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Ready or not, here comes Pryor

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Ready or not, here he comes.

Terrelle Pryor will start the Raiders regular-season finale Sunday at quarterback against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, coach Dennis Allen announced Friday.

“I feel that I’m ready,’’ Pryor said. “I felt comfortable. I felt like a leader in the huddle when I was in there. I feel good about it and look forward to the opportunity.’’

Allen said Pryor and backup Matt Leinart had been told earlier in the week Pryor was the likely starter in place of Carson Palmer, who is out with a bruised lung and cracked ribs.

“I wanted to see how each player responded,’’ Allen said. “I thought Terrelle responded well. I think he gives us a unique element of athleticism at the quarterback position and I think he deserves to get an opportunity to get out there and see what he can do.’’

It will be Pryor’s first start since the leading Ohio State to a 31-26 win over Arkansas while being named Most Valuable Player of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, 2011.

A third-round supplemental draft pick in 2011, Pryor was a late arrival last preseason and then served five-game suspension imposed by the NFL related to NCAA infractions for accepting improper benefits.

Active for the last four games, Pryor got three snaps in each of the last two games _ a three-and-out series against the Kansas City Chiefs and three plays in specialty situations as a shotgun quarterback against Carolina.

Pryor described his ascension as a “progression,’’ starting with making the team, eventually becoming active, getting a few plays, and “now it comes to this. Will I respond? We’ll see Sunday. I’m confident.’’

Leinart, who was 16 of 32 for 115 yards with an interception against Carolina, said he felt Allen was leaning towards Pryor all along but promised, “I’m going to help him. Anything he needs. The competitor in me wants to start, but I understand they need to evaluate him.’’

Allen said the decision was based on giving the Raiders (4-11) the best chance to win against the Chargers (6-9) team as well as keeping an eye toward 2013.

“We’ve been around Terrelle for a whole season, and we know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are,’’ Allen said. “To give him an opportunity, against a division opponent at their place, it gives us a view into the future.’’

Pryor understands his mission statement _ get the Raiders to the line of scrimmage on time, avoid mistakes and score points.

He promises there will be no issues with confusion with getting plays off on time.
“I can guarantee this _ I won’t have a problem with that,’’ Pryor said. “Last year was a whirlwind. It was hard for me. But I’ve been studying. Coach gives me a formation, I can give you the play.’’
Pryor expects to be nervous, just as he was at Ohio State when crowds were 90,000 or more. He said Palmer told him, “I’m nervous until the first play is over.’’
— Brandian Ross will start at cornerback opposite Michael Huff as Phillip Adams was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Right guard Mike Brisiel remained out with an ankle injury and is questionable, with Tony Bergstrom prepared to start if necessary.
Cornerback Corey Nelms and defensive tackle Brandon Bair were promoted from the practice squad to replace Adams and Richard Seymour, who went on I.R. Thursday. Nelms, Allen said, would be active as a reserve cornerback and special teams player.

– Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for the helmet-to-the-back hit that left Palmer with a bruised lung and cracked ribs, ending his season. Quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 for kicking defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

“I’m free,’’ Kelly said. “It finally worked out for the good guys.’’

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  • jackasspuria

    Knapp-Time for Gregory?

    FOX’s Jay Glazer reports the Raiders are expected to make a “bunch of changes” to their offensive coaching staff as early as Sunday evening.
    Glazer believes underwhelming first-year coach Dennis Allen is safe, but implied behind-the-times OC Greg Knapp is as good as gone. Knapp worked extremely hard to earn his walking papers this season, routinely failing to put his players in the best position to succeed. That was embodied by Darren McFadden, who found himself trapped in a zone-blocking scheme that played to his weaknesses and sapped his strengths. Knapp is probably lucky he wasn’t let go mid-season.

  • Dakota

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.
    ____________________

    Rookie debut? The man has been in the NFL for two seasons. He should come out polished and professional….anything else will be a total fail.

