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« on: September 19, 2013, 03:29:45 AM »

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie acknowledged Wednesday that he was surprised Terrelle Pryor beat out Matt Flynn to win the starting quarterback job.

"From a standpoint of taking this offense, what Olie (offensive coordinator Greg Olson) has done, yes," McKenzie said. "I mean, he's come in ... to compete and learn this offense, and he's taken it and he's done a good job. I'm pleased. Very pleased."

McKenzie spoke with seven Bay Area-based reporters at the team's headquarters in a half-hour roundtable chat and broached topics ranging from Pryor to team expectations to pending free agents to the need for the Raiders to get the ball more to playmaking fullback Marcel Reece.

The highlights, though, revolved around Pryor, whose work ethic has been uncanny.

"I'm going to give it all I've got until the wheels fall off," Pryor said earlier in the day.

Throughout the summer and most of training camp, though, there was a prevailing thought that the Raiders were resistant to giving Pryor a legitimate shot.

After all, from the moment Flynn was acquired from Seattle on April 1, it was Flynn who was anointed the presumptive starting quarterback. Flynn was the new regime's hand-picked choice while Pryor was a holdover, the final draft pick of the late Al Davis. But Pryor won the gig outright thanks in equal parts to a sore arm, confidence issues and resultant ineffectiveness by Flynn in exhibition games.

"His arm definitely did not fare him well in preseason," McKenzie said of Flynn.

McKenzie has preached since he arrived from Green Bay that he wants competition and the best player would win out. Or, in Pryor's case, the player who gave the Raiders the best chance for success.

"Regardless, I mean, good players will stay here, point-blank," McKenzie said. "It's not about driving off players who were here and bringing in, you know, our own guys. It's trying to put together a good nucleus and core group of guys and then funnel other players in that can help complement them and put together the best team.

"And whoever plays will be whoever the coach thinks gives us the best chance to win. And that's what it's all about."

Pryor has the Raiders within 8 yards of being 2-0 and was electric in their season-opening 21-17 loss at Indianapolis, rushing for a franchise-record-for-a-quarterback 112 yards while passing for 217 more, though two red-zone interceptions proved too costly. He was more of a game manager in the Raiders' 19-9 defeat of Jacksonville last week as Pryor did not commit a turnover.

"Pryor, he's, in my mind, he's made leaps and bounds from last year, from the time I spent with him," McKenzie said. "He's done a good job."

Asked if there was a seminal moment where Pryor beat out Flynn, McKenzie shook his head.

"Not really a play or anything, it's just more his progress," McKenzie said.

"The guy just comes in, goes to work, from the summer to training camp to each and every preseason game, he's just gotten better and better. I think he's getting more confident, and that just comes with playing. So, just let him play."

Pryor will get that opportunity on the biggest regular-season stage of all --- "Monday Night Football," against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

And Raiders fans have been very vocal about Pryor, who is just as popular as he is raw.

"I think he energizes more than just the fan base," McKenzie said. "He energizes his teammates and anybody that's watching. Everybody likes to see big plays. And he's a big-play guy. So, yes, the fan base, I'm definitely sure they love to see him play."

Especially if he continues to surprise McKenzie.

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 05:02:13 AM »

Wish we never traded for Flynn. Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 09:52:14 AM »

Wish we never traded for Flynn. Undecided
We had to do something, Pryor was still a wild card, plus we only had one QB prior to the draft. Hindsight is always 20/20.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 11:23:29 AM »

Wish we never traded for Flynn. Undecided
We had to do something, Pryor was still a wild card, plus we only had one QB prior to the draft. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Yep, and I'm surprised at Pryor too. I didn't think he'd have this much poise. And is accuracy has come a long way.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 11:26:23 AM »

The thing about Pryor that I love the most is that he has the will to improve every facet of his game every week, he wants it.  As for Flynn, at least he gives us depth at QB at this point.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 02:22:09 AM »

So much for Reg being the great evaluator of talent.

Whiff and whiff.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2013, 04:42:23 AM »

Wish we never traded for Flynn. Undecided
We had to do something, Pryor was still a wild card, plus we only had one QB prior to the draft. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Very true.

But I mean we were in a rebuilding mode anyways. Would've been nice if we would've just said "screw it let's see what TP's got." Knowing what we know now that would've been the best for the franchise.



So much for Reg being the great evaluator of talent.

Whiff and whiff.  Roll Eyes

Can't be right all the time. So far so good with Reggie's offseason moves who aren't named Flynn or Wilson.
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2013, 10:05:22 AM »

Wish we never traded for Flynn. Undecided

Hindsight is 20/20. Just imagine a world where we would have went to training camp with Pryor, Wilson and McGloin as our only QB's. And we think the national media was hard on us now.

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