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.