Terrelle Pryor wants the blame for Sunday’s loss

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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.

31 responses to “Terrelle Pryor wants the blame for Sunday’s loss

  1. For sure he made some bad decisions and mistakes. But KC has a heck of a defensive line which absolutely blew up the Raiders offense. Great to hear that kid cares so much about winning.. the foundation of all great teams is accountability. For the 1st time in over a decade it looks like the Raiders are a team again.

  2. Although he never stood a chance behind one of the worst lines you will ever see in an intimidating environment, one thing that worried me was his “We’ll get the playoffs” comment- you want to see confidence, but not myopia – they’ll need help on the o-line as they lost two good tackles in Veldheer and Menlik Watson – its critical that he take the next step, because the process starts ALL OVER AGAIN if they go QB in the draft.

    The league needs exciting young players as Bradford and a others are regressing a bit.

  3. He says all the right things and seems to be genuine.

    True progress can only begin if the Raiders slap the steelers around at Oakland in week 8. The steelers are down and it’s a game the Raiders can not lose if they hope to keep the ship righted.

    Go Raiders

  4. Nice to take honus on the loss but stop talking and get better.

    No need to elaborate one or two small sentences will speak volumes.

  5. Pryor’s experience leaving OSU and having to go through the NFL through the supplemental draft was truly a humbling experience, where so few have made a career. I’m glad that he has shown the maturity in sharing the blame and not throwing his teammates under the bus.

  6. He’s playing behind arguably the worst o-line in the league. There are guys on the line playing positions they’ve never played before.
    TP2 was off his game, the pick he threw off his back foot was inexcusable – the next 2 weeks will be critical in his development and we will learn a lot about him.

  7. At Ohio State, scouts said he struggled with accuracy, decision-making, and reading a defense.

    Four years later, he’s struggling with accuracy, decision-making, and reading a D.

    Kid works hard but doesn’t have a history higher than this to climb to.

  8. I love this kid’s attitude and leadership. If I were his teammate I would be rallying behind him big time and I wouldn’t want to let him down by messing up. Honestly it’s harder in my opinion to find a QB who is a truly good leader vs finding one with physical skills. Pryor looks like he could have both.

  9. We all know what Pryor is doing here. Exactly what he should be regardless of how obvious the reason was this sunday.

    That said…Wiz & Veldheer are needed DESPERATELY!!! Watson getting healthy and being effective would be great but we need at least Wiz after the bye. I believe with protection Pryor can eat up Pittsburgh, New York G and Philly and by then We’ll know about Veldheer.

    Just come out of the bye ready to play and I believe our D and Pryor can get us to 5-4 and well on our way to a healthy team.

  10. I’m not one for excuses, but man our O Line is decimated, no running game, receivers are…meh.

    I just blame Terrell Pryor for not being able to make fire out of sticks. If he was able to block for himself and throw to himself we might have been able to win.

  11. Considering who the Oakland Raiders have used for quarterback (Russell, etc.) in previous years, this kid has potential. He’s shown some greatness and some inexperience. You don’t get experience by sitting on the bench. I think he could go far if given a chance. It’s been a long time since my Raiders have done anything remotely great. Maybe this kid is the answer.

  12. No doubt part of the problem is the line not blocking well, but it’s also on the QB to set protections to handle the oncoming rush or to audible to different plays to take advantage of the oncoming rush. Pryor is not yet good enough to read defenses before the snap to make these crucial adjustments, but he will get better over time with more NFL experience.

  13. “Pryor called his performance “awful” after the team’s Week One loss to the Raiders despite throwing for 329 yards in a 21-17 loss.”

    So the raiders played themselves and lost? Impressive.

    Terrelle Pryor didn’t lose the game vs the chiefs, the chiefense won the game for the chiefs.

  14. Pryor is being too hard on himself. It’s not his fault the Raiders are pathetic. Look at their offensive line? Maybe the worst line in the NFL.

  15. r8rsfan is right – there can’t be many worse O-lines than the one that played most of the game against KC:

    LT: Khalif Barnes (3rd string)
    LG: Lucas Nix (2nd string, playing his sixth NFL game)
    C: Mike Brisiel (3rd string, last played centre in NFL Europe)
    RG: Lamar Mady (2nd string, undrafted rookie in his second NFL game)
    RT: Matt McCants (4th string, playing his fifth NFL game)

    And it’s not as if he has talented / experienced receivers who get open quickly and catch reliably to make it easy for him:

    WR: Rod Streater, 2nd year undrafted player
    WR: Denarius Moore, 3rd year 5th round pick
    WR: Brice Butler, rookie 7th round pick
    TE: Jeron Mastrud, journeyman blocking TE
    TE: Mychael Rivera, rookie 6th round pick

    Total career receptions for those five players: 185

    And McFadden definitely looks to have lost a step to me. He just doesn’t hit the hole with any authority any more.

