OAKLAND, Calif. - Raiders coach Dennis Allen replaced quarterback Matt McGloin with Terrelle Pryor when the Kansas City Chiefs least expected it Sunday.
Surely, the Chiefs couldn’t have anticipated McGloin getting the hook two plays into the second possession of the second half after he had led the Raiders on a five-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on the opening series.
As it turned out, Pryor didn’t finish the possession. He got four snaps, the biggest play being a 21-yard run by Rashad Jennings, then was yanked in favor of McGloin when a Mike Brisiel false start turned a third-and-2 running down into a third-and-7 passing down.
McGloin, a West Scranton and Penn State graduate, immediately threw deep down the right sideline for Andre Holmes, who made a one-handed leaping catch to set up an eventual touchdown pass of 14 yards to Mychal Rivera to cut the Chiefs lead to 35-31.
Pryor returned in the fourth quarter “for more evaluation” according to Allen, with 8:12 left and the Chiefs leading by the eventual final score of 56-31.
“We wanted to use Terrelle as a change of pace,” Allen said. “I thought it was effective there in the third quarter when we were able to get Terrelle in there.”
McGloin, who completed 18 of 36 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions, will start against San Diego on Sunday. He was not sacked and, on one interception by linebacker Frank Zombo, took several seconds before delivering the ball late and across the middle.
Including a lost fumble after a poor snap from Stefen Wisniewski, McGloin had five turnovers, and the Chiefs converted them into 28 points - including a 47-yard interception return by Eric Berry.
“Some of those throws were poor decisions,” McGloin said. “I wish I had thrown the ball away a few times (Sunday). I’ll learn from it.”
McGloin said it was made clear during last week that Pryor would play, and he had no issues with the switch.
“We’re getting used to it,” McGloin said. “We do it throughout practice, throughout the course of the week, and the coaches are doing what they feel is putting us in a best position to win. I’m board for that, whatever is best for the team.”
Pryor, who was 1 of 4 for 12 yards with an interception and rushed three times for 19 yards, was not available for comment, having left the locker room when reporters arrived.
Fullback Marcel Reece completed the first pass of his career out of punt formation, hitting Chimdi Chekwa on a 22-yard pass.
It put the Raiders in scoring position at the 33-yard line, but a McGloin interception to Eric Berry was returned 49 yards to set up the Chiefs’ fifth touchdown.