The Raiders used three quarterbacks this season and six in the last three years. They still don’t have a franchise quarterback.
Coach Dennis Allen approved that message on Monday, stating the position remains one the Raiders have to address.
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“I’m not sure that we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now,” Allen said. “I think we’ll go through the off-season evaluation process, I think we’ll go back through all the tapes, we’ll comb through everything. I do think we have a better idea of what we have at the quarterback position.”
The Raiders don’t have much. They have a green undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who has talent but made mistakes common to his experience level.
They also have Terrelle Pryor under contract for another season. He flashed tremendous potential without the consistency as a passer or smart thrower on the run.
McGloin was 1-5. Pryor was 3-6. Outcast Matt Flynn was 0-1.
The Raiders scraped by after the Flynn experiment fell flat and Tyler Wilson never panned out.
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The Raiders offense was better with McGloin under center, but still not good enough. That’s led the Raiders to consider outside options in free agency, the draft or both.
If Allen returns as expected, the pressure will be on him and general manager Reggie McKenzie to win right away. That means the Raiders can’t wait on another developing youngster. That includes McGloin, Pryor or any future draft pick. It also suggests a veteran will be added to this mix in an attempt to kick start a pressure-packed 2014 season.
It could be argued the Raiders made a similar move last season by acquiring Flynn. Even then, offensive coordinator Greg Olson termed Flynn the best option “available.”
Now that the Raiders are flush with enough cash to sign a longer-term, bigger-money deal, the viable options should improve.
The new imports seem to have a solid chance to start over the incumbents. Pryor and Allen mix like oil and water, and clearly has some work to do before being considered a contender.
Pryor has been quiet regarding his future with the Raiders, and isn’t sure he’ll get another chance to start for the silver and black.
“I don’t know,” Pryor said. “I know some people believe so and some people don’t. It’s a 50-50 deal. At the end of the day, all I can do is get better. I don’t know what the future holds. All I know is, I’m going to get better and keep on working my butt off.”
McGloin took some positives away from a season where he worked his way up the depth chart and played decent football. McGloin throws a solid spiral, although he takes risks that increase big-play ability and decreases completion percentage and time of possession.
McGloin hopes continued work will keep him in the mix to start.
“I thought I did some pretty good things out there. I also did some poor things that I need to work on and improve,” McGloin said. “That will come. I know I will get better, I’ll continue to learn. I know our team will continue to improve and get better. I’m looking forward to it.”