One thing is for sure in the NFL, you cannot keep anything a secret. There are just too many people hanging around that do not have the moral fortitude to keep things as quiet as a Team Owner, General Manager, or Head Coach would like to. Why would the Oakland Raiders want to keep their starting quarterback a secret? According to Head Coach Dennis Allen today, the team wanted to keep this a secret for strategic purposes. Basically, the Raiders didn’t want the Indianapolis Colts to be game planning for one quarterback. You can be sure the Colts are going to be prepared either way.
That being said, and the wishes of the Raiders organization aside, a source close to the team has confirmed to Vic Tafur of SFGate.com that Terrelle Pryor is the starting quarterback for week 1 of the regular season. JBB’s own Mariano Hernandez has been monitoring the social media wires, and he forwarded this tweet to me:
The Chronicle has learned Terrelle Pryor is starting at quarterback for #Raiders Sunday, per couple of league sources. Not a big surprise.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 3, 2013
Raider Nation had already figured this was going to be the move of the coaching staff, but we were all waiting for some type of confirmation. Although the Raiders haven’t personally confirmed this news, the writing is on the proverbial wall now.
Personally, I think this will be a breath of fresh air for the Raiders. It’s kind of like that secret you’ve been meaning to get off your chest for so long. When you finally tell somebody, you feel relieved. Head Coach Dennis Allen should be relieved that he won’t have to answer the same set of questions surrounding the Raiders quarterback situation anymore. Of course, until he actually comes out and tells the world that this information is true, he’ll continue to play the “Smoke and Mirrors” game.