Each week, the question has come up as to whether Matt McGloin has earned the right to start another game. Each week the answer has been the same - yes. That answer remained unchanged this week when Dennis Allen announced McGloin would remain the starter Sunday against the Chiefs.
He didn't stop there, however. He said that Pryor would continue to see time in the offense where they can find a package for him. Pryor got in the game for a series last Sunday and drove the Raiders into field goal range.
The decision to give Pryor a full series instead of a play here and there seemed an odd one at the time. Many questioned whether McGloin had done something wrong over the first two series to precipitate Pryor's entry into the game to begin the next series. Dennis Allen said it was the plan all along.
"Well, it was something that we had planned in the game plan going in. We wanted to put him in the third series of the football game regardless of how things were going. He went in. He moved the team down the field. We were able to get a field goal. Obviously, the plan was to go back to Matt. And then when we started off in the second half we were moving the ball, and we were doing some good thing offensively. So we weren't going to change that. That's something that we'll game plan on a week-in and week-out basis of where we can use him and how we can use him."
Sitting out a series may have messed with Matt McGloin's head a little bit because on the following possession, with the Raiders pinned at their own one-yard line, he threw an interception that led to a Jets field goal.
"Hey listen, it's obviously a challenge being out for 15 plays," said Allen. "It was something we all knew going in. It was something we talked about early in the week, that regardless of the situation we were going to get Terrelle into the football game. We wanted to do it on the third series of the game. We wanted to make the Jets have to make some adjustments to how they were going to defend him. I thought that opened up some things in the running game. And I thought we were able to move the ball down the field. We got three points out of that drive. And then like I said, when we got to the second half, we were doing some good things offensively, and I didn't what to do anything to change that."
The rebound in the second half had McGloin throwing for 13 of his 18 passes and 174 of his 245 yards as well as both of his touchdown passes. In total the Raiders scored all three of their touchdowns and added a field goal on four straight possessions in the second half.
Allen clearly likes this arrangement although perhaps taking McGloin out for an entire series wasn't such a good idea. Barring injury, it would seem the job is McGloin's the rest of the season, although Allen wouldn't commit to it.
"We'll see. Matt's obviously going to be the starting quarterback in this game. We'll look at each game plan and see how we can utilize Terrelle and what skills we can use to take advantage of what the defense is doing."