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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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  • Theghostronin79

    I swear the ball touched “White” on that bounce

  • Raider-In-PA

    Sure Pryor needs to work on throwing from the pocket, but he needs a pocket to throw from first…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Abolully!

  • DJ Johnny

    Handing the ball off to DMAC so he can slam into a bunch of fat guys and fall down is NOT aggressive “go for the throat”, killer instinct play calling. It’s simply a waste of a down and adds to the probability of a difficult 3rd and long situation.

  • Raider-In-PA

    Big props to the D for hanging on… im really starting to like Tarver, his demeanor and intensity fits into the Raider way of old… Loved Sio Moores play yesterday along with Houston… That dude is setting himself up for a nice contract in the off-season…

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Coach needs to remember McFadden is not a bruiser type rb, Jennings is, if you are going to go inside you go with the rb that gets you 3 to 5 yards a carry, not 1,2, or 20 & more.

  • tuckrulefool

    DJ,

    That (and previous) second half ‘performances’ are 85% play calling. We only get these deals when we are winning (Wash, KC, Pitt). Yes Ford 5ux and needs to be cut. However is running MCD off tackle into a wall over and over a plan? With 30 min left in a game? Pryor is NOT the problem. Either Olson is or as I suspect its DA forcing Olsons hand to go into tortoise shell mode anytime we have a lead > 10 pts. TP2 is our long term answer. Let him develop. What does he have 7 games under his belt? Most hope we have had there since gannon. and UNLIKE gannon this kid takes responsibility when things dont go right. Gannon NEVER did that. Annoyed the h3ll out of me. Likely a result of knowing he was a career journeyman b4 oak and didnt want to give ANY fodder for sitting him. His own paranoia there…

  • Theghostronin79

    SKUUUURD…….They were so petrified about letting this thing slip away….. No Swagger in THAT.

  • bcz24

    DA doesn’t call the offense… maybe he we lumping Olsen into the lack of killer instinct comment.

  • 2romes

    I think J. Ford can start for other teams in the NFL. He may want that chance.

  • Theghostronin79

    Reece ALSO had a run up the middle yesterday that resulted in…….(Drum Roll)……..Wait for it………
    A FIRST DOWN

  • Raider-In-PA

    Oh yeah, and the non-talk of football in my office today is PRICELESS since Sh!ttsburgh and the PSU Lionesses lost this weekend…
    Couldnt have been more perfect, thank you football gods!!!..lol
    RAIDER m@ther-f@ckin’ Nation, baby!!

  • Raidertalk

    Where’s Priest at? He backed up Pryor from the get-go. I had my doubts about TP, but now he’s shown he’s the guy this season.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Vehldeer back after Philadelphia game, we could be and should br 4&4 with a completely healthy offensive line.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Anyone else wonder if Hunter is currently on suicide watch?

  • bcz24

    Guess what he didn’t do for the REST of the game… if you said touch the ball again you sir would be absolutely correct.

  • hwnrdr

    NICE!

  • DutchRaid

    Did anybody see the whiners game? See where in a no-juddle mode that Gore and Bruce Miller line up in a 5 wide package?
    Why cannot we do this with McFadden and Reece?

  • tuckrulefool

    Yet DA is throwing his O under the bus today in the press that his team has no killer instict? REALLY? And YOU are not causing much of that or at a min helping that condition?

    At a minimum here we have…

    POT, KETTLE, BLACK syndrome

    Also, FWIW, I dont think Olsen is the problem. Look how he starts games. VERY creative. Look at a full on game plan (Indy) . Guy is good. No, I think DA twiches his nose over at Olsen and says shut r down once we are up 10. Problem is it limits out offense from developing ANY SWAG or confidence. This has tty boy written all over it. And if I am wrong and it is Olsen? Then Its STILL DA sicen he obviously can sit him down to get on same page (go for the throat). Last time I checked he was the Head Coach.

  • hwnrdr

    That is so sad…and I have seen him out there

  • DutchRaid

    Will be there this weekend?

  • SnBG

    Yes Pryor tried to throw a long one to him but overthrew it.

  • hwnrdr

    Hey Dutch…Yes I will! Come join us!

  • SnBG

    Mista, do you know we are 32nd in the league in passing? What’s up with that?

  • tuckrulefool

    Not too much spotlight. We want him to say on OAK right? ;-)

  • SnBG

    Pryor can’t hit those.

  • hwnrdr

    If we beat Philly and get back to .500 we should be good for a couple more wins after with The Giants and Houston both having bad years!

  • SnBG

    Pryor is the offense this year but we are still 32nd in the league in passing. We are 25th in total yards mainly because of Pryors legs. If Pryor doesn’t get better at passing he will not make it.

  • SnBG

    They have the personal to do those kinds of things, we don’t.

  • 2romes

    I respect your opinion but I think coach Allen is doing the right thing buy telling his team they need the killer instinct.

    How many times as a Raider fan have you felt the Raiders have lost the game by halftime or the 3rd quarter. That is how the Raiders should make other teams feel. There are many benefit by killing the other team chances of a comeback early in games.

