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

Terrelle Pryor Trade Marks The Official End of The Al Davis Era

We all knew it was going to happen. We all knew it had to happen. Terrelle Pryor needed to be traded and he wanted out of Oakland after the moves the Raiders had made this offseason. But for some fans, myself included, held out hope the Raiders would find a new role for Pryor and hold onto him. Now with Pryor shipped to Seattle the Raiders have officially ended the Al Davis era.

After an up and down first season as a starter, Pryor flashed incredible athletic/playmaking ability. Although Pryor had some great highlights it was apparent he was not the quarterback of the future Dennis Allen wanted. Reggie McKenzie went out and traded for a stop gap QB in Matt Schaub. The trade for Schaub was the beginning of the end for Pryor in Oakland. About a month later Pryor was traded to Seattle for a 7th Rd pick.

Terrelle Pryor, as many fans know, was the last draft pick Al Davis made before passing away in late 2011. Al was also the owner/gm who drafted other recently departed Raiders, Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston. Those three players were the last remaining high profile players from the Davis era. Now that they have gone to other teams this team is fully turned over to Reggie McKenzie.

Fans of the team could see this coming. Al Davis is a legend in Oakland for what he has done for the team and league, but over the last decade or so some of the moves he had made were highly questionable to say the least. From undermining head coaches, to giving huge contracts to aging players Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour, to drafting DHB in the first round and arguably worst of all drafting JaMarcus Russell with the number 1 pick in 2007. It is hard to criticize GMs for busts because everyone drafts their fair share, but the Russell and DHB picks left some to question if Al Davis was capable of running a team in this day and age.

With the label of mediocre attached to the Raiders since 2003, McKenzie was forced to strip the team down and rebuild from scratch. Which is exactly what he has done since taking over in 2012. We are starting to see what kind of team Reggie wants to build. The moves McKenzie made this offseason were very smart and calculated. They should set the team up to compete at a higher level than the first two seasons of his regime.

After a shaky start, Reggie has given fans plenty of reasons to believe the franchise is in good hands. This upcoming draft will be pivotal for the current regime and could possibly be a franchise defining moment. If McKenzie is able to land an immediate impact starter and multiple late round sleepers/contributors, the  Raiders could be closer to the playoffs than many “experts” think.

While all Raiders’ fans should be grateful for what Al Davis has done for the franchise, we should also be happy to see this team moving in a different direction. Sometimes a complete rebuild is whats best for a team. The Raiders are making moves and looking to build a team the right way. Even without Davis it seems McKenzie is building an old school Raider team (smash mouth O-Line/D-Line).

Al Davis is gone, but he is not forgotten. The identity he built for this team in the 60s-80s is starting to be put back together in this current team. The new regime is bringing back old school Raider football, that is something to get excited about. The Silver and Black may not be back just yet, but the are coming and coming fast.

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  • KloverJane

    Now we, Raider Nation, can finally quit hearing it.

  • Ricky Bobby

    DA is the Donald Sterling of NFL HC’s. he will bring in any BUM AZZ WHITE QB & ANOINT HIM WHILE DEMOTING BLACK QB’s.#BIAS

  • Chris Schroeder

    Yeah he’s the HC of a predominantly black team and he’s a racist. That makes a lot of sense. Look, if Pryor could actually process a thought quick enough to make a timely decision, or throw the ball accurately maybe he wouldn’t have to run around like a chicken with his head cut off trying to make something happen. The Raiders need a real QB bra, get off the racist boat. DA wouldn’t care if he was Chinese as long as he could see the field, and find open receivers. Don’t be ignorant k.

  • Don

    What about Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece?

  • Bob

    Moore is the last Al Dabis scholarship player, so it is not over yet. Sorry.

  • Manster

    Sea bass, Reece, Woodson ( in a way) so get ur facts right

  • john smith

    I don’t think Terrelle Pryor has the rights to the end of the Al Davis Era, official or otherwise. Even if he did, I’m not sure whey he’d want to trademark it. I don’t think he could make any money from it.

  • Brad Tapp

    How is Pryor being traded the end of the Al Davis era? There are still players he drafted on the roster this article makes no sense

  • Scoobz

    What about Tyvon branch

  • holy roller

    Or Branch……..I find many of RM’s move eerily similar to the things Big Al would do. As far as jwalrus, the entire draft community liked that pick and DHB has yet to really be given a fair shot, may have been picked higher than many thought but all felt he was a first rounder. Th “Al Davis era” will never end . He is the Raidahs and they are him. Just win baby!

