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Pryor says all the right things, onboard with coaches’ plan

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 3:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor champs at the bit when he sees other young quarterbacks such as Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick enjoying success.
Yet, he also realizes that coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp know what they’re doing when it comes to bringing along Pryor at a much-slower pace than some of his peers.
“Obviously, you want to play a little more,” Pryor said. “I’m human, just like everyone else. We all want to do something or have an opportunity to do something. My coaches are looking out for me. They know when I’ll be ready. They know when if I’m not ready. I commend them.”
With regular starter Carson Palmer out for the regular-season finale because of fractured ribs and a bruised lung, Allen said he intends to start either Pryor or veteran Matt Leinart on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Leinart relieved Palmer against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and attempted 32 passes. Pryor played three snaps, including one short pass to fullback Marcel Reece.
Pryor said he is eager to get extensive playing time, knowing that his skill set is comparable to that of several others already making their mark, especially Newton.
“Watching Cam, it definitely makes my heart jump because, when I look at Cam, I see myself,” Pryor said. “He can throw the rock around, too. I see myself, like I said, and, obviously, my heart, I just jump out, like, ‘Oh, my God, I want to get in.’
“But there’s a time and place. Whenever coach Knapp and coach Allen believe it, Mr. McKenzie (Reggie, general manager), I’ll seize the opportunity. But right now, I’m just working hard, staying late and trying to be the first one in and being the best that I can. That’s all you can control in the NFL.”
The Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft in 2011. He has attempted two passes and spent most of his time learning the Raiders offense and waiting for his chance to play.
Allen said he will decide upon a starter later this week after seeing Pryor and Leinart in practice. Those two players split the reps in practice Wednesday.
“Both of them looked pretty good,” Allen said. “They had a good day out there and both of them got reps with the 1′s, and we’ll continue to monitor it as we go through the week. We’ll make a decision at the end of the week, which way we’re going to go.”
On Sunday, Allen said Pryor wasn’t ready to be the backup quarterback. A day later, he changed his stance, saying Leinart and Pryor were under consideration to fill in for Palmer.
The revised outlook owed to Allen breaking down the quarterbacks’ play later Sunday night.
“When you get done with the game, your mindset is one (way), and then when we get a chance to come back and sit down and evaluate where we’re at, obviously, we got a chance to see what Matt could do and we might need to see a little bit more of Terrelle.”

– The bruised lung suffered by Palmer makes it too dangerous for him to fly. Therefore, he won’t be at the Raiders game Sunday, Allen said.
That means Leinart and Pryor won’t have Palmer to bounce things off during the game, after each series, at halftime, etc. This figures to affect Pryor more than Leinart, given Pryor lacks Leinart’s NFL experience.
“That’s news to me,” Pryor said, when informed of Palmer’s status. “That’s like a father-brother to me. Hopefully we can figure out some type of way that he could get there. Maybe have two or three doctors if we have to. I need my guy there. Like I said, he’s like a father figure/brother. I didn’t know that. Shocking to me.”

– Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler are the only players drafted by the Raiders since 1998 selected to the Pro Bowl at least once.
Pro Bowl selections will be announced on NFL Network at the top of the hour. A story on the results will be posted soon thereafter.
Janikowski seems to be the most likely player to be selected from the Raiders. He won the fan portion of the voting, which accounts for one-third of the total. Players and coaches also get one-third of the vote.

– The Raiders have three rushing touchdowns this season, the Chargers only four. More important, Chargers coach Norv Turner said, is how detrimental it is for a team that isn’t able to run the ball well overall.
“I’m not sure I put as much emphasis on rushing touchdowns,” Turner said in a conference call. “Obviously, it’s the running game production, and you want to be balanced. You want people to have to defend the run and defend the pass. It just makes life much easier for your quarterback. And, obviously, if you can run the football and control the ball, to some degree, it helps your defense a great deal.”
Allen echoed that sentiment.
“You have to be able to run the ball in this league,” Allen said. “Points are scored in this league through the passing game; that’s how you get big chunks. But you have to be able to run the ball to be effective, you have to be able to be balanced.
“From a defensive standpoint, when the offense is able to be balanced, it makes it a lot harder for you as a playcaller to know what defenses to call. So our ability to run the football and be effective running the football is something that we need to be better at.”

– The Chargers sacked Jets second-year quarterback Greg McElroy 11 times last Sunday. It’s safe to assume that the Chargers will employ a similarly aggressive approach against Pryor, if he plays Sunday.
Pryor said he isn’t worried about the Chargers teeing off on him.
“He was holding on to the ball,” Pryor said of McElroy’s problems against the Jets. “I’m not McElroy. Not to be cocky or sound like that, but he can’t … That’s what that was.”
So, how will Pryor react to the Chargers defense?
“You got to stay on top of that stuff, your reads,” Pryor said. “I’m not saying that I’m Tom Brady, by any means, because I’m nowhere it. I’m nowhere near Carson Palmer but I have to think like that. You can’t hold on to the ball. You have to get the ball out. If not, you got to take off and get 4 or 5 yards, just keep it on a positive note, just keep it moving.”

