HOUSTON – Is there a quarterback controversy brewing in Silver and Blackdom?
Matt McGloin’s performance in the Oakland Raiders’ 28-23 victory over the Houston Texans and their previously top-ranked defense, along with Terrelle Pryor’s recent regression and right knee injury, would suggest so.
And coach Dennis Allen would not commit, at least not publicly, to a starter for next week’s home game against the Tennessee Titans.
“Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to enjoy this win,” Allen said. “We’re going to go back and we’ll evaluate. But (McGloin) definitely did a very good job today.”
McGloin was 18 of 32 for 197 yards passing and three touchdowns for a 105.9 passer rating.
Pryor has thrown eight interceptions since his last TD and tried to play through the pain of what he called a sprained MCL last week in a loss at the New York Giants.
Yes, Pryor was deemed “out” of the Texans game on Saturday, just as the team was boarding its charter flight to Houston. But would it not have made sense to have the quarterback make the trip, to offer in-game advice to a true rookie and wear the headset during the game, for experience sake?
“Really, to be honest with you,” Allen said, “it’s part of the policy (for players ruled out to not travel).
“But he was also sick on Saturday morning. That was something ... I didn’t want somebody that was sick to be on the plane and have the opportunity to get a bunch of guys sick coming into the game.”
So, in other words, if you think Pryor was feeling ill Saturday morning, how would the notion of losing the gig make him feel?
Unless, of course, he’s fully recovered and welcomes a competition this week.
And to be fair, the Raiders defense did set McGloin up at the Texans’ 16-yard line on two of Oakland’s first three possessions.
So how did Pryor help McGloin prepare this past week?
“We have a very healthy relationship, Terrelle and I,” McGloin said. “You know, this is his team. Film work, what to expect, how to handle situations, he was really there throughout the whole way.
“I’m happy to be playing quarterback with him.”