Monday, December 9, 2013

Can't Criticize the Niners

The image attached to this blog post was posted on my brother's facebook wall. It's funny, it's gets an "LOL" but what's happening with the Raider organization is no laughing matter. I responded to my bro on FB, but it got rather lengthy, so I thought I'd blog my response..

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That's funny Wil .. but Raider fans can't laugh because our team SUCKS and I don't like what they are doing with T. Pryor. I'm totally pissed at the Raider organization and I'm starting to think that Dennis Allen is a BS coach who doesn't have a clue as to what he's doing.

Now that AL D. has passed on, maybe we can lure a Jimmy Johnson out of retirement, or maybe even a Bill Parcels.

I'm not feeling the Raiders right now. I'm waiting for the College Bowl Season to start, and waiting for the NFL playoffs.

As I was telling our nephew Rich, I'm SICK of the Raiders playing like the "Bad News Bears" of the NFL ... just SICK. Me and Uncle Calvin, we're looking forward to the Bowl Season .. to hell with the Raiders (that's me talking, not U. Calvin, he's not a Raider's fan but a fan of the Bowl Season).

I've been booted from Facebook Raider Nation, been booted from FB Silver and Black Nation, but I don't give a damn. They kicked me out because I'm outspoken about the losing, because I'm outspoken about the Raiders giving McGloin a chance to make mistakes and learn, but not giving Pryor that same opportunity.

The Raiders are 1 and 3 with McGloin as their starter, and the 1 win came against the lowly Houston Texans, the team with the worst record in the NFL. The next 3 games are against the Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos. Therefore, it's a strong possibility that the Raiders will go 1 and 6 with McGloin as the starter. I thought the objective was to win?

Silly pseudo Raider fans are now placing all the blame on the defense. You don't think, that with Pryor's mobility, and his ability to throw down the field (sure, he needs to work on his accuracy, but what young, inexperienced QB doesn't?), that we would not win a few more games? Of course you don't.

I'm sick of Raiders management and the absurd decision-making. My discontent and frustration with the Silver and Black is higher than it was during the two years that Al D. forced Marcus Allen to sit on the bench, as he attempted to ruin Allen's career.

What we've been seeing for the last 10 years are the 'chickens coming home to roost'. For all the good Al Davis did for the game of football, he also did some immoral things as well, such as not paying many of the coaches he fired, the unfair benching of Marcus Allen, and more.

Most Raider fans would call this type or rhetoric, blasphemous, but I call it as I see it. My 46 years as a diehard Raider's fan is hanging in the balance. The Oakland Raiders are totaling disrespecting Terrelle Pryor by not giving the young man a fair chance to be the starter, as the Redskins are doing with RG3 (look at the horrible year he's had), Andrew Luck is struggling, Christian Ponder has struggled since he came into the league, along with so many others. All the Raiders are doing is trying to figure out a way to coerce Pryor into changing positions.

Damn that, TRADE HIM or RELEASE HIM, if you're not going to PLAY HIM. I guarantee that, with the right coach, TP could develop and do the same things Cam Newton is doing in Carolina.

I'm SICK of the RAIDERS!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pissed Raider Fan

There is no reason Matt McGloin should have started the Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas. He had a decent first half but fumbled the ball inside the Raider 10-yard-line, which led to the Cowboys first score. 

Challenge my loyalty all you want (that's why I have my own Raider's blog to say what the heck I want to say), right is right, and what the Raiders are doing by benching Pryor is not right (and his name was not on the teams injury report so he's no longer suffering from the knee sprain that kept him out of the Houston game).

The commentator Jim Nance mentioned, "Matt McGloin was watching the game at home last Thanksgiving with his family, now his family gets to watch him." Well, what about Pryor's family? 

Just as McGloin fumbled the snap that led to a Dallas TD, Pryor should be allowed to make those same type of mistakes that all inexperienced QB's make.

It's 14:20 to go in the game, Dallas has scored 14 unanswered points to make the score 28-21. The Raiders have not scored in the second half, which is similar to what they have done all season. This pattern would suggest there's more of a coaching issue (making adjustments) than it is a QB issue.

The loss is not all McGloin's fault, he played well in the first half but did not produce in the second half. The Raider defense, in the second half, was shredded by the Dallas running game. Also, Oakland committed a few of their typical, bone-headed, 15-yard penalties, which certainly didn't help. 

So tell me, what will McGloin get out of this loss? He will gain experience. 

