With two preseason games done and two more to go, the quarterback battle for opening day has been heating up in Oakland. If you ask the fan base and read any number of comments on Raiders blogs, you know that there is a great divide between supporters of Matt Flynn (the presumed starter) and Terrelle Pryor (the presumed back up). In two games both have managed to show flashes of QB smarts but both have also managed to show why they should be replaced.
Neither has played extensively before this season and neither has been able to take the time that they’ve been given and put a definitive stamp on the position. In the first preseason against the Cowboys, Flynn went 4-5 for 39 yds and played sparingly. In contrast, Pryor played longer and went 6-8 for 88yds. In Fridays game against the Saints, it was Flynn who played longer and ended the half with a sweet throw to Denarius Moore for an 18 yd touchdown. In the second half Pryor came out and ended up 9 yards total. Of course this doesn’t tell the whole story about how each played and it didn’t help that the offensive line was just that…offensive.
Looking back, I would have liked to see Pryor take over last year in the last four games and see how he would’ve done then. Maybe with that, Pryor might have been able to build his resume more and Flynn wouldn’t even be on the team. But no use crying over spilled milk. As fans, we are dealing with the here and now. After watching each game twice, I can say that based on athleticism, Pryor has the upper hand. He also seems to energize the fans when he’s on the field. Maybe it’s that athleticism that he posseses that keeps some fans in his corner. But just as the Saints showed, if you prepare for the read option, you can minimize the effectiveness of it. Flynn on the other hand has shown the ability to piece together long drives and eat up the clock and wear down defenses with short to medium throws. Watching Flynn might not bring the same level of excitement but he doesn’t seem to put the team in bad situations either. Dare I say that Flynn is a ‘game manager’? So what, that isn’t a bad thing to be is it?
Throw in the fact that Matt McGloin has taken over the number three spot with a possible outside chance for the number two and we could see a three man race to the first game kickoff on September 8th. There is still plenty of training camp left and that leaves plenty of room for one or all three of the quarterbacks to step up and stake their claim as the starter. Right now I don’t see the great separation that gives me an indication of who the winner will be.
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Raider Nation, who is your favorite to be the starting quarterback on Sept. 8th against the Colts?
- Terelle Pryor (61%, 857 Votes)
- Matt Flynn (30%, 427 Votes)
- Matt McGloin (9%, 123 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,407