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

    Yeah 88 yards passing with 2 INT’s wont win you very many games. He is a phenomenal athlete but its not looking much like an NFL QB.

  • Prometheus

    looks like a future Raider head coach

  • bcz24

    I didn’t see the post game presser, but the coach of a team that has built early leads and lost them a few times and gone on to either lose the game, or hang on by the skin of your teeth, publicly making a true statement is not ‘throwing your team under the bus’. This team (especially offensively) DOES lack a killer instinct right now. Most of the guys on the team haven’t the slightest idea of what winning in the NFL feels like, they are still learning this. Anything to bag on DA though right…

  • Ron Mexico

    You guys got lucky!!!!!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    There was some Steeler fan on PFT actually saying the refs gave us this game…

  • 2romes

    What?!!!

  • R8erEduc8er

    “Why cannot we do this with McFadden and Reece?”

    When I read this, I was like wtf?? Why cannot we?? But then I realized “Why can’t we” is the same thing…technically lol

  • kenchun24

    The team is playing hard for Allen and the coaching staff…these inconsistencies, the continued 2nd half crappy O in pretty much every game except for the Colt and Denver games. Or a stuff, a sack to then giving up
    3rd and 17′s etc…are due to a bit of everything IMO –

    - Pryor pressing to make plays instead of throwing it away.
    - WR’s are okay but nothing special.
    - constant o-line injuries.
    - lack of true playmakers on both sides of the ball that coordinators have to gameplan for especially at the DE,WR,TE spots.
    - better starters at some spots and depth overall.

    Hence why I have since changed from watching South Carolina games for Clowney or UCLA for Anthony Barr as the Raiders will not be picking that high in the first round IMO – the 10 to 20 range more likely. Started watching Texas A&M for 6’5″ 225 WR Mike Evans (not Manziel) and as a UW homer watching Austin Sefarian-Jenkins at TE, who I think has Graham/Gronk potential (but Steve Sarkisian barely uses him for some weird reason).

    The other usual suspects like Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, USC’s Lee even though QB and injuries have hurt him this year. I also like the potential of big WR’s 6’3″ 225 Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss and the 6’5″ 235 Kelvin Benjamin (who made some big time downfield catches in the Clemson clobbering) of the surging Florida State team. Raiders need to take a chance on one of these guys in the upcoming draft IMO. The offense needs a big, sure handed WR/TE that can maybe have Megatron/Graham type impact.

    If Mike Evans was faster (4.55 I think?) he has all the other tools (great hands, strong break tackle RAC ability, great high point catch radius – playmaker) to come the closest to a Megatron type in this draft.

    But there is a good core in Oakland for the future I
    think. Coaches, management and players. Been in every game (except for Denver after the Decker big pass reception following the Pryor to Moore TD)…no dogging, happily surprised of the org/team this year considering the offseason changes and pre-season outlook.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/27/raiders-escape-with-21-18-win-over-steelers/

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 27, 2013 7:36 PM

    That was the most obviously rigged game we have ever seen! It is
    clear that our road to the Super Bowl will go through the Goodell and
    his goons.

  • tuckrulefool

    Bizarre schedule set up potentially coming our way….

    We could conceivably (and not -wildly- unrealisticly) win 5 in a row here..

    PITT (W)
    PHIL
    @NYG
    @TEXANS
    TENN (arguably toughest game)

    That’s the good news.

    Just as conceivably (and not -wildly- unrealistically) we could lose the last 5

    @DALLAS
    @JETS
    CHIEFS
    @SD
    DENVER

  • 2romes

    Yes, saw it with my own eyes. Funny how people see things differently.

  • SnBG

    I saw some improvement in Pryor this weekend though. He is holding the ball when nothing is there and he is sliding more.

  • tuckrulefool

    So you like DAs ‘play calling (hard to use that term) in the 2nd half. (Be honest) If he wants to develop a killer instinct SHOW BY EXAMPLE. Stop offtackle funs for mcglass oce you are up by 10. They arent working! Not surprising with 9 in the box. Let Tp2 play. No question they let him paly/run throw in the 1st half. Ubber conservative calling is holding back the O when they have a lead. Pretty tough not to see that. And by not giving them chances they get LESS confidence. Negative feed back loop

  • Thec

    I read that comment when the guy posted yesterday…He was clearly inebriated.

  • bcz24

    I bet it was Adrian from the ‘burgh. He calls MTC on Sirius all the time. I get being a passionate fan, but the guy makes some seriously outlandish statements sometimes.

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

    Let do lunch this week Ron. Your Dolphins lost as well….

  • bcz24

    When you have 183 yards rushing and an 18 point lead at half time you think they should pass more. Got it.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    To be fair, we get some weird stuff here. Remember when (I think) Al_is tried saying the rest of the NFL had been propping up an unqualified DA for years because they knew Al would die, Reggie would be hired as GM, and he would hire DA? I’m serious. People on this board actually said that.

  • bcz24

    This Adrian guy said at one point last year (he called in a few times and repeated it too) that LeBeau has lost touch with the NFL and should be fired… oh and that Tomlin should be fired too.

  • Ron Mexico

    How about Weds? My fins suck!!!!!