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Pryor plans on leading in `different way’

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If he had it to do over, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor would still take the field with his sprained right knee.

As for the aftermath of his last start on Nov. 10, Pryor would handle that much differently.

In a 24-20 loss to the New York Giants, Pryor’s running and passing were adversely affected. He completed just 42.9 percent of his passes (11 of 26) with a key interception and had a season-low 19 yards rushing.

Following the game, Pryor, speaking in hushed tones and avoiding eye contact, referred to his knee injury several times, a stark contrast to earlier defeats where he accepted responsibility and pointed the finger squarely at himself.

“It was just bad leadership on my side to make an excuse at the end and say it was my knee,’’ Pryor said Friday. “Whether it was or not, that’s one of my biggest regrets right there. Any time you step on the field you’re held accountable and that’s what I realize I could have done different.’’

Pryor got back on the field for a series in a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets, leading the Raiders to a field goal in the first half, and will probably get into the game at some point Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.

The role is similar to how Pryor was going to be used until he beat out Matt Flynn and won the job outright. McGloin has assumed the Flynn role, operating a conventional offense, with Pryor coming in as a change-of-pace with his running and passing skills.

“(McGloin) is more of the prototype quarterback,’’ Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said by conference call. “With Pryor in there _ and he will play some _ it’s a whole different ballgame. You’ve got the regular offense, then you’ve got that zone-read college-type stuff to deal with too.’’

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Pryor was going in for the third series against the Jets even if McGloin had led the Raiders to two touchdowns, and coming out even if he had produced a touchdown.

It’s clear that McGloin’s passing, quicker delivery and decision-making has made him No. 1 until he plays his way out of the job, and Pryor said he defers to the judgement of coach Dennis Allen.

“Right now Matt’s the quarterback,’’ Pryor said. “The only thing I can do is control what I can control and just keep getting better. That’s where we’re at.’’

After compiling a 3-5 record as a starter, Pryor said he doesn’t look at his backup status as a setback.

“It’s just push forward and find ways to get better,’’ Pryor said. “You could always put your head down and cry and whine about it and talk behind everyone’s back, but there’s another way. It’s an opportunity for me to be a leader in a different way and try to grasp guys and teach guys. That’s how I’m going about it and that’s probably the only way I can right now.’’

Allen said McGloin and Pryor would each like to be the starter but both are on board with whatever the staff decides.

“We’ve got to do the things that give us the best chance for success,’’ Allen said. “We feel comfortable with both of those guys. They’ve both helped us, so they understand what we’re trying to do and as competitors they want to be in there playing.’’

– Running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle) were declared out against Kansas City along with defensive tackle Vance Walker (concussion). Wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) is probable but expected to play.

Allen said the Raiders would give some thought as to whether McFadden will go on injured reserve if it appears he will not be healthy enough to play in the last two games against San Diego and Kansas City.

The same goes for safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), who is doubtful to face the Chiefs.

– Three key Chiefs were declared out _ left tackle Brandon Albert (knee), pass rushing linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and tight Anthony Fasano.(concussion/knee).

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  • trogPOUNDA

    1st

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Man, I like this guy Pryor. As person.

    Whether he ends up being a quarterback or not, he’s allright ,and I’d definitely buy him a beer.

  • 0ak R8rs

    3rd

  • 0ak R8rs

    When r they gonna fix this broken POS site??

  • rifflicks

    “It’s just push forward and find ways to get better,’’ Pryor said. “You could always put your head down and cry and whine about it and talk behind everyone’s back, but there’s another way. It’s an opportunity for me to be a leader in a different way and try to grasp guys and teach guys. That’s how I’m going about it and that’s probably the only way I can right now.’’

    This is the Problem…he already knows it all….instead of learning more to play the QB position effectively, he’s going to teach others….they’re short lessons, and easy to learn, I’m sure

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    That’s kind of like the opposite of what he said.

  • Rico Stifler

    Looks like Bridgewater is considering staying for his senior year….

  • jumpnjiminy

    “…and if I have to give Matt some bad advice so he screws up during the game to get me back on the field, I’ll do that…It’s what’s in my control…just like tripping him when he walks by my locker…oops…sorry about that bud, did you hurt yourself? Ouch!”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    RR said it was me posting drunk, which I admitted to 4 days ago. Maybe I’m not to blame, but go ahead, I can take it.

