was clearly covered in the end zone, McGloin throws the ball anyway, and it's an I-N-T. 

The Raiders 24 points included 7 points scored when Greg Jenkins recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. Therefore, Matt McGloin was responsible for 17 points, 7 for Dallas when he fumbled, and one interception. Final result, a 31-24 LOSS.

Play Pryor or trade him because he's much better than a bench warmer.

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