DEL RIO: NO REGRETS
Team needed to pressure Colts
alameda, calif.» Two days after losing star quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg that dealt a serious blow to Oakland’s Super Bowl hopes, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has no regrets about the decision to pass the ball with a 19point lead in the fourth quarter.
Del Rio said Monday that the decision to stay aggressive with 11 minutes left Saturday and Oakland leading Indianapolis 33-14 was validated when the Colts rallied within eight points before losing.
“You won by one score basically,” Del Rio said. “Andrew Luck, people here in the Bay Area have a pretty good understanding of what he’s capable of. I know I do. We felt like you had to keep the pedal down on that opponent and that quarterback and that game. You’re talking about a team facing elimination.”
The decision to pass on a second-and-18 proved harmful when usually reliable left tackle Donald Penn lost his footing and allowed his first sack of the season. Trent Cole twisted Carr to the ground and broke his right leg on the sack.
Instead of looking to roll into their first playoff berth since 2002 behind Carr, the Raiders (12-3) hand the reins to Matt McGloin. The 2013 undrafted free agent hasn’t started a game since 2013.
McGloin will get his first test Sunday in Denver when the Raiders can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye with a victory, or if Kansas City loses in San Diego. If Oakland loses the game and the division, the Raiders will open the postseason on wild-card weekend at AFC South champion Houston.
McGloin has thrown 55 passes since making six starts late in the 2013 season. He won his debut start at Houston before losing the final five and returning to the role of backup after Carr was drafted the following year
But McGloin did have to deliver a few key throws to seal the victory over the Colts.
“Really competitive guy. Really attacks his preparation. A little bit fearless. I think he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, I’d say,” Del Rio said.
Oakland backup quarterback Matt McGloin holds the ball during the final moments of the Raiders’ 33-25 win over the Indianapolis Colts at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday. Brian Bahr, Getty Images