By Benjy Swan: The Oakland Raiders were hoping their young quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor would be the answer to their quarterback problems, but both of them failed to establish themselves as the franchise type player in the 2013 season that the team is looking for. Rather than waste time looking at them further as their answer, the Raiders will likely move ahead to either draft or sign a free agent for next season.
The Raiders general manager and owner traded away a very good quarterback in Carson Palmer in the off season because they felt that Pryor or Matt Flynn would be able to do things that Palmer couldn’t do, but at a cheaper price tag. But what the Raiders got instead was two mediocre quarterbacks in McGloin and Pryor, and a it was a definitive downgrade at the position from what they had last season when Palmer was their starter. Was it a dumb move by them to trade Palmer? Yes, definitely a stupid move, but when you’re talking about a team that consistently makes bad moves like this, it’s really not surprising. It becomes kind of expected.
“I’m not sure that we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said to csnbayarea.com. “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.”
If Allen isn’t fully aware by now that Palmer and Pryor aren’t what the Raiders are looking for at quarterback then I don’t know what to think. Come on, these players weren’t even stars in college. They were decent players, but not 1st or 2nd round type talent. If you’ve got players who weren’t great in college to begin with, it’s asking a bit much of your coaches to try and turn those players into 1st round quality players. Is it possible? Yes. But it’s not a very common thing. If you have a 4th round talent who wasn’t great in college, I’d say the chances are high that this player will never be a really talented player. Of course, there are guys that can break this mold in rare instances, but I don’t think the Raiders can afford to gamble that Pryor and McGloin will eventually pan out for them. The Raiders already gambled in the 2013 season by dumping Palmer, and that move came back to haunt the Raiders when Palmer turned around and had a great season with the Arizona Cardinals.