The same experience that Pryor would have acquired had he been given the opportunity to start. Matt McGloin is now 1-2 as the starter. His only win came against the woeful Houston Texans who have lost 9 straight games. 

Longest play of the day for the Raiders was 35 yards. Pryor usually runs for at least that on one play. Jacoby Ford was clearly covered in the end zone, McGloin throws the ball anyway, and it's an I-N-T. 

The Raiders 24 points included 7 points scored when Greg Jenkins recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. Therefore, Matt McGloin was responsible for 17 points, 7 for Dallas when he fumbled, and one interception. Final result, a 31-24 LOSS.

Play Pryor or trade him because he's much better than a bench warmer.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Start Pryor or Trade Him

I'm not happy with the possibility that the Raiders are not going to give Pryor a chance to succeed and fail .. that's how we learn. Furthermore, Pryor is not a gimmick QB. He is no Tim Tebow.

Look at Cam Newton's 2nd year, not that great, and look what he's doing now in his 3rd season as a starter. Look at RG3's 1st year and look what he's doing now, he's struggling but still has the opportunity to learn on the football field. Most young QB's will go through phases.

Matt McGloin is an undrafted free agent from Penn State. He was not drafted for a reason. Certainly, there have been free agents that have excelled at the QB position but they needed time to develop. So the Raider organization appears to be leaning toward giving McGloin the much needed playing time to develop rather than Pryor. TP has sat on the bench, the past two years, caused no problems on or off the field, and this is how they repay him.

Pryor is going to make mistakes but he needs to be able to make mistakes (on a mediocre team) without having to worry about losing his job .. Pryor runs RINGS around McGloin, regardless of his ability to pass from the pocket or not .. 

Pryor is a playmaker .. very few QB's in the history of the game can sprint 93 yards and pull away from everyone on the field .. that type of talent SHOULD NOT BE ON THE BENCH... PERIOD..

*** Note to the Raiders .. if you're not going to play Pryor, TRADE HIM! Don't force him to linger on the bench. Trade him to a team that will allow his talent to rise to the top!

Video: Terrelle Pryor, Raiders Quarterback

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Terrelle Pryor sets Raiders, NFL mark with 93-yard run

OAKLAND -- Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor ran 93 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Coliseum.

It was the longest run from scrimmage in franchise history, and the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history

With the Raiders starting at the 7-yard line following a holding penalty on the opening kickoff, Pryor faked to Darren McFadden on a read option, ran to his right and broke through a huge hole with Rod Streater getting a key block on safety Troy Polamalu.

Pryor came in as the Raiders leading rusher with 287 yards. The previous longest gain was a 92-yard run for a touchdown by Bo Jackson against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 5, 1989.

With the long touchdown run, Pryor now has just under 400 rushing yards for the season. He's added a new dimension to a Raiders offense that was lifeless for most of the 2012 season. Fewer and fewer people are doubting the former Ohio State quarterback the more he plays.

At the very least, it's impossible to deny how entertaining Pryor has been in 2013.

"TP's 93-yard TD Run"

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pryor's Team

Now that Matt Flynn has been released, and chilling with his millions, the Oakland Raiders team leader is Terrelle Pryor. He no longer has to look over his shoulder, the job is his. He will need help and hopefully the Raider organization will provide him with an offensive line and at least one dependable running back.

Darren McFadden's days in silver and black appear to be numbered, primarily because he cannot stay on the field. McFadden has had an injury plagued career and it's time to sever ties with the ex-Arkansas Razorback.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Raiders vs. Broncos

All Raider fans hate the Broncos, that's a given. One thing is certain for Sunday's game at Mile High Stadium is this: we must sustain drives, we must convert red-zone opportunities into 6 points not 3; and we need to keep #18 on the sidelines.

The way you keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines is with a heavy dose of McFadden and Pryor, running the football.

Two weeks into the 2013-14 NFL season, the Raiders are the number one rushing team, averaging 198.5 yards per game. On the flip side, Denver has the number one defense against the run. The stat is misleading because Manning controls the clock and has the ability to keep his opponents offense grounded by dominating time of possession. Sustaining drives allows the Bronco defense to get valuable rest.

Sunday's game is reminiscent of last year's contest against the high-flying, (at the time) undefeated Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The Raiders played their best defensive game of the season, picking off 'Matty Ice' three times in the first half. Unfortunately, due to a pick-6 thrown late in the game, the Raiders came up on the short end and lost 23-20.

