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Dennis Allen on Pryor’s agent: Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard

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After Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced that Terrelle Pryor would start at quarterback in Week 17, Pryor’s agent Jerome Stanley delivered a negative take on the news.

“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley said. “That’s what I think Coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation.  I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous.”

It didn’t take long for Pryor to apologize for Stanley’s comments on Monday and said Tuesday that what Stanley alleged about Allen’s motivation never crossed his mind. Allen was also asked about Stanley’s comments and he didn’t hold his fire.

“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. This isn’t the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. This is football,” Allen said, via Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area.

Allen also said that he spoke to Pryor shortly after Stanley’s comments and said this was a time when you have to separate the player from the agent. Pryor said it was awkward at first, but all was well after speaking to Allen.

The Raiders are riding a five-game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the Broncos and a sixth straight loss isn’t going to do anything to help Allen’s chances of making it to a third year as the Raiders coach. Given that backdrop, we’re inclined to agree with his take on a suggestion that he was trying to sabotage Pryor rather than make a quarterback change in hopes of sparking his team to victory.

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50 Responses to “Dennis Allen on Pryor’s agent: Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”
  1. jredshoes says: Dec 24, 2013 5:15 PM

    The Raiders being dysfunctional is new on so many levels we will need time to get used to it

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 24, 2013 5:17 PM

    Let’s Be Honest… as a professional… Terrelle Pryor (Go Bucks!) has achieved more than I ever thought he would… but… he isn’t very good.

    That said… Matt McGown isn’t very good.

    THAT SAID… Oakland’s receivers (streeter/moore/holmes/rivera/ suck gigantic balls.

  3. jikkle49 says: Dec 24, 2013 5:21 PM

    Well Stanley how about instead of making excuses for your client you tell him to perform well so the coach’s apparent “sabotage” completely backfires on him.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 24, 2013 5:21 PM

    “Good luck and God speed out there Terrelle, and don’t come back without Teddy Bridgewater.”.

  5. badmoonrison says: Dec 24, 2013 5:27 PM

    Terrell Pryor’s agent has no PR skills whatsoever. Guess he missed that class at Agent School. If I were pryor, I would fire the agent IMMEDIATELY. Im sure every agent in the NFL has been calling Pryor like crazy. What a stupid agent. Keep your mouth shut!! Youre hurting your client, dummy! If you have to vent, vent to your psychologist, wife or mom. Seriously.

  6. osubrndn says: Dec 24, 2013 5:28 PM

    it’s still so weird to think that the raiders passed on the most athletic wr ever in calvin johnson, and passed on a multiple blietnikoff award winner in crabtree. ..both seemed like such obvious raider decisions

  7. raiderapologist says: Dec 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Dec 24, 2013 5:17 PM

    That said… Matt McGown isn’t very good.

    THAT SAID… Oakland’s receivers (streeter/moore/holmes/rivera/ suck gigantic balls.
    —————
    McGloin isn’t very good, but then again, he’s an undrafted rookie, so it’s not surprising. Streater and Holmes are actually not that sucky, and for a no-block, 6th round TE, Rivera is actually pretty good. Moore has his moments, but is wildly inconsistent, and Ford does suck gigantic balls.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Dec 24, 2013 5:32 PM

    Allen mentions Real Housewives and Harbaugh mentions Judge Judy. I like these guys.

  9. majormeatcurtains says: Dec 24, 2013 5:38 PM

    Hold still. Let me touch your temples…..yes…yes … Al LIVES! His legacy is secure haters! Oakland IS the Raiders. Poor fookers.

  10. mrcosio says: Dec 24, 2013 5:47 PM

    Good to see Dennis Allen get fired up for once

  11. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 5:49 PM

    The fact is the Raiders haven’t drafted and successfully developed a QB since Ken Stabler. That track record and recent history suggest if Pryor is going to become a starting NFL QB it won’t be in Oakland.

