By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 2:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A transcript from Raiders coach Dennis Allen, most of which centered on the decision to go back to Terrelle Pryor at quarterback and comments from Pryor’s agent that his client was being set up to fail:
Allen: Alright guys, for the first time in awhile we had everybody out there. Mike Jenkins was limited in practice today with a hamstring. Jeremy Stewart was limited today. Mike Brisiel was limited with a knee and Denarius Moore was full participation with a shoulder. I thought we had a good practice. I think our guys are excited and we’re ready to go out there and compete against the Broncos.
Q: Have you had all 53 practicing at the same time this year?
Allen: I don’t think so. I’d have to go back and check the records, but it’s been awhile for sure.
Q: Was move to Terrelle totally your decision or did Reggie and Mark have input?
Allen: Coaches decision all the way. Obviously we talk. Reggie and I communicate about everything and that was the decision that I made.
Q: All season you’ve been playing players that gave you best chance to win, does this fall in line with that?
Allen: Yeah, yeah.
Q: Pryor gives you a better chance to win than McGloin . . .
Allen: Yeah. I think, listen, we had an opportunity to watch Matt McGloin for six games and now I want to get another opportunity to watch Terrelle go out there and play. Listen, we won three out of the four games we won have been with Terrelle in there at quarterback. I think we need something that’s going to spark the football team and I think this can be something that can spark our team.
Q: Evaluation of McGloin . . . explosive passing you liked _ looking back now is it something that might not have been the case?
Allen: No, I mean, I like a lot of the things I saw Matt McGloin do in there. I thought his accuracy, I thought his decision-making in the passing game, it wasn’t perfect, but I thought overall I thought it was very solid. Terrelle’s been a guy that’s created a lot of explosive plays for us and I’m looking forward to watching him out there on Sunday and giving him an opportunity to go out there and create some more explosive plays.
Q: Anything to do with the matchup, how the Broncos play defense, something he can exploit . . .
Allen: No, I mean, the decision wasn’t made based on that. The decision was made based on giving Terrelle another opportunity to go in there and play, and trying to create something for our football team and give us some excitement and I think Terrelle deserves the opportunity go in there and play again.
Q: Are you aware of the comments made by Terrelle’s agents saying he is being set-up to fail and did you talk to Terrelle about it, and what’s your reaction?
Allen: Well, the first is, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever fricking heard. No coach in their right mind _ this isn’t the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this isn’t made for TV drama. This is football and we make our football decisions based solely on that, nothing other than that. I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth. I’ve talked to Terrelle about it. It’s in situations like that that you have to separate the player from the agent. He doesn’t have control, I don’t have control over those things that get said. It’s really, in my book, it’s really nothing, it’s one person’s opinion. I’ve moved on from it and I’m ready to focus on the Broncos.
Q: Did Terrelle seek you out . .
Allen: I called Terrelle after I was made aware of the comments and obviously he was very apologetic of it and said it was in no way a reflection of his thoughts.
Q: Do you see this as any kind of distraction, something he doesn’t need going into this game?
Allen: Well, I certainly would hope not. I think his focus, our focus needs to be totally on the Denver Broncos and the things that we can do to have success on Sunday.
Q: After the Texans game, was it your intention to split the two quarterbacks to get your evaluation of them?
Allen: Well, the first thing was to get Terrelle back to full health. Until you get to that point there really wasn’t a lot of decisions to be made. That was kind of the first thing and then I said all along I wanted to have an opportunity to continue to look at Terrelle and continue to give him opportunities. Some games more than others. And this will be a game where he gets a chance to go in there and play.
Q: You had said McGloin would start the rest of the games this season, why change your mind . .
Allen: First of all, somebody had asked the question, is McGloin going to be the starter, my answer was. Never once said for the rest of the season, but it was always something that, we’re going to continue to look at on a game-to-game basis and we made the decision, I made the decision, to go with Terrelle for this game.
Q: Is seeing Terrelle enough going into next season?
Allen: It’ll be nine games. So I think that’s a pretty good body of work to figure out exactly what we’ve got.