By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 7:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.
By Carl Steward
ALAMEDA — No member of the Kansas City Chiefs was as rough on Terrelle Pryor as he was on himself.
The Raiders quarterback passed erratically during a 24-7 loss at Kansas City, but he wasn’t passing the buck Monday in a brutal self-examination of his performance after watching the game film.
“What disappoints me is we lost the game because of me; that’s how I look at it,” said Pryor, who threw three interceptions and was sacked 10 times Sunday.
“You know what?” he continued. “I deserved them hits, because I didn’t get the ball out, and on one play I called the wrong protection. You make mistakes like that, you deserve to get pile-driven into the ground.”
Pryor went on bashing himself for nearly 15 minutes. Good thing he didn’t have a sword in his locker or he might have fallen on it.
“Defensively we played great, offensively we played great,” he said. “It was just No. 2. That’s the only way I’m going to get better is taking the blame that’s really my blame”
Pryor went into detail about his mishaps Sunday, but one of the most obvious ones was failing to get the play called in the huddle promptly, which resulted in three delay-of-game penalties.
“That’s tough, I’ll take fault on that,” he said. “I’ve got to get guys in the huddle, and I wasn’t calling the plays until about 15 seconds left. I thought we rushed a lot because we were rushing. It starts with me.”
Coach Dennis Allen, while conceding Pryor might have had his worst game, was mindful that his inexperienced quarterback is going to take some hard lessons.
“He’s still a young player,” Allen said. “That was his fifth start of the season, so he’s still got a lot of growing to do and a lot of getting better to do. We’re going to continue to try to build and grow with him.”
Pryor said he was “ashamed” of how he represented the coaches who worked so hard to prepare him and added that if he has more games like he did Sunday, he wouldn’t blame them if they gave him the hook.
“I have to be on top of my stuff, because at any moment I could get pulled off my job and I won’t be the starter,” he said. “I can’t play like I played yesterday or I won’t be here very long.”
• Allen had his own view of the breakdowns getting plays called in the din of Arrowhead Stadium.
“The communications, getting in and out of the huddle, those are the things we have to get cleaned up,” Allen said. “That starts with me, and I’ll do a better job of getting our guys prepared and understanding exactly what the game plan is and how we have to execute.”
• Sebastian Janikowski missed his fourth field goal in 11 attempts this season, which is one more miss than he had last season in 34 tries.
“It’s obvious something we have to look at, because all the misses have come off the left hash,” Allen said. “We have to see if it’s the operations or something he’s doing in his kicking motion. Obviously, he mis-hit the ball. He kind of toed it a little bit, but that’s a kick we normally anticipate him making.”
• Of the Raiders’ 11 penalties, only one was against the defense, but it was a costly one — the pass interference on rookie D.J. Hayden right before halftime on a third-and-10 play. It kept the Raiders from going into intermission with a 7-0 lead.
“That was a big momentum swing in the game, that two-minute drive,” Allen said. “D.J. is a young player who’s out there against Dwayne Bowe, and he kind of panicked a little bit on the play. He was actually in pretty good position.”
• The Raiders didn’t report any major injuries from the Chiefs game. Center Andre Gurode pulled a quadriceps that forced him out of the game, right tackle Tony Pashos suffered a hip-flexor injury, and cornerback Tracy Porter has a shoulder injury.
The Raiders will practice Tuesday and Wednesday but then take four days off to heal their wounds.
“I think the bye is coming at a great time for us,” Allen said. “We’ve got a lot of guys down with injuries right now, and we need them to be able to get some rest, get healed up and get ready to go for Pittsburgh.”
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