Dennis Allen announced that Terrelle Pryor will be his starter at quarterback this Sunday in San Diego. The overwhelming desire to see what Pryor is capable of led Allen to inform both Pryor and Matt Leinart earlier this week that he was leaning towards giving Terrelle the nod.
Reportedly that didn’t sit well with Leinart who did nothing last week in Carolina to make any argument for himself this week. That’s about all you’ll likely need to know of the former Heisman winner’s time in Oakland.
Allen says he’s looking forward to seeing how Pryor responds to the many pressures of running an NFL offense. Raider Nation is just excited about the possibilities of Pryor as he brings a healthy level of interest to an otherwise meaningless game.
No doubt this is the right move in every way possible.
Oakland’s offense hasn’t found the end zone in two weeks and something drastic needs to happen. Pryor might not be ready for this moment but there is only one way to learn in the pros. The franchise needs to know what works and what doesn’t going forward. If Pryor and all his many talents inject life into a listless team then there will at least be some much needed optimism going into the offseason.
If the moment is indeed too big for Pryor and he aids in Oakland’s 12th defeat of the season then things will have ultimately been no different no matter who the starting QB is. At this point there is no logical reason not to make the move to Pryor. Whether Allen was given a not-so-subtle hint from Reggie McKenzie or Mark Davis is irrelevant.
In order for the team to truly progress the decision makers need to know what they’ve got in the cabinet.
Still Allen is in a tight spot with this move. Without question Pryor will make some mistakes. What will be interesting is to see is how patient Allen will be with Pryor on Sunday. At least we now have something other than yelling at Charger fans to look forward to on Sunday.