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Terrelle Pryor to start for Raiders on Sunday

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Matt Leinart believes he deserves to be the Raiders’ starting quarterback on Sunday. Raiders coach Dennis Allen disagrees.

“I’ve decided to go with Terrelle Pryor as our quarterback,” Allen said after practice today. “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 he informed both Pryor and Leinart earlier this week that he was leaning toward Pryor, and that Leinart “didn’t like” Allen’s decision. But Allen liked Pryor’s response.

“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. I want to see him get out there and relax, play the game of football the way it’s supposed to be played. I want to see him take command of the huddle. I want to see us get in and out of the huddle and the operation be smooth. I want to see him protect the football, make sure he makes good decisions.”

The Raiders used their third-round pick in this year’s draft to acquire Pryor in last year’s supplemental draft. He has barely played in his two seasons in Oakland, but with Carson Palmer out after suffering a rib injury, it’s time to see what Pryor can do.

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  1. upperdecker19 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    As everyone scrambles to get the Chargers’ defense for fantasy league championship games……

  2. thrillhouse763 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:51 PM

    May god help the Raiders

  3. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 28, 2012 3:51 PM

    The Cam Newton before Cam Newton. I hope he does well.

  4. John A. says: Dec 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Leinart *shouldn’t* like Allen’s decision. If you want to play, you shouldn’t like any coach’s decision to bench you, especially when you make a living playing sports.

    Whether you respect it, accept it, and otherwise do everything you can to still help the team win… those are the only important things.

    Either way, Leinart is a bust. He’ll be on his way out of Oakland after this weekend anyway.

  5. oakraid says: Dec 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Its about time. This decision should have been made 2 weeks ago.

  6. sportfan23 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    Treat this as your bowl game this year Ohio St. fans….he’s the reason you aren’t playing for the National Championship.

  7. prosourcetalk says: Dec 28, 2012 3:59 PM

    What took so long?

  8. superputman says: Dec 28, 2012 3:59 PM

    This is an OUTRAGE! Leinart is the #2 QB.. HE should start, regardless of prior performance or practice. #sarcasm

  9. pinion8ted says: Dec 28, 2012 4:01 PM

    “I wanted to see how each player responded,’’ Allen said. “I thought Terrelle responded well.
    ———————————————————

    Of COURSE he “responded well” …. he’s the one that was being told he’s starting!

    Ya think it would have gone as well if Allen was telling Pryor that he was starting Leinart???

  10. demolition510 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:01 PM

    Just bc he decided to go with Pryor doesn’t mean he disagrees with Leinart.

    Its possible he thinks both deserve to start. However, you can only start 1. Use common sense.

  11. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    i was never a big pryor fan, but i hope he does good. he should have been given a shot a long time ago. i dont think hell be a tom brady hidden gem or anything, but he could come out and impress people. nobody expected matt flynn to be such a hot item, maybe pryor could do the same.

  12. rickastleydancemoves says: Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    A faster Vince Young with even worst accuracy and equally inept at reading defenses and making smart decisions with the football. But Raider fans think they have a stud.

  13. manilovethepftcensors says: Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    Why not? I hope he has a great game.

  14. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    I’ve said it before and will say it again regarding Leinart.

    Poor fundamentals, poor decision making and a noodle arm. Last time I checked that’s not a good combination.

  15. seatownballers says: Dec 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    Good decision. Give the kid a shot. Otherwise it was a wasted draft pick

  16. dabutcha114 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    TP6 has been patiently waiting for this. I think it’s a good idea to start him. If he blows up we can move on from this $13 mil Palmer contract and get some good free agents with that money.

  17. edge661 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:07 PM

    I want to c the raiders win a few more games

  18. araidersfan says: Dec 28, 2012 4:12 PM

    I think that it’s good that Pryor starts on Sunday and I certainly hope that the decision whether or not to retain Pryor on the 2013 roster is largely based upon Sunday’s game. No more imaginings/delusions about ‘potential’.

    I happen to believe that Pryor was yet another (and the last) Al Davis mistake (and waste of a draft pick) based upon athletic ability over football skill. And I think that it will be proven without a doubt on the field on December 31.

