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Terrelle Pryor to start Raiders’ regular-season finale

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Terrelle Pryor is once again the starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.

Coach Dennis Allen announced today that Pryor, who opened the season as the Raiders’ starter but was benched for Matt McGloin, will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Broncos.

Allen said the decision wasn’t a reflection of disappointment in McGloin as much as it was a desire to see what Pryor could do.

What we don’t know is whether this decision has anything to do with the recent talk of unrest in Oakland, where Allen is thought to be on the hot seat. Perhaps Allen thinks that if Pryor shows in Week 17 that he’s making progress in his development as a pro passer, it could help save Allen’s own job.

Pryor started eight of the first nine games this season, while McGloin has started the last six (Matt Flynn started one game for the Raiders).

Pryor has completed 135 of 234 passes for 1,591 yards, with five touchdowns and 11 interceptions, for a passer rating of 66.0. Pryor also added 527 rushing yards. McGloin has completed 118 of 211 passes for 1,547 with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, for a passer rating of 76.1. McGloin has just 27 rushing yards.

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40 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor to start Raiders’ regular-season finale”
  1. h3min1230 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    Switch him to WR. He’d top 1200 yards, easily.

  2. f1restarter says: Dec 23, 2013 4:35 PM

    Flynn > Pryor.

  3. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    D.A. only did this so his team could move up in the draft order.

    Pryor can’t throw.

  4. jayr92 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    I hope he has the best game in his young carrer and allen gets fired the next day

  5. raider8er says: Dec 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    Why the heck not.

    McGloin has proven he can be a good backup in this league. Not bad for an undersized, undrafted rookie.

    Pryor? He has looked like a better version of Tebow at best.

  6. calibear831 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:45 PM

    I had high hopes for Matt mcgloin. When will this losing end with the Raiders??! . . .with next year’s cap money we can afford to bring any Qb on board, but the market is so weak, I don’t want Matt schaub, or Josh freeman. . .I guess we’ll Draft a rookie (whom by the way don’t look all too promising. all hype imo)

  7. primenumber19 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Never should have benched in the first place, total panic move that’ll probably get allen fired.

  8. Juan says: Dec 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    Send him to the CFL where he belongs. Just another overrated Ohio State qb that fails in the NFL.

  9. JSpicoli says: Dec 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    So besides being a worse clock manager and play caller than my 9 year old on Madden, he is also wishy-washy.

    Allen must go.

  10. slick50ks says: Dec 23, 2013 5:02 PM

    Does it really matter who starts for this train wreck?

    A: no

    The decades long rebuild continues… lol.

  11. raidersfourlife says: Dec 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    I dont think our Quarterback issue is gonna be solved next year either, the only way i see that happening is if we bring Johnny Football into town, which will be GREAT, because he is the only promising quarterback out of the whole group besides bridgewater which will be gone. Carr is good physically but not much mentally decision wise which results in interceptions. Manziel brings it all to the table and would nice for him to prove every doubter wrong in an oakland raider uniform!

  12. rocoop says: Dec 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    Choo Choo

  13. greg2geez says: Dec 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    I’m glad Pryor will get 1 start behind a mostly healthy OL this year. Just to be clear, Matt Flynn was the front office and coaches golden boy and played himself off this team the Raiders were lucky Pryor had improved enough and stepped up to get them 3 wins. Pryor was never in the brass’s plan and Matt Flynn was road kill.

  14. JMClarkent says: Dec 23, 2013 5:04 PM

    It looks like Denver’s CB’s get a bye.

  15. justwinbaby29 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:07 PM

    The hope is Pryor has a big game and someone gives you a third round pick for him. McGloin will be the back-up to a 1st round QB TBD.

  16. topauthority says: Dec 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    Terrible Pryor is Tebow with a tan. Mark Davis is a damn fool if he doesn’t look to solve his qb problems in the upcoming draft.

  17. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    Why start him? We’ve seen what he’s got. If he’s contained in the pocket, he’ll run backwards and lose yardage or throw a pick. He’s only dangerous as a runner on a busted play.
    He’s not gonna scare anyone with his passing.
    I doubt he’ll be in the mix next season.

  18. gibbyfan says: Dec 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    let’s look not at the last decade but at the entire existence of the Raiders–lets go back to beginning–they do not do well at drafting a qb—last one 1/2 way decent was Stabler–that was almost 50 years ago.

  19. tfavrat says: Dec 23, 2013 5:36 PM

    Isn’t this what 4-11 teams playing for only a draft position do? After seeing what McGloin can do, you give Pryor a chance to practice and play. They will likely draft a QB next April, so why not see if Pryor can showcase his skills for a draft pick? Some people make a big deal about the obvious…

  20. boknowsvt says: Dec 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    I guess we’ll be seeing about 25-30 roll to the right plays.

  21. dougydougdoug says: Dec 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    Carson Palmer > Matt Flynn > Jason Campbell > McGroin > Gatorade jug on the bench> Terrelle Pryor

  22. raiders1995 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Anybody who thinks Allen must go is clearly an idiot. How do you expect Allen to be good when this year was suppose to be rebuilding? Everybody thought this team was going to be terrible this year and look at how many close games we were in. Give Allen one more year and if he cant get it done next year then let him go. Allen has a good draft coming and 70 mill in cap. just let him go from there

  23. nflfolly says: Dec 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    As I predicted McKenzie has been a disaster for the Raiders hopefully he will finally be fired . The Broncos will easily win it will just be a matter of much they want to embarrass a talentless team. The Raiders need a high quality GM Mark Davis start searching.

