Coach Allen Names McGloin Sunday’s Starter (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media Wednesday and named Matt McGloin the starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game. “All right I’ll go through the injury report real quick – Tyvon Branch did not practice, Mike Brisiel was limited in practice, Juron Criner was limited in practice. Andre Holmes was limited in practice. Jason Hunter did not practice today. Kaluka [Maiava] was limited in practice. Matt McCants limited. Darren McFadden did not practice. Denarius Moore did not practice. Daniel Muir was limited and Terrelle Pryor was limited. So I’ll go ahead and get to the question everybody is going to ask. Matt McGloin will be the starting quarterback this week. We’ll monitor Terrelle to see how he’s doing this week, what his health is, and find out what his status will be for the game this weekend. We had to go out and battle through some elements today, which I think that’s always good to have to go out and do that, and guys have to keep their focus and get themselves ready and get ready to play a game on Sunday. So it was good that we went out and did that. I don’t think we had the type of practice that I would have wanted to, but we have a chance to come back tomorrow and have a better practice. Obviously, this is a big game for our football team. We need to be able to come out and put back to back weeks together. I thought we had a good week of practice last week. I thought we played well. We need to be able to do the same this week in front of our home crowd. We understand that it’s a tough challenge against this football team. I think they have explosive playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, both in the passing game and in the running game. This is a defense that plays very aggressive, a lot of man coverage, tough, physical defense. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”
QUESTION: You come out now and say Matt is the quarterback – is that because Pryor isn’t going to be healthy enough or is it just Matt one way or the other?
COACH ALLEN: “Really it’s two-fold. No. 1, Matt McGloin earned the right to get another opportunity to start with the way that he performed last week. And then also just being able to get a chance to watch Terrelle this week in practice and kind of monitor where he is physically and hopefully he’ll be healthy enough that he’ll be up and active for the game, but we’ll see how that plays out as the week goes on.”
QUESTION: How did Terrelle take your conversation on Monday? You said you were going to talk with him about what was happening.
COACH ALLEN: “I’m sure that he wants to be out there and he wants to be able to play, but I think he understands where we’re at and the situation that we’re in. I don’t know, obviously, that he’s 100 percent healthy. I don’t know how many guys are at this point in time in the season, but he understands that he needs to get healthy so he has an opportunity to come out and help us.”
Matt McGloin Ready for Second Start (Raiders.com)… QB Matt McGloin spoke to the media during the open locker room period after Head Coach Dennis Allen named him the starter for Sunday’s game. (read transcript or watch video)
QUESTION: Is it nice to be in a spot where everybody earns their playing time, that you were kind of able to fight your way up despite the fact that, you know, unheralded this and that, but if you play well you are going to play more?
MCGLOIN: “It’s a performance-based business and at the end of the day you have to perform to play. And we did play well last week, so I think Coach [Dennis Allen] is doing the right thing, sticking with what we have and see what happens.”
Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson: ‘There will be no split locker room’ (NFL.com)… Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson talks about the play of quarterback Matt McGloin, a possible quarterback controversy upon the return of Terrelle Pryor and the Raiders’ postseason chances. (watch video)
After throwing 3 TD passes in 1st career start, Matt McGloin earns 2nd chance for Raiders (Associated Press, Washington Post)… The player who sent a letter and video to NFL teams pleading for a chance after getting passed over for the combine went undrafted before finally getting a chance as a camp arm with the Oakland Raiders. The player who entered training camp as a fourth-stringer managed to beat out fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson for a roster spot and moved up to second string when Matt Flynn was released last month. (read more)
Matt McGloin remains Oakland Raiders’ starting QB (by Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com)… The Oakland Raiders made it official on Wednesday: Matt McGloin is going to start at quarterback this week against the Tennessee Titans. They didn’t have any choice. There was no way the Raiders could go back to Terrelle Pryor because McGloin was too good last week against the Houston Texans. (read more)
McGloin, Pryor both at practice today (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor are on the practice field today, though McGloin is the one taking first-team reps in the early portion of the proceedings. (read more)
Surgery ends season for Raiders rookie Hayden (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury on Wednesday morning, bringing his rookie season to an early, unceremonious end. The No. 12 overall pick had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Monday. Hayden suffered the groin injury during a Nov. 6 practice, just days after his worst game as a professional. (read more)
Raiders Activate Burris, Re-sign Sanford; Place Hayden on IR (Raiders.com)… The Oakland Raiders have added LB Miles Burris and re-signed DL Brian Sanford to the active roster, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday. (read more)
Cowboys Game on Thanksgiving to be Veldheer’s 2013 Debut (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Allen said that he is targeting the Raiders game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the 2013 debut of left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who has spent the past 3 ½ months rehabilitating from triceps surgery. (read more)
Offensive line close to right combination (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… The Raiders offensive line was as healthy Sunday as it’s been all regular season. The line had improved depth, veteran savvy and, for the first time in forever, a front five as it sported in Week 1. No surprise to hear the line had its best day. Against the league’s best defense, to boot. (read more)
Tennessee at Oakland Game Preview (CBS Sports.com)… Few likely thought the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans would be sitting just outside the playoff picture with only six weeks remaining in the season. (read more)
Hall of Fame Modern-Era Semifinalists for Class of 2014 Announced (Raiders.com)…Three former Raiders are among the 25 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
1) Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2) Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
3) Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders