The Oakland Raiders are in desperate need of a quality win. Under Dennis Allen only one victory truly stands out as something to write home about and that was the comeback victory against the Steelers.
More to the point this team needs a spark. Something to reignite all the hope that was blossoming during camp.
There are those that feel Terrelle Pryor’s time is long overdue. The second year rookie (last season really doesn’t count) has yet to suit up for Coach Allen and with the offense needing a lift that time has come. Even Allen admits that much.
What you won’t hear Allen or anyone with any sense claim is that starting Pryor over Carson Palmer is the cure for what ails the Raiders.
It goes without saying that Palmer has made some costly mistakes this season. His late game interceptions in crucial situations have robbed the Raiders of at least the chance of victory. For an NFL QB that’s the same as costing your team a win. After all, if you can’t trust your signal caller in critical moments then you’re doomed to relying on one method of victory. That’s a method the Raiders don’t have a luxury of this season – playing from in front.
Despite Palmer’s turnover troubles he is racking up some record setting numbers and has had moments of brilliance.
No matter the opinion of Palmer the facts are Pryor won’t be an improvement as the starter. Some might choose only to remember Pryor’s performance against Detroit in the preseason. That game was an eye-opener for sure. However if you’ll recall, Pryor didn’t do much else beyond that game.
More often than not Pryor relies on his athletic ability the instant a play breaks down. As we know behind this O-line playing in this scheme plays breakdown often for Oakland. While Pryor’s ability to makes plays is on par with any man playing his position, his discipline in the pocket will cost a team precious possessions. Plus we’re talking about a guy that has yet to experience any meaningful NFL action so the learning curve is steep.
Now where Pryor can contribute to his team would be in a role of some sort aside from playing QB. As I said when the Raiders first drafted Pryor his best bet to having a longer NFL career would be playing a hybrid position on the perimeter as either a receiver or an H-back of some sort.
Then again, lining up Pryor in the shotgun and giving him some read-option action or playing in the Pistol formation makes perfect sense.
At this point Allen must fully realize that Greg Knapp’s design was flawed from the jump. That the Raiders have tried to tinker with it on the fly says it all. Of course stubbornly sticking with the scheme also says much. Bottom line is the offense needs lift and Pryor’s rested shoulders should be up for the task. Pryor isn’t the answer but he could be a big part of the solution.