– Allen said he is impressed with the way defensive back Brandian Ross has played in recent weeks.
Ross’ playing time spiked when the Raiders waived cornerback Ron Bartell and safeties Tyvon Branch, Matt Giordano and Mike Mitchell, as well as cornerback Phillia Adams, suffered injuries.
“He’s done a nice job,” Allen said. “He gives us some flexibility. He’s played some safety for us. He’s played what we call the Joker role, which is kind of a hybrid safety-corner type of position. He’s played out at corner. He’s also worked inside in the nickel. He’s a guy that we’ve learned more about, and we’ve gotten an opportunity to play him a little bit more the last few weeks, and he’s done some nice things. I would anticipate seeing him more.”
The Raiders signed Ross off the Packers’ practice squad. Coincidentally, McKenzie talked Ross into staying with the Packers last season when another team showed interest in signing him to their 53-man roster.
Ross said he is pleased with the way things worked out for him with the Raiders, especially the ease with which he grasped defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s scheme.
“The scheme itself was pretty easy for me to learn because I played in Dom Capers’ defense, which is a multiple defense. That was like learning Chinese to me, so I figured if I can pick that up at two positions, I could pick this up at multiple positions.”
Ross played quarterback in high school. However, his coach insisted upon his players playing both ways, so Ross learned how to play defensive back.
He started at cornerback before settling in at safety his junior and senior seasons. Lo and behold, those are the two positions he plays for the Raiders.
Based on the way Ross has played, it’s a safe bet that he will be asked back next season and given a chance to earn more playing time, if not a starting spot.
Ross honed his skills in the NFL by paying close attention to everything defensive back Charles Woodson did in Green Bay.
“Never see him sweat,” Ross said. “Never. Ever. He can give up a touchdown, he’ll come to the sideline, ‘Hmmm. OK.’ That’s about it. But then he’ll go out the next drive, the drive after that, and make a play, make up for it, and it’s like, ‘Man, this guy is a great player.’ He was a great guy to learn from.
“He talked me through a lot when I got there. He’s a vocal leader off the field as well as on the leader. When we were in meeting rooms or if there were any questions I did have for him, he had no problem sitting down with me, explaining it to me.”

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  • CDERaider

    Not even 1 Raider made the pro-bowl.

    DA apologists can’t contains their joy – see!! – its the players!!!

    Fire Dennis Allen!

  • TerrapinRaider

    I’m convinced Cork has no idea how to analyze football. He may truly believe a losing record is a winning record and the coaches know what they’re doing. hahaha…crazy

  • http://www.raiders.com RaiderRan

    EpaVet Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    RaiderRan Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    Crabtree has more catches than all the Raider receivers combined.
    =========================
    Moore and Reese alone have more than 100 receptions. Myers has 75
    Crabtree has 77?

    I think we can both agree you should not attempt to engage me.

    *********************************

    Marcel Reece is a FULLBACK. Brandon Myers a TIGHT END
    ===============
    Are you confused on what a reception is?

  • TerrapinRaider

    Reece, DMC, TJ, Ausberry …you name it Cork ..this staff sure does know how to use talent …don’t they? Just a ridiculous statement.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Written sarcasm doesn’t always go over well.

  • RaidingTexas

    LA To TheBay Says:

    “That’s like a father-brother to me
    ———-

    Pryor not from Mississippi

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    LMFGDAO!

  • JLofty

    I didn’t see the game as my DVR failed to record it while I sat in traffic on Sunday on I80-Donner Summit.
    Hell I still don’t know the outcome…
    Anyone know how to watch the game on the interwebs without paying the lame NFL Replay fees? As if I am going to PAY to watch a Raider game these days. 4 days later. While still paying Directv $100+ per month mostly just to watch Raider games….

  • Dan78

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Steve Cockran: “Yet, he also realizes that coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp know what they’re doing when it comes to bringing along Pryor at a much-slower pace than some of his peers.”

    ///// Can we get another beat writer please!

    Stopped reading after that ridiculous comment. This guy must love this staff and think they’re doing a marvelous job. They obviously, as Steve puts it, “KNOW whot they’re doing”. crazy~!
    —-
    Corky got a $50 gift card to Target from the coaching staff, thats all…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    JLofty Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    I didn’t see the game as my DVR failed to record it while I sat in traffic on Sunday on I80-Donner Summit.
    Hell I still don’t know the outcome…
    Anyone know how to watch the game on the interwebs without paying the lame NFL Replay fees? As if I am going to PAY to watch a Raider game these days. 4 days later. While still paying Directv $100+ per month mostly just to watch Raider games….
    ——————–
    Lol.

