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QB Pryor talks about season, moving forward

Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor finally got an opportunity to play in a regular-season game this year. He also received his first start, in the regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers.
A day after the game, Pryor paused to reflect upon his performance in that game, his two years with the Raiders and how he intends to work on improving during the offseason.
Here’s the transcript from the 13-minute interview in the locker room before Pryor departed Alameda for the final time in 2012:

Q: Thoughts after watching tape from Sunday’s game?
Pryor: “Actually, just when I met with, I went into coach Flip’s office, he pointed out a couple of things that I did. The flag we got, I threw a bomb to DHB, he just mentioned that if I would have faked it and stayed back on it, I would have had better vision. Instead of a penalty, we would have completed it. I agreed with him on that. Also, there’s a couple of plays I missed, whether it was miscommunication with me and the receivers. It’s just, I haven’t had a lot of reps with the guys, so it’s tough to be on (the same) page. But, just for going out and having fun and trying to get some plays, draw ‘em up and make them work, I thought we did a decent job. My biggest thing is, before I went to bed I was very mad at myself that I didn’t get out of bounds because we could have had a field goal. D.A. preaches that all the time. All I was trying to do was make him miss. I knew because when I was running, I was looking at the clock. I knew I had to get out but I ended up slipping. I didn’t get out. I was very mad about that because that’s my time where I’m a leader. That’s an example that he can show. ‘T.P. got out of bounds on this play and this is the type of stuff we need.’ I didn’t do it, so.”

Q: You got out of the huddle on time, no penalties, no sacks, plenty to build on?
Pryor: “Oh, yeah, like I said, them guys had 11 sacks, I was telling you guys on Wednesday about the Jets and stuff like that. I got rid of the ball well. There’s a couple of accuracy things that I need to fix. I was telling you yesterday, when guys are in my lap, with the flick wrist, I need to work on that a little bit. I need to make sure I complete that. That pick I threw, that’s what happened. Them guys were in my lap, but in the NFL you got to make those throws and I experienced that firsthand yesterday. So, I appreciate it more. Definitely it’s something to build off of. I wish we could have won, obviously, but it’s something to build off of. I’m very excited that I started. I can go home and can feel like somehow hold my head up high that I accomplished one of my goals of starting at least one game and lead the guys like I know how to do.”

Q: Any part of you that feels as if you should be considered for the starting job?
Pryor: “I don’t want to get into thoughts of that because I respect Carson as a human being, as a guy that, when everybody counted me out as a quarterback, said I couldn’t do this or that, he’s the one that said, ‘I believe in you.’ He’s told me so many times that he believes in me. No disrespect to you guys, I just don’t want to get into comments about that because I love the guy as a human being, I love him for the father he is to his kids, the husband he is to his wife, and I love him as a teammate. I love the guy and I really don’t want to discuss that.”

Q: Thoughts on learning a new offense now that Greg Knapp is gone?
Pryor: “Like coach Flip said, ‘You grinded hard learning Greg’s offense. You know that offense. Last year you were kind of getting kind of involved with Hue, so there’s not many other different ways you can learn an offense.’ So, when the OC gets in here, I’m going to be in here and I want to know exactly, I want the playbook, I want to start getting on it. I’m sad that Greg left. Really loved the guy as a coach. He’s a great coach. That’s the business. Coach Allen, like he said at the team meeting, he made the best decision. Whether we agree with it or not, it doesn’t matter. We have a great leader in D.A. I believe in him. Everybody in the locker room believes in him. He’s our leader. Now we leaders that are going to step up and say, ‘Alright, you guys get on our back, and I’m going to lead.’ That’s what we need from guys. We’re going to have that starting in February. I hope guys are accountable, we can hold guys accountable to be here and get some good work in here in February, when they open the doors.”

Q: Do you think you could have helped a little more if they’d used you in red zone earlier this season than they did?
Pryor: “I believe in my abilities 100 percent. Whether I am or not, I think I’m the best athlete on the field. I’m not saying that in a cocky way at all. That’s just the person that I am. I believe I can make plays. I believe I have energy to get guys going. That’s just who I am. I think so. But like I said, we had a good OC. It’s hard putting in a first-year offense and trying to get a hold of it. I know a lot of guys didn’t have a hold of it great. So it’s tough. But yeah, I believe I could have helped.”

Q: Is it odd in a way that you did get your opportunity because Carson was hurt?
Pryor: “I think that’s God’s way of saying me and Carson and Matt were here, and it time for me to show that I can contribute in some way. I’m a big believer and follower of the Lord, so whatever happened is why it happened. That’s where my belief is.”

