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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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Didn’t Saruman accuse Gandalf of being to fond of the halfling’s Leaf?

  • RediaR

    heavens

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Have an apple.

  • prometheus

    i think its far more likely that you like to swing from my ball sack

  • RediaR

    That depends. Are you a tree and next to a lake?

  • prometheus

    so you’ll swing from a dudes nut sack with stipulations? wow cool man. keep ur nutrest ready

  • Rico Stifler

    Drafts require time nimrod… I don’t see RM being fired inside of 5 years….

  • PlunkforHOF

    Llamaman, did you see the Hobbit tonight?

  • Rico Stifler

    Drafts require team, nimrod. I don’t see RM being fired inside of 5 years…

  • Rico Stifler

    How can a 4th round pick be over hyped? I can confidentially say that he will not end up like Kevin Kolb or Matt Cassel.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’ve seen Sammy hit home runs at three different ball parks….with two different teams.
    Kind of a cool thing to tell my grand kids.
    Although I’m sure they won’t care.

  • aig-raiders

    TP needs to learn to be a QB. The basic fundamentals of the QB is still required in this league. Get in and out of the huddle, make the adjustment, go through progression, make the right read and deliver the accurate pass on time. All the other running stuff is great to have but you still need the primary skill sets of the QB position. I hope the kid develops more this off season but it was very painful watching him playing qb last week without the basic fundamentals of his position.

  • Rico Stifler

    It is too late for TP… Time to move on…

  • aig-raiders

    I think Cousin will do well this weekend.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No. rewatching ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. I can”t get enough and always liked the first installment best. Unlike Oscar.

  • prometheus

    learn some frickin grammar before you call people nimrod.

  • Rico Stifler

    I think Cousins has real potential as a franchise QB….

  • the authoritative dr robert

    @Jerrymcd: Staff sees McGloin operating an offense as it is intended to be operated, as opposed to a gimmick option or hoping for broken play.

    Umm. I think some if us were saying this was desirable a looooooong time ago. This is the biggest indictment of DA. How the fvck did he decide on Pryor? How can a coach not know? How can he roll with backyard football?

    Two wats to look at it:

    1) Flynn is solid and needed a legit chance to do what he was brought in to do.
    2) Flynn is awful (not supported by evidence) and they were idiots for ever getting him.

    Either way, ending up with Pryor, who many if us knew was awful, speaks volumes about DAs inability to judge talent.

  • prometheus

    RM better make a move for a QB. draft one, trade for one. better frickin figure it out because there are a lot people wanting his job.

  • Rico Stifler

    How can a 4th round pick be overhyped? I don’t see him going the way of Kevin Kolb…

  • Rico Stifler

    You are just as bad as the Pryor idiots… Get off of Flynn’s nuts….. He still sucks…

  • prometheus

    most of us knew TP wasn’t a QB. but DA isn’t much of a coach. he starts pryor doesn’t use Reece and thinks mcfadden is a starting RB. wrong on all 3 counts DA

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Exactomundo!

  • prometheus

    excellente essay!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    How dare u sir!

    But really, I’m not about Flynn. I’m about “how the fvck do u choose Pryor over any other qb?”

    And Flynn is actually a solid qb. All evidence suggests it.

    His wash game was better than 7 of 9 of pryors.

    Point is, DA stuck us with Pryor and killed the season.

  • DJ Johnny

    I was watching that too.
    Those Orks are scary looking but are waaay too easily disposed of.

  • Rico Stifler

    You have spoken of Flynn as many times as priest has spoken of pryor….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Is nurse Flynning again?

  • turf toe

    Dennis Allen’s hero is Mike D’antoni, minus the offense.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I suppose that’s more Raiderish than me talking weird Norse fictional characters. Well, Kind of.

  • prometheus

    will manning set the new TD record in OAK next weekend?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Uruk Kai kick your butt, though

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sorry. Uruk hai.

  • Rico Stifler

    Manning doesn’t play us again for another two weeks, dingleberry…

  • Rico Stifler

    Beowulf!!!!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And then in AFC game, right? Or are we out of that finally?

  • prometheus

    check the schedule dingleberry, its NEXT weekend. wrong as usual

  • DJ Johnny

    IF we start an undersized UDFA at QB next yr the media will have us at 2-14 once again.
    Same if we start Pryor.
    It doesn’t matter what the media says at the end of the day, but I admit it does get old hearing nothing but negativity in regard to our team. Even more frustrating is never being able to shut them up.
    This franchise needs a hero.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Because the Pryor decision was so idiotic, I’m pizzed about it.

  • prometheus

    yeah the raiders don’t have a QB. McGloin is not good, raider fans are used to loser QBs so McGloin looks good to us. draft manziel and see what happens, or make a trade

  • the authoritative dr robert

    And all the hyenas went nuts and acted like they told me how Pryor was great and Flynn sucked and I told them that it would end up that I was right. And I am.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All the hyenas. Well, some of the hyenas. Actually weren’t very many hyenas. Remarkably few in fact. Whatever makes you feel good, nurse feelgood.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    WHat makes you say he’s “not good”?

  • prometheus

    my eyes

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Do you even try to make sense anymore?

    When DA anointed Pryor, 80% of the board went crazy and told me how that somehow proved that Pryor was better than Flynn and I was wrong. They went on and on about how this meant I didn’t know what I was talking about and it was all proven because pryor supposedly beat out Flynn and that was proof.

    But I told them that it would all shake out and that Flynn would prove that he was much better than prior and by the time we all saw for sure that prior and Mcfadden sucked, the season would be lost.

    Well exactly everything that I said would happen has happened.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yeah, so why don’t we just take another fast Raider and deem him a qb and play him? Then, give him all the time he needs to “learn” how to be a qb. Jeesh.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    that says NOTHING.

  • prometheus

    well my opinion is the only one that matters to me. McGloin has a below average arm, and is undersized. he is “servicable” but is not a franchise QB. he can dink and dunk and move in the pocket, has a quick release and is better than TP. but arm strength and accuracy is sub-par. facts are facts. live in LALA land if u want to but i won’t.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Is it realy this slow? Disqus sucking big time?

  • prometheus

    Derek Carr or Johnny FUTbol