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Numerous viewpoints on Pryor’s record-setting TD run

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 6:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Silver&BlackBleeder

    Now we got an Eagles team coming in with a rookie signal caller more than likely at the helm, and a coach who went for it on fourth & 10 yesterday instead of kicking a 49 yarder cause they don’t trust their kicker for sh!t. Should be the start of a streak. Can’t wait to see Martez Wilson out there flying around with his crazy speed on blitzes!

  • Raideraholic

    ring…
    ring…
    ring…
    Shao Kahn: Hello
    Big Reg: Hello Mr. Kahn, How are things in outworld?
    Shao Kahn: Very well mr. Mckenzie, other than Sindel giving me a headache things are going according to plan. What can I do for you?
    Big Reg: Well, I would like to offer you a player for trade.
    Shao Kahn: yes, yes go on.
    Big Reg: I have a player I think you will be very interested in acquiring. His name is Jacoby Ford and I believe he will fit in very well with what you guys are doing in Jacksonville. I can assure you Mr. Kahn that if you make me an offer for Jacoby Ford you will get absolutely no wins and have that #1 pick you have been working so hard to get.
    Shao Kahn: I have to say Mr. Mckenzie that does sound quite appealing. It would be nice to have another guy on the roster that doesn’t do anything right. He will definitely be helpful in not making it look like we are tanking the season and it is just an accident. I will tell you what Mr.Mckenzie, I will give you Mercedes Lewis and Ermac for Ford and a 4th round draft choice.
    Big Reg: You have a deal fine sir! Give my best to Goro!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Was just about to mention him. That kid can ball.

  • Silver&BlackBleeder

    Sucks cause he seems like a good kid who had his fair share of moments with us; but it does look like his time has run it’s course

  • Papertiger

    Morning, Raider Nation!

    D played great, Pryor had a solid first half except for that bonehead pick to Head&Shoulders. The playbook has definitely been limited, to say the least, but hopefully that will improve with time.

    TP2 (edit: or whomever we bring in at QB) needs a safety blanket WR or TE in the worst way. Reggie better hook that up in the draft!

  • aig

    A healthy and improved Oline will be his security blanket, especially for a young QB.

  • Theghostronin79

    They did for sure…..I was just afraid they’d be gassed for as much as they were out there.

  • Papertiger

    I totally forgot about that Jenkins kid! Bring him in. What could possibly go wrong?

    Also, keep 22 off PR duty. The only time he should be near the ball is when he’s blasting some fool who’s brave enough not to call a fair catch.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That gesture was noticed by many, including Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former Vice President of Officiating and current Fox analyst. Pereira penned a column for FoxSports.com in which he called out Tarver for his behavior. He wrote:

    “[Tarver] twice dropped F-bombs on the officials and both times flipped them the bird.”

    Pereira also announced, with pride, that he’d contacted the league office to alert officials of Tarver’s actions.

    Here’s the PC pic from USA Today;

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Oh, heII yeah!

  • hwnrdr

    What a douche! I was laughing when I heard he flipped them off…GOOD!

  • hwnrdr

    Not you Purv, Perreira!

  • Papertiger

    Pereira is asking for a Kawakami Special. Bring back Herrera for one last mission!

  • Nick Gancayco

    Gotta see what his 40 is. If hes slow it wont work

  • Theghostronin79

    2 KEY drops…….and 1 for the pick.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Cribbs actualy looks decent as a returner this yr too. Better than ford for sure. I think ford is playing so he doesnt gey hurt. Playin scared

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wouldn’t have thought otherwise. The only ones that call me names here make me proud. Sounds like y’all had a great time yesterday. Really wanted to join you. Had to tape the game as it was, ‘cuz I got too busy.

  • hwnrdr

    Do you guys think that the last interception hit the ground?

  • Theghostronin79

    I actually think it was legit……Great focus

  • Papertiger

    Everyone is talking about the haters in the media, and I totally get that, but let’s not forget that this team looked fcking awful in preseason. Especially the D.

    Credit to Tarver for actually keeping preseason performance limited to August! It seems like every year in the past we’d get the old line from Cork about how it was just preseason, only to see the same problems persist through December.

  • hwnrdr

    I forgot to tape the game so I had to look for highlights just to see the Pryor run!

  • hwnrdr

    I couldn’t really tell but the Steelers fan next to me kept saying BS…lol

  • R8erEduc8er

    It didn’t. Nice quick reaction by Porter. I saw it on a really HUGE big screen at a sports bar. You could see space between his hands and the ground when they showed it in slow-mo.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Snitches get stitches!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Go figure.

  • hwnrdr

    That was HUGE because they were coming in to score!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • hwnrdr

    I know right? But yet when I said BS on that phantom holding call….they were all saying it was right….UFA!!! HAHAHA

  • Nick Gancayco

    I dont know about the drft, but the FA we brought in are difference makers! Remember when we lost dez bryand and wheeler a lot of ppl in here hating on mckenzie. We got a lot better than we lost. Walker sims and hunter are all upgrades. Burnett is an upgrade over wheeler imo. Roach is a definite upgrade. Sio moore is starting to show a lot of potential. Jenkins, porter, and woodson are all BALLING! they make plays every single game and we dont give up anywhere near as many big plays as we used to. Keep it up D

  • R8erEduc8er

    Defense came to play yesterday and they balled. I’ll be picking them up in fantasy football for this coming week.

