Reggie McKenzie saw enough from Terrelle Pryor in one start that he proclaimed Oakland’s quarterback job to be open for competition in 2013. However McKenzie didn’t see enough in that one start to proclaim Pryor ready for the job now that Carson Palmer is making another passive-aggressive move in order to move on with his career.
For the last few days now McKenzie has been flirting with the Seattle Seahawks in an attempt to pry Matt Flynn away from the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile CP3 is still under contract and TP6 is becoming an afterthought of sorts.
To be fair neither McKenzie nor Dennis Allen proclaimed Pryor to be their starter. The starting job was only being opened for competition. So whether it’s Flynn or Palmer the task remains the same for Pryor.
That the Raiders are actively looking for another QB capable of starting does indicate Pryor has yet to establish himself as a starter. Then again how is a guy supposed to prove himself as a starter if he’s only given one opportunity to do so?
For the record Flynn has only one more start in his NFL career than Pryor. So it’s not like we’re talking the difference between Dan Marino and Tim Tebow here. Of course Flynn does have a lot more reps in NFL games and his two career starts were both impressive. Keep in mind Kevin Kolb was impressive as a starter once upon a time too.
While the Raiders remain indifferent on Pryor there’s no doubt Flynn is just as much an unproven commodity. That means no matter how the Oakland brass feels about TP6 he’ll still have the chance to Matt Flynn, well, Matt Flynn. How would that go over if Flynn for two years running is brought into an NFL franchise as a potential starter only to be beaten out by a younger thrower?