This season is over. Sure, there is another game left to be played. But for our beloved Oakland Raiders this season was pretty much doomed the second Greg Knapp was hired. There is nothing left to play for except pride and the joy of the game.
That is all. Nothing more. Nothing less.
So obviously all eyes are shifting towards the future. There will be plenty of pondering done in the coming days as Reggie McKenzie sorts out the state of “his team”. Mark Davis will no doubt have his say coming off of another lost season in the East Bay.
But most important of all is that this team needs to know just where to begin its next reconstruction. The rebuilding effort began way back when McKenzie was hired and Hue Jackson was fired. There is no arguing that. And of course it was Jackson’s decision to pay an insane price for the services of Carson Palmer.
Naturally had Palmer been the franchise savior Jackson envisioned then we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Instead Palmer has proven himself to be a quality starter but is far from being a franchise signal caller. The guys with the franchise label dig deep and will their teams to wins when the game is in the balance. See the Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Cleveland games this season for specific reasons why Palmer isn’t a man you can build around any longer.
With that in mind there is no doubt that getting a competent QB in place has got to be high on the priority list. These days it’s becoming increasingly difficult to win in the NFL without an elite level quarterback.
Is Terrelle Pryor the man that can resurrect the Raider Way? Well…there’s only one way to know.
Dennis Allen owes it to himself and the entire franchise to bite the bullet and let Pryor get a start this Sunday in San Diego. There is not going to be a better chance to see what this young man can do. All year long the Raiders have shied away from letting Pryor see any meaningful action.
Certainly Pryor has a long way to go in his development. We saw that in the preseason as he routinely panicked in the pocket, displayed some shoddy mechanics and bailed out of plays far too early relying on that blazing speed to salvage whatever he could.
Now we also saw Pryor makes plays only a few that have ever suited up are capable of. In his coming out party against the Detroit Lions this preseason Pryor put on a show.
While it is highly doubtful Pryor is ready to take the NFL by storm there is only one way to truly know how much further he as to go.
The dude needs to play.
It’s already known that Matt Leinart isn’t the answer unless the question is how many Heisman trophy winners have partied with Paris Hilton. No NFL team is going to build a title contender around Leinart. That ship sailed long ago.
So what excuse will Allen have for not giving Pryor a chance?
Will Pryor makes costly mistakes? Absolutely! He’s a rookie. That comes with the territory. For the record Leinart made some rookie mistakes last week too and he hasn’t been a rookie since Italy won the World Cup.
Now the easy out is to say this team wants to put the players on the field that give them the best chance at victory. But what difference does that make when your offensive coordinator has a vanilla game plan filled with play calls that give you a sensation like you need Denorex?
The long and the short of it is there is no excuse not to get an extended look at Pryor. There will hopefully never be a more acceptable situation for the Raiders to throw a raw QB to the NFL wolves and no matter how bad he might be his lone start can’t disgrace this franchise any more than Knapp has all year long.