Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Is Terrelle Pryor the Next Colin Kaepernick?

Terrelle Pryor as the next Colin Kaepernick. Are you TRIPPIN?

Have you lost all reasonable sense of a simple thought? Holy Batman, Terrelle Pryor is a, well I’m not sure where he fits in. He’s not JaMarcus Russell, or Tom Brady or Colin Kapernick for that matter.

Raider nation got all excited in the last game of the season when Pryor was named to start ahead of Matt Leinart. Statements were made “it’s about time, now we will have an offense”, and “Palmer finally out of the game, now we will be in the game with Pryor at QB”.  How did that work out for the Raiders in the last game against San Diego? It didn’t.

Pryor, who some people hold in as high esteem as the second coming of (Donovan McNabb, and Michael Vick), has not been able to produce in practice or preseason games. The last game of the season was a slow death for the Raiders, and everyone that is a Raider fan. The last time I had that much fun, I was at the dentist office getting teeth removed without Novocain (ouch!).

In his only start, he was 13-28 for 150 yards with one interception. Let’s review those TD bombs he threw. One for nine yards, and one for five yards. Pryor ran the third TD in himself from three yards out. Granted, you don’t have to throw bombs to be successful, but some consistency would be nice.

Forget about Kaepernick, is Pryor even better than Carson Palmer?

Palmer, when he has receivers and a chance to step up in the pocket, can be a productive QB.  His one gratuitous interception per game has got to stop, and he has to be directed that it will not be tolerated. He is a Heisman Trophy winner, for crying out loud, that acts, and plays like a Pop Warner back up at times.

Nonetheless, Palmer was the lone proficient production player for the Raiders in 2012, with no-name receivers and a running back that was forced to play in a offensive system that he was not productive in.

Pryor is virtually an unknown, and he has not regained his play from Ohio State. He can’t beat Palmer out, so why not trade him to get a QB that can deliver the skills needed to elevate the play of the Raiders offense?

In the last game against the Chargers, Pryor had poor accuracy and ball placement that made it hard on his receivers. When scrambling in the pocket. the once nifty runner looked to be sluggish and unfamiliar in his setting, creating confusion and failure on his reads.

When the offensive line correctly blocks for Palmer, he has time and makes the Raiders successful. Yet when they don’t block and they allow the opponents to penetrate and apply pressure to Palmer, it’s a crap shoot.

Even in that environment, Palmer made the best of it throwing for over 4000 yards.

Consistency in play is what makes winners, not names of players (*cough* JaMarcus *cough*). The NFL is a league where you have produce to become a proficient player such as Colin Kaepernick.

Could time help Pryor become a better QB? Sure, but the Raiders have lost enough time waiting for the next best thing since sliced bread.

Terrelle Pryor as the next Colin Kaepernick: not today or tomorrow or anytime in the future.


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  • Ricky Bobby

    Are you really Levi Damien? Yeah, in sure you’ll ban me from here as well. This is the most asinine post of 2013 for its mind boggling that you would think that Pryor would look like Joe Montana in his 1st career start.
    Rather , real Raider fans will look at the fact that Pryor was made inactive for 13 games by a coach that doesn’t want him to succeed here, if not for Mark Davis, TP would not have started vs the Bolts period!!
    Despite his coach, the few 1st team reps , the horrid game conditions & his wr’s allowing the ball to squirt through there hands, Pryor still made plays.
    The Raiders scored 3 TD’s, something that had not been accomplished in 2 months, scored a TD all 3 times when in the RED ZONE something that wasn’t done ALL SEASON!!
    TP showed poise & leadership, was he great, no but he showed more than enough to most of RaiderNation that given the opportunity he has never had he can give this team the best chance to win which is all we ask for, RaiderNation is ready for a winner, we haven’t seen that with Palmer for we know what he offers which is not the answer here in is the future & it starts now. BTWM, I do believe all those other QB’s including Kap LOST THEIR LAST GAME AS WELL.

    • goldenbaysports

      ….in the Super Bowl.

      No, we’re not going to ban you. We appreciate your opinions.

      I don’t think Dennis Allen doesn’t want Pryor to succeed. Carson Palmer is the Raiders starting QB so how will TP get much playing time even if he is active? You’re jumping all in on the Pryor freight train after one game — I definitely like your guts.

    • Blu Spikes

      TP when put in the same situation as Palmer comes up short. Week after week Palmer was the only thing going for the Raiders. Honest fans of the Black, and Silver with the new front office leadership knew that Palmer was the direction the Raiders had to go. TP in a leadership role, and game savy he dosent have the experience– he is treading water because he is in over his head. In this past season in the Red Zone the Raiders scored 42,86%, at home 59.09% and a measley 25% away. In 2011 they scored 51.06%. Not great numbers but better than what you quoted.
      Pryor is not even a quick fix, or bandaid. Eaiders did slip and let Alex Smith slip out of the Bay to rival KC. He like Palmer dosent have anyone to throw to in KC.
      Starting TP over ML was a good choice.

    • Blu Spikes

      By the way TP did do better than Joe Montana in his first start. JM was 13/23 56.5% and threw for 1 TD and 96 yards.

  • Jared Myers

    It’s rather simple, really. Pryor doesn’t have the arm strength that Kaepernick does. I think a comparison with Everett Golson of Notre Dame is more accurate.

    • Ricky Bobby

      That was a wet, muddy field dude, TP was placing more touch on the ball so wr’s like Narcel Reece would catch them. While you guys are so fascinated with Kap, go check out the rainy game in Seattle in which Kap was horrible & the Niners lost by 30 pts. Judge him on that game? Of course not. You can find a worse game by Luck, Wilson, RGIII, Tanneyhill, Cam, Carson & Kap this yr than the game TP started vs SD. You guys need to learn how to judge a player accordingly and get over what happened at OSU.

      • Blu Spikes

        He only had one game to evaluate him on, wet field, the wind was blowing, the sun was in my eyes -excuses. Great, good players rise above the elements and produce. Potential is nothing performance is everything.