  12. dougydougdoug says: Dec 24, 2013 5:54 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Dec 24, 2013 5:17 PM

    Let’s Be Honest… as a professional… Terrelle Pryor (Go Bucks!) has achieved more than I ever thought he would… but… he isn’t very good.

    That said… Matt McGown isn’t very good.

    THAT SAID… Oakland’s receivers (streeter/moore/holmes/rivera/ suck gigantic balls.

    – – –

    You know, you’re incorrect. Their receivers wouldn’t suck balls, because they’d drop them first…

  13. gquesen says: Dec 24, 2013 5:55 PM

    You clearly don’t pay enough attention. Holmes has a lot of potential. Rivera is a rookie that has played well considering the quarterback situation. I’m not saying I’m a genius here, I just think most fans automatically say any Raider sucks just because they’re Raiders.

  14. mountme says: Dec 24, 2013 6:01 PM

    Dennis Allen basically said that he has no faith in Terrelle Pryor to perform as an NFL quarterback on Sunday. Regardless of the context, a quarterback should be excited and prepared to play football at their highest level possible whenever their called upon (from a fan’s perspective). The story I see here is the person who represents a players best interests realizes that his client sucks and will fail Sunday, and is already making excuses for him. Pryor should fire this agent immediately to find someone with a shred of confidence in him.

  15. jjb0811 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:02 PM

    Thought it was a good coach/Gm change a couple years back. the only thing they have to show for it is clean books. Other than that bad wiffs on QB’s and the rest of the draft.

  16. troy51 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:06 PM

    The world is now all about saying the right thing. Well, I would rather go with the truth. Dennis Allen is starting Terrelle Pryor for two reasons: 1) He is trying to save his job in hopes that TP has a poor performance. This would justify going with Matt. 2) By starting Pryor, there will be more butts in the seats for the final game. Let’s keep it real, Dennis Allen was a good assistant, but is a poor head coach. Reggie McKenzie was a good understudy in Greenbay, but has sealed his fate by going with his guys, i.e. Dennis Allen v. Hue Jackson, Matt Flynn v. Terrelle Pryor, DJ Hayden v. Star L.,…Fire these fools and let us chant, “Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie!!!

  17. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    Actually the stupidest thing Dennis Allen ever heard was Reggie McKenzie say “you’re hired!”

  18. troy51 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    Chuckie!!!

  19. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 6:13 PM

    The second stupidest thing Dennis Allen heard was Gregg Knapp say ” I know how to get the most out of Darren McFadden and I have the track record to prove it!”

  20. bert1913 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:20 PM

    sounds to me that Terrelle’s “agent” is a relative or close family friend

  21. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 6:20 PM

    The third stupidest thing Dennis Allen ever heard was Mark Davis say ” I know you dig my look. Here’s my barbers number be sure to tell him I sent you”

  22. shuttaman1990 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:21 PM

    greg2geez says:
    Dec 24, 2013 6:13 PM
    The second stupidest thing Dennis Allen heard was Gregg Knapp say ” I know how to get the most out of Darren McFadden and I have the track record to prove it!”
    —————————————-
    Exactly, still can’t believe how he allowed Knapp to put in this mind boggling scheme that did not work on mcfadden in the first place wow.

    Anyways Allen has always been coy about who was going to start QB, why declare it on a monday to let the broncos prepare? Why won’t he use the element of surprise? He wants to give the broncos the edge?
    Oh I forgot he’s an ex bronco!

  23. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 6:24 PM

    The fourth stupidest thing Dennis Allen ever heard was Matt Flynn say ” I won’t let you down Coach!”

  24. nflfolly says: Dec 24, 2013 6:27 PM

    Fire McKenzie .Christmas present for the Raider fans Mark Davis!

  25. greg2geez says: Dec 24, 2013 6:29 PM

    The fifth stupidest thing Dennis Allen ever heard was Sebastian Janikowski say “be sure to line me up on the left hash mark”

  26. kwgator says: Dec 24, 2013 6:34 PM

    Terrelle Pryor has already sold his Sunday Jersey

  27. kenstabler says: Dec 24, 2013 6:53 PM

    Pryor’s agent is totally afraid his client will bomb against a very good Bronco team, and there is a very good possibility of this, because he is not very good.

