What's that old saying? When you have two quarterbacks, you really have none.

The 4-8 Raiders hope they have at least one, and they should focus on determining who that is during these last four games, in addition to the traditional playing for pride that fans have dealt with the past 11 seasons.

Terrelle Pryor started eight games before getting injured and simultaneously losing his job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. (Matt Flynn started one game when Pryor had a concussion in September, but that name is not even whispered in Raidersville anymore.)

How has McGloin looked? Solid. He had that three-touchdown debut in Houston, and although his quarterback rating dropped in each of his next two starts, he has shown the ability to go through his reads and throw to spots where receivers can make a play.

In a loss to the Cowboys on Thursday, McGloin had a costly fumble and interception. He was sharp early but fizzled, and didn't take advantage of a Dallas defense that brought a safety down and crowded the line of scrimmage to stop the run. (The Raiders ran the ball 25 times for 50 yards.)

He will get another start next Sunday in New York.

"I think he's handled his role pretty well," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said.

Allen won't say that McGloin is "the" starting quarterback and cites Pryor's knee injury even though Pryor has been active the past two games as a backup.

"I think as Terrelle gets more and more healthy, to be able to see him more involved in the offense is something that we'll continue to look at," Allen said.

He went on to say that "in every game that (McGloin's) been the starting quarterback, we've had an opportunity to win."

There is a sense in the locker room that the coaching staff has moved on from Pryor. There was the rough stretch in his last four starts where he had eight interceptions and one touchdown pass. The league may have just caught up with him, knowing Pryor would scramble to his right at the first sign of trouble.

But Allen said the coaching staff wants to see Pryor on the field again this season. Or, at least, Allen thinks it does.

"I think we want to try to see more of him at some point," Allen said. "Injuries are a tough thing. They're hard to account for. You don't know how things are going to respond and how quickly people are going to get back. ... But I think that's something we want to look at moving forward, but we'll see how that plays out."

Allen, earlier in the season, said Pryor's development and running skills were "exciting." Pryor has improved his throwing mechanics a lot from last season, but there's still a way to go, and it's obvious Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson prefer a more traditional pocket passer.