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Numerous viewpoints on Pryor’s record-setting TD run

OAKLAND – In a span of 14 seconds, Terrelle Pryor turned an inauspicious start by the Raiders on Sunday into a tone-setting touchdown with a run for the ages.
Pryor took the snap from center, faked a hand-off to running back Darren McFadden, rolled to his right, turned the corner and sprinted 93 yards for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
That play propelled the Raiders to an early lead that they parlayed into a 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum. It also brought about a wide range of perspective on a play that seemed rather innocuous at first.
Center Stefen Wisniewski had his face buried in the body of nose tackle Steve McClendon, thinking he cleared a crease for McFadden.
“I heard the crowed cheering, I kind of looked at D-Mac and he looked like he was 5 of 6 yards downfield,” Wisniewski said. “I was like, ‘Are we that excited about a 5- or 6-yard gain?’
“Sure enough, I look up and Pryor’s at the 50 with no one around him and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s why they’re cheering. Sweet.’ ”
By the time Wisniewski and many others realized what transpired, Pryor had more than 5 yards on the nearest Steelers defender en route to an untouched romp into the end zone.
Left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes was fixated on Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, doing his part to help spring McFadden for a sizable gain. Or so he thought.
“I see D-Mac come out the hole next to me … then I hear the crowd erupt,” Barnes said. “It’s always a good feeling when you hear the crowd erupt because you know something big is happening.”
The play was a read-option, where Pryor is assigned to give the ball to McFadden or keep it, depending upon how outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley reacts to the prospect of McFadden getting the ball.
Woodson “bit hard,” according to Wisniewski, which left Pryor with one fewer defender to worry about on the right side of the Raiders line.
All that remained were for right offensive tackle Matt McCants to seal the edge and wide receiver Rod Streater to seal off strong safety Troy Polamalu.
“I decided to hit my guy as hard as I could,” McCants said, still expecting the ball to go to McFadden. “The next thing, I looked up and T.P. was in the end zone. So, I was like, that’s a good sign.”
Streater saw the play unfolding, and he knew he had the ability to turn a short gain into a long one.
“I just knew I had to get outside leverage on Polamalu and seal him off,” Streater said. “He just (read) my block right, cut up and made a great play.”
Next thing he knew, Streater said, Pryor was on his way to what he called the longest run of his football career, at any level.
“Man, anytime he gets around the edge, it can be a House Call because he’s so fast,” Streater said. “It was just a great call, a great play and a great read by him.”
Pryor said he doesn’t recall seeing so much room to run on such a play call.
“I saw (Woodley) biting,” Pryor said, “and I was like ‘jeez.’ … I came out (wide), Rod made a phenomenal block, and it was off to the races.”
The Raiders worked on this play “for a while,” Barnes said. Still, no one was quite sure how it was going to work out or that it was going to be called on the first play of the game.
Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson watched from the sideline and said Pryor “faked me out,” and he didn’t realize what happened until Pryor was at midfield.
Even McFadden wasn’t quite sure if he was getting the ball or not.
“I didn’t know if he was going to keep it or not,” McFadden said. “He just so happened to pull it (back) and he smoked around the end for 93 yards. …Once I went (into the line) and guys kind of grabbed me, I heard the crowd roar and I looked up. He was just gone.”

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  • _Mista_

    Yes a deep ball down the left side.

  • The Big Banana

    Just throwing you a bone, clown. I know you couldn’t wait to have 1 on me. Congrats. I see your google machine is working this morning.

  • marks hair

    criner can’t be that bad.. and we have no one else for returns?

  • RaidingTexas

    Mmmm, not if a Megatron-type guy is on the board. You do not pass that up. No way.
    And Mike Evans out of Texas A&M might be one of those guys. He’s huge, and looks like he plays the part. I could see him coming out for the draft next April.

  • SnBG

    If the coaches are smart they will sit Ford now.

  • SnBG

    Why is that. Pryor still showed bad mechanics.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Butler too.
    Late round draft picks/UDFAs can’t be in the business of dropping 3rd down passes or whatever the hell that was when he bobbled the pass that led to the INT

  • GotNext

    @PFF_Sam: I kinda love Terrelle Pryor. He’s like early-era Mike Vick, except supersized.

    What do those Profootballfocus guys know anyway? Lol.

  • aig

    I think I see now why Butler impresses coaches to bring him on the roster and then see no playing time at USC and soon the Raiders. You’ve got to make plays and the most of your opportunity. Activate Jenkins and dress up Criner pls.

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

    The win is nice and it does show that DA is getting guys to play hard on every down. We usually lose games like these in the past. But 88 yards passing with 2 INT’s will not win consistently over time in this league. 92 yard runs are what you want from your RB and WR ideally not your QB. While Pryor is a phenomenal athlete he has a low ceiling as a QB in this league and the limited amount of plays he can run is just one of the reasons.

  • aig

    It’s very hard for a young WR to be an instant contributor in this league. But if we have to draft one, I’m all for Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State. That 6-5 kid catches everything tossed his way from Famous Jameis.

  • NYCRaider

    always a good day when you beat Pittsburgh. Cant say enough good things about tarver. He has done an incredible job. Just surprised how we seemed to abandon the pistol in the 2nd half. Our WRs need to do a better job getting open, Pryor generates enough extra time that quality WRs should get open.

  • The Big Banana

    Live ammunition seems to spook the guy. Plays like he hears footsteps. Both targets were ugly. Looked scared.