    >. you’re not be realistic. sitting on a bench and throwing to practice squad players doesn’t compare to this IMO. how can you expect pryor to be “polished and professional” when the guy has NEVER played? wow man
    +++++++++++

    What has he been doing for the past two seasons? jerking off?

    He damn well better look like he knows what he is doing.

  • manassamauler

    morilla Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Gdog Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:23 am
    Fox just reported DA is staying but huge changes on offensive staff! BYE BYE KNAPP!
    ———-

    HQ released a statement 2 weeks ago that Reggie and DA were staying. Yet people on here still insist on talking about firing both. I’m not sure many pay attention to actual news.

    Good to hear they are calling out the O. See ya Knapp.

    >> news if often just PC bullsh*t. RM can say that DA is the future and fire him a week later. sure it’s happened before.

  • manassamauler

    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    this is IT! Its TP time. if the dude has less than three turnovers and can get the raiders in the endzone that will be a successful rookie debut.
    ____________________

    Rookie debut? The man has been in the NFL for two seasons. He should come out polished and professional….anything else will be a total fail.

    >. you’re not be realistic. sitting on a bench and throwing to practice squad players doesn’t compare to this IMO. how can you expect pryor to be “polished and professional” when the guy has NEVER played? wow man
    +++++++++++

    What has he been doing for the past two seasons? jerking off?

    He damn well better look like he knows what he is doing.

    >>we’ll see man. i personally think pryor will have a couple of big plays AND a couple of ahhhDUH plays.

  • RaidO

    FOX’s Jay Glazer reports the Raiders are expected to make a “bunch of changes” to their offensive coaching staff as early as Sunday evening.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nfl/842/raiders-offense

    Always put a link.

  • dr_robert

    RaidO Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:49 am
    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    when pryor completes less than 50% of his passes for less than 150 yards and has 4 turnovers, i bet people start to like palmer a little more.
    —————–
    You sound like you want him to fail. GET OUT OF HERE WITH THAT MESS.
    ********

    i’ve said a thousand times i WANT him to succeed. but ‘m not stupid and i understand football.

    to paraphrase the words of the dread pirate roberts:
    “get ready for disappointment

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    andrew luck 75.6 rating #29 passr in nfl, right after tannehill

    18 ints

    >> whats lucks Qb rating the 4th quarter? guy set a rookie record for 4th quarter comebacks. he wins when it counts.
    ***********

    all quarters count.

    >> WINNING counts more. 10-5 as a rookie with 6 4th quarter comebacks. you can go off the QB rating if you want to.

  • Dakota

    jackasspuria Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am
    Knapp-Time for Gregory?

    FOX’s Jay Glazer reports the Raiders are expected to make a “bunch of changes” to their offensive coaching staff as early as Sunday evening.
    Glazer believes underwhelming first-year coach Dennis Allen is safe, but implied behind-the-times OC Greg Knapp is as good as gone. Knapp worked extremely hard to earn his walking papers this season, routinely failing to put his players in the best position to succeed. That was embodied by Darren McFadden, who found himself trapped in a zone-blocking scheme that played to his weaknesses and sapped his strengths. Knapp is probably lucky he wasn’t let go mid-season.
    __________

    At least it gives us some hope for 2013, but they should do the right thing and move on from allen too. just wasting our time waiting for his “it” factor to suddenly appear.

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:54 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    andrew luck 75.6 rating #29 passr in nfl, right after tannehill

    18 ints

    >> whats lucks Qb rating the 4th quarter? guy set a rookie record for 4th quarter comebacks. he wins when it counts.
    ***********

    all quarters count.

    >> WINNING counts more. 10-5 as a rookie with 6 4th quarter comebacks. you can go off the QB rating if you want to.
    *********

    teams win, not qb’s.

  • Marks hair

    Our passing offense is number 8 only because we can’t run the ball and we’re always behind by several touchdowns but in reality are passing offense is very efficient because we can’t use it to get in the endzone

  • manassamauler

    At least it gives us some hope for 2013, but they should do the right thing and move on from allen too. just wasting our time waiting for his “it” factor to suddenly appear.

