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

  • Matt McGloin heads for opening ground. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND -- Put the Raiders game out of your mind. Forget they lost to the Tennessee Titans 23-19. Forget their defense collapsed at the end, gave up the lead and the game.

Forget all that. With the Raiders results don't matter. They are trying to get better. They may be getting better. Give them that.

So answer this question: Who is Matt McGloin?

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He is the Raiders' third “quarterback of the future” this season. I haven't done official research on the subject, but three QBs of the future, three franchise QBs in a single season has to be a league record. Right?

First, there was Matt Flynn, whom the Raiders paid big bucks. Then they released him.

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.

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.

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