  19. td30 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:12 PM

    edge661 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 4:07 PM
    I want to c the raiders win a few more games

    —————————————-

    Lets play ‘Who’s Unfamiliar with an NFL Schedule”

    unless you mean a few more games EVER..which is a valid concern

  20. pbenner13 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:15 PM

    I have no idea what kind of pro QB Pryor will make but why not. It looks like Carson Palmer’s better days are behind him (not that they were ever “great”) and Leinart never had better days.

  21. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Dec 28, 2012 4:15 PM

    Grew up in Columbus have “hung out” with TP and am rooting for him that being said I would be very surprised if he could read a defense in the leauge he’s a little slow ever before the alcohol was consumed…

  22. nyoazz says: Dec 28, 2012 4:18 PM

    That really is good news. But the best plays Pryor makes are the ones where he checks out of the ones called by Knapp.

  23. radrntn says: Dec 28, 2012 4:20 PM

    good for him, I wish him the best.

    However with Greg “makes me want to take a “Knapp play calling it could be tough. TP’s best plays on sunday will all be on broken plays . Knapp plays only lead to three and outs. Run side line to side line for no gains, and passes short of the first down yard marker.

  24. justwinsomeday says: Dec 28, 2012 4:22 PM

    Why not? everyone knows Leinart isn’t the answer.

    Worst case, the Raiders lose again, TP stinks up the joint and everyone (including TP), realizes if he wants to play in the league it’s time to utilize his athletic ability however possible.

    Best case, he shows some skills at QB and they have something to work with in the future.

    If nothing else, Raider fans have something to be interested in on Sunday, at least for awhile.

  25. willcool21 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:23 PM

    This is the best news of the day.. Go hurt em kid!…

  26. fumblenuts says: Dec 28, 2012 4:24 PM

    Hey Leinart, I have an opening at my hot tub company for a salesman…….

  27. lurkerkerker says: Dec 28, 2012 4:26 PM

    Mobile QB’s give the Chargers fits. Maybe TP can’t read a defense or make a throw – if he can avoid a sack, he’s already a better option than Lienhart.

  28. raiderrob21 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:27 PM

    Lets see what you got kid. Wish they would have started you last game and juge some progression from game to game. Best of luck!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  29. packh8er says: Dec 28, 2012 4:30 PM

    Of course he’s going to look bad, he’s starting for the Raiders. This is what they mean when they say QBs get too much credit. Look at great teams like GB and NE. When their QBs go down the backups look stellar. Both Flynn and Cassel turned in great performances due in large part to the teams being so incredible.

  30. tooz72 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    he will never be an nfl qb..he’s the last of the al davis idiot picks…theyll both be gone

  31. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    The Raiders have to do this, they need to know what they have at the QB position going into the offseason. They’ve seen doors A and B and they weren’t good, now check door C and see if there’s a chance this kid has something.

    As a person who greatly dislikes the Raiders it’s disappointing to see them doing something sensible, I miss the days of the crypt keeper picking his QB based on who can throw it the furthest while still being able to clock in at under a 4.6 40.

  32. westcoastraider says: Dec 28, 2012 4:32 PM

    Further indication that he’s getting sick of knapsack, he chose Pryor over leinart who some what fits knapsacks terrible incoherent “scheme”… Might as well tell knapp and Leinart to stay in Oakland and begone before daddy gets home…

  33. tubbman27 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:35 PM

    Boom or bust. Here’s hoping the kid the best though, he’s definitely in exclusive company in terms of athletic ability. Hopefully he can combat Gregg Knapps inept play calling. Hello! not only is your team not equipped to run the west coast, the west coast has been dead for several years now.

  34. dexterismyhero says: Dec 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    Tattoo Terrelle.

  35. raidersfolife says: Dec 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says:Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    A faster Vince Young with even worst accuracy and equally inept at reading defenses and making smart decisions with the football. But Raider fans think they have a stud.

    What are you basing this on???

    He only played a few snaps at QB in the regular season the last couple of years.

    He was pretty impressive in the last pre-season.

    I love how people are so quick to say something negative.