Q: Was it almost like riding a bike Sunday? The last time you started a game was the Sugar Bowl.
A: “Definitely. I was down yesterday, but what made me feel good was when Khalif Barnes came up to me after the game on the plane and was like, ‘You did a great job. Got us in and out of the huddle. Sometimes you mumbled out the plays and you weren’t sure, but you jumped right back on it and were like, OK, this is the play. You had us upbeat. You were moving us, had us excited, had some energy. ‘ He said, ‘I love that.’ And he said, ‘The thing I loved the most about you,’ and I didn’t really understand it until he explained it a little more, he said, ‘When you threw that pick, you came back in the huddle and you (were like) nothing happened. OK, let’s go.’ I was amazed. It’s funny how guys look at everything about you. Everything. I remember the coach this morning, he was saying, ‘You were talking to defensive guys when they were about to go on the field, and their eyes snapped and they all paid attention to you. They were all alert when you were talking. As soon as you started talking, they were looking right at you. They didn’t even listen to the coaches, giving them details on the next series.’ That’s footsteps, and that’s a blessing that guys look up to me and have energy from me.”

Q: How important is that? I look at what you did when Mike (Goodson) was in the fight and you were barking at him. How important is that for you to have that respect?
Pryor: “I think that’s huge. I think this team needs leadership, whether it’s multiple guys leading or two or three guys. We need it. You look at all the top teams right now going to the playoffs. They have leaders, great leaders on offense and defense, maybe multiples. I think leadership is key because the guys are going to follow and get energy from a certain guy. You have to be able to lead and they have to believe that you’re always in the game.”

Q: As a guy who hadn’t played, was there ever any question in your mind whether they would have your back so quickly? Or was it something you thought would take awhile?
Pryor: “This week at practice was amazing. Like the strength coach here was saying, just your voice fluctuation, just the way you carried yourself, you were different. You were a different person.”

Q: Did you feel different?
Pryor: “A lot different. I felt in full command. I was excited. I had so much energy. I love that.”

Q: How tough is that when you have that much energy and now you have to shut it down?
Pryor: “During the game Knapp was like, ‘Calm down,’ because I was so excited. I was upbeat. I was like, ‘Come on guys, let’s go.’ Maybe too much, but that’s just who I am. I’m a very fiery guy. I love to go out and compete. I’m so proud of the guys that we came back. We were playing bad at first. I’m excited.”

Q: What do you pinpoint to work on this offseason?
Pryor: “What I’m going to do is, what I really want to do is get the film cut up from this past game and see what I could have did better, make some workouts, some drills from that. ‘Cause the movements that I made yesterday, it’s only going to get better in the pocket. But when I’m out scrambling, I just want to see how, just keep performing it so it’s even more second nature. It’s already second nature but just make it more.”

Q: What was going through your head when you were throwing the ball, putting touch on it?
Pryor: “What I learned, and even Carson was telling me that, throughout his years, you’re going to make different throws. Some of them got to have touch, some of them got to be zipped, some of them got to be thrown sidearm, some fo them got to be thrown without a wrist or follow-through. The one without the follow-throughs really messed me up yesterday. Because I never experienced guys in my lap. In practice, you’re not allowed to come nowhere near me. It was just different. But now that I know, I’m going to have my big brother — he’s 6-5, about 350 — and I’m going to have him stand right in front of me and I’m just going to throw. Throw seam balls, 30 yards, so I can’t miss it.

Q: You and Norv Turner?
Pryor: “I swear that he was messing with me a little bit during the game. Even before the game he was like, he gave me some praise and also said, Go out and have some fun. Cut it loose. It was weird. It was a weird connection me and him had. I don’t know.”

Q: Ever met him before?
Pryor: “No, never.”

Q: Might be your coordinator coming up?
Pryor: “That’s maybe what he was hinting at. I don’t know.”

Q: The Norv and Terrelle Show?
Pryor: “I don’t know, but I’m sure DA and Mr. McKenzie will definitely find the guy that’s going to fit and is going to lead us to next year.”

Q: How fine a line between frustration and challenging to have to learn a third NFL offense in three years next year?
Pryor: “Hey, I look at it as exciting and something to look forward to. A lot of people say that you have to be in the same offense. Yeah, it would help. It definitely would because everything would become second nature. But there’s only so many flat, curl-flat reads or there’s only so many reads. You’ve just got to get the concept, the language and I believe, I look at myself a a smart guy and a lot of people view me as that, too. And I don’t think I’ll have a problem with that. It’s going to have to be more urgent now. If I want to have a chance to be able to lead this team one day, I need to be urgent, learn stuff fast and have the footwork intact, fast. And that’s what I’m going to be very focused on.”

