The Oakland Raiders are choosing to roll with Matt McGloin at quarterback over Terrelle Pryor, which makes it pretty obvious that they believe he gives them the best chance to win games. What we haven’t heard is a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and why they’re choosing McGloin over Pryor.
Though we still don’t know exactly how the team feels about each quarterback, SF Chronicle Raiders reporter Vic Tafur did his best to explain what’s going on.
According to Tafur, Raiders coaches have “soured” on Pryor. When asked to elaborate what souring entailed, Tafur said “not going through progressions, picks, injury talk in NY, just not on same page.”
It’s interesting how quickly their thoughts can change on a player. After Pryor played well in the preseason — or at least better than Matt Flynn — the coaches gave him the starting job. He looked really good in Week 1 and kept them competitive with the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for 112 yards despite losing game. He won his next game and beat the Chargers a few weeks later, but he threw for just 1 touchdown and 8 interceptions over a stretch of four straight starts. After his knee injury limited him against the New York Giants, McGloin got a chance to play and has done well enough to keep the job.
Though Pryor did get a crack as a starter in the NFL, you have to figure he’ll be back to being a backup/wildcat type of quarterback the rest of his career. At least he did get a shot.