  36. tjacks7 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:40 PM

    Behind door number 1 we have a proven career backup with a noodle for an arm. He’s been given multiple chances to play and failed to impress.

    Behind door number 2 we have a QB who we just spent a 3rd round pick on and is an unknown at the NFL level.

    Tough choice. Kind of surprised they even had to think about this one.

  37. fitnesstrainer6788 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:40 PM

    Dear Matt,

    Spend the offseason being the best Quarterback you can be. Even though you’re the #2 QB and they passed you up for the #3 QB, appreciate everything you’ve been given and just focus on being better.

    Signed

    Tim Tebow

  38. tdk24 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:42 PM

    Palmer throws for over 4000 yards in less than 15 full games with poor recievers and you say his better days are behind him? I’ve been waiting to see what TP6 can do, but i’m not done seeing what CP3 can do. Carson is still a stud in this league, but we need to tighten up the rest of the team before you can cast him aside. Bring in Fitzgerald and some talent on the D side of the ball and we’re good to go. Oh yeah, then there’s that Knapp running game thing we need to address.

  39. trollhammer20 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    To quote Clint Eastwood in “Unforgiven”:

    “‘Deserves’ got nothin’ to do with it.”

  40. 2ndaryinsanity says: Dec 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    Leinart will NEVER be a starting NFL quarterback…he just isn’t that good. After Leinart and Sanchez, will any team risk a high draft pick on a USC quarterback ever again?

  41. raidmagic says: Dec 28, 2012 5:13 PM

    There is no sense in playing a guy that isn’t the future or have a shot at being the future of the team. This gives them a chance to see what they have in Pryor, everyone already knows what they have in Leinart.

  42. mikebrownfaux says: Dec 28, 2012 5:14 PM

    I think it’s pretty safe to say, Carson Palmer has told management he will be retiring/quitting again after this season, so it’s best for the Raiders to start moving forward without him.

  43. toonloonboon says: Dec 28, 2012 5:16 PM

    id rather watch richard pryor

  44. packerpauly says: Dec 28, 2012 5:22 PM

    Leinart has been a huge bust in the league. Why not give Pryor a chance to see what he can do, since we all know that Palmer has little left. Besides, as a Badger backer, I still remember how Pryor used to gash the heck out of us when he was a Buckeye. Good luck to him.

  45. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 28, 2012 5:37 PM

    It seems like a no brainer. If Carson is their guy, TP would make good trade bait for a team that already has a similar style QB. When (not if) a player like Cam gets hurt, it would make sense to have the guy that has been holding the clipboard all year have the same tools as the starter. That way when one of those guys goes down, the rest of the offence doesn’t need to dumb down the playbook. The Raiders would be smart to let him put some of that mojo on tape and try to get something for him. I doubt one game would be enough for them to dethrone Palmer.

  46. 9ereddie says: Dec 28, 2012 5:39 PM

    Can’t hurt, they need to know what they have in Pryor…

  47. ron69 says: Dec 28, 2012 5:49 PM

    He could be the next Brady or Rodgers, but with Knapp calling the offense his best chance is with broken plays and improvising.
    He could run over a 100 yards and a couple of rushing td’s which isn’t good to evaluate him at all.

  48. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    they are going to lose with Leinert or Pryor .At least with Pryor he can scramble and run.The team as a whole isn’t very good might as well see what Pryor can do.

  49. raidersmojo says: Dec 28, 2012 5:54 PM

    I am very glad we have all these pro calibre scouts on this website. Not only are they pro scouts but they can see into the future as well. I shouldn’t even watch the game Sunday. I already know how it plays out, ha.

    Pryor hasn’t played started a game and everyone is already writing him off. He has all the athletic talent in the world and has been working on his footwork and accuracy. He’s working hard to improve. He’s not sulking like Cam, he’s not having off the field issues, and he is determined to be a pro quarterback (working out with players like Rich Gannon during the offseason).

    I don’t understand how people can’t keep an open mind and are so quick to write someone off, say they suck, etc. It is actually quite sad and shows a true lack of maturity.