Q: Having waited so long for opportunity, was it everything you hoped for?
Pryor: “Yeah, I wanted to lead this team, any way I could. Whether it was a couple of plays or whatever. I just wanted to get on the field and try to earn respect of my teammates. That’s all I could ask for. I had the opportunity to do that yesterday.”

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  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Pete Carmichael could be next OC.. Reggie wanted to interview him for HC.

    Dennis Allen has ties to the Aints.. and they all could be chillin in the hot tub right now talking Foozeball.

    Reggie, DA, Pete Carmichael chill in the hot tub drinkin Coors Lights.

    Reggie saying he just needs more juice

  • guest123

    Should Reggie use our one of of our late round picks or a player to combine to with our third to move up into the second round?

    ********

    I would hope so. It depends really on the value that falls into the second day.

  • dr_robert

    I tried telling u guys this before. There is no difference between a NT and a DT. U know u become a NT? Ur called that by ur coach. The next coach decides to run a 4-3 and he calls u a DT. There is no tattoo on star’s forehead that days NT. he’s a big kid. So are DT’s. some aren’t as big. An NT usually gets blocked by the C. A DT will get blocked by a C or a G. Shifts are made to gaps. It’s all fluid.

    And it’s a joke to think green beanie would be more successful by moving over a few feet. And that somehow he went from great to putrid cuz he played a few feet over. It’s the same position. U just have two inside backers instead of one.

  • guest123

    Carmichael would be that “high octane” coach that we’ve been hearing rumors about. Hope it’s true.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    Should Reggie use our one of of our late round picks or a player to combine to with our third to move up into the second round?

    —-

    Absolutely not.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    No only trade down.. not up

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Only 3 teams in the NFL ran the ball more than they passed last year.

    And the Raiders were 18th in 3rd and 1 run conversion, ahead of Seattle and SF!!!!

    Suprised the hell out of me. Great website for some serious stat dorks like myself.

    http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/index.asp
    ———————————
    The Raiders were 27th in the league on 3rd down conversions at 35%

    Although Pryor converted 53% :-)

  • DJ Johnny

    1504.guest123 Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    Carmichael would be that “high octane” coach that we’ve been hearing rumors about. Hope it’s true.

    Yeah. I love that term “High Octane”…especially if it is applied to something the Raiders are doing.

  • dr_robert

    Pryor is awesome. Dump Palmer now.

  • Charlie

    I will say it one more time.
    Reggie inherited the most expensive 8-8 team in NFL history.

    Marley I did not ignore you.
    Name a good defense against which we controlled the game on offense in 2011?
    The PATS, Packers Dolphins and even the Chefs all shut down our O.
    I know what the points per game totals are.

    I also know about a guy who drowned in a river where the average depth was 2 feet. BFD.
    We got dominated by good defenses. End of story.
    Our offense scored against weak defenses or at garbage time.

    Reggie kept guys that were going to be major cap hits trying to get another year out of them. He restructured where he could.
    Dmac would have been a huge cap hit to cut him.
    Bush’s cap hit was zero.

    Paying what we already committed to underperformers like Seymour and Kelly made it impossible to keep guys who wanted more money but REPRESENTED ZERO CAP HIT WHEN THEY LEFT.
    Bush and Wimbley both fell into that area.

    How much dead money do you think we could afford given we were $22 million over the cap when 2012 started?

  • guest123

    Yeah. I love that term “High Octane”…especially if it is applied to something the Raiders are doing.

    *********

    And let’s be honest. First time you heard Greg Knapp was coming back to be the offensive coordinator, didn’t the phrase “low octane” come to mind?

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    We need a new thread.
    Whats everybodys take on the slow movement on the OC front?
    waiting for green bay to exit the playoffs?

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Raiders were 27th in the league on 3rd down conversions at 35%

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

    Yup, and marginally better converting them running the ball.

    3rd down passing offense was misery.

  • The_Judge37

    1508.DJ Johnny Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    1504.guest123 Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    Carmichael would be that “high octane” coach that we’ve been hearing rumors about. Hope it’s true.

    Yeah. I love that term “High Octane”…especially if it is applied to something the Raiders are doing.
    ——

    When i hear “High Octane” i think of a lot of passing. We don’t really need that.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The Raiders were 27th in the league on 3rd down conversions at 35%

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

    Yup, and marginally better converting them running the ball.

