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Pryor’s play vs. Broncos resembled his play all season

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.”

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  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Just emailed you

  • EMRaiders

    66.6 mil in cap space to be exact.

  • Lefty12

    LOL-a few weeks ago most of you on here were afraid we’d lose Tarver because someone would hire him as a HC

  • 0ak R8rs

    After this year, we r WAY behind where I thought we would be. No way we compete next year IMO. Problems everywhere. Ownership. Management. Coaching. Talent. No QB. Very little to be optimistic about next year.

  • Umrao32

    Thank you EMRaiders..
    Though the figures have been suspect. We’ve all read different figures. Some put it closer to $70 million

  • 0ak R8rs

    I once lost 22 hands of blackjack in a row over two shoes. I was in surveillance for 3 years. I can count cards into single and double deck pitch games and it only helps marginally. Just be careful….

  • LB32

    If the Raiders don’t fire RM/DA, they should bring in Ray Anderson over RM. He needs to be checked because he decision-making is suspect.

  • Umrao32

    AGREED 100%

  • Stabler

    I have a sinking feeling McKenzie is going to waste the money, or at least “underwhelm”. Then 2015 comes another rebuild, with another unknown young coach. Sounds like the movie Groundhog Day.

  • Lefty12

    Brisel was above avg this year

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Was that before or after the D was ranked 29th? I like the guy, he is fiery, and a bit crazy, but he’s a bottom of the pile DC.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    just some random thoughts, no particular order:

    - I’ve posted before that I’ve been in favour of keeping RM and DA…..having said that, the more I’ve thought about it lately……I’m really only basing that on the fact that after the last decade of instability we need some consistency to get things turned around. It’s not really because of anything (overwhelming) that they’ve done themselves…so that’s really not a good reason to keep them.
    - DA seems to have lots of apologists around the NFL….that’s just kind of a head scratcher to me. I just don’t see “it’, as far as him being an HC. Maybe he just knows the right people?
    - same thing with RM, I liked the RM hiring at the time. But I always kinda wondered; “if he was so awesome in Player Development with GB for all those years….why wasn’t he hired away already?” I mean, the NFL is the ultimate corporate-copy cat entity, surely someone would have gone for him after a GB SuperBowl victory?
    - if DA and Reggie do walk the plank….I honestly believe that the genesis of that can be directly traced back to the Gregg Knapp hiring. That screwed up the QB situation, which just seemed to spiral (no punn intended) right out of control for the last two years. People talk about the poor hand (not my words) that they were dealt….well, they inherited a perfectly viable offence and started tinkering with it when they had bigger problems to deal with….now they have nothing.

  • Thechairman66

    This is like the Tommy Kelly situation all over again. Yes you played alright dude but we’re not going to pay you like an all star defensive player so you’ll resign. Believe it or not, solid but not spectacular DL/DT are abundant in the NFL. Case in point, even the talentless Raiders have one.

  • Rico Stifler

    Still like Decker’s ability and the fact that he is a solid 6’3 WR. Maclin is a lot better than Streater/Moore. He never had less than than 56 catches, 773 yards and 4 TDs in a season. Those are his rookie stats actually. He had 70/964/10 in 2010, 63/859/5 in 2011, and 69/857/7 in 2012.

  • Raider Al from Atlanta, Ga

    Greg Knapp enough said. The worst coach in the NFL is your chosen OC. The players run from him.

  • EMRaiders

    should’ve kept the offense, fixed the D. I think everybody here agreed with that, mostly.

    Maybe even should’ve kept Hue one more year, and give him a real DC. Hind sight is always 20/20 though…

  • jtdxyz

    I’ve been in the same boat…not wanting the constant change, just to change…but DA and Reggie haven’t really made a great case for themselves

  • Rico Stifler

    Dang, i never had a bad run like that. Yeah, i don’t live in Vegas anymore but one of my best friends still lives there. So I make it a point to visit him. Especially since his mom just recently passed away a couple months back. However, I am gonna have to wait til my wife gets her tax return before we can head back to Vegas again.

  • LB32

    Or a experienced VP of Ops over RM and make his azz accountable to him. We just have to many rookies: owner, gm and coach.

