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Raiders name Pryor starter, not Leinart

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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:34 AM

Raiders name Pryor starter, not Leinart 


Vic Tafur
Updated 11:37 pm, friday, december 28, 2012




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.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:20 AM

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No problem, as long as they realize that Pryor is still developing. Leinart is what he is, he will be 30 by next season so I doubt he's going to suddenly "get it." He's started 18 NFL games and appeared in 15 others. He should be a competent backup, and yet he hasn't shown that here at all. Some people said he was rusty in the Panthers game, WTF is the point of keeping a backup if he's not gonna be ready to play? Does he not realize that 10 teams have started a backup this season (not even counting the backups who played without starting), and that maybe the Raiders would throw him in a game at some point too? It's his job as a veteran backup to be ready, he clearly wasn't, and he thinks he DESERVES another chance this week? Screw him, he doesn't deserve jack. That's the exact attitude that needs to be eliminated from this team to create a "winning culture."

If he was drafted in the 5th round like USC QB Booty instead of #10 overall, he may not even be in the league. He had every chance to win the job and didn't. Over his career, he's been beat out on the depth chart or for roster spots by Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, TJ Yates, and now Terelle Pryor. Only one of those guys had ever really seen the field, and Hall was an undrafted rookie. Who knows if Pryor is in this team's future plans, but I'm convinced that Leinart shouldn't be.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 8:18 AM

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Does it really matter? I'm not sold on any of'm. Dump Knapp, rebuild the o-line and run a power blocking vs. zone blocking scheme allowing DMac to perform and giving Palmer time to throw. We still need a true QB but in the right situation Palmer and DMac will do fine. IF we keep Knapp i'll start buying some Bears gear. Hell, i've lived in Illinois for 25 years. Might as well have some fun watching football instead of cursing the tv, throwing things around and kicking the dog. 
I'll always bleed silver n black..........just can't believe it's taking so long to return.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 1:57 PM

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Pryor has a nice touch pass.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 10:01 PM

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Pryor obviously has some issues, but it was good to see where he was at in his development. He had pretty good poise, definitely didn't seem overwhelmed by his first real NFL action. He protected the ball well, with just one turnover on a pretty amazing defensive play. I loved how he tried to pull Goodson out of the fight. His decision making was decent, he may run just a tad too often but a lot of young athletic QBs do. He needs to work on his accuracy to really stick in the league. That first TD pass was thrown to the side near the defender, if Pryor hit DHB in the other shoulder he could have used his body better to box out the CB and not had to push off. I'm not that worried about his completion % because the weather caused a few drops and slips, and the receivers weren't getting that open. If he throws under 50% for a few more games, then it becomes reason for concern.


It's clear he's not ready to start 16 games. It's also clear to me that Leinart is not worth an opening day roster spot. So the question is, do we need to look for a #2 QB this offseason, or do we trust TP in that role? I think it depends on who's available, but I wouldn't necessarily rule out the idea of having him as the primary backup.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 4:43 AM

I like what I see in this kid/man. 


He has a scary rainbow but he has no fear. He has some moves that had SD's defense chasing him like a rabbit. He has a way of keeping the defense honest in that they did assign him a spy. his scrambling shows the RG# moves that makes a QB dangerous. He scored more TDs then we've had in games. I'll hope he can find his niche with this team and make us all remember Al Davis as a genius in spotting talent from the outside and bring them in.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:48 AM

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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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Posted: 12/31/2012 7:05 PM

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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.
I like what I saw too but let's pump the brakes a bit. Pryor as the starter after one decent (not great) game against a 6 win team? He's still got a ton of things to work on, accuracy being a big one. At best I see him as a solid #2 QB next year. Yes it will free a lot of money to ditch Palmer but doing so will mean we are giving up the season. Pryor will naturally have his ups and downs, so I doubt we win 2 games with Pryor starting unless the run game and defense play like the '85 Bears. On second thought, maybe he can win both Chiefs games, but not more than two. We play some solid defenses next year in the Broncos, Steelers, and Texans, and in the games against the Skins, Colts, Broncos, and Texans we are going to have to put up a lot of points to keep up.

It's going to be tough bringing in any quality free agents with that freed up money, convincing our own guys like Myers and Shaughnessy to stay, etc as it is. Throw in a questionable QB and it will be even tougher. McClain's release is pretty much decided, but besides that I'd rather free up money from guys like Kelly and Seymour than at the most important position. Like it or not we need Palmer as a placeholder for the next year or two at least. He did a pretty good job considering his lack of support.
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Posted: 01/01/2013 1:39 PM

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I've read Palmer will stay. That he would cost too much to make it worth cutting him? And I agree, there's several other players we can cut to save money. But I also put much blame on the system (zbs) and feel simple getting back to power blocking we'd be over .500. Few Oline changes and a WR we'd have a damn fine Offense. 

Not the right thread and don't have the time lol to talk about how many problems we have on D right now.
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