    3rd down passing offense was misery.
    ——————————-
    Your boy, Greg Knapp whom you were so infatuated with, insisted on throwing the ball in front of the sticks.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just Fire Baby, I still gotta know how shell casings figured into the El Paso sunrise.

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

    They share a border with the most murderous city in the world Juarez.

    You woke up and saw the beautifuly Sierra’s, I woke up from the La Quinta, and saw beautiful Juarez.

    And it is not as unusal as you would like, to walk around these federal housing complexs and see shell casings on the ground here and there.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    WEll have been saying it for weeks now , now I hear his name all over national radio and ppl that love him.

    But Raiders need Eddie Lacy.

    I’d take a young guy like him over DMAC at this point

  • RaiderRetribution

    my hope is that Reggie is able to move back a couple of spots and draft either Moore or Werner;

    I expect Jones to be drafted by Kansas City, Lotulelei to be drafted by Jacksonville; this would allow for Detroit, Philadelphia, or another team to compete for Joeckel.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’d take just about any young RB over McFadden.

    Dude is not the same player anymore, Lis Franc is not some run of the mill injury.

    My wife told me some soldier came in with it, and had to get his Big Toe removed eventually.

    Never healed and lost a toe out of it.

    McFadden has about 400 mediocre touches left in him until he hightails it back to Little Rock.

  • RaiderRetribution

    We can’t afford to cut Palmer (or trade him for that matter); we need to hope he retires; that’s the only way to save the real money and the cap space.

  • boss01

    Been saying all along Carmichael is a favorite…but no some people here question why would he would leave his Saints OC job for the Raiders OC job. It will probably take an extra mil or 2, won’t be cheap but that would do it.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Charlie.

    You are talking about Reggie and the cap situation, yes it was a mess, but most of the core players remained from the past 2 years.

    I’m talking about a steep coaching downgrade from the 2010 and 2011 Raider teams to the 2012 version, most of the same core players, a 4 win drop-off while facing one of the easiest schedules in the League and a few negative records set.

  • RaiderRetribution

    time to move on from most of our remaining first round busts:
    McFadden, McClain, Heyward-Bey.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Most ppl dont know but DMAC was had a few injuries in college.

    Ankle.. and a Broken toe

  • The_Judge37

    1520.RaiderRetribution Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    We can’t afford to cut Palmer (or trade him for that matter); we need to hope he retires; that’s the only way to save the real money and the cap space.
    —–

    Forget saving money, we need a QB and we could to a lot worse than Palmer.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    time to move on from most of our remaining first round busts:
    McFadden, McClain, Heyward-Bey.

    ————————-

    sucks to say well not about mcClain but ur right. Time to move on if u really want to rebuild a team. DHB , Dmac, Tommy Kelly, Huff .. all gotta go..

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders offense as of today:

    QB-Pryor (Palmer on IR)
    RB- Reece & McFadden (like I said before Reece gets first billing)
    TE- Ausberry or Gordon take your pick (Meyrs an UFA)
    T-Vehldeer & Bergstrom
    G-Nix & Brisiel
    C- Wisniewski
    WR- Streater & Moore (DHB probably gone at $7 million)

  • Just Fire Baby

    The last Al Davis, sadly, nation media insult will come on draft day, when we trade McLain and the 3rd pick in the 7th round, for a late 6th round pick.

    It will be “once the #8 overall pick in 2010, today McClain was traded to move up 9 spots from the 7th round to the 6th round, of which the pick was unheard of RB Kasey Carrier from the University of New Mexico”.

    Something like that.

  • hwnrdr

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    The last Al Davis, sadly, nation media insult will come on draft day, when we trade McLain and the 3rd pick in the 7th round, for a late 6th round pick.

    It will be “once the #8 overall pick in 2010, today McClain was traded to move up 9 spots from the 7th round to the 6th round, of which the pick was unheard of RB Kasey Carrier from the University of New Mexico”.

    Something like that.

    Well played JFB! Well played!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Allday; I thought about Huff, but he has proven to be a solid CB; better than a safety; his contract/salary is now more relevant to his position/performance.

    This is one player I could see the Raiders trading as he has value; teams will want his services.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I would trade a sixth round pick and McClain to another team for a 7th round pick just to get him off of our team.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Im fine with huff at corner.. but lets be real.. if u ever want to be a good team.. Huff cant be starting corner for u

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why RGIII will not be long in the league.