  24. dougydougdoug says: Dec 23, 2013 5:41 PM

    Sorry. 4-12. I have Raiders on the brain.

  25. mitchem85 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    You say it as if the raiders are making the playoffs. lol it’s their season finale, period

  26. jbaxt says: Dec 23, 2013 5:51 PM

    Al Davis Lives! No reasonable mind would let Palmer, Flynn, and Campbell leave when all you have is Pryor and Mygroin.

    Strive for success in 2014, or in the raiders minds, going for 7 wins

  27. lostsok says: Dec 23, 2013 6:02 PM

    And the winner of the Terrelle Pryor vs Matt McGloin showdown is…Blake Bortles.

  28. JSpicoli says: Dec 23, 2013 6:28 PM

    Watch a game and take note of the coachable things that he is missing like ingame adjustments, discipline, and clock management (the worst ive ever seen)

    And EAD

  29. radrntn says: Dec 23, 2013 7:11 PM

    I would have just kept McGloin playing so once and for all everybody knows that unless your playing the Texans, your not going to win a game

  30. packerbackernj says: Dec 23, 2013 7:51 PM

    Hard to rebuild when you have hundreds of millions of dollars in dead weight players hanging on your team. Thankfully, Reggie McKenzie has cleansed the Oakland roster of much of the dead weight. The wasted draft picks on failed trades, here’s looking at you Palmer, the cap hell of having multiple top 5 picks pre rookie wage scale, all the burden, gone. The Raiders were like an episode of Hoarders and the cleanse is finally over. Either keep Dennis Allen for another 5 years to build the team his way, or hire someone else to build it their way. Doesn’t matter. I see bright things in the future once some talent is injected into it

  31. seatownballers says: Dec 23, 2013 8:06 PM

    Raiders should draft a qb first. Keep mcgloin as a backup. Convert Pryor to a reciever. Get a new coach. Use all that free agent money to get the best defensive ends on the market.
    Oakland needs a makeover to compete in that division

  32. slick50ks says: Dec 23, 2013 8:07 PM

    No one is giving any draft picks for a guy that isn’t as good as some UDFA are.

  33. nflfolly says: Dec 23, 2013 8:16 PM

    So tired of people making excuses for McKenzie.These fans are the dumb and dumber crowd.
    McKenzie has not drafted any talent in 2 years that would be able to make any other team in the NFL. Plus his signings are abysmal. The trainwreck is readily apparent to those that don’t listen to all the lame excuses.

  34. kenstabler says: Dec 23, 2013 8:19 PM

    This is basically an audition for Pryor’s services. If he plays well, he might just generate some trade value in the draft. He would be a great backup complement to RG3 in Washington or some other read option playing team. I think it is pretty obvious the Raiders do not see him as the future of the franchise.

  35. ddmcd1974 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:34 PM

    That dougydoug comment had me Rollin. Anyway as we all know if you don’t have a line on both sides you won’t win. Mcgloin to me has shown a lot as a rook. I’d take bArr or The guy from Pitt with the 3 pick then maybe a flyer on bortles Johnny football in rd 2, as neither are goin in rd 1. Texans taking Bridgewater and that’s it for qb’s in rd 1. Teams know Famous Jamis comes next year and he is twice the prospect BRIDGEWATER is. Mariotta is also better than anyone but Bridgewater and Winston. No need risk a 1 thus year on a qb

  36. masterblaster78 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:47 PM

    Keep Allen and his assistants for one more year. If after that, then get rid of him and find a coach with experience. Tony Dungy or Chuckie would be good. Find a QB that can play football thru free agency. Cutler is a short term answer until another “Gannon” comes along. Draft a DL and OL. The draft is full of them this year. I don’t think Pryor nor McGloin is the answer, but McGloin is better than Pryor. Move Pryor to WR, great size and better fit for him. If not, use him as trade bait and see what he’s worth. My 2 cents on the matter.

  37. kenny2neworleans says: Dec 23, 2013 8:58 PM

    Just win baby!!!

  38. raidernation37 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:18 PM

    Unless the raiders are going to draft McCarron or Murray there’s no point in drafting a Qb. Pryor is gone which is fine. McHamstring is gone too which is even better. I kinda hope they draft Carlos Hyde at rb to be honest. He reminds me of a young mojo drew. I think they should hire Lovie Smith to coach this team. At worst he would put together a monster defense. At best we would go deep in the playoffs or possibly a championship.

  39. aldavis4president says: Dec 23, 2013 9:55 PM

    Trade down and get more picks. I think were a lot closer than people think. I’d like to take bortles but with all the cap space we have I wouldn’t mind signing say a, locker, cutler or even trade a late pick for cousins. Clowney, cj Moseley, or bortles if we don’t trade down. RAIDERNATION!!

  40. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 23, 2013 11:09 PM

    Actually Pryor is a much better clock manager in the real NFL than your 9 year old son is on madden. And what is your 9 year old doing playing madden? Step up and buy some games for your son instead of making him play dad’s video games.

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