This is another in an installment of debut articles from new JBB staff writers that are coming to the website soon. This one is from Terry Heiser give him a follow on Twitter @girthymac.
October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball against San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te
Pryor, Pryor and more Pryor.
Ok, full disclosure. I was one of the ones that was against TP starting. I also thought the Flynn trade was a good move at the time. Now that I have burned the proverbial credibility bridge, I now admit I was wrong. I am now am all in on Pryor. Even knowing that Raider fans are a lot like that girl we knew in high school. Falls in love with the first boy that was nice to us. It is all TD’s and Flowers at first then after a few months, an empty box of plan B and a restraining order later we are kicking ourselves for letting us get too close.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before….This one, I think, is different. Pryor has shown the work ethic and that willingness to do anything to improve and that does not scare me off. So with that said, I am starting to have complete faith in him and this Sunday he will need it. Arrowhead is as intimidating a place as there is on this planet but it doesn’t appear that TP gets rattled very easily. It will take a complete game and Ball security. KC leads the league with a +10 TO ratio. Whether its running, passing or all of the above, the Raiders will need a composed Pryor.
Just Run Baby!
KC is giving up a 5.3 yards a carry. Sounds easy, sure. However, the Chiefs have only given up two Rushing TD’s in the first five games of the year. The hardest thing to do will be to convert those yards into TD’s. Which won’t be easy as the chiefs are only giving up 11.6 points per game. We will get an idea as to whom should be running the ball today at the first practice of week. Reece was the talk earlier this week. We’ll see if DMC starts to practice or if DA and the Raiders hold him out through the BYE.
Get to Smith early and often:
Raider fans know the plight of Alex Smith all too well. However you felt he was treated across the bay, truth was he turned into a pretty good quarterback at the end of his run in SF. When Smith has time and is comfortable and his legs aren’t moving he is very good. Once you get his feet moving, his completion percentage and QB Rating drops faster than a congressional approval rating after….just about anything they do these days. Point being hit him early and often. Make him think on his feet, think him into a mistake.The Raiders Defense is a lot better than outsiders give it credit for. Although I am sure Andy Reid already knows how well Oakland’s Pass Rush is and already has a series of three step drops and screens installed ready to combat that.
Keep Pryor upright:
In the same vain as above. KC leads the entire league in Sacks. 21 of them to be exact. The O line will really need to step their game if they are going to keep TP upright and jersey clean. Injuries have decimated an already weak O line so this will be tough, but needed if the Raiders are going to sneak out of Arrowhead with a win.
From a play calling side, I hope Greg Olson remains aggressive. Keep the opposition guessing. Go for the long strike when the numbers say go for the QB sneak. Keep the calls fresh and Let Terrelle Pryor be Terrelle. Its working out so far. Keep the momentum Denarius Moore and Rod Streater built up from Sunday night. I would not be surprised to see a couple of bubble screens called for Denarius Moore or Jacoby Ford this week. Make KC tackle in space. It is much harder to tackle one on one than with a host of KC Chiefs.
Truth be told, there has yet to be a blueprint written for KC yet this year. Dallas came the closest, but they still lost. Andy Reid has this team playing very well and it is encouraging to see a team that as bad as they were last year be 5-0 a year later. Which begs to ask, how bad of a coach is Romeo Crennel?