Ball control is the name of the game if we're to have any chance against Eli Manning's older brother.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

To Pseudo Raider Fans

To the fair-weather, bandwagon-jumping, Raider fans... you didn't give up so early last season with sorry azz Carson Palmer as our starter, why the negative energy now?

Palmer has SUCKED his ENTIRE career, yet you fickle'd Raider fans were jockin' him from day one. Talking about, "what a big arm he has, he has a cannon for an arm." He sure does, whether he throws it to his team or the opponent, at the most inopportune times, didn't seem to matter. This was not just the last two seasons with the Raiders, it's applicable to Palmer's career as an under .500 QB (last I checked his career win/loss percentage was about .433, and that's only going to go DOWN).

Pryor plays his rear off, surpassing ALL expectations, and you wusses still complain.

Terrelle Pryor should have started last season, as he outplayed Carson Palmer in pre-season, but there was no QB competition. If Pryor had that year under his belt, he would be just as good, if not better, than Cam Newton, RG3 (who can't stay healthy, if you followed his college career, he took big hits and some games would limp or stagger off and back on the field), Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and a few others.

High School, College, and now the NFL, when Pryor is on the field, he's usually the most outstanding athlete out there, and many of his opponents are in agreement, just ask Andrew Luck. From, "I'll tell you, Terrelle Pryor is a stud," Luck said. "He made some unbelievable plays."

He does this EVERY GAME. Therefore, if you are a true Raiders fan, ACT LIKE IT and stop being critical after ONE GAME. Again, most Raider fans supported CP, why can't you get behind TP?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Terrelle Pryor: Your Time To Shine

This is Terrelle's time to shine. I really hope he steps up to the plate and takes complete charge of the offense. His performance in the first few games of this season will either make or break his NFL career.

I actually made a phone call to the Raider front office today, to lend my support for Mr. Pryor. There are a plethora of naysayers and doubting-Thomas's out there that feel TP won't be able to guide and direct a team.

Pryor has the talent and the mentality to succeed. If Russel Wilson, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, RG3, Matt Ryan, Joe Flaco, all succeeded in their initial campaigns as starters, there's no reason Terrelle Pryor can't do likewise.

In spite of the poor o-line, I believe the Raider offense can move the ball, especially if McFadden and Ford stay healthy. It's the defense I'm worried about. Can they consistently hold opponents under 20-25 points?

Thousands of diehard Raider fans are rooting for your success Mr. Pryor, don't let us down.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Back To His Comfort Zone

Watched the Raiders-Bears game .. Pryor is TOTALING out-playing Flynn .. it's not even a close contest ... Pryor threw a TD pass, ran for a 25-yard score, and threw a jump pass (a la Tebow) but he threw the ball about 30 yards down the field for a completion to Streeter when most other QB's would have been SACKED..

There's maybe one other QB in the NFL that could make such a play and that's Cam Newton.

You have to be quick enough to elude the rush, athletic enough to jump in the air surrounded by defenders, and accurate enough to get the ball to the intended target.

If Pryor is not the starter, there's some politics involved, and it would probably start with GM Reggie McKenzie because he brought Flynn into the fold. Actually, Flynn should be released because 3rd string QB Matthew McGloin has out-played Flynn as well. Release Flynn, that way Pryor doesn't have to worry about making mistakes.

The funniest thing about watching the game was, when Flynn threw his second interception in the 1st half, the Raider crowd booed him loudly. The guy is getting booed in pre-season, really?

Matt Flynn's comfort zone is the BENCH. He rode the pines 4 out of 5 years at LSU, only started as a 5th-year-senior.

He backed up Marcus Randall his freshman and sophomore years; backed up JaMarcus Russell his junior and senior seasons, and started in 2007 (after Russell went to the NFL) as a 5th-year senior.

Flynn has carried the clipboard all the years he's been in the NFL. Granted, the years he spent backing up Aaron Rogers, most quarterbacks would have been in that role, so we'll give him that. However, he has one good game as a Packer, Seattle throws $19 million at him, so he's a Seahawk. But here comes rookie phenom, Russell Wilson, and before the start of the 2012 season, where does Flynn find himself?

Back to his comfort zone!