  • rifflicks

    It’s an opportunity for me to be a leader in a different way and try to grasp guys and teach guys. That’s how I’m going about it and that’s probably the only way I can right now.’’

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LoL.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Which would be the opposite of… wait, gimme a minute to work this out.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Nope. Not your fault. You can barely find your keyboard. No way you hacked and crashed the site. Haha

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Didn’t realize we were dealing with Rifflicks. There is no sensible approach there.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Huh?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Nevermind.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You think he’s that great?

  • rifflicks

    try a reading comprehension class take the optimist with you to help you make sense of it

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Johnny Football doesn’t exactly seem eager to announce this is his last year.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ??
    What you criticized him for isnt isn’t even close to what he said. And no, I don’t need a comprehension class.
    The guy was trying to be humble.
    Maybe you have an agenda.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Certainly not a positive one.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    It’s just push forward and find ways to get better,’’ Pryor said. “You could always put your head down and cry and whine about it and talk behind everyone’s back, but there’s another way. It’s an opportunity for me to be a leader in a different way and try to grasp guys and teach guys. That’s how I’m going about it and that’s probably the only way I can right now.’’
    __________________________________
    All of this makes sense except the “try to grasp guys and teach guys.”
    I don’t know what he means by “grasp guys” and it seems he’s the one that needs the teaching, not the other way around.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Nothing like taking a mature, selfless set of comments and extracting the smallest piece you can find and using it out of context to blow it up into a negative. And you say you don’t have a problem w Pryor personally? Hrm. Could have fooled me.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Seconded.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yeah, kinda, but I recall Jon Richie saying, “He keeps saying all the right things, but….”.
    I don’t like that he wasn’t more up front about that injury.

  • rifflicks

    still wearing his jock for your hat I see

  • rifflicks

    looks good on you too

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Go fik yourself moron,

  • Rico Stifler

    I* don’t much care for Bridgewater… I am a Carr Salesman as Dr. Rob calls it….

  • 0ak R8rs

    No. I’m a Raider fan. I support our players, particularly when they do or say positive things. You should try it sometime.

  • Rico Stifler

    Maybe needs to be taught the proper usage of words and their meanings…

  • rifflicks

    Except after they lose a game

  • RaiderLen

    Lesson learned. TP clearly wants to do the right thing. He”s conscientious.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I have nothing substantive to say about Rifflicks. Which says a lot.

  • rifflicks

    it fits you perfect too D!CK Head

  • rifflicks

    boo hoo hoo I’m crushed

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    That was just (a) immaturity and (b) being eager to play.
    We want athletes that love the game and want to play no matter what as opposed to McFadden.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m here for you.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Not really.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I do believe he has a strong work ethic. He WANTS to be an NFL starting qb.
    However, I’ve been around long enough to know that there are a lot of people, decent folks enough, who cover up what they don’t know with words that are meant to please.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I repeat my previous statements:

    (a) Pryor was trying to be humble.
    (b) Go fik yourself moron,

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Lol. That was funny. Sorry oak but it made me laugh.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Still butthurt?

  • rifflicks

    give up llamas for Dr. Bob

  • the authoritative dr robert

    What would I be butt hurt about? Stupid expression btw.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Ever try to mentor a kid in algebra, geometry, any subject, really. They want to please you, their folks and so they say the right things: “Oh, yeah, I GET it now.”
    Much of that is as much self-delusion as it is an attempt to not let others know they aren’t “getting it.” It hurts a lot for them to admit there may be obstacles that they CAN’t overcome.
    I seriously believe that Terrelle has an inability to accept just how great are his deficiencies for this position. He’s always been an athlete, always had the ball in his hand. This is a different level and I don’t think he believes that he is unlikely to ever “get it.”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Glad you’re feeling better.

  • RaiderLen

    Don’t disagree, but in the context of His remarks, I took it as though He learned that a Professional can’t use injury as a crutch/excuse.

    Furthermore, Because He misled the Team in general as to the extent of His injury, He understands that He let a room full of men down.

    His ego got the best of Him.

  • willy91137

    it they just wouldn’t have let McGloin run the scout team they may never have found out what he could do when the defense of players were telling the coach that kid can swing it

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Actually, I have. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I just think that it doesn’t apply here.