Report: Pryor will start for Raiders


Well, that was fast.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that he won’t disclose his starting quarterback until Sunday.  It’s Monday night, and Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Terrelle Pryor will start over Matt Flynn when the Raiders play the Colts on Sunday.

Per Tafur, Allen broke the news to Pryor and Flynn on Monday morning.  One of them apparently blabbed.  In the same way that one of the players would have blabbed (and likely will blab) on Wednesday when Pryor, if the report is correct, gets most if not all of the first-team reps at practice.

If Pryor starts, it’ll be the second time in two years that Flynn entered camp as the starter and lost the job.  Last year, Flynn lost out to Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ third-round pick.  Now, Flynn will be losing his job to Terrelle Pryor, who was drafted by the Raiders with a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft.

Making the move even more stunning is that, at a time when G.M. Reggie McKenzie seems to be doing everything he can to close the door on the Al Davis regime, the Raiders will be starting at the most important position on the field the last man Davis drafted before he died.

73 responses to “Report: Pryor will start for Raiders

  1. This only proves what a idiot Mckenzie is. Signs Flynn and gets rid of Palmer. And like I said Flynn would flop. Counting the days till the Raiders get a real GM. Packers must have been doing cart wheels and high fives when they got him out of their organisation. Plus his drafting of Qb Wilson another flop.Bringing in the west coast offense his first year a disaster.

  2. As a person, I love Pryor. he’s displayed a strong work ethic since he’s arrived. As a player, I know he still has some things to work on. But he’s the first one to admit that. I don’t know yet if he’s the QB of the future, but he definitely deserves a shot and he’s getting it. For my raider’s sake, I hope he can seize it.

  3. Imagine Davis shows up in Pryor’s room one night… hovering above his bed. Clearly states he better save his franchise or he will haunt him forever? I’d be spooked.

  4. Time to shine T.P.
    Time to shine.
    You have the skills. Now show em’ you have the leadership skills.
    Good Luck and Best Wishes.Buckeye Nation may have abandoned you… but I’m a PA. boy who says otherwise.
    If not now… when?

  5. I hope this is true. Pryor put in the work and its paid off. I hope they give him a fair chance to progress during the season. Pryor just needs to cut down on the mental mistakes. If nothings there throw the ball away or take the sack, live to play another down. Go RAIDERS!

  6. To be fair to Flynn he didn’t lose the QB battle as much as he lost the “run for your life offense” battle

  7. Said it before and I’ll say it again.

    Flynn had one monster game in GB and it resulted in him getting signed by two teams.

    I could retire on just his bonus money.

    And the cherry on top was that his own coach didn’t even try to sign him when he left GB. Should have been a huge red flag to these teams but hey, they’re the smart ones…….right?

  8. Not sure its an indictment of Flynn he couldn’t beat out Rodgers, Wilson and now Pryor, maybe that’s says more about Pryor than it does Flynn.

    Who knows maybe the late great patriarch Al Davis had one last bit of magic left to give the Silver and Black, maybe Terrell Pryor is his Redemption Song.

  9. This probably has more to do with Flynn’s sore arm than Pryor’s performance. Flynn will be starting by week 5.

  10. Their Seahawks’ style plan of bringing in Matt Flynn and then drafting a rookie named Wilson to start completely backfired. With management completely out of idea’s they drew the starting QB name out of a hat.

  11. Prior only looked good because he was able to ESCAPE from that poor and I do mean poor O-line. His throws weren’t great at all and he didn’t show that he had command in the pocket..when there was one (almost never).

    Flynn never had time either in the pocket, but oh well. McKenzie is throwing him to the wolves, literally. That Oline is going to kill him.

  12. Al Davis was trying hard to move up in the 2nd rd. to draft Kaepernick before the Niners traded up to land him. So he then selected Pryor in the supplemental draft. Al clearly saw the Randal-Cunningham-like potential in these two big mobile QB.

  13. This is good news.

    When the alternative is noodle-arm Flynn then you have to make the choice to take a risk on the guy with the upside.

    I just hope they give him an actual chance and don’t pull him after a bad game or two – because he will have bad games. If he’s the guy we need to be patient and ride the mistakes to see some improvement.

  14. I have been following closely and hope TP becomes a huge success—I think he can and will do it –certainly is as physically gifted as almost anyone in the league.

  15. This isn’t a knock on Pryor deserving this. I’m 100% in his corner for this season and I’m hoping he proves something…but what choice has Flynn really given the Seahawks and Raiders? They had/have to be looking at the situation and realizing that his arm couldn’t make it through camp and very limited time in preseason action…how long is it really gonna last in full games and live bullets? This is not a wierd occurance anymore. This is now 2 years in a row.

    I think Flynn and McElroy should go find a high school team to coach up and we’ll see em in a few years.