  • CDERaider

    Under Hue : Palmer, DMAC, Reece, Moore make the pro-bowl this year and the team is sitting at 9-6 with a chance to make it into the playoffs..

  • Priesttj12

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Steve Cockran: “Yet, he also realizes that coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp know what they’re doing when it comes to bringing along Pryor at a much-slower pace than some of his peers.”

    ///// Can we get another beat writer please!

    Stopped reading after that ridiculous comment. This guy must love this staff and think they’re doing a marvelous job. They obviously, as Steve puts it, “KNOW whot they’re doing”. crazy~!
    *******************************
    TerrapinRaider, I don’t believe for a second that is what Steve really believes he’s just taking their word for it. He has said in the past he thought Pryor could have a role in games. If I’m not mixing the two up. I thought I read that from one of them.

  • The_Judge37

    JLofty Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    I didn’t see the game as my DVR failed to record it while I sat in traffic on Sunday on I80-Donner Summit.
    Hell I still don’t know the outcome…
    Anyone know how to watch the game on the interwebs without paying the lame NFL Replay fees? As if I am going to PAY to watch a Raider game these days. 4 days later. While still paying Directv $100+ per month mostly just to watch Raider games….
    ——–

    Don’t know about watching a replay, but you didn’t miss much. Defense played the gaps fairly well, Offense was as inept as it’s ever been. Matt Leinart threw wounded duck after duck.

  • http://www.raiders.com RaiderRan

    zero in probowl? ugly

  • CDERaider

    from sfgate:

    With starting quarterback Carson Palmer out with cracked ribs, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said backups Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor split snaps “evenly” at practice on Wednesday.

    Pryor later said that Leinart took “most of the snaps” at practice — and that Pryor’s share was “not much but more than it was.”

    —————————-

    I hate this coaching staff, they are playing childish mind games but nobody is fooled. The fans deserve so much better.

    Fire Dennis Allen!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Just play the guy who has The coldest hand, and secure that #3 pick but make sure the game is tight and we only lose by a fg or less

  • CDERaider

    Do you honestly think that DA and Krapp are going to play one of AL’s guys (TP) over one of Krapps bff’s (Leinart)?

  • John David Booty

    Charlie Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Judge

    “The cap issues cost us players that produced something for Hue albeit at a ridiculously high price.”
    ———————————————-
    Who are these players that you are referring to that were productive last season, but had to be let go this season, as cap casualties? I’ll give you Wimbley on D and Bush on O. Bush averaged less than 4 yards a carry last year and this year. Both Goodson and Stewart have proven capable of being able to make up for the loss of Bush. Who else was productive that wasnt retained? This team started the season with Carson Palmer at QB, DMAC at RB, Marcel Reece at FB, David Ausberry, an extremely athletic pass catching TE. Half of a successful offensive line in Wiz and Veldheer, DHB, who managed 975 yards last season, proving he is capable of producing. Not the best, but definitely enough to score points. If you couldnt get point on the board with these guys, thats on YOU coach.

    “We did not have a 1st or second round pick so no immediate help could be counted on but we did find Burris and Streater.”
    ———————————————–
    Even if we had the 1st round pick, it would not have guaranteed that the pick would have offered immediate help, at #17. I think coming into the season with a vet QB is a WAY bigger advantage than some mid first round rookie, whose production is NEVER guaranteed.

    “The cap impact on the roster is huge. Injuries (I guess that is the strength and conditioning coaches fault), no first or second round picks and a roster that was a year older and you want to blame it all on poor coaching?”

    Not all, but this team looks worse, has performed worse, and has a worse record than last year. Those are facts. You keep giving excuses for Dennis, but no reasons as to why you think hes a good coach. And we did have a 1st round pick, it was used on a vet QB, which lots of teams would love to have. Stop saying we didnt have a pick. We had a pick, used it on CP, and he was undeniably the leader of this team this season, and the only one week in and week out who even gave us half a chance, playing with Knapps sh#tty playcalling. We didnt “waste” our pick. And our 2nd was used the year before to get Barksdale, who would DEFINITELY Be helping this team, and Taiwan Jones, who this staff has refused to even let sniff a carry. Our picks were used. Its not a valid excuse.

    “As I said before the 2011 team was the most expensive 8-8 team in NFL history. It was a house of cards that was doomed.”

    And with the exception of Wimbley, Bush, and Routt, who were the big money players that had so much to do with us being 8-8 that arent around? Exactly. Theres enough talent on this team that they should not have been blown out numerous times. Our offense should not have grossly regressed. That has nothing to do with the cap, or the previous 10 years.

