Midway through the second quarter in a Friday night preseason game between the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, Matt Flynn threw his second interception of the day to cap off a dismal performance from the presumed starting quarterback.
Flynn was then treated to boos from the Raiders faithful at the O.co Coliseum, who chanted “Pryor, Pryor.”
They got their wish, as Terrelle Pryor entered and showed why he should be the starter in Week 1. Pryor used his feet and mobility to create plays out of nowhere, something that almost never happened with Flynn at the helm.
Now, there is a quarterback controversy in Oakland, and there’s no question that most of the fan support is behind Pryor.
However, Pryor doesn’t like how Flynn is being cast down and criticized about his performance.
“I didn’t think (the fans) went about it the right way,” he told reporters. “I went in and they got what they wanted, but I thought it could have been a better way, not booing him and stuff like that. Whenever you can, guys, just try to keep that down. Everybody’s pulling for each other and I believe that you have to be with each other through thick and thin. When problems happen, you can’t boo guys. We have to be better than that. Raider Nation will be better than that, too, I believe.”
Perhaps the fans are just being impatient, and who can blame them? The last quarterback to accomplish anything positive in Oakland was Rich Gannon, and that was nearly a decade ago. From JaMarcus Russell to Carson Palmer, Raiders’ quarterbacks in recent years have not been successful.
So now their hope is behind Pryor, a guy who can electrify the crowd and do everything that Matt Flynn can’t. The Raiders and their fans have seen plenty of quarterbacks perform like Flynn has in the preseason, and they’re hoping for a change.