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The Next Rich Gannon? Terrelle Pryor Is the Quarterback of the Future for Oakland Raiders

The Next Rich Gannon? Terrelle Pryor Is the Quarterback of the Future for Oakland Raiders

NFL: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers   It’s hard to fathom that Terrelle Pryor has become the heart and soul of the Oakland Raiders after just three starts this season. While Pryor’s detractors have continued to say that Pryor does not have an NFL caliber arm or pocket poise, Pryor has shown that he is capable of being a solid quarterback in this league. What makes Pryor’s performance this year so remarkable is that he has been playing with the worst offensive line in the league, no running game and inconsistent wide receivers. Matt Flynn horrific game against the Washington Redskins proved that Pryor was the reason the Raiders offense has looked half way decent this season. Although Pryor’s lack of arm strength will prevent him from becoming a gunslinger in the NFL, he has what it takes to become a great system quarterback. It was not that long ago that a mobile quarterback with a weak arm led the Raiders to greatness. It took Rich Gannon years to find a full time starting gig because many felt that he couldn’t be an effective quarterback with mediocre arm strength. What made Gannon so lethal was his ability to make plays on the run and his familiarity with the west coast offense. While Pryor might not ever live up to great Rich Gannon, Pryor does have a similar skill set. All great quarterback’s thrive under an offensive system that is designed around their strengths. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen only had a week or two to design a system that played to Pryor’s strengths. Pryor has looked more comfortable in the system in every game he has played so far this season. While Pryor put up a great week one performance against the Colts, his two errant interceptions cost the Raiders a victory. In his next two games, Pryor has did not throw an interception and seemed to make better decisions in the pocket. Terrelle Pryor is the most dangerous running quarterback in NFL history (Yup I said it!). Now that Michael Vick apologists across the globe have jumped out of their seats for saying such blasphem...

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1914 translation by H.

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

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3 comments

  1. pryor does not have a weak arm

  2. That a lot of praise and bold statements for him… in case you haven’t noticed he is 1-3 as a starter so far.

  3. I have nothing against TP (including the fact that he went to Ohio State). I will just reiterate … even at his best, he’s a scrambling QB. Here’s the quiz … name the last primarily scrambling QB to win a Superbowl … on the other hand, these pocket QB’s have won it and will continue to win it … Tom Brady … Drew Brees … Peyton Manning … then there’s Joe Flacco and Eli and … not to mention retired ones like Favre … and Simms … and remember that QB named Plunkett?

    Matt McGloin is a young Brett Favre … he’s bold, tough, always looking downfield. Yes, he’ll occasionally make a mistake, but the mistake will be DOWNFIELD. He’s really smart and has a football brain <– makes good decisions.

    Your making lots of excuses for TP in the article. I get what you're trying to put forth – but they're excuses. Fact is .. he could have won the game against Indy … and now he got hurt and this won't be the last time. He scrambles .. that makes him susceptible by a factor of 10.

    Matt McG led a Penn State team that was decimated by losing most of its stars. Without excuses he just won … and won … and won.

    I'm very proud of him and the RAIDERS for making him our #2. Now if the RAIDERS will listen to me and design a few plays with both TP and McG in the same play … and how about rotating them.

    We'd have opposing defenses on their hind legs …

    Bleeding Black & SIlver!

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