    So, we have all seen why the excuses. We dont need to hear it again. Just tell us why you think Dennis Allen is a good coach.
    Again, that is why no one with experience wanted the gig and why we had to offer 4 year deals.

  • Charlie

    John

    I have agreed from the beginning that getting an experienced HC would have been much better than starting off with a new inexperienced regime. I would have preferred continuity with Hue or Cable but that is over and it is time to move on.

    I am amused by those who only offer one half of the equation. Fire all the coaches. Replaced by who?

    “Still, the simple truth is that Knapp was not the Raiders’ first choice. He was hired after the Raiders interviewed a couple other candidates, and even that was long after pretty much every other team in the league had their coaching staff already set.
    There remains a distinct possibility that Knapp will return in 2013. Maybe for the sake of continuity, or because it’s not as simple as most fans think to “upgrade” at a coaching position.”

    I have pointed out many logical reasons why experienced people do not want the job.
    The present staff and the SIX THAT HAVE PRECEEDED THEM FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS COULD NOT PRODUCE A WINNING SEASON LET ALONE GET TO THE PLAYOFFS. SEVEN DIFFERENT STAFFS IN TEN YEARS!!!!

    I think that points to a lack of talent and NOT poor coaching as being the primary problem with the Raiders over the last decade.

    I believe the saying goes something like; Insanity is defined as continuing to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
    Have you been paying attention the last ten years?

    Let’s try to get better players first and stop the silly delusion that we have the player talent to compete with Denver.
    See the game on 12/6/12?

  • Derek

    Instead of giving Pryor a fair chance to do well, they have him taking approximately 30% of the practice snaps, while favoring the pathetic noodle armed Leinert.

    SD can keep 9 in the box against Lienart and totally nullify the running game due to the fact the world knows Lienart can’t throw deep or intermediate passes. Lienerts 10 yard bombs have the zip of a knuckle ball. He has zero mobility and/or fire.

    This pathetic coaching staff continually prove their incompetence with every word they speak and every action they take. Reggie Mc needs to have his az kicked for bringing this clown show to Oakland.

  • Derek

    The Raiders had 8 pro bowlers and/or alternates last season who ALL came back for this season. Any fool can see it’s the coaching. The team has offensive weapons. they simply aren’t utilized correctly. Some of you clowns appear to know little or nothing about football or life in general.
    Blogs really prove the country is loaded idiots, losers and generally clueless misfits.

  • TBRaiders

    This is such BS. Rookies come in and learn offenses and play right away: RG3, Wilson, Luck, Tannehill, Weeden, Foles, Kaepernick…Newton, Ponder, Dalton, Locker, Gabbert, and even guys like TJ Yates and McElroy have gotten starting nods. Leinert is not good enough to be a back-up QB for us next season. He is terrible. Start Prior. If he really doesn’t know the playbook or can’t cut it, better to find out now.

  • Derek

    Leinnert allegedly knows the playbook as does Palmer, yet the Raiders haven’t scored a TD in approximately 3 games. The offese sux. Some idiots on this blog claiom Pryor can’t pass (even though they he has only thrown two times in the NFL with one completion). While we know for a FACT Leinert can’t pass, run, lead or follow. Leinert is a total scrub.Pryor is a physical speciman with extreme athletic abilities.. Let the world see if he can be a quality NFL QB. We already know Matt Leinert is not.

  • Derek

    #71: truth is the offesive system blows. Nobody will look good in this pathetic 1990′s system.

  • WenzhouRaider

    CORKRAN

    I HAD LESS TYPOS IN MY GRADE SCHOOL BOOK REPORTS THAN YOU DO IN AN AVERAGE POST

    CLEAN IT UP

  • dcraiderfan

    Someone please fire the GM, Allen and the coaching staff! Hey Mark, are you really embracing this regime in the front office or a shame to emit failure on the first go! From this fan point of view, you’d screwed the pooch on this year! And will it get any better, I hardly think so!!! You had TPryor on the bench, a Crybaby trying to make a comeback which failed, a first year coach making excuses about the plays on the field and a comment to hurt the team! Where’s the so-called GM whereabouts picking your pockets? Why did Green Bay let him go in the first place! Here’s its like a merry go round of coaches! Hire a coach not the rejects like Denny Green…coaches on the networks..remember Dick vermeill when Philly…the resurgence of change in climates…Andy Reid will be available soon…Not Rex Ryan either!!! I’m a fan of this team since 72! And remain a fan thru it all! But when the fans start to blog…take heed we provide your income for the Raiders. Find the problem quic with outside consultant and make changes! Fire the front office and get rid of the dead weight of players. Starting with Palmer and the other guy Leinart! Work within to manage this team! Raiders forever!

  • TBRaiders

    #73: I am not impressed with the offense either, but I’d rather see Pryor given a shot since we still don’t know what he is capable of doing. We know what we have in Leinert, which is a terrible back-up QB.