Should Terrelle Pryor be starting? There seem to be some doubters
The Oakland Raiders begin a new era this Sunday with polarizing third-year pro Terrelle Pryor taking the helm at quarterback. Of course, the last thing the rebuilding Raiders need is drama and controversy clouding the start of this new era. So naturally there would already be whispers among the organization that he shouldn’t be the quarterback starting week one against the Indianapolis Colts. This speaks volumes about what the inside members of the Raiders organization think about the former Ohio State quarterback, seeing that the other quarterbacks on the team have been dreadful.
Matt Flynn was brought in to take over the starting position, but just like last year in Seattle with Russell Wilson, he once again lost his job to a younger, more mobile player. In case you forgot, Pryor was the last player ever drafted by the late Al Davis. I don’t consider myself a football genius by any stretch of the imagination, but am I crazy for thinking the Raiders should have tried this experiment out last year when they finished up the season 3-13? I guess to be fair, coach Dennis Allen did give Pryor a shot to play on the last day of the season against the San Diego Chargers, in which he did play pretty well.
During a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access,” NFL.com’s Michael Silver said there’s “a lot of skepticism” about Pryor being the starting quarterback in Oakland. According to Silver, Pryor has an ally in owner Mark Davis, who would like to see what the third-year pro can do.
Pryor won the starting job almost by default. Matt Flynn was unimpressive before being sidelined by another elbow injury. Rookie Tyler Wilson stumbled all the way to the practice squad. Rookie Matt McGloin isn’t an option.
Or is he? According to Silver, there are voices in the organization who believe McGloin gives the Raiders the best chance to win.
Get ready for another exciting year in Raider land!