More misses than hits in Raiders' QB evaluation

Allen: 'We're going to go with McGloin, continue to use Terrelle'

More misses than hits in Raiders' QB evaluation
December 18, 2013, 7:45 am
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Dennis Allen: “Sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes mistakes are made.” (AP)

Programming note: Watch Wednesday’s Raiders press conference with Dennis Allen and Matt McGloin streaming live right here at 1:15 p.m.

The Raiders used a draft pick and a conditional selection to acquire Matt Flynn in a trade. They used another to draft Tyler Wilson.

Consider those wasted picks.

Flynn was demoted from starter to backup to emergency QB before getting released Oct. 7. Wilson’s backslide was equally swift. The fourth-round pick fell behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin and was cut twice without being claimed off waivers.

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The Raiders kept him on the practice squad, but any hope for an eventual contribution ended Monday when Tennessee claimed him off the active roster.

Wilson and Flynn are two big strikes against general manager Reggie McKenzie and his personnel department’s ability to evaluate quarterbacks.

If we’re keeping score, McGloin is currently one for the win column. He’s started five games and will start a sixth on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, less than a year after being bypassed in the draft and the first wave of college free agency.

Even with McGloin’s positive contributions, the Raiders are 1-4 with him as a starter.

That means these Raiders are on the red side of a short ledger. Everybody misses some time, even the best scouting departments. There’s no telling whether the next quarterback will be a big hit, and there’s confidence the Raiders will strike gold posthaste.

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“Sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes mistakes are made,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I’m confident in Reggie McKenzie and the personnel staff in being able to evaluate football players, quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, I’m very confident in his ability to do that, I’m very confident in our ability as a coaching staff to be able to do that.”

Pardon Raider Nation for being impatient. The Raiders haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Rich Gannon. They’ve had little stability at a vital position, using 15 quarterbacks since Gannon’s tenure ended in 2004.

The latest is McGloin, who has a fan in Dennis Allen “Obviously, we’ve seen something in Matt McGloin that we like, that we think, there’s something there as a quarterback. I think he’s proven that. I think he’s also proven that he’s still a young player and he’s going to make some mistakes. But I’m very confident in our ability to evaluate all positions.”

The jury is still out on McGloin, especially after he threw four interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Raiders seem to have made up their minds that Terrelle Pryor – an Al Davis pickup -- is an accent piece, Allen stated that further evaluation is required heading into next season.

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“I think both these guys have shown signs of being a quarterback in the National Football League,” Allen said. “I don't think either one of them's a finished product yet and we're still going to look at these last two games and try to see what we have and see what weneed to do going into the future.”