Oakland Raiders: Welcome To The Terrelle Pryor Show

Interview after first NFL start against Chargers

Monday, April 8, 2013

Raiders slight of Terrelle Pryor is Troubling

23-year-old Terrelle Pryor started his first regular season game as a pro last season against the Chargers and scored three times in the red zone - two passes and one run for a TD (see highlights of the Charger game to the right). However, now that the Raiders have acquired perennial bench warmer, unproven, Matt Flynn, it's as if Pryor does not exist. At LSU, Flynn started only one year, his 5th and final year - he was a 5th-year-senior. He backed up Aaron Rogers at Green Bay (that's understandable), and backed up rookie Russell Wilson last season at Seattle. Flynn is a career backup and that trend started in college. Since his arrival in the Bay Area, neither Raider management, coaching staff, NFL media, or even Raider fans, have uttered a word about Pryor.

Here's a guy who stands 6'6", runs a 4.38 in the 40-yard-dash (faster than RG3, for what its worth), and is a quicker version of Cam Newton. He avoids the rush quite well, and he's more elusive and durable than his lean frame suggest. In Pryor's one regular season start, he proved he could move the chains, could score touchdowns, rather than field goals in the red zone, and showed leadership qualities. Granted, Flynn played well in his one and only start in GB, and the Seahawks threw the bank at him. Why didn't teams throw the bank at Pryor as they did with Matt Flynn?

Carson Palmer has never been a leader, has a history of turning the ball over when the game is on the line, and does not take charge on the field, on the sidelines, or in the locker room. As an NFL QB, all you ever hear people talking about is his arm strength, which doesn't amount to a hill of beans if you're throwing the ball to the opponent. Yet Carson was immediately picked up by the Arizona Cardinals, who released Kevin Kolb, who was immediately picked up by the Buffalo Bills.

Matt Flynn was awarded a $19 million dollar, 3-year contract with the Seahawks - $10 million guaranteed, based on ONE GAME. He lost the starting job in Seattle before he ever set foot on the regular-season-field, to a rookie, and promptly returned to his comfort zone - the BENCH.

Flynn would probably return to the bench if the Raiders gave Pryor a fair shot at the starting job. Unfortunately for Terrelle, there are not too many NFL head coaches like Pete Carroll out there, who allowed the best performer, regardless of salary, to be his starter. The Raider staff will not follow suit, for 3 reasons: (1) Raider General Manager, Reggie McKenzie, worked as Director of Player Personnel with the Green Bay Packers when Flynn backed up Aaron Rogers. (2) He has to start Flynn otherwise his acquisition of him would have been for naught, which would make McKenzie's decision look foolish (which it was). (3) Flynn will make $5.2 million this upcoming 2013-14 season while Pryor will make $465,000.

I've been a Raiders fan for over 40 years but seeing how they are about to snowball, blackball, disrespect, slight, abuse (whatever you want to call it), Terrelle Pryor, I hope Matt falls on his face. Nothing personal. I hope the Raiders have the worst record in the NFL, because this is going to be a sacrificial season.

I do not wish ill-will (sports only, not life) on the Raiders and Flynn out of spite. An 8-8 season (which would be a good year for us considering all the changes) will not get us in the playoffs.

We're not going to beat Denver and will have a tough time against KC. We could beat the Chargers, but that's not a given. Therefore, rather than go 8-8, or 7-9, or even 6-10, we need a 1-15 or 2-14 season so we will have a shot at the number one pick in the 2014 draft. The next great defensive game-changer since Prime Time, Jadaveon Clowney will be the number 1 or 2 overall pick in that draft. We need Clowney in Silver and Black.

Furthermore, when the upcoming 2013-14 season turns out to be a major bust, most of the blame will fall on the QB. So it's probably a blessing for Pryor that he won't be the starting signal-caller for the Oakland Raiders.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

TP - Nice First NFL Start

Raider Nation Times gives Terrell Pryor QB, ‘Stud’ status for his only start of the year.

Directing the offense, he put 21 points on the board, and they were all Pryor (two passes and a run). You want to know the last time the Raiders put up at least 21 points? Week nine against Tampa Bay. So what was to like? Well, he showed a good command of the offense, and mentally seemed to very much know what he was doing. He showed a great enthusiasm, as well as some leadership skills (pulling Mike Goodson away from the fight).

What I liked most was his vision. Some passes were on, a few were off (mostly not by a great deal), several were dropped, a couple lobbed up, and he even threw off his back foot more than once. But he knew where the open receiver was. That vision to see the field is something every good quarterback has to have. The mechanics we can work on. He also showed the confidence and the arm strength to go deep when he wanted. He underthrew DHB on a long ball and got intercepted, but it was his only howler of the day.

Pryor’s mobility and ability to extend the play with his feet were impressive, and his strength and running ability obvious. Yes there were things to work on, but Pryor showed that he can play, and that is the important bit.