In the aftermath of the Oakland Raiders fourth straight double digit loss, head coach Dennis Allen is looking to get the team on a winning track. That will include making personnel changes he thinks could improve the product on the field. One such situation that was been discussed is giving quarterback Terrelle Pryor a chance.
“It’s been discussed,” Allen said. “Again, today’s Monday, so we’re really not in that situation yet where we’re talking about the personnel changes that we might make going forward, getting ready for Cleveland. Again, we’ve got a job to do and our job is to win football games and we’ve got to find out ways to get it done.”
Pryor was taken in last year's Supplemental Draft and played one snap last season. The 6-5, 230 pound quarterback electrified during the Raiders' third preseason game against the Detroit Lions. In that game Pryor completed 3-5 passes for 137 yards and touchdowns while rushing five times 90 yards and a touchdown. He is by no means a refined NFL quarterback, but has shown flashes of ability. He has not been active in any game this season.
“I think he’s working to get better and he’s working to improve,” Allen said of Pryor. “I’ve seen improvement in Terrelle. He’s gotten better as a quarterback. He’s continued to work. I don’t think any of us feel like he’s the finished product, including himself, but he has worked to improve.”
Oakland has had a laundry list of problems this season, but starting quarterback Carson Palmer is not at the top of the list. Palmer has struggled with turnovers and decision making, but he has showed toughness and resiliency. The Raiders may be thinking with a 3-8 record it is time to audition players for the future. Palmer is already 32 years old and in his 10th NFL season.
“I think we’ve got to look at any options,” Allen said. “Again, we’re all accountable to getting this thing corrected and getting it done right. Players and coaches, we’ve all got to be held accountable. We’ve got a standard that we uphold ourselves to and we haven’t lived up to that standard yet.”
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