    >> can’t keep “moving” on from HCs. its madness, team will never win that way. belicheat was 5-11 in NE his first year and that was AFTER he had been a failure as the browns HC. just sayin

  • zopi

    Glazer is speculating just the rest of us.
    Junior is the ZarMac’s pet project, he can’t let him go and save face, unless Marky gets his wish to “fight or not fight for you.” How would Andy Reid look as a Raiders coach instead of a doltz coach?

    There is enough evidence to get rid of Krappy and his worth less playbook already. He should be demoted for the game, enough. Let Pryor be Pryor!!

  • RaidO

    Yes DA and Knapp should both be fired. I would consider keeping Tarver but a new HC should choose his DC.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Would be nice to hire an o.c that knows what the hell he’s doing, that way both the menace and Tarver can REALLY focus, solely on defense.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Teams keep games close, QB’s win it in the last few minutes.

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    Teams keep games close, QB’s win it in the last few minutes.
    **************

    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!

  • dr_robert

    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Knapp should apologize to DMAC & Palmer for wasting 1 year of their football careers on his way out the door.

  • Marks hair

    Our passing offense is not very efficient.. phone

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.

    >. so why do ALL superbowl teams have elite QBS ROb? explain

  • MiamiRaider78

    1568

    Seriously!

  • RaidO

    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am
    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.
    ———————–

    “Good” QB’s find ways to win.

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    Teams keep games close, QB’s win it in the last few minutes.
    ************

    u just fu@ked urself and u don’t even realize it.

    u think losses are a qb’s fault.

    but u said teams need to keep it close.

    how’ a qb supposed to win it when his TEAM can’t keep it close?

    so ignorant.

  • Dakota

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:57 am
    At least it gives us some hope for 2013, but they should do the right thing and move on from allen too. just wasting our time waiting for his “it” factor to suddenly appear.

    >> can’t keep “moving” on from HCs. its madness, team will never win that way. belicheat was 5-11 in NE his first year and that was AFTER he had been a failure as the browns HC. just sayin
    __________

    Did his 5-11 team at least look like a professional football team?

    DA 4-11 team sure has not.

    no progress in any area all year.

    dennis allen if a total failure.

    best reggie makes that call now than in 2014.

  • manassamauler

    RaidO Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am
    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.
    ———————–

    “Good” QB’s find ways to win.

    >> Dr.ROb is trolling, no football fan thinks QBS don’t lead teams to wins. he’s trolling

  • Marks hair

    quarterback is the most important position in football.that’s why our owner is forcing our clown head coach to start TP today..

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:01 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.

    >. so why do ALL superbowl teams have elite QBS ROb? explain
    *************

    cuz they have good teams AND good qb’s, not just good qb’s. this isn’t that hard to understand.

  • dr_robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:04 am
    quarterback is the most important position in football.that’s why our owner is forcing our clown head coach to start TP today..
    ***********

    no one knows this

  • manassamauler

    Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 9:57 am
    At least it gives us some hope for 2013, but they should do the right thing and move on from allen too. just wasting our time waiting for his “it” factor to suddenly appear.

    >> can’t keep “moving” on from HCs. its madness, team will never win that way. belicheat was 5-11 in NE his first year and that was AFTER he had been a failure as the browns HC. just sayin
    __________

    Did his 5-11 team at least look like a professional football team?

    DA 4-11 team sure has not.

    no progress in any area all year.

    dennis allen if a total failure.

    best reggie makes that call now than in 2014.

    >> defense is as bad as last year. passing game is better, problem is the OC not the HC. DA isn’t the problem YET. its krapp. you have to see that. guy destroyed the offense. its all on knapps offense.

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:03 am
    RaidO Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am
    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.
    ———————–

    “Good” QB’s find ways to win.

    >> Dr.ROb is trolling, no football fan thinks QBS don’t lead teams to wins. he’s trolling
    ***********
    good qb’s on good TEAMS.

    which one are u? a housewife, kid, or guy who never played?

