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Greg Olson: We have to see what Terrelle Pryor can do

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Earlier this offseason, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that the team was willing to let Terrelle Pryor compete with Carson Palmer for the starting quarterback job this year.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson sang the same tune when he met the media on Wednesday, saying that there “has to be competition at every position” when asked about his quarterbacks. For better or worse, the team knows what it has with Palmer. That’s why Olson said it is a priority for the team to find out whether or not Pryor can handle every aspect of the job before making their decision.

“That’s we’ll have to find out with Terrelle Pryor,” Olson said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “We know what kind of an athlete he is. We need to find out what kind of decision maker he is. We need to find out if he’s a guy that can also sit in the pocket and deliver the ball from point A to point B accurately and on time and making the right decisions. That above all else becomes most important.”

Olson talked more generally about the offense as well, saying he has been influenced the most by Jon Gruden and talking about “heavy play action” and “gap scheme stuff” for running back Darren McFadden. The choice that the Raiders make at quarterback will have much to do with how successful anything Olson does in Oakland, which might be why he also said he wasn’t “naive enough” to think all the problems on offense stemmed from former coordinator Greg Knapp’s system.

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11 Responses to “Greg Olson: We have to see what Terrelle Pryor can do”
  1. u4iadman says: Feb 13, 2013 6:23 PM

    Nothing to lose by having competition at QB spot. Palmer is not young and we know what he can do. But I find fault with Geggie for not putting Pryor in as the starter for more games at the end of last season. There was no catching Denver, or a wildcard spot. Wasted opportunity.

    Focus on defense in the draft and a QB will be found next year when the team FINALLY has all its draft picks.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 13, 2013 6:30 PM

    osu QB’s have never amounted to anything in the NFL………unless we’re talking about Art Schlichter and the amount of $ he lost gambling.

  3. nfl4days says: Feb 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    Dont know whats worse, trying to remeber there is Greg Olsen the player and the OC, or there is Randy Moss the player and Randy Moss the reporter.

  4. raiderinva says: Feb 13, 2013 6:55 PM

    Translation:
    Carson Palmer will either be restructuring his $13 million dollar contract or he will be avalible to play for Buffalo, Jets, Jaguars, or Chiefs.

  5. claymatthewshairplugs says: Feb 13, 2013 6:57 PM

    Damn at first I thought the Raiders had traded for G-Reg but it looks like it’s a different Greg Olsen.

  6. rayguyreturns says: Feb 13, 2013 7:26 PM

    “Ols(o)n does in Oakland, which might be why he also said he wasn’t “naive enough” to think all the problems on offense stemmed from former coordinator Greg Knapp’s system.”
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    No, but about 75% of the problems had to do with Knapp

  7. raiderapologist says: Feb 13, 2013 7:30 PM

    elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 13, 2013 6:30 PM

    osu QB’s have never amounted to anything in the NFL……
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    It’s not the Cradle of Quarterbacks, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. However, Olsen is full of crap. Jackson had most of the same players in 2011 that Knapp had last year, and did a lot more with them.

  8. bigblu73 says: Feb 13, 2013 7:41 PM

    Pryor while at OSU sure could deliver that deep ball!!!

  9. cowboysallday says: Feb 13, 2013 7:47 PM

    They should start Pryor and run the pistol read option offense that everyone is starting to run

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 8:34 PM

    Pryor going to be huge in the league. He has Griffin’s speed in Newton’s body. The passing will come.

  11. slickster35 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:31 AM

    I hope Pryor starts for years to come.

    There’s really no point in trying to be good after all the fail. The same 50 fans will keep showing up for the games anyway, until they shoot each other.

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