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Leinart thinks he deserves to start, understands need to play Pryor

Matt Leinart is like any other quarterback in that he wants to play and not spend every week preparing for an opportunity that never comes. Yet, he’s also cognizant of the fact that the Raiders need to take a long look at second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor at some point.
Coach Dennis Allen said he is unsure whether to start Leinart or Pryor in place of injured regular Carson Palmer on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers in the regular-season finale.
“In this situation, I deserve to play, I deserve to start,” Leinart said. “But I’m not sure what’s going to happen. … If they want to start Terrelle and evaluate him and see what he can do, then I’ll support that and I’ll help him this week and help him during the game. But if they make me the starter and stuff, I’m just going to go out there and try to capitalize on that opportunity.”
Leinart last started a game Nov. 27, 2011, when he replaced injured Houston Texans starter Matt Schaub. Leinart suffered a broken collarbone that game and missed the remainder of the season.
Now, Leinart has one game to show enough for the Raiders to bring him back for a second season. Leinart is slated to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Problem is, the Raiders also have only one more game to take a long look at Pryor, a player that hasn’t played more than three snaps in any game during his two seasons with the Raiders.
“In Terrelle’s (case), he’s young, he’s had a big-time college career, and just given the unique dynamic of the situation, I don’t think they’re sure what they have in him,” Leinart said. “He hasn’t played in a game — just preseason. I do understand that football part of it and the business part of the game but I can’t control all that stuff.”
Getting a chance to play also would give Leinart an opportunity to put on tape a game for other teams to evaluate next offseason, if the Raiders opt to go another direction.
“I still feel I have a lot to prove at this point of my career,” Leinart said. “No matter what the naysayers say, I do feel like I still can play. I do feel like that, and I’ll play like that until the day I retire. But you’re only given so many opportunities in this league. That’s why this weekend would be awesome.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is faced with the task of preparing game plans for two quarterbacks with distinct skill sets — Leinart the pure pocket passer, Pryor the mobile, athletic quarterback.
Yet, Knapp isn’t fazed, given he once faced a similar situation when he had to do likewise with Michael Vick and Matt Schaub with the Atlanta Falcons.
“What we’re trying to do is o get both guys ready,” Knapp said. “Both guys need reps right now because they really didn’t have any reps going into last week when Carson got hurt. It’s always the starter that’s been getting a lot of reps. So, we want to have both ready. We’ll know after tomorrow’s practice. But we’ve been splitting reps both, and we have to have a little bit of a game plan for both available.”

– It’s likely that rookie Tony Bergstrom will make his NFL starting debut Sunday at right guard in place of injured regular Mike Brisiel (ankle).
Knapp said he is impressed with the progress made by Bergstrom so far. He’s also realistic about tempering expectations for a player making his first start, on the road.
“He’s going to go through some growing pains like any new player would,” Knapp said. “I feel good about him. I like what I’ve seen in practice. I also have seen the rookie mistakes that I know this might show up in a game. But I’m looking forward to get him some reps to see him play live if he has to play.
“He’s prepared. He’s one of the first guys in the building. When asked questions in meetings he’s always on top of his information and the right assignments. I feel like he’s ready to play now. He’s going to go through some growing pains but he’s certainly earned the right to be on the field.”
Bergstrom has played sparingly this season, mostly as an extra blocker on certain plays. He has worked at offensive tackle and guard as a means of making himself more versatile and thereby more valuable as a backup.
He said he is ready to take the next step toward being an every-down player.
“I feel confident in what I’ve been doing,” said Bergstrom, Oakland’s third-round draft pick in April. “I feel good at the position. We’ll see what happens. I feel ready to roll.”

– Allen said he feels as if the season turned in by kicker Sebastian Janikowski was impressive enough for Janikowski to earn a spot on the AFC roster in the Pro Bowl.
“A little bit,” Allen said, when asked if he was surprised Janikowski got beat out by the Browns Phil Dawson. “Obviously, those are tough situations, because Phil Dawson had a strong year also, but we certainly felt like Seabass was very deserving and very worthy of that honor.”
Dawson convetered 28 of 29 field-goal attempts through the first 15 games this season. Janikowski made 31 of 34, with his misses coming from 51, 61 and 64 yards.
Janikowski rarely makes an appearance in the locker room during the media-access period each day, so he was unavailable for comment.

– It’s not difficult to find clues into what the Raiders roster is going to look like in 2013 and beyond. Time and again, Allen takes the time to rave about certain players, no doubt sending a message to others about how they should comport themselves.
On Thursday, Allen sang the praises of rookie linebacker Miles Burris, who has started every game this season.
“In terms of his energy, it’s been there the whole time,” Allen said. “He’s the type of player that we’re looking for as far as a guy, he loves football, he’s willing to work and he’s got a team attitude. Those are the characteristics of the guys that we’re really looking for, and he fits that mold to a tee. You don’t anticipate a fourth-round draft choice out of San Diego starting for you for the whole season. But he earned that right and got himself into that position.”

