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Pryor’s season ending way it began

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor’s season is ending the way it began, under center as the Raiders starting quarterback, for the regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos.
Pryor started eight of the first nine games this season – Matt Flynn started one game while Pryor recovered from a concussion – but got replaced by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin after he suffered a right knee sprain.
McGloin started the past six games, with the Raiders going 1-5 during that span and McGloin not coming close to matching his jaw-dropping performance in his first start, when he passed for three touchdowns in a Raiders victory over the Houston Texans.
“We got a chance to see Matt McGloin for six games,” Allen said Monday at his day-after-game news conference. “I liked a lot of things that I saw in Matt. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten an opportunity to see Terrelle in a game, and I want to get him in the game and get another opportunity to evaluate him.”
Allen said the decision to go with Pryor one more time was part of the plan all along and is not a reflection of McGloin’s performance.
“I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen out of Matt McGloin from, really, the first moment he walked on campus here,” Allen said. “We have a guy that can be in our plans for the future, and I’m glad he’s on this football team.”
He said earlier this season that he and general manager Reggie McKenzie wanted to use the final part of the season to evaluate Pryor and McGloin so that they had as much information as possible on both quarterbacks heading into the offseason.
“We want to be able to evaluate Terrelle, so here’s an opportunity to go in and do that,” Allen said. “Listen, when Terrelle’s played he’s gone in and done a good job. So we anticipate he’ll go in and play well.”
Pryor made his first NFL start in last season’s regular-season finale. He earned the starting job this season based on a strong performance in training camp and exhibition games.
As a result, the Raiders waived Flynn a month into the season and turned over the reins to Pryor and McGloin the rest of the way.
Pryor shined in his first four starts. However, he completed only 61 of 120 passes his next four starts, with one touchdown and eight interceptions.
McGloin hasn’t completed more than 60 percent of his passes in any game, and he has eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in his seven games – he relieved Pryor late in a lopsided loss to the Eagles before he made his first start.
McGloin and Pryor weren’t available for comment, as Allen gave his players the day off Monday.

– The Raiders committed a season-high 12 penalties for 73 yards against the Chargers on Sunday. That thrust them near the top of the league, a spot all too familiar for Raiders teams of the past.
Overall, they were penalized 114 times for 902 yards the first 15 games. The Seahawks (121) are the only team penalized more. The Raiders are seventh in terms of yards penalized.
By comparison, the Raiders committed 108 penalties (tied for eighth) for 939 yards (eighth) last season on the heels of shattering league records for penalties (163) and yards penalized (1,358) in 2011 under then-coach Hue Jackson.

– The Raiders now know all 13 of their opponents for next season.
Their eight home games are: Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins (in England), Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals and 49ers.
Their eight away games are: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, New York Jets and New England Patriots.

– The Broncos roll into Oakland later this week without standout linebacker Von Miller, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sunday. Even so, the Raiders can expect the Broncos’ best shot, regardless of the fact the Broncos already clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye in the AFC Playoffs.
The Broncos still need a victory over the Raiders or a Patriots loss or tie to sew up home-field advantage.
Then there’s the matter of quarterback Peyton Manning, who is 266 yards shy of surpassing Drew Brees as the NFL record-holder for most yards in a season. Manning passed for 400 yards against the Texans on Sunday, and he is at 5,211 through 15 games.

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  • prometheus

    top 3 QB all time

  • Papertiger

    NEW POST!!!

  • rifflicks

    McKenzie and Allen have F O U R Year Contracts…. and they don’t give a Rats Rear End what a bunch of A$$Clowns on a blog say, or think.
    Mark Davis isn’t throwing money down a rat hole in buying out Allen’s contract…..So you sourfaced whinerswill just have to learn how to live with it or throw tantrums everyday for
    T W O more years.
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • RaiderLen

    Against a blitz, He audibles to the vacated space. In other instances He reads the coverage’s and gets the ball out quick and accurately.

  • willy91137

    what are you going to do if they keep him you’re going to PO all year long it will ruin your Christmas your New Year’s your wife’s birthday but usually in the NFL if you don’t win eight games in two year they will send you down the road now some other guy comes in here goes to the playoffs and still have most of the players with most of the same players he’ll be called a genius

  • prometheus

    8-24 can change minds

  • Papertiger

    You made the last item on that list sound pretty fūcking creepy, bud.

  • willy91137

    what is Dennis Alan’s salary when one & half million a year; they be to RaidersO will be happy if he stays I think he’s having a meltdown

  • NYCRaider

    DA hasnt proven himself but remember him and RM walk step by step

  • aig-raiders

    That’s the first thing that jumped out at me from Bortles. All I remember about Manziel is bailing to the outside or running around back there like TP to buy himself time.

  • Orthodoxdj

    If that makes you feel better about Pryor, then take it. 4th and 48 tells me what I need to know.

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  • Eldiabs

    Dude 4 yrs not guaranteed and ever if they were once DA would take another job it would void his Raider contract so it’s a non issue

  • funnyfalcon

    Jimmy Johnson was terrible before Aikman and with him. Who drafted him? How many years did it take to cultivate the winning culture and create the dynasty? Why couldn’t Jerry Jones just be the head coach too?

    Walsh drafted Montana and devised the most successful and copied offense in the history of the NFL. The rest is history which I don’t really like to discuss but you have to give the man his due.

    Lombardi built the culture and the roster at GB which resulted in the greatest pre-merger dynasty in the game up to that point. Lombardi stepped down as a 2-time Superbowl winner at Green Bay, so I have no idea what you’re talking about. Even in Washington, he brought the curtain down on 14 consecutive losing seasons with a 7-5-2 record before passing away the following year. If you still think any clown could do the job Lombardi did, you’re totally wrong.

    Everything you’re saying about coaching being inconsequential is just plain dumb. You act like good players fall into these guys hands and things just happen. You yourself preach patience and the need to draft good talent all the while not realizing that SOMEONE needs to find that talent and manage the team during its patience period.

    By the same token, talent needs the right amount of coaching to go from mere potential to greatness. I just completely disagree with your viewpoint that coaches don’t matter because history proves you wrong.

    Championship teams are not piles of stats that could be coached by any unqualified person. You just don’t instantly plug in the best players and get superbowl winning results.

    You know these things; this is real life, not Madden 25.

    If you refute it, you’re doing so just to be contrarian.

  • Raideraholic

    Lol