Nov 6, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (left) and quarterback Carson Palmer (right) warm up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum. Denver defeated Oakland 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Palmer, Pryor, or None of the Above?

August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) and general manager Reggie McKenzie (right) watch before the game against the Detroit Lions at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders once again find themselves in a financial crisis this off-season. The franchise itself struggles to stay in the Bay adding on even more pressure to the second year of the McKenzie/Allen era. As if the financial problems weren’t enough, most NFL experts will claim Oakland is the home of one of the least talented rosters in all the league. One cant help but agree as the defense has as many questions as someone who just finished watching LOST. Meanwhile the offense is left leaving Raider Nation and no doubt the receiving corps with one question. Who will be the Raider’s 2013 quarterback?

Football is a team sport so every position could determine the outcome of a game. With that said the responsibility of a team’s record almost always lands on the quarterback’s shoulders. In other words, he who slings the rock must be the rock. Joe Flacco has been boosted to the level of the quarterback elite following a Superbowl victory. Had the same man been on a team led by a coach like Greg Knapp and protected by linemen like Khalif Barnes whilst accumulating a losing record, that same Joe Flacco would have been pinned as the poster-child of problems by the media. Put simply, Oakland has a big question they need to answer.

Carson Palmer has spent a season and a half at the helm of the Raider’s offense. The former Heisman trophy winner has looked like a combination of Brett Favre and the guy from The Longest Yard who always eats too much popcorn (how does one find popcorn so often in a prison?). Due to Hue Jackson’s man crush on Palmer, the interception prone gunslinger is due a huge chunk of dough. Given McKenzie’s history of cutting potential key players, I expect an option to be given. Take a pay cut or hit the road. Door number one leaves the Raiders in the hands of a capable and experienced quarterback who already has a relationship with the team. Door number two leads Palmer finding work in a town like Jacksonville, Kansas City, or St. Louis.

Terrell Pryor ended the season with a pretty loud bang. The man was given the reins and showed the Raider Nation a future post-Palmer. The game played by the former Buckeye showed an athlete filled with potential and the capability of running an NFL level offense. If McKenzie opts to part ways with Palmer the stage may be left to Pryor. Everybody knows that when you have a weapon like Pryor the team will certainly draw an attendance thus helping finances. The Pryor option will also leave the team with more money to focus on the defensive side of the ball.

With the off-season underway a third option is opened up. The raiders could possibly draft a quarterback if not trade for one. Teams are often willing to give away an aging quarterback for a first round draft pick let alone a top ten draft pick. Geno Smith could possibly find himself wearing a silver and black cap come draft day. Although if it were to come down to this option I would just as well let Pryor run the offense then a rookie. The Raiders may trade for a quarterback who has played sub par as of late such as Blaine Gabbert or Sam Bradford.

In the end my prediction would be to see Palmer take a pay cut. I also would expect to see an explosive and deadly offense similar to that of Hue Jackson’s in 2013. A healthy Darren McFadden in a new scheme with a more experienced receiving corps bodes well for the Raiders. Pryor may also see his role increased and one day may even take over for Palmer. However to see the Raiders make a playoff run it will take one hell of a job by Reggie McKenzie as the defense must be built from the ground up. Until the regular season rolls around Raider Nation will be left with questions like these. Although one cannot have faith without questions. So it is faith in McKenzie, faith in Allen, and faith in our team we must rely on.

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  • iain_banks

    Pryor is the future, he should start right away and tailor the offense towards him.

  • Theron Cole

    I’m an everyday reader of this site,I have the app on my phone.I really love most of the articles and how its consistently updated I love the Raiders and cheer for them every Sunday passionately,and watch every game.I can’t help but notice how many negative articles there are here though about our QB Carson Palmer.DO WE REALLY THINK WE SHOULD START PRYOR!?That’s just utter nonsense,great we to go 2-14!Let’s look at the facts,Only 2 Raiders QB’s have ever surpassed 4,000 yards in one season correct?1.Rich Gannon.2.Carson Mother lovin’ Palmer.QB Palmer has the longest franchise streak of 200 or more yard games.How many Clutch Moments has Palmer helped us win?Remember last year against Kansas City,Palmer clutch bomb to Moore to force OT,and then…Palmer again clutch bomb to Moore to win it.4,000 yards is an amazing feat without A real #1 receiver.It seems like you guys are blaming Carson when Darius Heyward-Bey AKA Drops Hella Balls drop an excellent throw.Palmer is the only thing that made the Raiders exciting this year.Its not his fault the WR’s can’t catch 58% of the time,its not his fault the line let him get sacked 26 times,its not his fault the defence gives up A touchdown on every outing(No NFL quarterback needs to play catch-up every drive).Is Terrell Pryor the solution?No.I watched him in the preseason,in Weeks 15,16,17.He’s scared inaccurate throw’s too akward,looks interception prone,makes bad decisions think about the end of the first half not going out of bounds yeah,smooth.Palmer is the best man to stick his fingers into hand warmers since Rich Gannon and I can’t stand these doubters.I hope we keep him.And Pryor can sit back on the bench and again feast his eyes on A real NFL quarterback,not just A quick backup.