This week, the Oakland Raiders named Terrelle Pryor the starting quarterback for the season finale against the Denver Broncos. Matt McGloin had started the last six games, so it was a bit of a surprise the Raiders went back to Pryor. Pryor's agent Jerome Stanley told CSN Bay Area he thought Allen wanted Pryor to fail.
“I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley told CSN reporter Fallon Smith and Scott Bair. “That's what I think coach is doing. I think they're putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that's what's going on, I do and it's ridiculous.”
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen did not mince words when he fired back at Stanley.
“First, I’d say that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever friggin’ heard,” Allen said. “No coach in their right mind…this isn’t The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. This isn’t made-for-TV drama. This is football. We make our football decisions based solely on that, nothing other than that. So I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth, but I’ve talked to Terrelle about it. It’s in situations like that you have to separate the player from the agent. He doesn’t have control. I don’t have control over those things that get said. In my book, it’s really nothing. It’s one person’s opinion and I’ve moved on from it and ready to focus on the Broncos.”
Pryor distanced himself from the comments made by his agent and spoke with Allen after they came to light. Pryor has been a strong leader for the Raiders and a model teammate so it is no surprise he did not want to stir up controversy.
“I called Terrelle after I was made aware of the comments,” Allen said. “Obviously, he was very apologetic of it and said, ‘In no way was that a reflection of his thoughts.”
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