Notes: McGloin wanted a chance to play: 'It's not my decision'

Notes: McGloin wanted a chance to play: 'It's not my decision'

HOUSTON – Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin spent his Saturday alternating head gear, between a hat and a helmet.

He threw on a cap when the Raiders were on defense, and a helmet when they had possession in case rookie starter Connor Cook got hurt. He never warmed up on the sideline. Not once.

The Raiders stuck with Cook all game despite the fact their offense rarely moved the football.

McGloin was available after injuring his shoulder and neck in the regular-season finale at Denver, when he struggled mightily before the injury.

McGloin was waiting for a call that never came. They stuck with Cook in a 27-145 loss to the Houston Texans and NRG Stadium that officially ended their season.

The fourth-year veteran and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent didn’t lobby for a chance to play, though he certainly wanted to get into the action.

“It’s not my decision,” McGloin said. “It doesn’t really matter what I do, what I think. I had tremendous help from the training staff and the strength coaches throughout the course of the week to be as healthy as I could be to be available if they needed me to go in.”

McGloin’s playing status was initially uncertain, but he was able to rehab enough to be active. The Raiders coaches never pulled him off the bench.

“I asked at halftime,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “The coaches really felt that there were other things that were kind of contributing and that there wasn’t going to be a big change based on changing the quarterback, so we stayed the course with it. I know (Cook) got a lot of experience in the game and the last game and a half. (Cook) did some good things, and he did some things he’ll certainly learn from.”

Defense laments missed opportunities: The Raiders defense allowed just 291 yards to the Texans, and gave up points on short fields, but it didn’t come through for a struggling offense.

The Raiders didn’t have a takeaway or a single sack, without the game-changing plays necessary to make a significant impact. That will stick with Raiders defenders after missing opportunities to change the game.

“That really bothers me, that we weren’t able to create a turnover and make some big plays,” cornerback TJ Carrie said. “We needed to step up as a defense and play our best game. That didn’t happen today.”

Cook can’t connect with top WRs: Receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a concussion in the second half and did not return to the game, but he and Cook struggled to connect when he was on the field. They had just two completions for 33 yards on seven targets.

Amari Cooper didn’t fare much better. He was doubled covered most of the night, and only had two catches for 10 yards on a whopping 10 targets. Cooper struggled down the stretch, with only more than 60 yards once in the last nine games.

Injury update: Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury and returned to the game, though he was seen after the loss in a walking boot.

Inside linebacker Malcolm Smith didn’t finish the game due to a hamstring injury. Cory James played in his absence.

Left tackle Donald Penn’s knee injury is relatively minor and shouldn’t require much time to heal.

This ‘n that: Punter Marquette King broke a franchise-record with 10 punts in a postseason game, and some of them didn’t go well. He dropped just two inside the 20-yard line, and had a few short ones that gave the Texans good field position. …The Raiders running game struggled to generate offense, with 64 yards on 21 carries. …Return man Jalen Richard had a good day, with a 13.6 yard average on five punt returns. He had a 37-yard return that set up the Raiders first touchdown.

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.

Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract


Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract

Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract this week, virtually locking him in for the 2018 Raiders season.

The veteran exchanged some base salary for guaranteed funds and an increased incentive package, according to contract details obtained Wednesday by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

His base salary drops from $4 million to $2.5 million, but becomes guaranteed. None of the funds Lynch had coming in his previous deal were guaranteed. He has a $1 million roster bonus coming on Saturday, just six days after receiving a $1 million roster bonus as required in his old contract.

That essentially guarantees him $4.5 million, as sure a sign as any he’ll be the Raiders feature back. Lynch will lead his position group, with support from veteran addition Doug Martin. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are also on the roster, though it’s uncertain if both guys will remain there this fall.

Lynch can also earn $3.75 million in incentives, a significant increase from the $2 million available in the previous deal.

The Raiders saved $500,000 in salary cap space with the new deal.