    How pathetic are your lives when you have to drag down others? 99% of you sit on your couch, watch football, and most of you haven’t a clue of what you’re talking about.

    Go out and open some football books, go to some clinics, coach the sport a bit, because all of these uneducated comments are abundant to the point of hilarity.

    This post was down voted by the arm chair football fans who wouldn’t know the difference between a trap or isolation play, even if it was drawn on the board for them.

  50. ussportsfanuk says: Dec 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    You can’t help but get the feeling that this may be the one and only start for the Raiders that Terrelle Pryor will make. Wouldn’t surprise me to see 3 completely new QB’s in Oakland next season now. I think that Carson Palmer will be gone one way or the other, Pryor seems to have struggled to learn the offense and the team don’t appear to have much faith in Matt Leinart.

  51. cuzzinjoey says: Dec 28, 2012 6:07 PM

    I’m a little surprised. I thought DA was truly on the hot seat and would start Lineirt to show some type of “improvement or competitive spirit” just to keep his job. With Pryor starting, this means DA will be the coach next year and is looking to the future. If he did not have some kind of support from RM, then there is no way Allen’s playing TP.
    Allen has said often that Pryor’s not ready and most recently that he is not ready to be a back-up! I’m excited to see Pryor play, only hope he doesnt get the hook to soon and gets substantial action.

  52. charger383 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:17 PM

    might make game worth watching

  53. direwolf748 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:19 PM

    whats the worst that can happen? the raiders actually winning a game?

  54. marko959 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:45 PM

    Pryor is doomed. He’s wearing number 6, which is not a lucky number for quarterbacks.

  55. raiderapologist says: Dec 28, 2012 7:17 PM

    atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    As a person who greatly dislikes the Raiders it’s disappointing to see them doing something sensible, I miss the days of the crypt keeper picking his QB based on who can throw it the furthest while still being able to clock in at under a 4.6 40.
    ——–
    Davis never cared if quarterbacks and kickers could run. But everyone else had to be fast.
    There’s no good reason to start Leinart. He had a chance to show what he could do last week, and was just terrible. The best scenario for this weekend would involve Pryor having a good game, Rivers getting the crap beat out of him, and the Raiders losing.

  56. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 28, 2012 7:22 PM

    Raider games have been for the most part unwatchable in 2012. Hopefully Pryor will at least add some athleticism and hold the fans interest.

  57. gooboy6 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:43 PM

    Leinart made the worst decision of his business career to stay in school, he seems to be on the wrong end of business decisions unfortunately for him

  58. tformation says: Dec 28, 2012 9:04 PM

    Might as well play Pryor. Kick the tires, see what he’s got.

    Because you already know what you have with Leinart: a career backup at best. If TP plays well, you’ve beat a division rival, have trade bait or maybe something better. If he doesn’t play well, you’ve got a slightly better draft pick in April.

    Win-win.

  59. txraiderfan says: Dec 28, 2012 9:06 PM

    Do I need to injure Greg Krapp first?

  60. txraiderfan says: Dec 28, 2012 9:08 PM

    Pryor should be moved to WR

  61. Redemption's Road says: Dec 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    I’ve never been a Leinart fan, but I’ve always found his roller coaster career fascinating. As the Joe Hollywood rookie he was set to be a rock star in Arizona. He was on his way until injuries and Kurt Warner derailed him. Then he finally got his shot in Texas when Schaub went down, but after throwing two TD passes, he broke his collar bone half way through the game. And now he’s one and done in Oakland? Sure, the kid lived a charmed life–UNTIL he got to the NFL. Since his arrival in 2006, he hasn’t been able to catch a break.

  62. eklypse69 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    What I find amusing is that Leinart has felt he deserved more at every juncture of his NFL career. He felt he got snubbed at the draft because he didn’t go top 10, he felt he didn’t deserve to lose the starting job in AZ (even though he put up terrible numbers), he wasn’t happy having to take a job as a backup in Oakland, and even though he hasn’t shown any promise in any of his roles to this point, he still feels he DESERVES to be the guy now that Palmer’s hurt.

    He’s simply nothing more than a crybaby with entitlement issues.

