Posted: 12/29/2012 7:34 AM
The Raiders are going with Terrelle Pryor as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game in San Diego, head coach Dennis Allen said Friday. This just five days after Allen said Pryor, then third string, wasn't ready to be a backup quarterback.
Pryor beat out Matt Leinart, who played most of last Sunday's loss after Carson Palmer left with cracked ribs.
"I've decided to go with Terrelle Pryor as our quarterback," Allen said. "He'll play in the game and we'll see how the game goes. He's the starter, and we're going to go into it as we would any other game."
Allen said the decision was 100 percent his when the suggestion was raised that he got a good nudge from owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie to go with Pryor. McKenzie said last month he wanted Pryor to play so he could evaluate him, and Davis was visibly upset after last week's loss at Carolina.
Allen told both Pryor and Leinart earlier this week that he was leaning toward Pryor, and the coach said Leinart "didn't like" Allen's decision.
"I wanted to see how each player responded," Allen said. "I thought Terrelle responded well. I think he gives us a unique element of athleticism at the quarterback position, and I think he deserves to get an opportunity to get out there and see what he can do. I'm anxious to see him play."
Pryor was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft in August 2011 by late Raiders owner Al Davis. He has come into the game for three plays in each of the past two games, completing 1 of 2 passes for 5 yards, running once for 2 yards and catching a flea-flicker pass from Palmer for 22 yards. He also got the cadence wrong and the team was called for a false start in his first play two weeks ago.
"I'm nervous, but I'm ready," Pryor said. "It was a whirlwind last year, but I have been studying. The coaches can give me any formation and I will tell you the play. ... I am just going to take what the defense gives me and be a leader."
Pryor will be the Raiders' 15th starting quarterback since 2003 on Sunday. (Jason Campbell's 11 wins lead the group.)
As for Leinart, he thought that as the No. 2 quarterback, he should have gotten most of the snaps in practice this week, let alone be named the starter.
"The competitor in me wants to play, wants to start, but I do understand that they need to evaluate him, and I get that," Leinart said.
The No. 10 overall pick in 2006, Leinart threw for 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in four seasons with the Cardinals. The Heisman Trophy winner from USC has started only two games since 2007.
"I still feel I have a lot to prove at this point of my career," Leinart said. "No matter what the naysayers say, I do feel like I still can play. I do feel like that, and I think I'll feel like that until the day I retire."
Leinart completed 16 of 32 passes for 115 yards Sunday and threw an ugly, telegraphed interception that set up a score late in the first half.FULL ARTICLE LINK
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ChiTownRaider1 wrote: I've changed my mind. I liked what I saw in Pryor and am looking forward to seeing more. He's got a nice touch, very good pocket presence, and the way he pulled Goodson out of that fight he's acting like the teams leader too. Pryor as the started also free's up A LOT of $$$$$ to bring in other key players the Raiders desperately need.
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