    Teams play Pryor trying to force him left, or up in the pocket. They know he is only dangerous moving or rolling to his right. He gets nervous feet to his left, and wants to roll (spin) around back right to make a play, but spins to the rush from the right. He is way to predictable.

    McGloin looks poised and can run left, right or step up in the pocket. Yea, I hear the noise, but look at Troy Aikman’s first year with the cowboys. What a terrible O-line, terrible team (like the current raiders). The boys went 1-15. Aikman was the #1 pick, McGloin is a walk on. If the Cowboys had written off Aikman after the first year they would not be in the history books. I say give the walk on a little slack, he has something and just needs a better surrounding cast and time.

  28. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    The stupidest thing I ever heard is local media, and Dennis Allen coming up with excuses talking about they’re playing with Undrafted Free Agents.

    Shanahan won Superbowls with

    Rod Smith Wr – Undrafted Free Agent
    Terrell Davis RB – 6th round pick
    Shannon Sharpe TE – 7th round draft choice.
    Ed McCaffrey WR – was almost out of football.

    Good coaches develop talent and make good draft classes…it’s not a crap shoot. It’s a crap shoot when you’re a coach with no vision.

  29. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:07 PM

    First of all, Denver’s defense is not even that good. Secondly, the agent is insane to think that it would be better to not play this game. Players get noticed by playing well against teams, not by sitting on the bench. Yes it would probably be easier for Pryor to look good against a bad team…but it is not like this was his only chance this year.

  30. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:10 PM

    That Raiders tattoo was a removable right?

  31. leagueobservr says: Dec 24, 2013 7:35 PM

    Way to show confidence in the ability of your client, Mr. Agent!

  32. silvernblak says: Dec 24, 2013 7:57 PM

    what’s funny is that DA knows Housewives. Maybe if he was coaching instead of creating his own reality show we would not be 4-11….again! I think we need to Jamarcus Russell his ass!

  33. thethunderofgunns says: Dec 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    Jerome Stanley’s latest tweet: ‘Can’t understand why no one wants me as their agent nor why I am flipping burgers. smh #idontgetit’.

    As a Raiders fan I’m hoping DA is putting those burgers in a bag next to him and Gruden comes back. :)

  34. idpfantasyfootball says: Dec 24, 2013 8:06 PM

    Pryor had a 112.4 QB Rating in his last game vs DEN (1 TD, 0 INTs).

    Denver’s defense sucks and just got worse with Von Miller going out.

    Manning’s ability to pick apart the Raiders defense is what will decide the game. If Charles Woodson and crew can make a few plays, the Raiders will have a chance to win with Pryor at QB.

    I am with Allen on this one. McGloin has gone backwards the last few weeks in his development. Really, he peaked in first game against Houston. Pryor gives this team the best chance to win this game.

  35. deathspiralx says: Dec 24, 2013 8:28 PM

    I watched all of Pryor’s games. He had had a rapid improvement then flatlined.

    McGloin played very well for a game or two then didn’t do much. McGloin certainly has played poorly enough for a benching.

    What Pryor has is another opportunity to start in the NFL. Those are few and precious opportunities.

    How is getting a start and a chance to prove yourself a setup for failure?? Come on. Would the agent have rather not had the start??

    Damn it , if you are Pryor and think you belong, then SHOW US THAT YOU DO.

  36. dannymac17 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:37 PM

    any sign of joetoronto guys?

    i told you he would vanish as soon as the raiders lost in “south oakland”

    what a joke.

  37. aldavis4president says: Dec 24, 2013 11:00 PM

    Keep building through the draft. Were playing with a bunch of 5,6,7th rounders and undrafted players. Take clowney to pair him up with Houston and build a DEFENCE. We have cap room to invest in a part time qb like cutler, locker, schaub etc until we find our guy. just my 2cents. GO RAIDER NATION!!

