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Raiders make Matt McGloin the new back-up to Terrelle Pryor

Today head coach Dennis Allen let it be known that he is not happy with the play of Matt Flynn. Flynn, acquired to be the franchise quarterback this offseason and paid $6.5 million, had a rough go of it against Washington in getting sacked seven times, fumbling twice and throwing a pick-six. He has been demoted to third string.

Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin is the new backup.

“Listen, it is what it is,” Allen said. “It hasn’t worked out like we anticipated and we’ve got to make decisions and we’ve got to move forward and continue to go, and [Flynn is] going to continue to battle and scratch and claw, and I still believe that he’s a capable quarterback. But we’re going to give McGloin a chance. I like what [McGloin] brings to the table, as far as his competitiveness. He’s got some moxie to him. He just understands how to play the game. And I don’t think it’s too big for him. I think he’ll come in, if he’s called upon, to run the offense [and] I think he’ll do a good job. He’s smart, he throws an accurate ball, he’s got good arm strength, he’s good in decision-making. So I like what this kid has to work with.”

I think McGloin is a very solid player, and if Pryor cannot get it done, watch out.

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