  • bcz24

    Pryor’s run even made The Chive!

  • RaiderGuy50

    yes- its was amazing to see his middle finger of the glove right at the tip of the ball snatching it before it hit the ground
    Priceless!! The d was balling

  • R8erEduc8er

    Agreed. I admit that I didn’t think they would be this good, but I DID know we’d be better than last year.

  • hwnrdr

    Thanks Purv

  • bcz24

    It was legit. How about the punt by Pitt. Literally the perfect punt, although I’d wager money that if they had a better review angle it would have been a touchback

  • hwnrdr

    That one was close man…but that was the only drive that netted a first down for the offense in the second half

  • hwnrdr

    Yup, I give full credit to Tarver! That “Mad Scientist” got that D playing hard and well! Professor Bunson Honey Do!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • DJ Johnny

    I guess since I still support Pryor it makes me a Pryor “brigadier” by default, but I will admit to be a little concerned.
    This offense has to get it going. DMAC’s presence doesn’t help imo. I like that he’s getting it in the endzone on short yardage. It’s not always easy to do, but yet another day of 3 ypc?
    I’m not convinced another QB would do much better than Pryor is doing but i’m open to considering it if these woeful 2nd half drives don’t get better.
    It’s a good thing we had a big lead and we deserve the win and I love beating Pittsburgh, but i’m concerned about the offense in general.
    Our D is bordering on “formidable”.

  • RaidingTexas

    One angle made it look like he kept the ball not more than an inch from the ground. The other angles you could not tell. The replay review worked as it should: No evidence to overturn the call on the field.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    That would probably inspire Carson into early retirement again

  • bcz24

    Wow, Tarver’s D stacks up better in the rankings than I thought:
    Total Def – 10th
    Pass Def – 12th
    Run Def – 4TH!!!! (Wow)
    Points Allowed – 12th
    Sacks – 14th
    Only thing we HAVE to get better on is Turnovers. All 5 of our INT’s came in the 2 of our 7 games. But this has been a very good defense, and our spec teams are one of the best (accept we can’t return kicks or punts anymore). Jason Tarver for assistant coach of the year!

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Comments like this are too stupid for words.

  • RaiderGuy50

    I like his demeanor and intensity on the side line and the D is following his lead. This has been a pleasant surprise. Also, CW presence is making difference. However, with the Offense getting conservative in the second half I was worried that the d would run out of gas- thank god they didn’t
    Bring on the eagles

  • DJ Johnny

    This Pereira guy is biased if he’s talking about Tarver throwing out “f-bombs” at the refs.
    I see it every freaking week. What about Rob Ryan for crying out loud? It’s not hard to read the lips of an angry asst coach on the sidelines and to single out Tarver for THAT is ridiculous.
    Seems like this douche has it in for the Raiders. Being a former official during the Al Davis years where it seemed almost obvious there was some sort of bias against Al and the team it makes sense he is still going after the Raiders.
    Imo.

  • Just Win Baby

    Has anyone else noticed how lousy our passing game has been the last 2 weks? Just wondering.

  • DJ Johnny

    Perreira doesn’t realize he’s actually helping Tarver’s career.
    Putting a spotlight on Tarver, people will wonder who this guy is..and then discover he’s the guy who took a brand new defense with 10 new starters and has them ranked in the top 10 league wide. Plus…nobody likes refs anyway so they aren’t gonna be feeling sorry for them in large part.
    Congrats Perreira. Now more people than ever will know who Jason Tarver is and the job he’s doing in Oakland.
    Tarver should send you a thank you card.

  • tuckrulefool

    Want some good comedy this Monday afternoon, fellas?

    Check out our illustrious coach CALLING out the offense saying it doesn’t have the ‘KILLER INSTINCT”

    Are you joking there tty-boy? REALLY?

    That had to be the WUSSIEST play calling of all time. TWO quarters in advance of a (non) insurmountable lead.

    How about NOT calling MCD20 into teh line 857 times in a row? J33z the nerve of this clown.

    HE needs to grow a pair and HE needs to develop a killer instinct.

    This is a young team with a young developing QB. They need to see confidence from their staff than they CAN hold a lead. Going into (ART) SHELL ball with 30 minutes remaining is not going to cut it….for the players, fans and most importantly the win/lost column.

    Putting that drivel in the press also tells me he is DELUSIONAL and wont take any responsibility for the result HE (or at a min his OC) created.

    Pathetic ‘leadership’…….

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

    Yeah 88 passing yards and 2 INT’s yesterday. Its nice to get a long run for a TD but you would prefer that happen from our RB or WR crew not the QB.

    Pryor got the win and looked good running the ball….but throwing the ball is still an issue for him.

  • R8derdiehard

    Feels great to wake up with a win behind us and an eagles yes’m next that seams more than winnable especially with Vick out.

    Defense is doing great !Still going to take a while of getting the images of Tom Kelly and mike huff jumping offsides and missing tackles or routt getting burned over and over