  38. cuda1234 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:02 PM

    If that’s the supidest thing he’s ever heard, he’s never heard Tebowmaniacs. (But he still has a chance, right?)

  39. dereck72 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:21 PM

    Not for nothing, but Madden wouldn’t know what the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was. Let alone refer to it in an interview…explains a lot.

  40. drummer1279 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:31 AM

    Pryor never should have been benched so long. Once healthy he should have had the chance at starting again. McGloin’s only really good game was being spotted at the opponents 16 yard line twice, in which he scored. A few decent drive’s here and there, but also the terrible turnovers deep in Raider land, and easy points given up.

    Pryor can atleast move the ball down the field, and his struggles with turnovers mostly come when deep in the oppenents field, when it is a short field. It’s absurd to KEEP throwing picks when you have 80 yards or more to go as McGloin does. The defense get’s little rest, and they are bad enough late in games with some rest. They are doomed with so little. Pryor may not be the answer, but I’m certain Mcgloin is not. A backup at best, that can win a game if the defense makes plays and saves him from himself.

  41. benh999 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:03 AM

    So he would prefer his client sits on the bench?

  42. discosucs2005 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:51 AM

    Pretty sure the NFL features way more story lines than any reality show. In fact, the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders alone have been more interesting than any fabricated tv drama.

  43. floratiotime says: Dec 25, 2013 5:07 AM

    Shanahan won Superbowls with …

    John Elway and a bunch of other guys.

  44. ajgreenhof says: Dec 25, 2013 8:46 AM

    Week 17, HC job on the line and QB job on the line.

    The Gloves are coming off.

  45. hooterdawg says: Dec 25, 2013 9:00 AM

    “Good to see Dennis Allen get fired up for once.”

    Fired up right before getting fired. And he knows it.

  46. dubblelznhell says: Dec 25, 2013 8:28 PM

    Actually the NFL is becoming The Real House Wives of Beverly Hills with all the softening of the game going on lately…..

  47. hilfan2 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    Unbelievable these knuckleheads bashing Allen as a poor coach. The issue is not Allen. It is that the Raiders have no talent. They do not have one legitimate star. They have no one in the skill positions. I am not an Allen fan, and actually questioned why he was hired in the first place. But to be honest, they have improved over last year without a legitimate quarterback, a running back who only plays part time and no talent at the wideouts. Their defense is solid at times, but unspectacular and is not deep enough to keep them in games while the offense struggles to score. They need to build the lines and add skill players. Then if they do not perform, we will talk about coaching.

  48. araidersfan says: Dec 26, 2013 6:49 PM

    This drama make too much difference in the grand scheme of things as there’s a good chance that BOTH Allen and Pryor won’t be with the Raiders in 2014.

    (although in fairness to Allen he didn’t have much to work with given the roster he was dealt)

  49. dougydougdoug says: Dec 26, 2013 7:37 PM

    hilfan2 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    Unbelievable these knuckleheads bashing Allen as a poor coach. The issue is not Allen. It is that the Raiders have no talent. They do not have one legitimate star. They have no one in the skill positions. I am not an Allen fan, and actually questioned why he was hired in the first place. But to be honest, they have improved over last year without a legitimate quarterback, a running back who only plays part time and no talent at the wideouts. Their defense is solid at times, but unspectacular and is not deep enough to keep them in games while the offense struggles to score. They need to build the lines and add skill players. Then if they do not perform, we will talk about coaching.

    – – –

    Not to state the obvious, but even IF the Raiders beat the Donkeys this Sunday, they will have only matched their record from last season. So, no, they have not improved. Any dynamic you argue in favor, is largely nothing more than fan opinion. What really matters, are results, and they’re simply not getting those.

  50. radrntn says: Dec 28, 2013 10:22 PM

    No doubt in my opinion that coach Allen has tried to pump up mcgloin every week with some obscure stats that deflects the real fact that mcgloin really is not all that good. With that said I have no doubt that coach Allen prefers mcgloin over pryor, which has me wondering why he is a head coach

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