By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 2:54 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA — Coach Dennis Allen stuck to his guns Wednesday about not naming a starting quarterback. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive advantage.
It’s assumed that Terrelle Pryor will be the starter, and not Matt Flynn. Pryor took reps with the first-team offense at the start of practice Monday, and he started the exhibition finale.
Yet, when asked Wednesday, Pryor said he and his teammates had been briefed by Allen on the topic and instructed to avoid divulging the starter.
“I’m just going day to day and just training, training my mind,” Pryor said. “I’m preparing like I always do, like I will be the starter. I believe coach, he told us all and the team, that he’s addressed you guys about that situation. He doesn’t want me talking about it. Let coach answer that.”
OK, then, here’s coach Allen:
“I’m going to stick with not naming one,” Allen said.
When asked if he truly believes that gives the Raiders an advantage, Allen added: “If I didn’t think there was, I wouldn’t do it.”
Regardless who plays quarterback, be it against the Colts or any other team, Allen said, the offense doesn’t change that much. There are certain plays in the game plan designed to take advantage of Pryor’s rare skill set.
Allen said Pryor made nice progress throughout the offseason and training camp, though Pryor still has plenty of work to do.
“There were times where he really gave us a spark, where he really did some good things, where he can create,” Allen said. “There’s still a growing process that he has to go through. We’ve had to take some lumps, I guess, would be the term. Overall, I’ve been pleased with the progression of Terrelle Pryor.”
Pryor said he’s always trying to improve his game.
“The most unique thing is that I want to try to excel and get as high and as great to see where I can get to my potential,” Pryor said. “That’s something that drives me just to see how far I can go, how well I can do and stuff like that. Every day I try to get better.”