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Pryor takes full blame for Raiders loss to Chiefs

By Carl Steward
csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com

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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  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    miss me yet?

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    the Oakland Raiders are in good hands with T-Pry no2. i’m doing just fine too, if anybody was wondering. Lacey says hi, sends her regards

  • Zymurge

    Nice breakdown!

    I wouldn’t spend big on a FA RB. There are very few actual individual difference makers out there (aka of the AP variety) and a bunch of guys that are roughly the same skill set but do well or not based on system. RBs free agent values plummeted this off season for a reason. Tate will cost too much for what might be a ZBS specialist. Instead keep digging for cheap guys like Goodson and Jennings and diamonds in the rough can be found.

    OL is where to focus. Sparano deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for the work he’s done with a castoff crew. Imagine what he can do with actual talent! Resign Veldheer to keep paired with Wiz. See if Watson is legit, and then it’s a matter of adding two more above average players for a dominant line.

    You listed Murray as the first QB to draft and I’m on board with that. I think he’s maturing steadily and showing a projection that will keep getting better at the NFL level, yet he won’t cost a first round pick.

    The potential stud WR that is lacking is currently trying to be a QB. With his work ethic, dedication and athletic ability, he could be a great WR if he would just wake up and smell the coffee. He can contribute a lot more to the team in that role than at QB where he holds back the playbook. Make the change!

  • The_Judge37

    You’re doing fine? Did you start your own team with Chris Kluwe?

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    as of yesterday …

  • Zymurge

    Trent Dilfer and Jim McMahon won a SB with a top OL, great running game, and minimal passing requirements.

    I wouldn’t say that Pitt had a bad OL when they won with Roeth. In their SB years the Steelers were always able to run the ball to set up the pass.

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    Chris is a talented player, but right now we’re ok at punter with Brian Moorman. thanks for your concern. please tell Chris I said hi next time your at his book signing lined up for an autograph

  • Zymurge

    Reece is not a RB, he’s much, much better at FB where he’s a match up nightmare. I’d rather see Stewart get the carries with Reece blocking and giving the defense something to worry about on play action.

  • The_Judge37

    Too bad we don’t play the Bills. Wouldn’t been nice to see what we could do with 9 in the box.

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    i’m in the process of trying to get no 15 from wideout Chris Hogan. hopefully i dont have to pay him for it. the raiders could have used someone of his calibur at wr

  • Zymurge

    The ints were only half the problem. The game got too fast for him. Half the issues with the blocking were that he wasn’t calling the right protections in time to give the OL a chance.

    A more stable QB would have them at the line with 10 seconds to go, survey the field, make some calls, and give the guys a few seconds to know what their assignments were. Pryor put them behind the 8 ball on too many plays.

    The QB gets a lot of the positive and negative credit for how the team is prepared on each play, and Pryor got an F- on that front against the Chiefs, which lead to a lot of the breakdowns across the board.

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    i would eat that defense for breakfast. only raiders db worth a damn is cwood. love his wine too

  • Zymurge

    And playing behind an equally bad OL.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    NO.

  • http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/matt-flynn/a4d59247-c3d7-457f-a91d-e22098559f26/ Matt Flynn

    I would like to thank Mr Whaley and Coach Marrone for the opportunity. Mr McKenzie and Coach Allen are going to regret releasing me. Bills Nation! we’ll chat more later. keep my jersey if you purchased one. it’s going to be worth some money

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    We have two of them. And they were both hurt Sunday.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    shut up Flynnart! here’s the real #15

  • Zymurge

    Two reasons that they gave up that many sacks:

    - They were essentially a pass only team. When you have more passing plays per game than everyone else, you are likely to get sacked more as well.

    - Rodgers is a smart QB that understands that taking short sacks are the better play than forcing balls that could be turnovers. Because they were/are such a strong pass offense, dealing with 2nd or 3rd and long is achievable.

    BTW – 50 sacks over 16 games is just a tad over 3 per game. That’s like 1 sack once every 3 or so drives. Not exactly the end of the world.

    Now 10 sacks per game — that’s a different problem altogether!

  • The_Judge37

    Higgins my Niggins

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I disagree Rock Star here is the Real #15

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    would Flynn beat out Jeff Tuel? i’m not convinced …

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    who??

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    There are curently 69 QB’s better than Matt Flynn in the NFL, CFL, NCAA and Arena League

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    The Mustache!

  • The_Judge37

    Boss Hoss

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    the picture didn’t show up, but yeah – loved Hostetler. #toughasnails

  • The_Judge37

    68 after this week. No Pass for Pryor, that was embarrassing.

