Wednesday, October 23, 2013
QB Watch: Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly examination of the Raiders’ quarterback play.
Rewind: After taking a step back in his development with three interceptions -- including a pick-six -- and 10 sacks in Kansas City on Oct. 13, Terrelle Pryor went back to his source, so to speak, during the Raiders' bye week. Or rather, his source came to him. QB guru Tom House ventured to Oakland Sunday to work with Pryor on his mechanics, and if it helped with the likes of Drew Brees and Tom Brady, why not, right? Pryor also spent hours watching video and studying at the Raiders' facility, though he was unable to work with Oakland coaches over the break because of CBA regulations.
Fast-forward: Pryor and his coaches, from Dennis Allen to offensive coordinator Greg Olson to QB coach John DeFilippo, have all acknowledged the quarterback hit a bump in the road against the Chiefs. The question, then, is how will Pryor react to such a setback? The early returns suggest he's taking the correct path in hitting the books and getting in extra work over the bye. "You know me," he said, "steady trying to get better."
Bittersweet? Pryor, 24, is a Steel City kid -- by way of nearby Jeannette -- who grew up rooting hard for the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Imagine, then, the primal feelings he’ll have to fight through Sunday at the O.co Coliseum when he takes on his childhood heroes.
Prediction: Sure, Kansas City’s defense hits hard. But now Pryor will get a whole new definition courtesy of the Steelers. The book is out on Pryor, that he prefers to roll out to his right to buy himself some time. Expect Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to shadow him as a spy all day long.