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What Matt McGloin Must Do to Go into Offseason as Raiders' 2014 Starter
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Despite losing to the New York Jets by a score of 37-27 on Sunday, Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin has seemingly done enough to maintain his starting role for the foreseeable future.

According to Scott Bair of CSNCalifornia.com, McGloin will continue to start for the remainder of the season unless something unforeseen happens:

McGloin has certainly surpassed expectations after joining the Raiders as an undrafted free agent from Penn State. He started the season third on the depth chart and now finds himself cemented as the starter for the Raiders' remaining three games.

When looking over the production this season between McGloin and former starter Terrelle Pryor, it becomes obvious why the Raiders are sticking with the rookie:

Matt McGloin vs. Terrelle Pryor in 2013
Games Comp % Yards TDs INTs Rating
McGloin 5 57.1 1,044 6 3 86.1
Pryor 9 58.5 1,579 5 10 68.7

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Simply put, McGloin is a far more polished passer.

Yes, Pryor has been exciting at times over the 2013 season. However, despite his abilities as a runner, he is not seen as a threat otherwise.

Meanwhile, McGloin continues to grow into his role in the Raiders' system and has progressed nicely over the course of his starts this season.

Losing Pryor as a runner has not hurt the Raiders on the ground. Because opposing defenses must respect McGloin as a passer, the running game has been able to find room to maneuver. In Week 14 against the Jets' second-ranked run defense, Marcel Reece was able to rip off 123 yards and one score on 19 carries—an average of 6.5 yards per rush.

Why was he able to find so much success? Because the Raiders finally have a balanced offensive attack.

Even though Oakland was trailing for most of Sunday's contest, the Raiders were still able to maintain some balance, rushing 26 times and passing 36 times. With the Raiders matching up against a stout Jets defense while playing from behind, those become very respectable numbers.

All that McGloin must do now is continue to play exactly how he has been playing of late—while showing slight improvement—to retain the Raiders' starting quarterback job heading into 2014.

Going forward, McGloin must continue to take care of the football—something that Pryor failed to do earlier this season. McGloin proved that he is capable of maintaining poise in the pocket while delivering an accurate ball.

His confidence in his receivers has shown in his production as well, with multiple receivers putting up big games with the rookie at the helm.

In the four games during which McGloin has passed at least 30 times, the Raiders have continued to see increased production from their top weapons:

Top Wide Receivers over McGloin's Last Four Games
Week Opponent Top Receiver Yards TDs
11 Houston Rod Streater 84 1
12 Tennessee Rod Streater 93 0
13 Dallas Andre Holmes 136 0
14 NY Jets Rod Streater 130 1

ESPN.com

This balanced, versatile offense that McGloin has been able to infuse in Oakland has become a much stabler scheme than the Raiders were able to produce with Pryor under center.

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At this point in time, there is no telling just how long McGloin will remain the Raiders' starter. All we know is that he looks to maintain that position over 2013's final three games.

The 2014 draft class is relatively deep at the quarterback position and there is a good possibility that Oakland could go that route when looking into the future. However, as long as McGloin continues to play smart football for the remainder of this season, he will enter Oakland's 2014 training camp as the starter.

It seems as though the days of Pryor are now well behind the Raiders. There will more than likely be an entirely new quarterback competition to look forward to when next year rolls around.

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