Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still too early in his career to draw any broad conclusions about what kind of player he’ll be, but we can say without much hesitation that accountability isn’t going to be a problem for him.
Pryor called his performance “awful” after the team’s Week One loss to the Colts despite throwing for 329 yards in a 21-17 loss. Pryor went back to that well while talking about Sunday’s 24-7 loss to the Chiefs when he said he was “ashamed” of how he executed the team’s game plan and that the team lost the game “because of me.” He even fell on his sword when it came to the 10 sacks the Raiders allowed during the game.
“You know what?” Pryor said, via Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group. “I deserved them hits, because I didn’t get the ball out, and on one play I called the wrong protection. You make mistakes like that, you deserve to get pile-driven into the ground.”
Pryor made some bad decisions on Sunday to lead to three interceptions and the team took three delay of game penalties that he’s partially responsible for avoiding, but Pryor’s being a bit hard on himself when it comes to the sacks. He barely had time to get the ball out on several of the sacks and it’s only natural that a quarterback struggles in the face of a constant stream of pressure in the pocket.
Pryor’s shown more good than bad for the Raiders this season even before you grade on a curve accounting for injuries and middling talent around him on the offense. The fact that he isn’t content with that is another positive sign for his professional future.