Oakland Raiders: Should Terrelle Pryor Be Starting?

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are going through their annual “struggle-a-thon.” It is of no surprise that another season had come down to this: Should the Raiders hand Terrelle Pryor the starting job after the debacle last weekend?

In a word, No!

Terrelle Pryor is not an NFL quarterback and never will be. He lacks the basic skills required of a quarterback in the “Not For Long” league. Pryor displays erratic behavior under pressure and completely forgets his fundamentals. His footwork goes out the window, his eyes focus on the pocket rather than his receivers downfield, his throwing motion reverts to his old habits, and he gets the constant itch to leave the pocket.

In the beginning of the season, when defenses weren’t clued in to his tendencies, he got away with all his shortcomings–but the game tape is the great neutralizer for defenses. The problems that existed for the Raider offense with Pryor was largely based on his lack of talent as a pocket passer. He held onto the ball too long and got sacked a lot, he locked onto his receivers and got his share of interceptions, he didn’t complete his progression and failed to find open receivers, he made the wrong reads in the read-option and ended drives prematurely, he couldn’t read the defense and often failed with allocating his blitz pickup, the list goes on.

While he did have some positives like energizing a team that was severely talent-deficient, he did not grow as a player. Therein, lay his pitfall. He maxed out. His ceiling as a legitimate NFL quarterback was reached. Defenses figured him out.

In contrast, Matt McGloin has played remarkably well for a rookie on a team devoid of playmakers. McGloin’s ceiling is far higher despite his physical limitations. With McGloin, the Raiders offense gained a dimension downfield. His 15 completions for 25+ yards, is a league high. McGloin is a better game manager, a better passer, and frankly overall a better quarterback.

With Pryor under center, the total team points average has been 18.1–under McGloin the team has averaged 25.8 points per game. There is no argument to be made to give Pryor anymore chances to  worsen the deplorable state that this team finds itself in. Anyone suggesting Pryor can be the future for the Silver and Black, simply can’t be taken seriously.

At this point, the Raiders should be in the process of evaluating McGloin to see if he can fill the void left by Rich Gannon a decade ago. At this point, the Raiders should be trying to find out if they need to draft a quarterback with their first pick. At this point, the Raiders should be giving extensions to their coaching staff for milking out four wins out of such a lackluster squad. At this point, what the Raiders shouldn’t do is to let Pryor anywhere near a center.

My plea to Mark Davis: Please keep coach Allen. He’s the best the Raiders have had since Jon Gruden was forced out. Dennis Allen has changed the culture in the locker room and deserves the opportunity to finish his vision. The record doesn’t always reflect progress, but there is progress if you can see it.

Tags: Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor

  • Jetlife510

    Dumbest fucking article in all history! Your a stupid fake blogger that hates pryor. Did you see how he runs the offense up the field idiot????

    • holy roller

      love it!

  • James Holtslander

    I agree with jet life….. Pryor only got half a season to grow as a starter. Look at Mcgloins Ints, blocked passes, fumbles. He’s not a long term QB either. Pryor at least has a lot that can t be taught. Sometimes that game doesn’t slow down til year two for someplayers. He deserves that opera unity. I am from altoona PA, I have seen plenty of both of these guys. Pryor simply has the higher ceiling.
    Not to mention he hasn’t done anything to deserve losing his job, but get hurt

  • holy roller

    whata loada crap! TP did not get a fair shot at it by a mile. mcgroin has a 1-3 record with a much healthier team. Go back to ur soccer game and let the real fans comment on American football. Fact is, TP will get his shot elsewhere and he will prove all the naysayers wrong.

  • Phil Mokate

    You know nothing about Raider football let alone football. You lost me at the word “no” Everyone else here has told you what up and I agree 100x over GTF out of here! That was pathetic!

  • Bob

    No. Right now he is a halfback that passes. Until he becomes a QB that also runs, then, no..

    • Anthony Williams

      MM is a midget that throws. Until he can consistantly throw over the D-Linemen then, NO!!!

  • mlmenendez

    Wow all of these remarks are idiotic. True Pryor didn’t get as long as he should have to develop, however it doesn’t mean he deserves to play here and now. I’m not against the kid but he really needs to work on his throwing mechanics and reading ability. In the future AFTER he improves those things than he WILL play again but bottom line is this is a production based industry. At the end of the day results matter, if McGloin can throw the ball more accurately and preform on the aspect well than he will remain the starter.

    • Ricky Bobby

      YOU ARE THE IDIOT!! What matters most is winning the game!! I DGAF how TP looks throwing the ball, AS LONG AS HE CAN LEAD THIS TEAM TO WINS, HE’s MY GUY!! JWB, or do you want a QB that sits in the pocket & throws a beautiful pass OR FUMBLES TO SNAP to the OTHER TEAM?

      • mlmenendez

        So what your saying is you want a quick fix. Look at the broncos when they had Tebow; quick fix but where is he now….. Your right in the aspect of wins are the most important however, your wrong in the aspect of how to get the wins. If you expect a future for the franchise than a DEVELOPED QB is what is necessary. True McGloin isn’t developed YET, however with practice and coaching he will become the next franchise QB. Look at the Saints their QB was under Rivers while he developed. look at Rodgers, he was under Farve while he developed. My point being Pryor isn’t bad he is undeveloped and when he becomes developed he will be starting again so don’t be a blind fan filled with ignorance like most professional sports fans are.

  • TribalX

    As if it’s not bad enough that Allen is fucking this kids career over. There’s also assholes like the author of this stupid-assed article trying to kick him while Allen has him down. Leave the kid alone and go crawl back in your little rat hole you fucking creep.

  • Ricky Bobby

    TP was 3-5 as a starter behind a inept OL, a busted up JACKAZZ IN DMC & WR waste Jacoby “Tiny Tim” Ford. While MM IS 1-4 with all the STARTERS ON THE OL, RB’s Jennings & Reece running wild & electrifying Andre Holmes @ WR.
    So, who really has had the best opportunity to succeed? Ket’s see TP play behind this OL DA? Oh, DA says no, my guy is starting no matte what our record is or how many turnovers MM COMMITS. Wow.#BIAS