For anyone assuming that Matt McGloin can’t possibly fill in for Derek Carr and lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, know this: There is precedent for a backup going from rags to riches and leading his team to the mountaintop.
Indeed, Jeff Hostetler filled in for an injured Phil Simms in December 1990 and led the Giants to a 20-19 win over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
Can the McGloin-led Raiders pull off a similar feat?
“They can, (but) it’s not likely,” former Giants punter Sean Landeta told Jody McDonald, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Obviously back in 1990, we are in the position that they were. Our offense was good, our defense was excellent, but certainly having a backup quarterback – no one thought we could win except us. We believed in Jeff and we had seen him practice. He didn’t get to play much, just like McGloin, but hopefully everybody else can raise their game a little bit. Their defense is outstanding, and if McGloin can make the throws to some of those receivers and that great offensive line can protect him (and) they can run the ball – who knows? Again, it’s not likely.”
Carr, 25, completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,933 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions this season. McGloin, meanwhile, has attempted just four passes this season and played in just 12 games in his four-year career.
“Before Carr got hurt, I felt that the Raiders may be that one team that on that one day possibly could beat New England,” Landeta said. “But now without Carr, I don’t see that happening. But hey, who knows?”
Oakland (12-3) closes the regular season at Denver (8-7) this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.