McGloin: We'll learn from it; I'll get better
Matt McGloin threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions that contributed to the Chiefs' win. (USATSI)
OAKLAND – Matt McGloin had the worst game of his fledgling NFL career on Sunday against Kansas City. The undrafted rookie threw four interceptions and was involved in a bumbled snap eventually lost. His decision-making was suspect. He was often reckless with the football and his mistakes played a huge part in an embarrassing 56-31 result.
While the Raiders struggled in all phases, the Chiefs turned McGloin miscues into 28 points.
“I’m at a loss for words for it,” McGloin said. “It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating. … We were hurting ourselves out there.”
Such is life with a young quarterback. The Raiders need near-perfect play from a signal caller making his fifth professional start. That hasn’t happened. While McGloin has generally played well since becoming the starter, Sunday was the first time he caused the Raiders major pain.
“It’s tough when a quarterback is going through a learning process,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “As the losses mount up, it gets frustrating. It’s frustrating for everybody.”
McGloin threw two interceptions to Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the first of which was returned 47 yards for a touchdown. He threw two more in the fourth quarter, on successive series, the last of which got him benched.
Terrelle Pryor filled in at different times – once near the goal line, again in the third quarter and after McGloin’s fourth pick – as a planned change of pace. Pryor wasn’t much better, and threw an interception in four attempts. He competed one pass for 12 yards and had 19 rushing yards on three carries.
Despite being pulled, Allen said McGloin start again next week against the San Diego Chargers. Odds are great he’ll also start the season finale against Denver.
Allen has hitched his wagon to McGloin down the stretch, and they’ll need better quarterback play to avoid a 4-12 fate. If they don’t win again, Allen’s job could be in jeopardy.
McGloin said he’s focused on winning the last two games, but knows he hurt his team some on Sunday. Though he was instrumental in cutting the lead to 35-31 in the third quarter, McGloin regrets several throws against the Chiefs that dropped him to 1-4 as a starter.
“There are always passes that you wish you could pull back, but that’s part of the game,” McGloin said. “They made some good plays, but some of those throws were poor decisions. I wish I had thrown the ball away a few times today. I know I’ll learn from it and the rest of the guys are going to learn from their mistakes.”
McGloin made mistakes of youth, too often taking big risks with safer options available. That makes life difficult on a team in desperate need of a win.
“There are no excuses,” Allen said. “We can’t turn the ball over like that, but he is a young player and those are things…he’s got to go through those growing pains and that learning process. It’s tough. It’s tough on all of us, but that’s part of what we’ve got to do.”