Well folks, if you believe everything you hear on television, then you would think the quarterback battle for the Oakland Raiders is over. According to ESPN Analyst Adam Schefter, nobody has challenged Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback position, and Schefter stated in his report this morning that Flynn is a lock for week one. Maybe I saw things differently on Friday night?
I thought Matt Flynn did a nice job of recovering after the sack-fumble. He moved the team down the field, and he showed command and poise in the pocket. However, I saw Terrelle Pryor do much of the same thing when he had his shot. I know Pryor threw an ugly interception in the end-zone, but it was a mistake that he can learn from. Even Head Coach Dennis Allen took the time to pull Pryor aside after the interception to give him some advice on how to avoid that mistake in the future.
Furthermore, I thought that Matt McGloin shined in his pre-season debut. Granted, McGloin played longer than Pryor or Flynn, but he ran the offense quite well. So what if it was against second and third stringers. Isn’t this what we, the fans, want to see from a rookie? Poise, control, command of the offensive plays, and he led the offense down the field and finished with a touchdown pass to Brice Butler. If anything, it gives us confidence in the fact that there is an element in the back-up role that could save us, should Flynn get injured in the regular season.
I guess Schefter may have some inside information that the rest of Raider Nation doesn’t have. I’m not doubting Flynn’s ability, but I think the coaching staff should evaluate Flynn and Pryor on an even level. I think that Pryor has earned his opportunity to get a chance to at least start in the pre-season. He needs his chance to run with the starters.
Our questions will more than likely be answered on Friday night against the New Orleans Saints. If Flynn starts in this game and shows growth from the game against the Dallas Cowboys, I can see him being a lock for the starting position. However, if Pryor has a better game, the quarterback battle may get a bit more interesting.