    3rd and long conversion %, he was dead last in the NFL. Heck he was 20th in the NFC, worse than all 3 of the hacks from AZ.

    http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/leaders.asp?range=NFC&type=Passing&rank=047&year=2012

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I’d take just about any young RB over McFadden.

    Dude is not the same player anymore, Lis Franc is not some run of the mill injury.

    My wife told me some soldier came in with it, and had to get his Big Toe removed eventually.

    Never healed and lost a toe out of it.

    >>>>>>

    Prolly because he didn’t stay off of it for the REQUIRED 6 weeks.

  • Just Fire Baby
  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Well, since every draft “expert” and almost every analyst out there lauded the Raiders for drafting McClain I doubt they would make a big deal out of it.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Rolondo McClain & Jamarcuss Russell were both obvious picks. The Raiders weren’t able to develop them.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Carson, 16th IN THE AFC, in QB rating in 2 WR sets.

    And what set did we run more of, yup 2 WR sets.

    Knapp was awesome.

    http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/leaders.asp?range=AFC&type=Passing&rank=224&year=2012

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Tyrann mathieu big bro and is being mentored by Patrick Peterson.. working out with him all of season and living with him / his parents.

    Thats a good deal right htere. Hopefully he can stay str8 and come back an ball like Vontaze did.

    I’d take a chance on him with a later 3r 4th rounder. Punt Returner too

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would trade up into the 2nd for the Honey Badger, even though I think he is faking the tears on ESPN and won’t provide much of an impact if any defensively.

    But he can have a Devin Hester like impact in the return game, and the Bears rode that hot hand into the Super Bowl and for about 5-6 years.

    Going from the dreck we have had returning kicks to that dude returning them, would be one of the biggest jumps in quality you could have for the whole team.

  • The_Judge37

    1537.KoolKell Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    Rolondo McClain & Jamarcuss Russell were both obvious picks. The Raiders weren’t able to develop them.
    ———

    I don’t believe that, but if that’s the case then Al was Right to fire all of their coaches.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    still amatuer hour in here…?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    God Bless.

  • John David Booty

    Oakland Raiders Given Permission To Interview Pete Carmichael

    By Matt Conner on Jan 17, 2012

    The New Orleans Saints’ offense was, at times, unstoppable this season. It’s not surprising, then, that someone associated with the incredibly potent group led by Drew Brees would be interviewed for a head coaching gig. Pete Carmichael Jr. is the Saints’ offensive coordinator and the latest name tied to the Oakland Raiders’ search for a replacement for Hue Jackson, who was let go recently by new general manager Reggie McKenzie.

    “Former Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October, would be proud of the Carmichael interview,” writes Bill Williamson. “He is a textbook Oakland candidate. He is young and offensive minded. The 40-year-old Carmichael has been an assistant on some powerful offensive teams and he worked for Sean Payton, a young coach who Davis coveted at one point. Carmichael called plays while Payton was injured earlier in the season and he is considered a coach on the rise. Davis loved finding this type of coach and now his replacement is doing the same.”

    ———————————————-
    I have no doubt that 2012 would have been a much better season had we hired Pete Carmichael instead of Dennis Allen.

    Reggie’s gut was wrong.

  • Dakota

    Lmao…2nd round pick on a drug addict midget punt returner?

    Come on Vegas, you are killing me!

  • DT42

    Since DMAC is injury prone why not move him out to WR or give him a role like Charlie Garner used to have. Still gets lots of touches and production but not the constant punishment of an everydown back running between the tackles.

  • mcfadden20.

    DT42 Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Since DMAC is injury prone why not move him out to WR or give him a role like Charlie Garner used to have. Still gets lots of touches and production but not the constant punishment of an everydown back running between the tackles.


    That’s what i was saying a long time ago, the guy is just scared to get hit now, move him to WR

  • DT42

    Oakland Raiders Given Permission To Interview Pete Carmichael

    ———–

    But what kind of offense will Carmichael be allowed to run if he is hired? DA wanted Mike Sherman but settled for Knapp. He prefers a Houston style offense. Will Reggie force a change?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Bob Marley Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    1960.

    There was a talent upgrade, but a 2 TD per game upgrade? no way, that’s almost unheard of.
    =========================================

    Not if Jamarcus Russell was your starting Q the prior years. Remember him?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I wouldn’t be at all suprised if Matthieu ends up like Hester, and after a year or two moves to the offensive side of the ball part time.

    He was not a good cover corner, and no defense in the NFL is going to let him play “rover”.