  63. conrad0509 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:30 PM

    I’m excited to see what this kid can bring to the table. Matt missed open receivers last Sunday and DA expected a better performance. This is the last game and we need to see If TP was worth the pick. Go get them TP6. You deserve at least a chance. Raider Nation in Dallas

  64. phatbuddha57 says: Dec 29, 2012 12:36 AM

    Good luck lets get the W against the chargers GO RAIDERS!!!! finish the season with a win Please!!!!

  65. mgflolox says: Dec 29, 2012 1:02 AM

    So after 17 weeks, I finally have reason to watch a Raider game. Good call, let’s see what the kid can do!

  66. torontofalcon says: Dec 29, 2012 1:34 AM

    Should of done this earlier. Palmer is a lost cause might as well see what you got with Terrell before drafting a QB

  67. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 29, 2012 1:41 AM

    This is the correct call. You know what you jhave in Leinart. Hes a mediocre backup. Thats his ceiling. Its time to figure out what you may have in Pryor, who does have alot of talent.

  68. kenstabler says: Dec 29, 2012 2:13 AM

    This decision came down from Reggie. Allen has been speaking all week about how he would use both. Hmmm. Now it is Pryor. This will be Reggie’s excuse to let the kid go if he sucks. So many rookie starters that have been good to awesome the last couple of years, no excuses for this kid not to put up a decent show. I think it is a good decision, this kid either has what it takes, or he does not.

    Knapp is gone after this season, and hopefully the zone blocking scheme.

    I wish the kid well, he has to step up to the pressure and perform. That is what it is all about in the NFL.

    Good luck T.P. it is your turn, take it and run with it.

  69. draculalambert says: Dec 29, 2012 3:31 AM

    Get the Sizzurp ready…nothing is better than a buzzed QB

  70. thetwilightsown says: Dec 29, 2012 5:47 AM

    I don’t know of any Raider fans – certainly none posting here – who think Pryor is anything but a potentially watchable QB. We see more potential in watching him this weekend than in Leinart so… Why not?

  71. raideralex99 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:13 AM

    Watch the Chargers pull a fast one over the Raiders.
    They will let Pryor look great so the Raiders trade or release Palmer.

  72. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Dec 29, 2012 7:40 AM

    raidersfolife says: Dec 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says:Dec 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    A faster Vince Young with even worst accuracy and equally inept at reading defenses and making smart decisions with the football. But Raider fans think they have a stud.

    What are you basing this on???

    He only played a few snaps at QB in the regular season the last couple of years.

    He was pretty impressive in the last pre-season.

    I love how people are so quick to say something negative.

    Perhaps people are using the only available evidence, his college career? He has amazing athletic ability, but his inability to read defenses quickly, even at the college level, speaks volumes. Would it surprise you Raider’s fans to learn his single game high for passing yardage in college was 226 yards? It will not take NFL defenses long to figure out that dude can’t complete a pass due to his being unable to read the coverage quickly enough. Once they know that, it won’t matter how big and fast he is, they will get him.

  73. kenstabler says: Dec 29, 2012 9:14 AM

    TP3, our version of RG3. Hopefully it does not translate to Toilet Paper 3. Such a really sad season to watch for Raider fans, what do we have to lose in playing the kid.

  74. rickeydynamite25 says: Dec 29, 2012 10:06 AM

    So the season was pretty much a wrap back in like week 9 or 10 but they wait until week 17 to see what Pryor can do in a full game? I know I’m not the only one scratching my head about this.

  75. dougydougdoug says: Dec 29, 2012 11:46 AM

    rickeydynamite25 says: Dec 29, 2012 10:06 AM

    So the season was pretty much a wrap back in like week 9 or 10 but they wait until week 17 to see what Pryor can do in a full game? I know I’m not the only one scratching my head about this.

    Well, to be honest, anyone who IS scratching their heads about a questionable move by the Raiders, is wasting the effort. It’s just business as usual for that dysfunctional bunch. I’m still waiting for them to re-sign DeMarCus RuSseLL.

  76. blackngold4life says: Jan 1, 2013 8:40 PM

    The curse of the USC quarter back continues!

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