Former NFL GM: McGloin 'capable of winning games'

Former NFL GM: McGloin 'capable of winning games'

As Oakland prepares for the Denver Broncos on Sunday and the NFL postseason afterward, all attention has shifted to one question: Can the Raiders win with Matt McGloin starting at quarterback? As least one former NFL general manager believes they can.

Speaking on NFL Network with Good Morning Football's Kay Adams, former Washington and Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly analyzed how McGloin's game.

"He's not a big arm guy,” Casserly said. “He's not going to drill those 20-yard outs like Carr. He’s not Carr, we understand that.

"Accuracy isn't always there. Pressure: You pressure this guy, the ball came out and it didn't always come out in the right direction. And then underneath coverage -- he somehow didn't see the underneath coverage at times."

However, Casserly made it clear he believes the team can win games with McGloin under center.

"This guy is capable of winning games because ... he's got talent around him." Casserly said. "He'll know where to go with the ball and get himself out of trouble with his legs.

"He's a smart guy. He knows the offense. He'll know where to go with the ball. He has a quick release and he has the ability to move outside the pocket and see downfield and make some plays."

McGloin last started in 2013, his rookie season. He's appeared in three games this year and attempted four passes.

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.