  • Marks hair

    1575.. clearly. Nobody is as stupid as that guy is pretending to be

  • dr_robert

    RaidO Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:02 am
    Dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am
    blaming wins and losses on qb’s is for housewives, kids, and guys who never played.
    ———————–

    “Good” QB’s find ways to win.
    **********

    wow. ur smart.

  • dr_robert

    do good qb’s find ways to make their defenses better? idiot.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Holy crap Mike Vick is awful.

  • VanHeathen30

    Stevie Bown making a play for he NYG…

  • Dakota

    it is not all on knapp (i never wanted him in the first place, so i am not defending him). it is the hcs job to have the team prepared on a weekly basis. this team has been a complete joke in all areas all year long. getting the offense right would help, but the defense still blows….bad coaching decisions all year will not change just by sacrificing knapp.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If QB wasn’t the most imporant position, they would pay O-lineman more.

    So ignorant

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    do good qb’s find ways to make their defenses better? idiot.

    >. actually the do genius. Good QBs lead long sustained DRIVES thus keeping the defense fresh. so YES good QBS make the defense BETTER smart guy. run along before you completely embarrass yourself

  • dr_robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:06 am
    1575.. clearly. Nobody is as stupid as that guy is pretending to be
    ***********

    u guys are the morons who think one guy wins or loses football games. does he run the ball, block, tackle, rush the passer, kick, cover, etc?

    a qb passes the ball. period.

    just the dumbest people ever.

  • manassamauler

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    If QB wasn’t the most imporant position, they would pay O-lineman more.

    So ignorant

    >> you think he’s trollling or REALLY this stupid?

  • Marks hair

    if Mark is not forcing DA to play TP today then that means DA completely changed his evaluation overnight. Which means he is blind stupid and terrible at his job.. oh and a liar.

    but im mark forced it.. which also means that DA is blind stupid and terrible at his job. Oh and also a liar

  • MiamiRaider78

    Let’s sign Vick! lol

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    do good qb’s find ways to make their defenses better? idiot.

    >. actually the do genius. Good QBs lead long sustained DRIVES thus keeping the defense fresh. so YES good QBS make the defense BETTER smart guy. run along before you completely embarrass yourself
    ***********
    is this ur first year watching football? u have to run the football, and recievers have to get open and cathc it. u need to wear a helmet before u go outside dummy.

  • fingers

    Football Gods… Please keep Michael Vick and Tim Tebow as far away from Oakland as possible….. And those that want them here please forgive them and help them to get better …thank you …

  • Just Fire Baby

    Redskins lose their two best defensive players from last year, midseason, and somehow improve.

    Why? QB play inspired everybody.

    You think the Skins D would be improving with Rex Grossman still at QB?

  • Marks hair

    nobody said quarterback does everything on the field he’s just the most important player. learn to read. oh wait you read it correctly you’re just trolling..

  • dr_robert

    Manassamauler Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    If QB wasn’t the most imporant position, they would pay O-lineman more.

    So ignorant

    >> you think he’s trollling or REALLY this stupid?
    ***********

    who changed the conversation to “most important position”? u said qb’s win games, which is probably the dumbest thing a fan could ever say.

  • manassamauler

    dr_robert Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Marks Hair Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 10:06 am
    1575.. clearly. Nobody is as stupid as that guy is pretending to be
    ***********

    u guys are the morons who think one guy wins or loses football games. does he run the ball, block, tackle, rush the passer, kick, cover, etc?

    a qb passes the ball. period.

    just the dumbest people ever.

    >. you have to be joking. QB is the LEADER of the team. teams without great QBs don’t win. end of story. especially in todays nfl.if your QB can’t lead the team to victory the rest doesn’t matter

  • Just Fire Baby

    does he run the ball, block, tackle, rush the passer, kick, cover, etc?

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

    He does choose at the LOS whether to run the ball or not, gets the guys lined up on who to block,and how to evade the rushing passer.

    But I am sure an impact RT does all that as well.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    A Luck is all business.