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Allen won’t name starter before Sunday

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After Thursday’s preseason finale, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he knows the name of his starting quarterback.  But Allen declined to share it with the media.

On Monday, Allen declined again.

“I’m sure all of you have your questions on who the starting quarterback is going to be and what we’re going to do there,” Allen said, via Scott Bair of  “I’m really not going to get into that for competitive reasons.  We’ve got a plan.  Unless we start out in the wildcat, we’re going to have a quarterback out there on the first snap of game, so we’ll just leave it at that.”

That’s Allen’s prerogative, but it’s unrealistic.  Once practice commences on Wednesday in advance of the season opener against the Colts, either Matt Flynn or Terrelle Pryor will get the bulk of the practice reps with the first team.  And one of the 53 players (and/or eight members of the practice squad) will blab.

Maybe Flynn and Pryor will split the reps, which would be a possible clue that Allen plans to use them both.

Regardless, we’ll all know more on Wednesday — whether Allen wants us to or not.

UPDATE 10:47 p.m. ET:  Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Pryor will start.

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20 Responses to “Allen won’t name starter before Sunday”
  1. raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2013 9:58 PM

    In related news, Andrew Luck will be starting for the Colts. Don’t tell anyone.

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 2, 2013 10:04 PM

    Must suck not having a QB.

  3. jjackwagon says: Sep 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    It’s hard to do when you don’t have one.

    But seriously, I don’t blame him. Why should he give the other team anymore time to prepare than he has too?

  4. trav19purdue says: Sep 2, 2013 10:16 PM

    Raiders are working on a deal to trade for the Florida State Freshman

  5. reggiesluck8712 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:17 PM

    bleacher report is saying its Pryor

  6. wize21 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:17 PM

    Everyone knows its Pryor
    No secrets here

  7. sicklnick121 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:19 PM

    Ok lol….. DA told you who the starting QB will be. If he said we are starting a RB then he would have given that away. But since he said QB its either Flynn or McGloin, my bet its Flynn.

  8. eatitfanboy says: Sep 2, 2013 10:33 PM

    Glazer just tweeted that it’s Pryor

  9. addict2sport says: Sep 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Numerous reports on Twitter saying Pryor starting. So much for the secret.

  10. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:41 PM

    Didn’t Eric Mangini do this a few years ago to try to throw his opponents off, only to get smoked in the season opener?

  11. smoothrollers says: Sep 2, 2013 10:41 PM

    Will it make a difference?

  12. burm61 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:47 PM

    Tebow to the Black Hole? Run with it Mothership!

  13. wgray981 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:50 PM

    Jets and Raiders are doomed this year…QB is the most important position in the game and you will never make it to the playoffs with bad QB play, even if your other positions are good.

  14. calicokiller49 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    Clownin for clowney.

  15. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 2, 2013 11:47 PM

    Should have trolled everyone by saying JaMarcus Russell is the starter.

  16. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 3, 2013 7:59 AM

    3-13 may be generous for this dumpster fire.

  17. 1captain1 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Mark Davis tells Little Allen and Spudz that PRYOR is the starter!

  18. lagg1 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    I admire Allen’s courage to want to coach the Raiders but in all fairness at this stage in the franchise’s history it is almost impossible to create a winner.

  19. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Sep 3, 2013 12:15 PM

    I’ll name the QB for him. Sucker who gonna get kilt by da COLTS ya’ll!!!!!!!

  20. mickmars says: Sep 3, 2013 12:31 PM

    They secretly signed Kenny Stabler and don’t want to let the cat out of the bag….l

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