Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly analysis of the Raiders’ quarterback play.
Rewind: What began as another step forward in Terrelle Pryor’s accelerated development as a frontline NFL quarterback -- he started out by completing his first nine passes for 100 yards against Kansas City and had a QB rating of 150.0 -- deteriorated quickly into what his coach called a “learning experience” for the young signal-caller. Pryor threw three interceptions, including a pick-six, and was sacked 10 times, the first Raiders QB to be sacked that many times in a game since Jeff George in 1998. Indeed, this all happened with his offensive line losing two more players to injury. Pryor assumed blame and said the Raiders could still go to the playoffs.
Fast-forward: No rest for the weary? Pryor said he will return to Los Angeles over the four days off the team gets for its bye this week -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- to work with quarterback guru Tom House, a former big league pitcher who is the pitching coach at USC. Pryor credits House, along with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and QB coach John DeFilippo, with his development. House has also worked with the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer and Tim Tebow.
Pressure packed: The Chiefs brought the pressure on Pryor, sending a defensive back on seven of his 47 dropbacks, per ESPN Stats & Info. He was 0-for-2 with an interception and was sacked five times when a DB blitzed.
Prediction: The big question is how Pryor deals with such a poor showing in Kansas City and if he rebounds. He insists he will, and the bye week gives him time to go back to his source, so to speak. Waiting after the bye? Pryor’s “hometown” Pittsburgh Steelers.