When the Oakland Raiders make a move, it often leaves many people scratching their heads. That was the case when they gave up so much to acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals. It was even more so when they used a supplemental draft pick to select Terrelle Pryor, who many saw as a project at quarterback even if he was allowed to return to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes, let alone having to come out early following his NCAA suspension.
Now, the Raiders are still a bad football team, only they have a lot committed into two quarterbacks to go along with a 3-8 record and a lack of draft picks.
What is a team to do when faced with this situation? Hard to say, considering not that many teams are dumb enough to put themselves in this situation in the first place. Leave it to the Raiders to start a new trend, especially one that leaves you to wonder just what in the hell are they doing out in Oakland.
Palmer is not playing poorly for Oakland. Sure, he has thrown a lot of interceptions, but that generally tends to happen when you are behind in pretty much every game and have to air it out to try to cut the lead down. Having no semblance of a running game up until a week or so has not helped.
With that being said, the 3-8 record of the Raiders is not Palmer’s fault. But Oakland knows that he is not the long term answer going forward. It may be time to see just exactly what they have in Pryor, with another season all but lost in Oakland.
According to first year coach Dennis Allen, Pryor has been turning some heads during practice. He has said that there are at least “discussions” about playing Pryor, according to Steve Corkran of ContraCostaTimes.com. “He’s working to get better and he’s working to improve,” Allen said of Pryor. “I’ve seen improvement in Terrelle. He’s gotten better as a quarterback. He’s continued to work. I don’t think any of us feel like he’s the finished product, including himself, but he has worked to improve.”
Whether or not that means that Pryor will see the field this season remains to be seen. But as good as his numbers have been in many games, the Raiders are going nowhere with Palmer as their starting quarterback. Why not see if Pryor can do anything. If he fails, at least you know you still need to work on acquiring a future franchise quarterback.
If he succeeds, then that may be enough for Allen to get another year or two to try and turn things around in Oakland. He may need it after this season.