Dennis Allen isn’t fooling anybody by keeping Carson Palmer under center. The rookie head coach might want to win but at this point it is more than obvious that with Palmer calling signals the Raiders are no closer to victory than O.J. Simpson is to sainthood. We’ve had more than enough of a sampling size to fully comprehend how impossible it is to win with Palmer making critical errors in crucial moments.
The official verdict on the Palmer trade is in and Hue Jackson’s dealings have sentenced the Raiders to the death penalty.
The time has come to move on. With three games left, no chance of salvaging another lost season and plenty of question marks going forward Coach Allen has owes it to himself to see what Terrelle Pryor can do.
For the last three weeks we’ve heard talk of Allen getting Pryor in the mix. To date the second year rookie has yet to step on the field. That is going to change in the near future unless Allen and Reggie McKenzie plan on shelving Pryor the same way they’ve parked Taiwan Jones.
Again, Oakland is going nowhere with Palmer. It is highly doubtful that Pryor’s presence will make much of a difference. But at this point it would be pointless to act as if Pryor has no value.
Palmer’s value can’t get much lower. Since arriving in Oakland the Raiders have gone from playoff contenders to vying for the top pick in the draft. Can things be any worse under Pryor? Well, there is only one way to find out.
Allen has said he’s not planning on benching Palmer. That’s fine and all but what does that mean exactly? Are we looking at QB shuffling? Specialty packages for Pryor?
Palmer hasn’t been awful but he’s been far from franchise material. To be fair Pryor didn’t show anything in the preseason to make you believe he can carry an NFL team to the Promised Land. But what Pryor can and did do in his limited preseason action is make plays. For an offense that has turned Darren McFadden into a middle of the road runner you could argue the time is well past due for Pryor to be involved somehow.
But this is where we stand, Nation. Once again rooting for something, anything to inspire us. If Pryor proves to be just that spark then Coach Allen will have to answer another tough question: what took so damned long?