The Oakland Raiders have made the decision to go with quarterback Terrelle Pryor Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Last season, Pryor made his first ever start in the season finale against the San Diego Chargers. Pryor regains his starting role from undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who started the last six games.
Pryor lost his starting spot after suffering a knee injury and only completing 11-26 passes for 122 yards and an interception against the New York Giants. Pryor had eight interceptions and only one touchdown in his last four starts. He played well early in the season and is an electric runner. His accuracy leaves much to be desired, but his arm strength is solid. He is 3-5 as the Oakland starter this season with a 58 percent completion rate, 1,519 yards, five touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has also rushed for 527 yards and two more scores.
The Raiders have used both McGloin and Pryor in a few games this season, but clearly did not have the correct formula for success. McGloin has tossed five interceptions in his last two starts and has lost his last five games. He wasn't the only factor in those loses, but also did not show enough to make the Raiders feel comfortable going into next season. McGloin can be a solid back-up for Oakland in the future.
Oakland's coaching staff made a mess of this quarterback situation. They destroyed Pryor's development by sitting him out six games, knowing well McGloin wasn't a long term solution. Now, Pryor will start Sunday with added pressure to succeed. If the Raiders still felt like Pryor has promise, which it seems like they do starting him again, they should have had him play all year and not curb his development.
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