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Pryor cleaned up some stuff during bye week, became better QB

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Some players exited the Raiders facility Wednesday and headed for far-away places, anywhere, to get away from the daily grind of the NFL, if only for a few days. For quarterback Terrelle Pryor, it was business as usual.
See, Pryor isn’t one to take days off. Each day is another opportunity for him to get better. To that end, he spent two days with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo watching video and getting a better grasp of “situational football,” Pryor said.
Pryor used another day to work with throwing mechanics guru Tom House, a former major-league pitcher who has carved out a niche as a specialist for athletes seeking ways to improve their throwing.
Olson first recommended House to Pryor this offseason. Pryor followed through, worked with House and returned a refined quarterback. During the bye week, House traveled to Oakland, where he helped Pryor iron out a few kinks.
In particular, Pryor said, House pointed out that Pryor got a bit out of whack with his balance and keeping his ear over his right (back) foot when he throws.
“I wasn’t exploding as much as I should be,” Pryor said. “That was the main thing, getting my balance and getting my ear back there all the time and sitting on the back foot. That was a thing we really attacked and got better at as that bye week progressed.”
By the end of the week, Pryor felt confident that he had tightened up his throwing mechanics, improved his understanding on ways to direct the offense and positioned himself to succeed the final 10 games and beyond.
“I got better,” Pryor said. “It was a great time to get some work in. I didn’t really get any days off. There’s no time to get off anyways. You have to work constantly to improve.”
Pryor said Olson is fond of cautioning against so-called “briefcase coaches and players.”
Here’s Pryor’s explanation for just what that phrase means and how it does nothing to describe his approach to his craft.
A briefcase player is “a guy that after practice and the meeting you just take off and go,” Pryor said. “You have to stay and spend some extra time on your work and your craft because when it comes down to it at the end of the day there’s no replays at the end of the game. It’s for real.
“You’re gonna be looked at how you play and overcome stuff in that game at the end of the day. You have to make sure when you go out there and game day you know what’s going on.”
Few work as hard or as long as Pryor.

– Courtesy of @VicTafur, the Steelers lost their past seven games outside the Eastern Standard Time zone, dating to a Nov. 2011, win at Kansas City. Also, the Steelers are 0-4 on the West Coast since they beat the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

– From the Something Has To Give Department:
The Raiders last won a game coming off a bye in 2002, the season they advanced to the Super Bowl. Since that season, the Raiders are 0-10 in such games. The Steelers last beat the Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum in 1995.
Barring a tie Sunday, one of these streaks is going to end.

– Pittsburgh native Stefen Wisniewski returned to practice Wednesday, just in time to get ready for his first game since Sept. 29 and against a team he grew up rooting for.
Wisniewski doesn’t hide the fact that he’s from Pittsburgh or that he watched them all the time as a youngster. He also makes no bones about wanting to beat the Steelers just a little bit more than other teams.
“It’s cool to play against a team that you grew up watching,” Wisniewski said. “It’s also cool for bragging rights. I spend my offseasons out there, so I want to be able to hold my head high and wear my Raiders gear with pride when I’m walking around Pittsburgh this offseason.”
Coach Dennis Allen said he’s confident that Wisniewski will be able to play Sunday. That takes on added import because of the difficulty in playing against a Dick Lebeau defense, where there’s a heavy burden placed upon the center to pick up potential blitzes in advance and bark out the proper protections.
“Absolutely,” Allen said. “Communication is going to be critical against this defense and making sure we can identify where the rushers are coming from, and Wiz has done a great job of doing that for us all year long so it’s good to have him back out there.”
Wisniewski said there’s similarities between the Raiders defense under Jason Tarver and the Steelers defense. There’s also plenty of differences, such as the way Lebeau disguises his blitzes.
“Tarver likes to bring a lot of overload stuff,” Wisniewski said. “He likes to kind of bluff one side and bring the other side. The Steelers will just kind of have everyone milling around in there and then some of them are coming, some of them are dropping. So, definitely different things but a lot of the same misdirection stuff.”

– With the release of defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi today, the Raiders are down to four players from their 2012 draft class.
Linebacker Nathan Stupar was the first to go, at the end of training camp in 2012. Bilukidi lasted a little more than a year longer. He played in 13 games last season and five this season.
The remaining players are: offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, linebacker Miles Burris, wide receiver Juron Criner and defensive end Jack Crawford.
Of the six players selected by general manager Reggie McKenzie in his first time spearheading a draft, none has developed into a long-term starter.
Burris flashed last season and earned a starting job when veteran Aaron Curry suffered an injury during the offseason. He’s now on the mend from offseason knee surgery and not assured playing time when he returns.
Criner hasn’t been active for any games this season. Bergstrom is on season-ending injured reserve. He started one game last season. Crawford is a seldom-used backup.

