Allen on Pryor


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Gdog

    Hell no to Cousins… he couldn’t even light up the COWBOYS? We already have one of them.

    Cork and I seem to be the only ones thinking McCown should get another look here.

    Pass on any other FA QB…

  • Team has rallied around Schiano once Freeman left.
    Freeman was the problem, not Schiano.
    And how could he be the team captain after Schiano? Players voted for him not to be the captain this year.

  • DKnight007

    Bortles, Manziel, maybe Mariota. Mariots skills remind me of Kapernick, but Mariota is a better overall passer.

  • Raider O

    I’m a finance Major, or I have a finance degree, but I don’t have a finance major.
    You are a stalker dude. I’m not interested in debating with you. I don’t know if you noticed or not, but I don’t debate with clueless monkeys or trolls. It’s a waste of time.
    Btw, your lack of understand of stats shows, so I can understand why you barely passed your stats class.

  • rifflicks

    So if you Imbecilles get your way and they Fire Dennis Allen….do you “Really” think that the Raiders are 8 – 8 or in the Playoffs next year?
    or are you willing to give another coach 3 years (how long did it take Gruden the messiah?) to make it to the playoffs ?
    Odds are, that if you were to make a bet…..they favor Allen over a New head coach starting over.


    I’m afraid Priest, that being the best quarterback on the Raiders right now isn’t that big of a recommendation.

  • Depends on what we do with QB. If McGloin and TP are our QB’s, we will be lucky to win 6 games with whoever at HC.

  • rifflicks

    a financial “poser” is more applicable.

  • DutchRaid

    Only thing is that he couldn’t beat out Matt Cassell or Christian Ponder, I think the Vikings really wanted to hand Freeman the starting job…like the idea of Freeman on paper, but…

  • rifflicks

    so do you…..period

  • rifflicks

    the Master has Spoken

  • RaidingTexas

    Still in your first trimester?

  • aig-raiders

    dude claimed he is a finance major to establish cred but is clueless when it comes to analyzing stats. Frickin annoying.

  • 504 Raider

    Most likely true Priest. But this happened also: we got Gallery, Fabian Washington and JaMarcus. The three guys taken with the very next pick were Larry Fitz, Aaron Rogers and Megatron.

  • RaidingTexas

    I think you missed what Purv was saying there.

  • DKnight007

    I wouldn’t mind that. Can’t pay Nicks too much money though. He is injury prone.

  • aig-raiders

    My prob with a new HC is they will want their “years to rebuild” as well. That is in essence starting over. I am on the fence. Just realized I lost a decade rooting for this franchise. Not getting younger.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    May we quote this back at you come August when Pryor doesn’t make the final cuts?

  • SaintKaufman

    Yeah, I’m pretty slow(must be all those free drugs and alcohol). Is why I would never get in an argument with Purv.

  • I did speak, and was able to do so without calling fellow Raider fans “imbecilles, morons” or any other childish names.

  • Gdog

    TP’s agent took him out of the picture, this next game is for a better draft pick for him in trade.

    McGloin should be backup to our first round draft pick, or McCown, IMO.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Got that – that will make him cheap and remember he was coming in cold after the debacle in TB. Look what he did with Olsen. If DA and Olsen stay I think he will be our target.

  • rifflicks

    ODDS are definitely in favor of him being scoreless……Denver has his seen his “Balling” already.

  • We aren’t getting anything of value in a trade for TP. Maybe trade him and our low 5th to get a mid 4th.
    Basically trade him to move up 15 spots or so in a mid round.

  • Raider O

    Thank you. I felt like I wasn’t as sharp as used to be (memory, response time, etc), so I decided to stop.

  • aig-raiders

    ONe of the media guys basically said RM wants his 5th back.

  • RaidingTexas

    Obvious only to people with poor analytical skills. What’s ol’ Huebris up to these days?

  • rifflicks

    that’s because you have no life outside of this blog ….so it is a necessity for you to keep your nose firmly inserted in their posterior orifices.

  • aig-raiders

    except for Hubris who was dumb enough to use Silver to blast the ownership. Stupid Stupid Stupid.

  • Good luck with that.
    I don’t see it as a stand alone but we will see.

  • Gdog

    He’s gone though. Unless maybe TP fires his agent or something…

  • willy91137

    if we get our own offensive line fixed get a couple aedge rushers in a strong running game is find a couple corners in free agency bring in a veteran quarterback and we can go to the playoffs easy

  • Okie-dokey

  • rifflicks

    …ODDS are definitely in favor of him being scoreless……Denver has his seen his “Balling” already.

  • _Mista_

    Stevie Wonder could see this…..sorry TP haters.

    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.

  • TrevJo

    Why would DA bail on us now? Next year is what he and RM have been working toward. 2012 and 2013 = the pain; 2014+ = the payoff

  • marks hair

    I mean every week we review some costly stupid mistakes from títs.. and 2 offseasons now, we have been forced to slam Reggie for his dumb mistakes.. rarely, have they given us any reason to praise them..
    understand that I have prayed for these men to be good at their jobs.. I want nothing more than their success especially Reggie..

    but they are simply not qualified for the task at hand. reggie must go. and títs would never be retained by another GM..

  • _Mista_

    Your McGloin bubble is officially burst’ed into flames.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Unless TP can show this Sunday that he can throw well when rolling out to his left, can use the entire field (as opposed to just the right side) and can go through his progressions, he’s done here.

  • TrevJo

    Can you see this?

    “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.”

    Note the “a guy” part. Not two guys, A guy. (McGloin.)

  • Gdog

    If he plays as well as he did the first game, Den may be in trouble.

    I doubt it though.. his confidence looks shot…

  • Raider O

    Why not keep him as a backup for another year?

  • He ain’t firing his agent. His agent is no small fry, and he may be needing him very shortly.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If TP2 were going to fire his agent, he would have done so already. Which means we can safely assume his “apology” was 100% scripted and was merely a way to maintain deniability. I’d be willing to bet you the “apology” was written even before Jerome Stanley’s interview with CSN.

  • Gdog

    Reggie brought in Sims and Burnett. Every other player decision has been average or FAIL.

    It was a miracle DA won 4 games… he needs a fair shake with a good roster.

    Olson is coming around… he called his best game of the year last Sun, IMO.

  • Last year of his contract can be a distraction for a backup QB sometimes, especially a young one.
    I could go either way, but I always felt they would not bring him back as a backup on his last year of the deal. Maybe as the #3 and a trick play guy however.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yep. I want a beer.

  • marks hair

    the reporter did.a nice job pointing out da lying.. does tp give you the best chance to win or McGloin? are you just evaluating this week or does Tp give you the best chance to win? what about last week then?

    flip flop, flip flop.. if he admits he’s just evaluating, then he looks stupid for not doing it last year..

    because we always put the guys out there that give us the best chance to win.lol.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Roach? CWood? Kevin Burnett? Pashos?

  • Gdog

    Did you watch McGloin rolling to the left? He is was worse than TP. He is better at progressions and audibles, I agree….