I’ve been fairly down on Pryor’s prospects as a starter this offseason, mostly based on his training camp performance and the fact that he is still a project at the QB position, a fact he readily admits.
I’ve also been vocal about saying I thought Matt Flynn could be a serviceable starter as he’s shown the ability to be accurate when given time to go through his progressions.
The problem, as many of you who interact with me on Twitter have pointed out, is that Flynn has no time to go through his progressions with the offensive line.
Instead, he looks like he has to speed up his internal clock, making decisions faster than he’d like, to disastrous results.
Last night’s game against the Bears flipped the competition for me. Pryor has his weaknesses, still, but his skil-set is a better fit with this offense. He displayed creativity and athleticism, escaping the Chicago pass-rush to set up passes down-field.
Flynn ended with a miserable 3 for 6 for 19 yards and two INTs. While the first INT may not have been his fault – he clearly threw it to a position where he thought receiver Denarius Moore was going to be after cutting off his route – the second interception was mainly the result of a poorly placed ball behind a receiver and almost right to the defender.
Pryor, contrastingly, brought a spark to a flagging Raiders offense. The third-year QB ended up 7 for 9 for 93 yards and two TDs, one passing and one on a very nice 25 yard run early in the second half.
While Pryor earned his stats against the Bears second team, I believe he did enough to put himself in a position to start.
Dennis Allen seemed to understand as well, saying that Pryor provided a spark “with his mobility and his ability to create plays downfield. He made some impressive throws.”
Allen refused to weigh in on who would be his starter week 1 vs Indianapolis, a sign that he is, at least, considering Pryor as the starter at this time. He told the assembled media that he wouldn’t be making any decisions last night.
As AP’s Josh Dubow pointed out last night, the starting offense with Flynn has put up only 10 points on 13 drives. The second offense with Pryor at QB has put up 26 points on 10 drives.
Allen’s reticence notwithstanding, Pryor has earned the chance to start for this team. He’s still consistent but his athletic ability will give the team a better chance, at this point, than Flynn.
I don’t know if Allen will agree, but with his job potentially on the line, he should go with Pryor over Flynn to give the Raiders the best chance to win.
I don't buy Matt Flynn suffered purely because of the offensive line - he had plenty of time in a lot of his throws. And his last pick, was great blocking. He had the ball forever before he threw.
The second pick was just an underthrow on a deep out. Which suggests poor arm strength. He had plenty of time. And the guy was wide open.
Truth is, when you've got not got many offensive weapons, it's not a bad idea to make your QB an offensive weapon.
Having Pryor and McFadden behind centre (both very experienced with read option/wildcat in college) in regular pistol/read option/shotgun formations is far more dangerous and explosive than Matt Flynn.
I think Pryor can also make the short/medium routes that many thought give Flynn the advantage. I think he's honestly outplayed him in all facets of the game pre-season
I’ve been saying Pryor will start in week 1 on here, from before training camp. I probably just got lucky, but I’ve always seen it that way
He has an elite arm, elite size and is an RG3 type athlete. And his accuracy is OK.
OK accuracy may not sound great, but when the guy you're trying to beat out is Matt Flynn, it's good enough.
And when you can extend plays with your legs, and make big plays rushing, it's also good enough.
Flynn is not cutting it. Asher's right about him not being mobile/agile enough with the swiss-cheese o-line, but when he does get a chance to throw - way too many of his passes are behind the WR. I gave him credit for the nice drive against New Orleans to end the half - but other than that? He's looked more befuddled than anything else. Pryor is not perfect either - but at least he's mobile. And that TD to the tight end was on the same level as Flynn's TD against the Saints. The Pryor TD scramble was as good as anything we've seen from RG3. Personally, I'd rather he doesn't run as much - but at least he can escape and get some yards when necessary. If we're going by who brings the most to the team - who gives us the best chance to win - there's no doubt in my mind now that it's Pryor. That's not a 100% endorsement - merely a statement of fact. I liked Pryor in college - I liked what he did for Ohio State. If he can bring his NFL game to what he did on the college level - he'll be a decent QB. Flynn seems more like back-up material to me - you feel safe putting him in when you have to, but you'd rather not.
So far as the other conversation - I don't think Allen would purposely set up Pryor (or anyone else) to get hurt. He must know the heat is turning up. This is year 2 - he and Reggie are taking too long. They're lucky we have an easy schedule and we can make a little progress even with these two imperfect QB choices we have. He's not going to purposely shoot himself in the foot by getting either one hurt. Personally, I LIKE that he's shuffling linemen around. It aint workin' so far folks - we need to experiment or find new guys or switch positions or something. It's a freakin' jailbreak on every play right now.
@Indy! I agree, but remember he's 240+ pounds. Cam Newton size. Can take the hits
@ChristopherMooney1 @Indy! I see him more as a Jason Campbell type - very raw and runs too often. He's been with the team a couple years now, so hopefully he's been polished a little and understands the game better and knows his job is to move the team downfield - not carry it downfield. QBs the run too much end up getting hurt - see RG3. Newton has just been lucky so far. If he keeps running - he'll get hurt too. Happens to every running QB eventually.
That said, there is no doubt in my mind Pryor is our best option right now and the added bonus is he's in his last year of the contract so we need to see what we have anyway. Stick him in and if he fails - we can always go back to Flynn.
@RickyBo60099188 because he fit the QB scheme they had with Palmer, Flynn was closer to Palmer type than TP. TP is different type (not skin)
@MikeMolinero DA had intentions on Flynn being the starter.
@RickyBo60099188 different style of offense tailored to a mobile QB
@RickyBo60099188 when DA got here and hired Olsen, they had Palmer. So they hired Olsen for that "type" offense. Now they have to create a
@MikeMolinero If DA wanted TP as his QB do you think Reggie would have traded for Flynn? Hell Naww, DA wanted Flynn here, ANOINTED HIM QB!!
@RickyBo60099188 Why is he DA's guy...Reggie brought him here. Reggie saw more of him in GB, you saw more of TP here, you both are RIGHT
@MikeMolinero True, my pt is Flynn is DA's guy & he will go all OUT to make sure Flynn iis under C.
@RickyBo60099188 Alex Smith got hurt and Kap went in....my point is TP is preparing himself for his opportunity, this is it.
@MikeMolinero what do you mean Kap?
@RickyBo60099188 ok...so the same with Smith & Kap?
@MikeMolinero the coaching staff loved Brady & didn't swap a rookie RT to LT.
@RickyBo60099188 Ricky, Bledsoe went out and Brady took over, the rest is history. An Opp. is an Opp. Don't try and hedge your bets now.