Let’s face it, the honeymoon period is finally over between Terrelle Pryor and the Raider Nation. After beginning the season 3-3 as the Oakland Raiders starter, Pryor has led the Raiders to two consecutive losses. In eight starts this season Pryor has a remarkable 485 yards rushing on 7.7 yards per carry. However, Pryor’s passing statistics would make Andrew Walter blush by only throwing for 1437 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
You can’t blame the offensive line for Pryor’s awful performance against the New York Giants. Even though Pryor had ample time he was not able to make accurate throws and he often couldn’t find the open receiver. At the beginning of the year, Pryor looked like he could be a high percentage passer as he completed 62.5% of his passes in his first four games. However, over Pryor’s last four games he has completed around 50% of his passes.
We all know that Pryor is probably the most explosive athlete to ever play the quarterback position. Pryor has Michael Vick speed with a Dante Culpepper sized frame. There are very few players in the NFL who can catch Pryor when he is in the open field as he showed by running for a 93 yard touchdown against the Steelers. The problem with being a strictly running quarterback is that defenses can create schemes to shut you down. It is also apparent to everyone that Pryor prefers to scramble to his right so defenses have been forcing him left which has been disastrous for the Raiders.
This season is basically over so the Raiders brass will be evaluating every player on the roster including Terrelle Pryor and backup Matt McGloin. Reggie McKenzie has put the Raiders into position to have up to 70 million dollars in cap room next year, which means the Raiders will be able to bring in many big name players. There are going to be some interesting quarterback prospects in the NFL draft including Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. I doubt the Raiders use their first round draft pick on a quarterback but they could look at one in the mid-rounds (Hopefully, not another Tyler Wilson).
In an ideal situation, Pryor will show enough improvement over the next seven games to merit the starting job next year. However, there might be a chance that Pryor is the starter next year even if he falters the rest of the season. The problem I have with the Raiders current quarterback situation is that I don’t think that Pryor is capable of leading the Raiders to a Super Bowl. Obviously, the Raiders are nowhere near a Super Bowl caliber team but they are building the team in a smart manner. If Pryor struggles next year we would have to figure out a way to find a quarterback in 2015. Franchise caliber quarterbacks don’t fall into your lap very often in free agency which means the Raiders would have to find one in the 2015 draft.
The Raiders have been awful for far too long. I know the Raider Nation is tired of waiting for the Raiders to return to greatness. Even though Pryor has shown some great potential he is starting to show that he is not the player to lead the Raiders to the Promised Land. Pryor has seven more games to show that he is worthy of being our starter next year, if he falters it might be time to look at other options.