  • bcz24

    I have vehemently supported TP2 this year, and he IS the reason we have won the games we won, but you take away his 93yrd TD yesterday, and it was his worst game as a pro.

  • Chuck

    We have 2 good receivers now and sterling sharpe says he already thinks Moore is a no.1.We need a top notch pass rusher and a guard early.

  • The Big Banana

    Morons, all of them.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah, not good. I’d keep him around a little longer to see if he gets it together.
    But Ford is bankrupt. No more bailouts for that fool.

  • SnBG

    Here’s an interesting stat for the stataholics here. Pryor holds the ball longer on average than any QB in the league this year.

  • Raideraholic

    Attention Dennis Allen:
    Please do not bench Jacoby Ford, I beg you.
    Cut his A$$! Send a message to the rest of the team and let them know this behavior will NOT be tolerated!
    Thank-you
    P.S. Dennis, Tell Jason Tarver I like his Gruden style!

  • bcz24

    I was a fan of Tarver last year. His defense showed some real heart down the stretch last year after he was no longer saddled with Slowlando. What he has done this year is really impressive… including flipping off the official who made that BS call on Jenkins.

  • bcz24

    If DMo was a true number 1, Ike Taylor wouldn’t have been able to effectively shut him down.

  • Thec

    run Jford outta town aSAP

  • RaidingTexas

    Yep. They were getting to the QB a lot in those last few weeks. Even Manning – I think they sacked him 3-4 times and had him under pressure a lot more than that.

  • Raideraholic

    Sterling Sharpe just needed something to talk about other than Terrell Pryor.
    I like DMO as of late but I still don’t think he is a #1 wideout.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Did he really? When? I had to tape this game as I had stuff to do.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Or one that can do both like Sammy Watkins. If little man Desean Jackson can do it, he can do it.

  • RaidingTexas

    There is no #1 on this team. Streater is a serviceable #2. Dmo? Well it depends on which week you ask me. Sometimes he plays like a #2. Other times like a PS guy.

  • aig

    It’s really bad when Ford’s biggest supporter Thec finally gives up on him.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    It’s possible they are open more than you think but he doesn’t pull the trigger. Even he may not trust his accuracy. He waits for them to develop what he perceives as a big gap between themselves and the defender(s) but that rarely happens in the NFL.
    I am hoping that with more experience he and his receivers will develop timing routes. (I don’t expect to see this from them this year). Another thing he needs to learn is that you have to throw the ball and LET the receiver go up and catch it. Trust with the receivers isn’t there yet and it’s understandable considering our receiving corps is also young.

  • Raideraholic

    I like B. Butler but I think he is better off on the PS squad for the rest of the year.
    Gotta make room for Larry Fitzgerald you know!
    Come on big Reg, channel your inner Al Davis and make it happen!

  • SnBG

    It’s really hard to throw on the Steelers. They came into the game 2nd in the league against the pass.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Nice draft. Will look even better in the coming years. Some ppl just need something to complain about.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t understand why we don’t see more fly routes and passes to Moore.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    And he staggered all over under that punt that almost touched him.
    He’s too little, fragile, and now too scared to keep him.

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

    Yeah 88 yards passing and 2 INT’s are not going to cut it week to week in this league.

  • Raideraholic

    Sio Moore ,Jenkins, Porter and Lamar bringing some excitement yesterday, good stuff! I enjoyed watching the defense fired up.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Don’t think you’ll see it in the live broadcast. You can see it on NFL.com. He did it twice while saying “Eff you” lol

  • Theghostronin79

    LOL……I was saying it at the exact same time. Then I laughed and was like “YEAH TARVER, YOU SAW TOO”

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yes, I heard that comment. He was talking about athleticism and making things happen. In that regard, TP is the engine of the club, no doubt. Without him on offense, we don’t win any games with the beat up line and young receivers.
    What Gannon has said before and again yesterday is that the jury is out on TP as a passer.
    Fair analysis.

  • Thec

    Yeah some of you guys called it last year…

    We need guys that can make plays, not guys that can make turn overs.

    He needs to get run oakland.

  • SnBG

    Pittsburg came into the game 26th in the league against the run. We were 6th. Wonder where the Steelers rush D will be ranked this week.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Stacey McGee also had a nice game.

    And I think Brice Butler is playing the wrong position. Never seen a slot receiver that tall.

  • Silver&BlackBleeder

    Sup Nation. Still loving the win. For those that have anything bad to say about the D in the 2nd half, you’re reaching. Amazed they played that well & had anything left in their tank as much as they were on the field. Solid performance by Tarver’s unit.

  • Theghostronin79

    they did play a “CRAP-TON” in the 2nd half…..

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol after seeing the replay, it needed to be said. Was surprised they picked up the flag AFTER announcing the penalty. Don’t think I’ve ever saw that happen before. Usually, after announcing a penalty, it sticks…even if it was a bogus call. I didn’t know it was overturned until I saw 2nd and 10 on the TV because I was in a loud sports bar.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That’s how I felt about Satele. The guy played hurt and every time he went down, we stunk up the place.

  • bcz24

    I actually forgot they did pick it up. LOL

  • RaidingTexas
  • SnBG

    Put the Steelers down when it counted though.

  • Theghostronin79

    Yeah, I was stunned….I was still ranting and screaming…..Then was like “Oh, it’s 2nd and 10 now.” WTF?……they picked it up?