McGloin's fourth-quarter interception kills comeback try

McGloin: Things weren't clicking in second half

McGloin's fourth-quarter interception kills comeback try
November 28, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Matt McGloin tried to force a throw to Jacoby Ford, but Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr made a leaping interception. (AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin has bee praised for smart, quick decision making these past few weeks. On one crucial play in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the undrafted rookie made an error in judgment.

McGloin’s read was correct on 3rd-and-9 from the Dallas 20-yard line. Receiver Jacoby Ford was matched up with cornerback Brandon Carr on the right sideline. McGloin banked on receivers beating their man all game long, and it worked extremely well.

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McGloin likes to make a pre-snap read, throw to a spot and let his man make a play. That could’ve tied the game if not for one glaring fact.

Ford is listed at 5-foot-9, but stands closer to 5-6. Carr is easily 6 feet tall. McGloin threw a jump ball that never stood a chance.

Interception Carr. Game iced.

The Raiders last, best chance to get back into the game was wasted. The Cowboys kicked a field goal after that and sealed a 31-24 victory at AT&T Stadium.

“Anytime there’s a interception, a million things go through your mind and you rethink it,” McGloin said. “If it was a touchdown, nobody would’ve thought a thing about it. But, you know, it happens. You learn from it. You gain experience.

“It was a bad decision by me. I’ll try to fix it.”

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen agreed that McGloin’s throw was a mistake, especially during the offense’s only sign of life in the second half.

“You can’t throw an interception in that situation,” Allen said. “That’s something he’ll have to learn from.”

McGloin must learn to be more consistent. Like the rest of the offense, McGloin went cold in the second half. The Raiders were 7-for-9 on third down in the first half, and 0-for-4 in the second. His completion percentage dipped toward 50 percent.

When the Raiders absolutely had to have a touchdown Sunday against Tennessee, he gave them one. On Thursday, he couldn’t.

He was near perfect during a two-drive set where the Raiders scored 14 unanswered points. The Raiders converted seven straight third downs, and McGloin was 9-for-11 for 121 yards.

Outside that, McGloin couldn’t generate consistent offense. He wasn’t helped by a running game slowed after a month’s prosperity, but McGloin’s part in a second-half disaster can’t be ignored. He wasn’t awful, but wasn’t great either.

“I don’t know if he played as well as he did in some of the previous weeks, but I still thought he did some good things,” Allen said. “I still thought he was able to throw the football down the field some. I’ll save the final evaluation until I get a chance to look at the tape but, overall, there were obviously a couple mistakes in the game but I wouldn’t say it was a poor performance.”