  • The_Judge37

    Gotta refresh the page.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Ouch!! any ex-packers, browns, panthers or guys out of the league better than TP2 ??

  • The_Judge37

    This week, yes. Two picks were inexcuseable. About half the sacks were also his fault. Delay of games i’m getting tired of speaking on already.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • R8erEduc8er

    Matt “Nine Lives” Flynn.

  • David Kern

    In today’s NFL you gotta be able to make plays by yourself as a running back. DMAC can’t do that often enough and will never be a real threat beyond a few good games a season. I think he’s lost a step due to injuries anyway and without his speed is a nurtured puppy on the field.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    and Thad Lewis looked better than both of them.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    legendary…one game short in the AFC title nightmare v. Buffalo (who proceeded to choke every SB)

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    Thanks. Any one you want to add just throw it up. Picks? FA?

  • Zymurge

    Draft: best OL available

    FA: a few big splash players can be had with the cap space. There are also Raiders to resign that won’t come cheap, such as Reece and Veldheer.

    Some interesting ones worth taking a shot at if the price is right:

    Mendenhall — not everyone recovers from ACLs like AP. Some take the full 18 months. This guy is young, was extremely explosive before his injury, and is seeing his value plummet behind Az’s OL. Could be a comeback type steal.

    OG: Matt Slauson was a one year pick up in Chicago where he’s playing well. Started for the Jets prior when they were still a good running team. He’s still young, could be a good 3-4 year deal guy to grab.

    DE: Willie Young from Detroit is a young guy coming off a one year deal. Has good upside and change of scenery might spark it.

  • DJ Johnny

    That sure TD that DHB dropped for the Colts last night almost validates the move to get rid of him in and of itself….that and all the other drops he’s sure to have.
    It was a game changing drop. It would’ve been their only TD.
    Sometimes one play like that can be the difference between winning and losing.
    I don’t hate the guy but i’m glad he’s someone elses heart breaker.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The Chargers played well, but Luck was unlucky last night. I lost count of the number of backs and receivers who had the ball placed on their numbers and dropped it. It was one of those games. Luck is an amazing qb. Indy has woes in their receiving corp.

  • SnBG

    Colts are ranked 10 in the power rankings. No comment on who are 1 and 2. You can guess though.

  • SnBG

    So very happy DHB isn’t on or team anymore. To all the other players Reg let go. See ya and wouldn’t want to be ya. We are just fine without them.

  • SnBG

    Matt Flynn, one start here and a couple for GB and he made mucho denero. Sign me up. I can do that.

  • SnBG

    Hey dude, can I borrow some money?

  • Raider Rocker

    Actually that ball was thrown too high. Not all on DHB. If he dove he perhaps might have caught it, but again it wasn’t a “sure TD” IMHO.

  • Ronin559

    There are a few I wouldnt mind having in the mix still, but for the most part Reggie has put together good group. He has made a solid foundation to build for the future, he just has to keep sprinkling in talent to get the team back on top.

  • Ronin559

    Agree with you RR, it was more of a miss throw than a drop. I think the drop by Fleener and Wyane were more costly.

  • Ronin559

    That is the risk you take when you go with a young QB such as Pryor. Under pressure in a hostile environment… hopefully he learns from it. Really though, other than Moore, he did not get much help. The run game is sporadic, the plays came into the huddle late and the o-line was terrible. If anything that lose is on the o-line, as injury struck as they were.

  • Ronin559

    His lack of balance is what keeps him from being elite, that and his health. I hate how tacklers get an arm on his lets and he falls on his face with tons of open field in front of him. It happens at least 3 times a game.

  • Ronin559

    4 years? you are crazy, he is going to be playing on a 1 or 2 year deal the rest of his career. Unless he can put a whole season together.

  • Ronin559

    1. TBD but looking like Pryor will be the guy

    2. Not unless he will take a major paycut. Which means we will need a “homerun” type running back.

    3. There are guys out there, but I think the Draft will be the best place to find a rush DE

    4. They have built a strong foundation with limited resources, got to let them show if they can take the next step now that they arent handcuffed.

    5. O-Line will be pretty good once healthy, maybe need Guard help. Id like to see one in the draft and one in FA for the sake of compatition.

    6. Keep Veldheer he is a quality LT and they are hard to come by.

    7. teams can always use good D-linemen to add to the rotation
    My biggest question would be DB, there are alot of guys on 1 year deals. Which ones do we try to keep, which ones can we keep and do we try to bring in another via FA or the draft?