    So I think it’s stretching it a bit to call the talent around Pryor “middling”. The only talented player left around Pryor right now is Marcel Reece.

  16. I am always suspicious of QBs that take all the blame for a loss. It seems to be a subtle way of deflecting criticism. RGIII did the same thing recently and everybody was too polite to agree with him. Maybe Matt Schaub ought to try it. Nothing else is working. Pretty soon the fans will be bringing torches and pitchforks to the games.

  17. He was clearly overwhelmed but I have to say, I’m disappointed in Olson’s play calling just as much.

    Don’t ask the kid, or anybody else, to drop back on 3rd and 48.

    Either screen it or draw it, that’s it.


  18. LOVE the RAIDERS!! Don’t like Pryor, not even a little bit!! I want a real QB, not this BS, a running back trying to be a NFL QB! You can play this BS in college, but not as a PRO. The fad will die, and so will the QB’s that play this game. NFL too Big, too Fast, etc…. They will get crushed! Did you watch Pryor, one drive he was OK! After how many years on roster!!! NO EXCUSE! He does not have it!!!!!!!

  19. With Pryor, the Raiders have far exceeded my expectations for 2013-14. I originally lumped them in with the likes of the Jags. I’m not a Raider fan, but appreciate their history. Good to see a decent Raider football team take the field again.

  20. Pryor has a lot of growing to do as a QB. Keep in mind, he’s only started 5 games now in his NFL career. Also keep in mind the offense he ran in college vs. what the Raiders (or any other NFL team for that matter) are asking of him. It’s night and day.

    That being said, Bill Pollian on ESPN last week said that Pryor has made the biggest strides of any player he can recall in one off season. He is determined to be a great QB in the NFL. It is just going to take some time.

    As for the o-line, I am not sure I have ever seen a poorer performance once Pashos and Gurode went down. 2 rookie FA fill-ins just can’t cut it.

    Give Pryor some weapons and a capable o-line and I think he will continue to progress. Bring on the bye week and get healthy!

  21. Kid is a major project. and won’t last long running around like that.

    A good defense exposed all of his inefficiencies. And there are too many to name here.

    #4 QB within the division isn’t good enough, and probably never will be.

    PS: Yes, even Alex Smith is considerably better.

  22. slick50ks says: Oct 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Kid is a major project. and won’t last long running around like that.

    A good defense exposed all of his inefficiencies. And there are too many to name here.

    #4 QB within the division isn’t good enough, and probably never will be.

    PS: Yes, even Alex Smith is considerably better.
    Smith is in his 8th season. Pryor hasn’t even started that many games, and his line is absolute garbage, especially in the last game. And he still had better numbers than Smith.

  23. Forget the Chiefs game….

    Pryor is ranked 30th in the NFL in TDs, 27th in yards, and has only 5 TDs in 5 starts including vs the Jaguars and the Broncos 32nd-ranked pass D.

    Meanwhile guys like Thaddeus Lewis and Brian Hoyer step into non-juggernaut teams but somehow put up multiple TDs in their games.

    I’m a Raider fan, but Pryor can’t read a D, can’t slide protection correctly, can’t get plays inside the 25-second clock, forgets he can throw the ball out of bounds instead of taking a 5-yard sideline sack…

    And all this after 100+ NFL practices.

  24. sorry but a lot of you have me scratching my head….lets get real for a minute every and any logical raider fan put a fork in the raiders before this season even started. Most of the talk was if we were going to take bridgewater or clowney with the first over all pick. I mean after all Reggie got some dynamite a blew the team up. We are currently paying almost the same amount in dead space as we are in active contracts.

    Then all of a sudden we go to Indy, and everybody said we could of, should of would of etc…won that game…Hey we might win some….My point is without Terrell Pryor this team would be terrible….the o-line sucks, I mean after all we are talking about 2nd, and 3rd stringers, and guus fresh off the practice squad…i mean Briesiel at center…really?.

    Everybody ripping on DMC saying he is not hitting the hole with the same speed etc…..please tell me what hole…this o-line can not create a hole or block. I would love to see this team with a healthy o-line and then see what DMC and TP can do….I am telling you now best thing the raiders can do this off season is sign Alex Mack. Move Wiz to left guard. Also no way does Mike Briesiel deserve to be the second highest paid Raider next year…Cut him and his 5 million cap hit. O-line next year should be Velhdeer, Wiz, Mack, Bergstrom, and Watson.

  25. The Raider offensive line (OL) is one of the worst OL in the NFL and has been since the Raiders were last in the playoffs. The battles have to won on the line of scrimmage first. Terrell Pryor can be a very good NFL QB if he can get a run game to take the pressure off the passing game and get enough pass protection to develop his pocket skills. Reggie McKenzie failed to address the talent on the OL this last draft when a bad OL has been the very reason the Raiders have been the laughing stock of the NFL since their last playoff appearance. McKenzie does not know talent by the his failure to address the talent issues this last draft and he should be fired!

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