  16. Love the move… Maybe he isnt the best QB ever, but he’s the best theyve had on the roster for the last 2 years… Yep, I said it… 2 years!!

    For those who think that TP cant pass, did you watch Palmer last year? Not only did he underthrow passes and make bad decisions, but there was NO way he was extending plays with his feet!

    Who needs passing anyway when you have DMAC and a QB that can run like Pryor…

  17. Matt Flynn must really be terrible. Now we all know, that Green Bay game where Flynn threw 6 td’s was truly a fluke. He just got beaten out by a QB that can’t throw the ball. Damn shame.

  18. News Flash!

    Running, scrambling QB have never been successful in NFL. They usually get hurt and don’t last very long. Trading your body for a couple of yards doesn’t work for too long.

  19. “nflfolly says:
    Sep 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    This only proves what a idiot Mckenzie is. Signs Flynn and gets rid of Palmer. And like I said Flynn would flop.”


    You’re obviously the genius of football.

    So how come you’re not running that operation in Oakland?

  20. Those of you saying he can’t throw haven’t watched him play this preseason. He’s getting better and threw the ball pretty well against Seattle, if only the receivers could catch and hold onto the ball. TP gives the Nation something to be excited about, and lord that’s in short supply in Oaktown right now.

  21. Good luck to the Indy defense in stopping him, he’s faster than anyone on their team and Watson is looking stout at LT in Veldeheer’s absence. Fork the haters. Surprises are coming. The secondary is looking great and Pat Sims, Vance Walker and company are healthy now. Big surprises for haters coming.

  22. The mobile QB is the flavor of the month. After one of these ‘mobile’ QB’s is ‘immobilized’-

    back to the big drop back QB who can read the field and not have to force anything or at least dance out of the way of the blitz. Its the circle of life in the NFL.

  23. The train wreck that is the Joakland Raiders keeps chugging down the track to Fail City.



  24. Have watched the Raiders for years make one dumbarse move after another. Davis wants to move the team and hired RM to make sure it happens by fielding the absolute worst team. Say hello to the Idaho Raiders A Commitment To ExLax

  25. Colts can stack the box all they want, doesn’t mean they can tackle Run DMC. The Colts D is nothing to brag about.

  26. Flynn has looked awful. Pryor is at least interesting to watch.

    Raiders fans. Brace yourselves. It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

  27. lewiscafarella says:
    Sep 2, 2013 11:52 PM
    Well it seems Matt Flynn’s career is over. Poor guy, can’t catch a break.

    He’s caught a couple breaks now… and hasn’t seized the opportunity

    And for all of you out there that already know that Pryor is a bust having never seen how he’ll handle leading an NFL team, congratulations on your superpower of looking into the future. I personally would have picked flying or the ability to turn invisible…

  28. Worst starting O-line in the NFL made Flynn look bad compared to slightly better backup O-line vs. other teams’ backups making Pryor look slightly better than Flynn.

    Can’t blame a pocket passer when his line pretty much never gives him time to throw. Dumb coaches — dumb decisions.

  29. I think I would be feeling pretty uneasy if I were a Raiders’ fan. There are precious few instances in the past, where a muddled QB competition has turned into a shining franchise star.

    I hate to say it, because he’s kind of a whiny bum, but the Raiders should have just stayed with Palmer for this year, despite the money that would have entailed. Then they could have spent time looking for a real future QB. Instead, they’re stuck playing games with guys who are (obviously) not starting material, and investing their time and energy in that endeavor.

    If there is any doubt about why the Raiders and Chiefs (speaking about the AFC West) have been so dreadful in the past decade, all one needs to do is look at the revolving door which has been the QB position for each team. Really, tough going.

  30. When a quarterback warrants comments like “interesting to watch” it’s time to start planning for a long, miserable season!

  31. Anyone who says Pryor is the second coming of Tebow or is the worst passer in the NFL clearly didn’t spend 3 years watching JaMarcus Russell bounce 5 yard swing passes at his receivers feet.

    Russell had the big arm, but he had NO idea where it was going and couldn’t have cared less about getting better. Pryor has some mechanical issues, but unlike Russell, he’s doggedly determined to improve those mechanics.

    Anyone who has watched his throwing progression from Ohio State to last year’s preseason, to his start at the end of last season, to this preseason, can CLEARLY see the improvements in not only his mechanics, but his decision making as well.

    He’s still not all the way there. But in a little over two years, he’s improved himself from being a guy that was talked about as a wide receiver, to the #2 QB by the end of last season, to opening this season as the #1 guy.

    That’s clear progress, and indisputable proof of his work ethic. He’s still young, still working hard, and still improving. No, he’s still not quite ready, but he’s not that far off either. If the Raiders leave him alone and let him play (and he doesn’t get killed behind that AWFUL O-line) he’ll be a dramatically better QB in Game 16 than he will be in Game 1 – maybe good enough to be the future of the franchise.

    We’ll see.

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