– So far, we know who the Raiders are playing in 15 of their 16 games in 2013. The Raiders won’t know their final opponent until Sunday’s games are played.
Here’s a look at the 14 common games for the four AFC West teams:
1. Six home-and-away games against divisional foes.
2. Four games against the AFC South — Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
3. Four games against the NFC East — Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
The final two games are based upon where each team in the AFC West finishes. The Raiders are the third-place team out of the AFC West, so they play the third-place team from the AFC North — Pittsburgh Steelers — at home and the third-place team from the AFC East on the road.
As of now, the New York Jets are the third-place team in the AFC East. However, if the Jets beat the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots beat the Dolphins on Sunday, the Jets and Dolphins would flop places.
If things play out that way, the Raiders would play the Dolphins on the road for the third straight season.
Here are the games that are different for the AFC West teams:
Raiders — Steelers and Jets/Dolphins
Broncos — Patriots, Ravens
Chiefs — Browns, Bills
Chargers — Bengals, Jets/Dolphins
So, before anyone rails about the difficulty of the Raiders schedule, remember that the only difference in the schedules of the four AFC West teams is the two games based on where they finish in the standings.
Therefore, in theory, the Broncos have the toughest schedule for 2013, with the Chargers next, followed by the Raiders and Chiefs.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    I got to run Thec, but we will hammer out the schematics shortly.

    So you don’t think we will be players in FA this year Huh? Why not?

    The Reggie has to make a splash, and will have the cap space to do so, especially after we send Carson and Seymour packing.

  • Thec

    Violent Hands Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:29 am
    Word out of Oakland is Carson Palmer’s rib and lung injuries may be even worse than reported. In part because of the injury, some of the big dogs in Oakland are saying they don’t expect Palmer to return in 2013. That will put the Raiders squarely in the middle of what looks to be a very mediocre quarterback market.

    ++++++++==

    “IF” Average retires, or does not play, are we on the hook for his cap numbers?

  • Just Fire Baby

    A lot of talk about who we should take at #3.

    We could win this weekend, and then we are talking about pick #5 or 6, and that would shake that whole thing up.

  • Dakota

    Phil Jackson coaching the Nets? No way in hell, their best player plays the least important position in his offense!

    Now, Phil waiting until next year when the Clippers job opens up after they flame out in the playoffs again…..I know CP also plays PG, but they are loaded in other areas as well….and he would be able to rub Jim Buss’ face in it constantly.

  • Thec

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    I got to run Thec, but we will hammer out the schematics shortly.

    So you don’t think we will be players in FA this year Huh? Why not?

    The Reggie has to make a splash, and will have the cap space to do so, especially after we send Carson and Seymour packing

    +++++++++

    In recent history, when did GB ever make a huge FA splash??? Not in his DNA.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    We wont have that much cap space, even after Seymour’s contract voids. There is still a cap penalty.

    Palmer still is on schedule to make 12 million.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:34 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    I got to run Thec, but we will hammer out the schematics shortly.

    So you don’t think we will be players in FA this year Huh? Why not?

    The Reggie has to make a splash, and will have the cap space to do so, especially after we send Carson and Seymour packing

    +++++++++

    In recent history, when did GB ever make a huge FA splash??? Not in his DNA.

    —-

    Charles Woodson..

    And they usually dont have to due to solid drafting.

  • Dakota

    653.Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:33 am
    A lot of talk about who we should take at #3.

    We could win this weekend, and then we are talking about pick #5 or 6, and that would shake that whole thing up.

    +++++++++++

    Shut your mouth with that talk!

  • Just Fire Baby

    when did GB ever make a huge FA splash???

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

    Charles Woodson, which he brought up in his interview a month or so back.

    Reggie White was the original FA splash, and he saw how that changed the franchise.

    I agree we won’t be the annual FA spenders, and will focus on the draft, but he will make a splash.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Reggie went up to bat last draft with nobody on, 2 outs and a 1-2 count..

    He still hit a double..

  • Dakota

    660.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:36 am
    Reggie went up to bat last draft with nobody on, 2 outs and a 1-2 count..

    He still hit a double..

    ++++++++++++

    Then he got picked off second when coach Knapp distracted him with a sandwich from the dugout.

  • Thec

    Then he got picked off second when coach Knapp distracted him with a sandwich from the dugout.

    ++++++++=

    ROFLMAO…

  • Violent Hands

    Palmer signed a four-year deal with the Raiders that goes through 2016, however the final two seasons are voidable.

  • raidertbone

    662 – lol!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    IDK why, but im starting to like the idea of Vick being brought in..

    Only if he is cut though.. No trade.

    His best years were with… KNAPP.

    That actually might be Knapp’s only chance to stay too

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Violent Hands Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:40 am
    Palmer signed a four-year deal with the Raiders that goes through 2016, however the final two seasons are voidable.

    —-

    Its similar to Seymour’s deal.

    He will have to re-work $ for this season or be cut.

    Also would have to re-do it to be traded..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Vick’s threat to run would open up the defense for DMC also..

    Pass protection hasnt been that bad for us lately.. So this sounds like it could really work.

  • raidertbone

    Free Agents to watch:
    Andy Levitre – G
    Erin Henderson -LB
    Sam Shields – CB
    Henry Melton – DT

  • raidertbone

    Vick is way slower than he used to be and he is much too fragile now (getting older).

