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Lowell Cohn: Raiders' Matt McGloin wins a week, not a game or a job

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin runs for a first down while pursued by Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley during their game in Oakland on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The Raiders lost to the Titans 23-19.
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Then there was Terrelle Pryor and all that talk about his elite running ability and he made the Raiders' offense unpredictable and dangerous and maybe he was better than Colin Kaepernick (maybe he is). And then the league figured out Pryor real fast and he got hurt and the Raiders didn't seem motivated to start him anymore.

And all of a sudden, McGloin — rhymes with coin, pork loin and groin — became the starter and the quarterback of the future and the current hope of the franchise. All the usual stuff.

As you recall, he's an undrafted rookie from Penn State, signed with the Raiders as a free agent. That means no one was eager for his services. You have to look hard for his bio in the Raiders media guide. You can find it under "Other Free Agents," the lowest designation. He merits a few inches of type. Flynn gets three pages, Pryor two.

Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans


But McGloin didn't join the Raiders to read. He joined to play. You couldn't help noticing how he played in the fourth quarter. The Raiders trailed 16-12 with 8? minutes left. McGloin started his drive at his own 25 with a long way to go. This is what he did.

He hit Rod Streater for a 19-yard gain. In my notebook I wrote, "Bullet."

Rashad Jennings ran for 1 yard.

McGloin hit Streater for 13 yards near the sideline. In my notebook I wrote, "McGloin avoids pressure."

He hit Jennings for 15 yards.

Now the Raiders were at the Titans' 27.

McGloin hit Marcel Reece with a 27-yard pass. Touchdown Raiders. In my notebook I wrote, "Led Reece with nifty high fly. Threw it over defender. Perfect."

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