Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles from Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How Terrelle Pryor Changes The Oakland Raiders’ Offense

After an electrifying performance last sunday, Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor is poised for yet another big outing this weekend. Pryor not only kept the Raiders in the game, but he almost brought them back to victory. While head coach Dennis Allen proclaimed “Make no mistake about it, there are no moral victories in the NFL,” Raider Nation will flounce to O.CO colliseum with a glimmer of hope.

The Raiders have been so awful in past decade that fans’ hope had died away with season after season of misery. What Terrelle Pryor has brought to the Raiders is far greater than a moral victory, he has brought hope. Every fan-base in the NFL claims to be the best, but Raider Nation surely is the best–boasting fans all over the country covering every race, color, and creed. With a glimmer of hope they will come alive, alive like they haven’t been for over a decade.

After watching the Indianapolis Colts game, i started wondering how the game would have turned out with Matt Flynn under center. The answer to that dilemma provided me with some insight into what Pryor brings to the Offense.

Game Breaking Ability

Pryor being an outstanding athlete provides for the possibility of breaking a game open. His threat keeps more men in the box along with ends having to play wider to contain Pryor in the pocket, also defensive backs have to play man defense on the outside. A few things happen when a defense has to play that way–they allow a cleaner pocket for the passer, the quarterback has more time in the pocket, receivers have the time to get down field, and a seem opens right down the middle of the field. Pryor’s running threat alone opens up the offense while Matt Flynn’s inability to stretch the field would limit the offense to dink and dunks for short gains.

Composure Under Center 

I’ll admit i wasn’t a huge Pryor fan going into training camp, but i have been pleasantly surprised by his composure in the huddle. There is something about him that excites fans. He exudes the confidence necessary to play quarterback in the NFL, he is a great leader around his teammates, an extremely hard worker, is very poised under pressure, and has the ultimate desire to better. So how does all that change the Raiders’ offense? Simply put, Matt Flynn doesn’t provide any of those qualities.

Terrelle Pryor is no Colin Kaepernick, but he has all the tools to be as good. With hard work and game experience, Pryor could one day take the Raiders to the promised land.


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  • Chris Schroeder

    I will admit, I was a huge advocate of Matt Flynn being the starting quarterback in Oakland. That was based off of what he did against the Lions wearing the green and gold, but also realizing that his work ethic didn’t match well with Pete Carroll’s vision. Pete Carroll is high energy, high octane, and Russell Wilson is what got him off. I get it…we get it…. So point is, I felt like all Matt Flynn needed was a real opportunity and that’s what the Oakland Raiders provided him with. It wasn’t his fault that he lost the job to Terrel Pryor. With the loss of Jared Veldear, the offensive line could not contain and started collapsing around every position player which led to seven sacks in the preseason. The only hope that the Raiders had was to let the dog “Terrel Pryor” off the leash. I was not one of the Terrel Pryor “cronies” at all because I believed that his athletic ability was hindered by his lack of decision-making and accuracy. However, we gave him two opportunities to start this year. Once in the preseason and the other in the regular season. He is 0-2. 0-3 If you count San Diego last year. Will Terrel Pryor get his first victory today in the silver and black? I believe he will, he has come 100 miles since the end of last season and even with his two losses this year against returning playoff contenders, all us raider nation fans see is his progressions as he provides us with a glimmer of hope. The perfect game for Terrel prior to really establish himself as a “winner in the NFL” is against a team like the Jacksonville jaguars. If he could be done today 38

    • Ricky Bobby

      Excuses, Flynn didNT do anything b4 Veldeer was injured. He is a career backup, nothing more.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Damn iPad froze. Anyways like I was saying, If he can beat them 38-10 which I believe we can. That will give him the confidence and the momentum to go into Denver and battle the supreme being Peyton Manning In his house for what I believe will be a moral crown if we can even compete against the Broncos. Good luck today Raiders, let’s go out there and kick some ass.

  • Ricky Bobby

    Tried to tell you