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).


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I swear, willy, if i ever have to use Dragon, you’ve shown me what the pitfalls are.


    In reference to your last paragraph: I think he just wants to be a quarterback and he’s going to keep on trying. I admire that persistence.

  • rifflicks

    Willie they saw what he could do in the 1st preseason game against Dallas


  • RaiderLen

    This isn’t about learning a subject in academics, it’s about learning the “unwritten rules” of Pro sports.

    Ask the dumbest baseball player and if He’s been in the Majors for a year or two, He’ll know them chapter and verse.

    Same applies here imo.

  • JLofty

    The only thing that bugs me about Pryor is not having his self on the field playing. Something. That kid is too fast big and talented not to be on the field in some capacity. If not for the Raiders then how about for the W’s?!? Dubs need some big men to come off the bench right about now…..

  • RaiderLen

    They do.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sounds like you’ve come to accept he’s not a benefit on the field for the Raiders.

  • Jim Jesus

    sometimes it is difficult to “grasp” the English language

  • J Hill



    Wait…you want McGloin to run the scout team and he’s a great hitter if he plays baseball?

  • Back-N-Black

    Anyone on here know much about Brett Hundley?

  • RaiderLen

    Rickey Henderson agrees.

    But Rickey understood what “Rickey” was sayin.

  • willy91137

    Make sure you read them before you send them I sometimes don’t as you can probably see I will tell you one thing this thing is so much faster than typing

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    “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.’’

    I’ve wondered what opposing defenses saw.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Look, pretend that TP somehow learns the mechanics of throwing a football, and, in practice, becomes more accurate hitting a moving target.
    The problem of learning how to recognize and to counter new schemes thrown at him week to week is problematic.
    The simplest of all the cognitive skills pertinent here is memorization, learning the playbook. If you have trouble with that, if you are slow in memorizing the language of the playbook or slow in recognizing the assignments necessary for a single play to succeed, you will be slow at every level of higher cognition demanded of the qb. You might do well one wee because the coaching staff guessed correctly on all you might see during the game from your opponent, but next week, the new opponent offers a different challenge and you can’t keep up…..

  • RaiderLen

    Love child of Hot Rod Hundley and Ava Gabor.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Oh, yeah, I agree with you there about a pro not using injury as a crutch. Gotcha.

  • Jim Jesus

    “Rickey likes stealing bases”, said Rickey

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate it and knowing you’re using it.


    I really wonder about Bridgewater.

  • willy91137

    We see those kind of things all the time flash in the pan to rookies connecte but those guys seen him every dayis Wilson running the scout team


    Actually, he would like us to play Pryor instead of McGloin IMO.

  • RaiderLen

    LOL…3rd person Rickey.

    Loved Rickey Henderson

  • Jim Jesus

    If you heard his interview yesterday he made a comment about shutting it down(social media) and getting focus back on the team, doubt he will open his pie hole til after his teams bowl game.

  • DutchRaid

    In your opinion, do you think Pryor is done at QB as a starter or do you think he has a lot of room to grow in the off season and compete next year as a starter?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Have I told you before that I really hate seeing your avatar? Other than the fact I know it’s you?

  • RaiderLen

    I skipped over the QB skill part. My point was that the Kid learned a lesson as a Professional.
    His performance or lack of as a QB will dictate playing time

    Not his apology.

    The merit of His ability as a QB are irrelevant.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m still waiting to see what he’s got. I’m less thrilled than I was.


    That’s a great question man. Sure wish I knew the answer to it.
    Right now the best quarterback is McGloin.


    You serious Len? Eva?

  • RaiderLen

    LOL…, random Beer infused comment.

    It would be hilarious if true though.

  • Goldie7

    Nice video. Thanks man!

  • RaiderLen

    So with 70 million. What positions are a priority in FA.

    If we can land a stud Rush end that might cost 9 to 12 mil per. (Hardy, Johnson, Orakpo)

    A Center…6 to 8 mil (Mack)

    A WR….How much…I’m not sure (Nicks, Decker)

    QB….No to Cutler….McCown?

  • RaiderLen


  • lefty12

    Reggie won’t spend big bucks on Mack.We already have a good C.

  • r8ter4evr

    Saw Hakeem Nicks score 5-6 Tds in a bowl game one catch was Harlem Globetrotter Type circus catch single handidly won that game has great hands would welcome him for the right price but not Megatron or Fitgerald money

  • RaiderLen

    Right. There’s the rub. What will we have to spend to land Nicks. I’m not yet familiar with what that position group makes in the “above average, but not elite group.

    I’m trying to get a handle on how much we can allocate to positions of need with impact players via free agency.

  • lefty12

    So many are saying Pryor learned his lesson and is showing how humble he is are ignoring the very 1st line in the above article-If he had it to do over he’d still play on his sprained knee.It would have been better if he had said something along the lines of I realize I hurt the team by trying to play and if I hd it to do over I’d have sat out the game.

  • RaiderLen

    Agree, BUT, Mack solidifies the line if Wiz is moved back to LG, an upgrade at two spots, PLUS if Mack were to get dinged, we have Quality back up in Wiz. I don’t think Mack has missed a game in His career.

    That’s important as well.

  • lefty12

    Some fans keep saying this but the team has repeatedly stated Wiz is and will be the C.

  • RaiderLen

    Until they find an upgrade. Things change.

  • Rick Worth

    Imagine if Pryer could pass like Mcglion

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

    Imagine if he understood the game well enough to make the reads at the LOS and process it fast enough and then go through his progressions once the play started fast enough and got the ball out quicker or was better at making decisions or had poise in the pocket…..the list is long unfortunately

  • 0ak R8rs

    You must have me confused w someone else. I’m not one of the chick littles around here. Far from it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That would make Cork wrong. Inconcievable, I tell you.

  • J Hill

    Defense, defense, and more defense.

  • Rick Worth

    Woodson the Man

  • J Hill


  • Rick Worth

    Jared Allen getting old anything left I don’t want another Seymour