By Steve Corkran
Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 6:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.
OAKLAND – Terrelle Pryor’s play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday looked much like his season as the Raiders primary quarterback: Some good things, some bad, a jaw-dropping play here, a head-scratching play there, plenty tough to assess overall.
It all unfolded in plain view of a sold-out crowd at the Coliseum and throughout the course of a 34-14 victory by the Broncos in the Raiders regular-season finale.
If nothing else, coach Dennis Allen, general manager Reggie McKenzie, owner Mark Davis and offensive coordinator Greg Olson secured one more piece of evidence to build a case for how to proceed when it comes to the quarterback position.
That Pryor started Sunday speaks volumes, given he started eight of Oakland’s first nine games, yet Allen said he felt compelled to take another look at Pryor before the season ended.
Allen wasn’t ready to pass judgment on Pryor’s performance during his postgame news conference.
“I’m going to hold off on that until I get a chance to watch the tape” Allen said.
Pryor struggled in the first half and compiled the bulk of his decent-looking stats long after the Broncos sealed the outcome.
Pryor completed 6 of 11 passes for 35 yards in the first half. By that time, the Broncos led 31-0.
In the second half, Pryor went 15 of 27 for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
“Scoring twice, it made the day a little bit better,” Pryor said. “Not to say that it’s acceptable to lose, but you never want to score zero points.”
Matt McGloin started the six games before Sunday. Allen said Pryor starting against the Broncos was not an indictment of McGloin’s six-game look-see.
Pryor is under contract through the 2014 season. At this point, the starting job figures to be open among McGloin, Pryor and whoever else the Raiders acquire via the draft and free agency.
He declined to say whether he wants back for another season or if he is interested in a change of scenery.
“Right now, I don’t think this is the time or place to be (talking about that),” Pryor said. “I don’t know what the future holds.”
For now, Pryor said he intends to take a week off and then get back to work. He admitted that he has plenty to work on during the offseason.
“There’s always room for improvement,” Pryor said. “ … I would say I’m inconsistent. Period. I got to get better.”
Veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes said Pryor made huge strides this season — Pryor’s first starting more than one game — and that better things are on the horizon.
“He showed that he can make throws after he gets out of trouble with his feet,” Barnes said. “He has made some incredible plays once he left the pocket. That gets overshadowed because of the season we had.
“The kid does have the chance to be a special player if he sharpens up his fundamentals. If he gets more consistent, he can be a dynamic player, for sure.”