December 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) passes the football against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Is Terrelle Pryor Really That Good?


First and foremost, let’s forego the discussion that the Oakland Raiders, or more specifically Head Coach Dennis Allen, set quarterback Terrelle Pryor up for failure.  Why forego it you ask, because he was the starting quarterback at the beginning of the 2013 NFL season for the Raiders.  He beat out Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin, and Tyler Wilson (Two of these were backups at best, and one was on the practice squad).  So, he was the best option on the Raiders roster at the start of 2013.  He was given his shot, and Pryor didn’t produce.

I’m not saying that Pryor isn’t a dynamic player, but he didn’t do enough to show the coaching staff that he warranted another shot at the starting position.  Here are the numbers; Pryor played in 11 games in 2013 and he threw for 1,798 yards, 7 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and he had a completion percentage of 54.7%.  Yes, he rushed for 576 yards and 2 touchdowns, but that’s still only a total of 2,374 yards.  Is this a viable option at quarterback?  Are we, Raiders fans, allowing ourselves to be blinded by Pryor’s dynamic playability?

Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) controls the ball against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) controls the ball against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Some people say that numbers don’t lie.  If that’s the case, Matt McGloin had better numbers.  McGloin played in 7 games and he threw for 1,547 yards, 8 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a completion percentage of 55.9%.  Still, McGloin isn’t the answer either.

I’ve watched a lot of tape on Pryor lately, and there were two consistent problems that I saw.  Pryor’s footwork needs a lot of work, and he has a difficult time going through his progressions.  Most of the time he was completely focused on one receiver or one route.  Is that the kind of quarterback Raider Nation wants?  I don’t.  I want a quarterback that goes through his reads and then makes a quick decision.  I want a quarterback that gets the ball out of his hands once a decision is made.  I want a quarterback that gives his receivers a chance to make a play.  That quarterback is not Pryor.

Some would ask the Raiders to give him more time to develop.  True, this is always an option.  I wish Pryor would remain with the Raiders and develop behind Matt Schaub this year.  Then, beat him out next year and take it over.  However, Pryor wants to be the starting quarterback now.  He doesn’t want to wait.  Unfortunately for him, I don’t know that there is a team out there right now that will start him as is.

His best shot would be to join the Carolina Panthers and backup Cam Newton.  With Newton having ankle surgery this off-season, there may be a very good opportunity for Pryor to get some more playing time.  Another option for Pryor would be to join the Washington Redskins and play behind Robert Griffin III.  RGIII has had the lingering knee issue, and he is one hit away from being out for the season again.  Either way, both offenses are set up for Pryor’s unique talents.  It’s just not going to happen in Oakland.

With the entire roster seemingly being turned over this year, it only seems fair to cut ties with Terrelle Pryor and allow him to seek employment elsewhere.  I wish Pryor the best, and I hope that he doesn’t suffer the same fate as Tim Tebow.

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  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    He do not need to go to the CFL he been getting help on his mechanics and improved a lot last year so this year he would be great. But even if he do they will not let him be the starter.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    OK when Pryor was playing we was leading going into the Half and come back and the coaches did not have anymore plays for Pryor because he was not the plan. So the teams would adjust and comeback and win a game. Even against Steelers they almost came back because our Raiders would be 3rd and 3 or something and the Line would jump or hold. So we then have a long 3 and they did not have a play for it with Pryor because the line would get smashed. All of those losses was not Pryor.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    DeSean Jackson do not need to be in the Raiders house. He is a selfish player. He got all this money then was the main target last year. Yet you still crying, you do not know where the team is doing or going(Eagle’s).

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Hell if the O-line was doing their Job he would not be running around for 10 sec. That is why they really went and beefed up the O-line. So that is not his game he looks for receivers but when you are chased it cuts you down to 2 receivers at most on the half field.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    No he is built like Cam Newton and run like him with a stronger arm. you do not have enough pro footage to judge Pryor. But this young man is only 25 the same age as Rookies of last year. He been in the league 3 yrs. but he has no more starts than any body in his class. So just like last year QB’s go to his College films and see his skills. Hue Jackson and Al Davis saw it. We was on our way. But Mr. Al Davis died and Marc Davis got his power hump on his back and brought in McKenzie. Him working the contracts was good. But McKenzie went and got a Rookie coach to so he could control him. Matt Flynn was good in GB then you tell him you trading for Matt Flynn. When V. Young was better and a winner with more games under his belt. So what we end up with 4-12 2 years in a row, Clock management sad 2 years in a row. How is it they have penalties on 3 and short continuously?

  • bigninaross

    No, if I knew I still needed to develop to become a more effective starter, I wouldn’t mind sitting behind a vet for a while longer. But he is his own person, and if he can get a starting job and or more money, then more power to him.

  • Jay Haskins

    I’m saving this article. I’ll bring it out when somebody gives Pryor a REAL chance with a REAL OL (not HS) on a REAL team. And when he comes back to Oakland. Of course RM and DA will be a couple of years removed, (fired) but it will be just as sweet

  • Jay Haskins

    Plus, not only did Pryor have to play behind an OL that was the worse I have ever seen on an NFL field, their starting RB (DMac) averaged less than 2.0 yds per carry. I don’t care who it is, Brady, Manning etc, will struggle without blocking (McGloin played behind a much better line), and a RB that can get some yards. So bottom line, Pryor was forced to be the sacrificial lamb for this sorry az team, and this is how they repay him? I promise the Raiders will pay for this dearly.

  • Jay Haskins

    The problem is the top 3 rushing attack was ALL Pryor!!! He needed help from DMac so he could get the ball to those sorry az WRs

  • Jay Haskins

    Impatient?! Why should Pryor even consider patience, when he is not in the teams plans for the future?

  • Jay Haskins

    It’s better than 1-5. Plus McGloin played behind a MUCH better line

  • bigninaross

    Just because he’s not starting right now, doesn’t mean he’s not in the teams plans for the future.

  • friendship220

    Right on, Jay. I like Dmac, but he needs holes to run through.

  • Josh Carley

    The d did not. The d won the game against the chargers. Mcgloin beat the texans. How did Tp look against Denver?