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Matt Mcgloin vs Terell Pryor

It's obvious the Nation is split down the middle as to which one of them is better suited to lead this team next year. Fans of Mcgloin will say he's got better pocket awareness than Pryor, makes better reads, is more accurate, and gets rid of the ball better to avoid sacks. His detractors will say none of what he does leads to victories, they'll point out his 1-5 record and the fact that the one win came against a team that was halfway through a 14 game losing streak. Fans of Pryor will say he shows flashes of what could be, he had a better completion % than Mcgloin, the Raiders went 3-6 under him, and he made plays with his feet. The truth is both QB's showed flashes of potential, and both QB's showed they're not ready to be the leader of this Franchise. Mcgloin was erratic and inaccurate at times as evidenced by completing only 55% of his passes, and the Raiders didn't win ball games. Pryor was terrible in 2nd halves of games, played atrocious against the Chiefs and Giants, was also inaccurate, and didn't seem to go through his progressions opting instead to tuck it and run. And while that worked at times, it's not the way to be effective in the NFL. We may all disagree on which one of them is better suited to lead this team, but we should all agree that neither of them is a better option to win games now than a veteran QB is. Pryor and Mcgloin were supposed to be getting valuable experience being groomed and learning the game from the sidelines, unfortunately the guy we brought in to be our starting QB (Matt Flynn) turned out to be a bust so both of them were thrown into the fire too soon. The Raiders need a veteran QB who's been there and done that, not a young QB trying to learn on the fly, we're bringing in veteran leadership and winners in guys like Lamarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, we're trying to address all the areas of need for this team in Free Agency to win now. Reggie is preparing for another haul of Free Agents next year by front loading contracts so that we have Cap space next offseason too, and his plan only works if we win now, an 8-8 Raider team shows that we're turning things around, makes us more attractive to free agents because they're getting paid and they get to be a part of the New Raiders, but another 4-12 season will show that our plan this year failed and that we're the same old Raiders of the past 10 years and people are going to be less likely to come here unless we overpay for them. It doesn't matter if you like Mcgloin more than Pryor, or Pryor more than Mcgloin, we should all agree that neither of them are ready to be the QB of this team. In two years Mcgloin and Pryor could be great QB's, but they need time to develop, but that developing has to take place on the sidelines learning from someone like Vick, Schaub, Freeman, or Sanchez, not in the game where they're learning costs us victories and makes guys like Woodley and Tuck regret coming here. We need to win games now, not next year, not two years from now, NOW. We need to improve upon last year significantly, we need to show that this team has direction, that the General Manager knows what he's doing and that what he's doing is leading to victories, we need to be competitive, we need to be a threat to win every game. Is it impossible that Mcgloin or Pryor could do that for us this year? absolutely not. But, it's a safer bet to trust a veteran QB to do that for us over the next two years and then he can hand the keys to whichever one between the two is ready and wins the job. I'm not the biggest fan of Mcgloin, I think Pryor has more potential and makes us more dangerous, but if bringing in a Michael Vick wins us just 1 more game than letting Pryor play, I'll take it, because the team the jersey represents is more important than the name on the back of the jersey.

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