  • DennisAllensVisor

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Free Agents to watch:
    Andy Levitre – G
    Erin Henderson -LB
    Sam Shields – CB
    Henry Melton – DT

    —-

    If there was a chance to get Henderson & Shields id be giddy..

    But there’s no chance.

  • Thec

    A lot of the semi’s would jump off the bridge if we signed Vick.

  • raidertbone

    Just a question to throw out — would we possibly bring Jason Campbell back?

  • Thec

    Vick signing would cause a full on mutiny on this blog.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    Vick signing would cause a full on mutiny on this blog.

    —-

    Then im all for it.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Just a question to throw out — would we possibly bring Jason Campbell back?

    —-

    We have the left handed, caucasian version of him already.

  • Thec

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Just a question to throw out — would we possibly bring Jason Campbell back?

    ++++++

    Doubt it, he is a “Me. Davis” guy and besides, he is sub average.

  • raidertbone

    If Vick would make the team better, I would swallow it .. but he wouldn’t …

  • DennisAllensVisor

    LT – Veldheer
    LG – Bergstrom
    C – Wiz
    RG – Brisiel
    RT –

    Think you can set those 4 in stone, unless Berg lays an egg this week.

    Right Tackle is the need.

  • poprox13

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Friday-Buzz-Carson-Palmer-Russell-Wilson-more.html

    how reliable is this site? Never read it before, not good news if true.

    I didnt like the first time we traded for JC, wouldnt like it if we picked him up again either. Would be worse if we picked up Vick tho.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    If Vick would make the team better, I would swallow it .. but he wouldn’t …

    —-

    I have a hard time understanding how you know that LOL..

  • raidertbone

    I think we’re gonna end up with “sub average” at that position anyway (at least for the next two years).

  • Thec

    Vick was told to stay clear of oakland by dungy when he got out of prison.

    Wonder if that ban on the raiders has been lifted???

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:49 am
    Vick was told to stay clear of oakland by dungy when he got out of prison.

    Wonder if that ban on the raiders has been lifted???

    —-

    That’s because of the Animal Rights presence is so strong in the Bay Area..

    That stigma has run its course with Vick IMO..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    QB – Vick
    RB – McFadden
    FB – Reece
    WR – Moore
    WR – Streater
    WR – Ford
    TE – Myers

    That looks enticing..

  • raidertbone

    I think most of the dog-related firestorm is behind him now. The question is: Can he still lead a team and be effective? (okay, two questions)

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor, that beig said, you can fire up the Vick to oakland campaign.

    Not sure if DA would want to hitch his wagon to that QB however, stranger things have happend.

  • poprox13

    Mistic is rubbing off on you guys

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Also allows us to keep Pryor and let him learn more..

    And lets us have a backup QB we wouldnt need to change the playbook for..

  • raidertbone

    DAV:
    When both Vick and DMac go down to injury, what will you have left?

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor <——- Is this the real DAV?

    Or a troll????

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:54 am
    DennisAllensVisor <——- Is this the real DAV?

    Or a troll????

    —-

    Why would it be a troll?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    raidertbone Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    DAV:
    When both Vick and DMac go down to injury, what will you have left?

    —-

    Pryor & Goodson/Reece

  • Al_is_theraiders

    as long as it isnt that idiot mcxcuse20….

  • raidertbone

    Hey Thec — good point!

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:54 am
    Thec Says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:54 am
    DennisAllensVisor <——- Is this the real DAV?

    Or a troll????

    —-

    Why would it be a troll?

    ++++++++=

    The Vick talk is opposite of what I have read DAV post?
    In any event I was joking. The guys that troll big time, and clone other peoples handle are on vaction, IE the staff at ibabuzz.

  • Thec

    Troll was a poor choice of word. Should have used clone.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Yea, I just started to think about the Vick possibility.. I like it, not trolling.

  • Dakota

    Michael Vick?

    A loser QB for a loser coach and a loser team…..at least it is a fit.

    FML!

  • Charlie

    Talent x Durability x work ethic x knowledge = productivity

    When one of the variables on the left equals 0, productivity equals 0.
    The rookie cap offers teams much more protection for greater value. Meaning that the salary paid is more in line with the productivity that you get. Yes, the knowledge part of the equation is low with rookies but if the other three parts are in place you can have a long, productive career.
    Free agents are usually free for a reason. Either their salary demands are not consistent with their body of past work or there is a low evaluation of one of the variables on the left side of the above equation by the present employer.
    A guy like Gannon was a good pick up because the Chiefs had a surplus that year at QB and made the wrong choice keeping Grbac. Gannon also had not played much so his durability was good even at a relatively advanced age. Those situations are rare!
    Romo. Rice and Woodson also worked out well for a VERY SHORT TIME FRAME.
    You can only afford to build your core through the draft. You can pick up some niche pieces in the FA market but it needs to be done carefully and sparingly.

    I live out in the Philly area.
    Please no Vick. He gets a zero for Durability (see Seymour)and grades low on everything else. He is done.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I believe Vick was being used wrong in Philly.