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    Houston’s out of position for sure, doesn’t have the speed. He reminds me of that udfa we let go of went to the falcons and saints and became all pro , and I don’t know about everyone else in here but last year bergstrom ? Then it was Hayden, Watkins ? I follow the draft pretty close and I was wondering what the hell are they doing? I have zero faith that there going to get this rather very important draft / FA coming up right

  • Twinkle

    It’s not your money so what the hell do you care what he gets from us?We get it…he’s no HOF’er.We have gobs of cap room and a certain amount of 2014 cap must be spent.We have no talent and there are not nearly enough FA’s out there to fix our needs and if you get one starter out of the draft you are kicking ar*e.He want’s money fine give it to him……Money we got….talent even meager amounts of it we don’t got.Reiterating what Steve Tasker (HOF DB and a good one) was saying about us on 95.7 last week…Raiders have $55 mill in cap and they are trying to get about $25 mill in available FA and Draft talent along with all the other teams out there.

  • Umrao32

    RM will be retained but DA maybe shown the door. I think Mark Davis will tell RM this experiment hasn’t worked out well.

  • Dakota

    Michael Lombardi is the GM of the Browns….

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    to this day, I just don’t get why you would bring in a system that doesn’t cater to your best players…..and especially from a guy who had already failed here. Tom Cable stripped him of play calling duties….think about that for a second. lol

  • hysteric

    When Brisiel wasn’t out hurt he was repeatedly getting blown up on the field.

  • Umrao32

    Yup. Mike sux big time though. There was a reason that Al never trusted Lombardi

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    I’m not a Hue apologist by any stretch and don’t think it’s the worst thing that he got canned, but the man could move the chains….in the first half of games anyways.

  • Twinkle

    Me too now if only I didn’t suck at it.

  • Stabler

    Houston = too slow to be a dominant pass rusher, too light to be a true run-stopper at DT. Not an elite player. I would offer him market value for what he is, and let him go if he wants a ridiculous contract.

  • Rico Stifler

    God, I hated the Bresnahan rehiring so bad…

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    He did. We all can sober up. I have! That said I’d rather have a drunk McCloughan making picks than a sober Grimmace

  • MachoManRandySavage

    This coaching staff was built to achieve top draft picks. RM got what he wanted. Now open the wallet and bring a coaching staff that can compete in the best division in the league (3 playoff teams, anyone?)

  • Dakota

    He is a LDE and should be paid like one. We need a pass rushing RDE.

  • Rico Stifler

    Brisiel’s deal was 20M, not 25M. He has been solid this year after playing on an injured ankle last year.

  • EMRaiders

    Which of the 3 do you see as a true #1 playmaking WR though? I think Nicks and Decker probably. Though with a good WR for the D to worry about, Maclin can be a solid 1b. But Streater and Moore have that potential as well. We just need that true REAL #1 WR.

  • Lefty12

    If Davis wants to change the image of the Raiders from a dysfunctional organization he must allow RM and D a to return.both are respected around the league.He allowed them to clean house.He has to give them the opportunity to rebuild or everyone will proclaim the same ole Raiders.

  • Stabler

    I wonder if Jano was so spiteful to miss on purpose today? Just to show he still has his panties twisted about his holder?

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    batting .500 pretty much, which would get you into the baseball HOF but doesn’t cut it at the pro football level. If they do whack DA, I just hope that they hire a guy with experience and who has had success before, changing him out for a new up and coming coordinator seems like a side ways move right now. No more built in excuses for anybody, I’ve had enough.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I like Vegas. My kids love it. But I have a casino 7 minutes from home now. So Idc if I go to AC or Vegas as much anymore.

  • nolimits3333

    RM and DA are idiots.
    The league would love for them to return.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp
  • Rico Stifler

    I think you mean debacle…. Also, it was just a 5th rounder for Flynn. 6.5M for who was supposed to be our starter isn’t that bad of a deal honestly. I hated the trade cuz I don’t like Flynn but I understood it cuz pryor was our only QB and I was dead set against Pryor in all forms….

  • nolimits3333

    Jano is a fat idiot.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    remember him holding up those flash recipe cards in the snow to signal with his D? What a tool.

  • Stabler

    Sure would have been nice to grab one last year, instead of a DB who almost died.

  • nolimits3333

    11 years of losing and people here want to keep things as they are.

  • Umrao32

    While that is the most logical and the best way to build a consistent winner. I just don’t have a lot of faith in DA though…… And most of us don’t

  • Twinkle

    Ahh Paypal….hope you don’t have to actually talk to something with a pulse.It’s great up until that point….and boy does it bite the big one after that.

  • Rico Stifler

    No he wasn’t… That was Nix….

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Also agree 100%