The Oakland Raiders have not yet found their franchise quarterback. Or have they? At least two players on the team appear to think so. ESPN.com is doing a series of posts reflecting the results of player polls conducted during the season. The other day I wrote about the fact that head coach Dennis Allen received votes from the Raiders locker room as the head coach players would most like to play for.
Now, two Raiders have voted Matt McGloin as the quarterback they would want under center with the Super Bowl on the line and two minutes left in the game. Unlike in the coaching poll where all but three coaches received votes, less than half of the starting quarterbacks in the league received votes. McGloin was one of the 14 quarterbacks to receive a vote.
Clearly the vote was not made because those two players ACTUALLY want McGloin under center if the Super Bowl on the line. At least I hope they wouldn’t want that. McGloin played admirably in his time as starter for the Raiders but the idea that you would take him over guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers is simply bonkers. But it also is not insignificant that two Raiders chose to use their vote on McGloin.
The poll was anonymous so we do not know who placed the votes but in all likelihood they were made in order to send a message of support for the undrafted free agent out of Penn State. While McGloin was the starter at the time the vote took place, there does not appear to be a rule against voting for the back up on a given team. But no votes were lodged for Terrelle Pryor. This also says something about McGloin and how he is viewed in the Raiders locker room.
He showed more than anyone expected him to in his rookie season and if he makes some big improvements in the off season, he may surprise in the inevitable quarterback competition that awaits the Raiders in training camp and the preseason. Assuming the off season goes as planned, whoever is the quarterback for the Raiders should be surrounded by a much stronger supporting cast. No, McGloin is most certainly not the guy I want under center with the Super Bowl on the line. But is he the guy I want under center when the 2014 season begins? Probably not, but he has surprised me once before so maybe he will again.