  • Bob

    This is why people should not be able to post until they are 26 and their pre frontal cortex develops,

  • JoeSchmoo

    Gotta be a troll. No one is that dumb (cept Sterling).

  • Carl Elftman

    Question what happens when Allen gets fired this year and Pryor steps in for the Seahawks and helps when another Super Bowl.
    Will I guess we get the first pick in 2015.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Ok, there are people on the team Al drafted, So get this out the mindset. We see the type of team McKenzie wants but Allen don’t know what type of team he wants but he do know the offense. McKenzie was on the Raiders winning style. So he will rebuild it that way. I think Pryor would have been good there in Oakland, but his Patients and the dislike of him and Dennis Allen was not working. He is the same age as McGloin, I have faith in McKenzie but not Allen. I am hoping Tarver and Shiprano can turn this

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Chris, with the worst front line last year, Matt Flynn got slammed in K.C. game. Matt Gloin was constantly sacked or throwing off his back foot. Pryor had mobility to escape, but he still looked down field before he took off. The receiver was not good enough to get free in 4 to 5 sec. Also remember Chris, the offense was being develop for Matt Flynn so Pryor never ready got the chance to work with the first team until per-season. also Pryor has a set number of plays for him. So he use his plays in first half of game we get a 21 pt. lead. Second half Oakland had no plays for Pryor to be comfortable with. The defense gets tired because of 3 and out’s. Also we have to look at something that is always over looked with Oakland. Penalties, we be 3rd and short and false starts or delay of game or get us out of short to 3rd and long. Coaching needs to focus on this. I am a Marine, every time a person get a penalty Whatever defense or offense when they come off the field owe 10 push-up for every yard. Punish as a team as well. LOL

  • Pridenpoise

    DHB has yet to be given a fair shot, get the F***K outta here.

  • Pridenpoise

    You’re as dumb as you look.

  • AnthonyMills

    I agree 100% :)

  • Jaime Olguin

    Reggie comes from that old raider renegade,drafted buy Al in the mid 80′s he knows what a smash mouth football
    team looks like, I understand what he is trying to do and I believe that in the end he will get us back to where
    this team needs to be, GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!

  • holy roller

    The one year (2011) that they actually targeted him he got 975 yards(eclipsed the one we were supposed to take- crabass) …….his basic catch rate is pretty similar to many other “speedsters” and he has a tremendous YAC potential. Indy never really was the place for him. He may just do well in pitt.

  • Pridenpoise

    When you’re always dropping the ball they stop throwing it to you, I can’t believe someone actually thinks this guy didn’t get a fair shot. And then you say Indy wasn’t the place for him. Now you starting to sound like a moron, or you are one.

  • holy roller

    Nice, Raider fan to Raider fan. “Heyward-Bey seemed to be on the verge of a breakout after gaining 975 receiving yards in 2011, his third NFL season.” (and then they stopped throwing him the ball) You simply don’t read what is written and go with “you are a moron”. Watch what happens in pitt. Given the chance I still think this dude can play. Think slants and quick outs…….he has a tremendous YAC ability.(yes he needs to catch it first) Right or wrong, I will always enjoy the discussion, without name calling. (of course I’m right) This is another subject I will lay to rest from this end save for wishing DHB the best of luck while hoping the wheels fall off in Pitt.

  • Pridenpoise

    I call them as I see them, Heyward Bey had plenty of opportunitys in Oakland to be the guy, or to even be a just a good second receiver, this is a team that had no talent at the WR position, and they were begging for someone to step up, you point out 1 season where he had 900 yards, to which I say even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then, not to mention there was no competition for the ball, I would hope he would at least have 900, it should have been more, but then you go on to say that Indy was not a good fit, hence the moron comment, Indy has two great receivers, all Bey had to do was be a decent # 3, he couldn’t even do that, so I tell you again he sucks, your evaluation of him is MORONIC, and who pulls for our busts to go elsewhere and succeed. By the way what’s your opinion on Rolando, just didn’t get an opportunity, maybe the bright lights and big city of Alameda became to much of a distraction. Keep your day job, because your future in evaluating football players, is not looking to bright.

  • holy roller

    day job”? not me thanks. Ronoldo is an entirely different story. A complete and utter mutonhead.I pull for the underdog and certainly in Big Al’s memory……..blind squirrels? Watch out for PETA with that kind of talk. “have a nice day”