– Running back Darren McFadden had an extra week to heal his hamstring. Allen said it appears as if the added time off helped McFadden quite a bit, as it did the other players.
“I don’t think anybody’s 100 percent at this point in time during the year,” Allen said, “but he looks explosive.”

– If Tony Pashos (hip) and Andre Gurode (knee) aren’t able to play Sunday, Allen said, it’s likely that the Raiders will sign Jack Cornell from the practice squad and place him on the 53-man roster as a means of adding depth.

– Allen stopped shy of calling Sunday’s game a must-win game, but he didn’t shy away from its importance.
“It would be big for us to come off a bye and get this win and start what I’m saying (is the) stretch run of the season, and start it off right,” Allen said. “This isn’t make or break, but this is a big game for us. We need to play well and we need to get in these games against good teams and find out ways to win.”
The Steelers started 0-4 but rebounded with victories in each of their past two games.
“This is a good football team that we’re playing,” Allen said. “They understand how to win. They know what the formula is to win in this league and they’ve done a really good job of it the last couple of weeks.”

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  • The_Judge37

    You need to up your standards as a fan.
    #RevokeThePass2013

  • Charlie

    You can not be serious. His first draft was 2013. Six games in and you are saying he should do better?????
    2012 was nothing but supplemental picks thanks to the prior regime.

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

    thats not really my scene. maybe catch you at a Raider game in Cali sometime with ROG, Dell, Hwnrdr, DMAC and a few other dudes i’d like to meet. I got plenty of family & friends still there I haven’t visited in YEARS

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Many at SandBPride wait to pounce on any errors by Levi, and if correct, Levi always responds and corrects said mistake.

    What did you catch that nobody else has?
    I’ll let him know.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Actually he had MULTIPLE games under 50% completions in his junior yr and was a lot better completion % wise his senior yr bc he played for wisconsin who historically has a top 2-3 rushing offfense in the nation every yr hand he thre the ball 150-200 times less his senior yr than his junior yr. tp didnt get a senior yr in college but he ahowe steady improvement each yr and his jr. Numbers were very similar to russell wilsons junior yr #s, actually they were favorable (better completion%, more ypa, better td/int ratio).

    And TP won two bcs games and mvp for both games… How many did wilson win? Ok. Cool. Lets talk about college

  • The_Judge37

    #UpYourStandards #RevokeThePass2013

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

    I guess strippers are out too…

  • MachoManRandySavage

    LOL at the Rams …Their offense ranks 30th in yds. Maybe the Bradford injury is a blessing in disguise, time to move on.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Get out the genital cuffs!

  • Charlie

    You know not of what you speak sir.
    If you do not have the stomach for this perhaps you can follow a local junior college team till we climb out of this mess.

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

    “a Raiders team that isn’t playing particularly well in any phase of the game.”
    ***
    i’m guessing MDS hasn’t seen a Raider game all year. our defense is awesome!

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Our defense ranks 13th in points and 12th in yards…looking good so far!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Do either of you like gladiator movies?

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

    Bradford doesn’t have WR’s. Never has. O-Line sucks and no running game either. Reminds me of the situation Terrelle Pryor is in

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I miss DOB! C’monm R8erMike. You can do it!

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

    not really

  • bcz24

    Tony Bergstrom, T, Utah – Didn’t hardly see the field as a rookie. Had been beaten out for the starting job this season by undrafted free agent Lucas Nix. Then placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. < incorrect. Bergs had beaten out Nix before ending up on IR

  • Al_is_theraiders

    youre talking about nix…hardly an accomplishment to beat him out…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    this is a must win game for DA….twoweeks to prepare against the squeelers….win.

  • Prometheus

    steelers win 17-13… Raider Offense is BAD…no way to bullshit around that fact. Defense gives fans “hope” though.

  • Prometheus

    Bradford sucks and TP will be judged the same way. nobody wants to hear excuses, win or go play in canada

  • Just Fire Baby

    They signed Jake Long, former #1 overall pick.
    Used a #2 overall on tackle Jason Smith.
    And two other 2nd round picks at tackle in the last couple of years.
    How does the O-line “suck” after exhausting all those resources?

  • plunkhead

    new post

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

    Jake Long is overrated and Jason Smith absolute trash. Exactly why you don’t need to waste Top 10 draft picks on O-Liners (like Rob Gallery).

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    There was the error about Bergs. In addition, his original article said Criner had zero career receptions. He’s apparently since corrected it, but that bespeaks incredibly shoddy research: I was able to find Criner’s numbers from a 30-second search of NFL.com.

  • R8erEduc8er

    They need to find a way to get Tavon Austin involved…………if he ever intends to get off my FF team’s bench.

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