In the Oakland Raiders 24-7 loss to their AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Terrelle Pryor took a beating. He was under pressure on almost every drop back and was sacked 10 times. It was by far the toughest NFL game of his career. Now he has a bye week to look at the tape and grow from the experience.
“Yeah absolutely,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Pryor being the quarterback of the future. “I mean you know, I don’t think he played as well as he would have liked. But again, he’s still a young player. That was only his fifth start of the season. So he’s still got a lot growing to do and a lot of getting better to do, but he’s a talented player, and we’re going to try and continue to build with him and try to grow with him.”
Pryor is a confident leader and hard worker, which makes this the perfect time to evaluate his game and make the necessary changes to get better. He is ultra-competitive which means he is stung by the loss and the way he performed against the Chiefs. Pryor had not turned the ball over in two games, before he tossed three bad interceptions Sunday. He reverted back to some bad habits as the pressure for the defense and crowd noise built.
“I think he had a learning experience,” Allen said of Pryor's game against Kansas City. “He probably played as good as he has played last week against San Diego. He didn’t play as well this week against Kansas City. That’s part of the growth of a young player. Now the key is does he learn from it, does he move forward from it and does he play better against Pittsburgh. That’s what we’re looking for. Again, when you get young players, especially at the quarterback position, you’re going to have some ups and downs. You’ve got to give him an opportunity to continue to grow.”
So now the Raiders coaching staff have a full week to sit down with Pryor and take him through the poor decisions and help him see what the better options were. Pryor will put in the work. Imagine if you had your worst day of work and the next week you could sit down and evaluate the performance and identify the mistakes. If you have pride, which Pryor does, you come back stronger and more prepared. That is the position Pryor is in. He gets the chance to really look at his game and find where he needs to improve. The offensive staff knows Pryor now, they can help put in more plays that cater to his ability and help him in situations like Sunday. If Pryor is the leader, and quarterback of the future like many believe he is, he will develop and bounce back from his toughest NFL game.
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