In recent years, we as NFL fans have been spoiled by instant success of high profile quarterbacks. As fans, we want and expect wins right away from our new quarterbacks and sometimes we can be a little too unforgiving and want a new one rather than let one we have progress. Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson all had immediate success in recent years. That’s not the case for all the great starting quarterbacks in the league right now though. Some had to wait their turn or struggle in their first few years. Nobody thought Drew Brees was very good until his last year in San Diego. His talents were really exemplified under Sean Payton when he went to the Saints. People thought Philip Rivers was a far better choice after his first two years than Eli Manning, and now we see Manning with two Super Bowl rings. Sometimes a quarterback needs a couple years to really flourish at his position.
Most analysts and about half of Raider Nation will disagree with me that Terrelle Pryor should have another year to become the face of the franchise and a polished quarterback, so let me share some interesting comparisons between him and a few Hall of Fame Quarterbacks:
|Terrelle Pryor||Terry Bradshaw||John Elway||Steve Young|
Bradshaw and Elway failed to have more touchdowns than interceptions five times in their career and four times for Steve Young. Terrelle had a better completion percentage, more yards, and just as many, if not more, touchdowns than all of them in their first year starting. Now Pryor’s numbers are nothing to write home about; I just compared them so we can see that not everyone breaks records their first year on the field. We all can see weaknesses in his passing game, but if you are like most of Raider Nation and follow him closely, then you will know he spends his offseason working on his passing with the best passing coaches around. He is always striving to be better than his previous season.
Now, let’s talk about his running skills. He ran for 576 yards in 9 starts with 6.9 yards a carry. Not to mention his record breaking 93 yard touchdown run in the week 8 win against the Steelers. When Pryor is on the field, there is not one defender who can catch him in open space. He is the most athletic player on the field. Countless times he made plays with his legs that got the offense in better position to score. Any offense in the league would benefit to have his talent on the field.
Another reason for his struggles can also be focused on his surrounding talent. Terrelle isn’t the kind of guy to throw his receivers under the bus, but we can see that they would disappear for long stretches of the game and he needs more productivity out of them. Also, his offensive line was among the worst in the league. With the Raiders cap space this year, they should be able to shore up the O-Line, get a veteran receiver and get some defenders to change that 29th ranked defense into a force.
Terrelle Pryor should be given another year. Mark Davis is showing patience with Dennis Allen’s two terrible seasons. I don’t see why you don’t have the same patience with a proven talent with all the potential in the world. Terrelle Pryor should be the face of the franchise during their turnaround season. Even Snoop Dogg agrees with me.