Why Oakland Raiders Must Turn to Terrelle Pryor to Finish Disastrous Season

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback (6) Terrelle Pryor calls a play against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders have nothing to lose giving Terrell Pryor a chance to prove himself to finish what's been a lost season for the franchise.

We already know what Carson Palmer brings to the table—a high volume of attempts and interceptions—and the Raiders haven't been winning with him behind center. 

During the past four games—all of which the Raiders lost in embarrassing fashion—Palmer has started regressing, throwing nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. 

His ability to spread the ball around has been impressive all year, but the fact of the matter is that the Raiders offense is predictable and doesn't threaten opposing defenses with him behind center. 

That wouldn't be the case with Pryor, who possesses similar abilities to guys like Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. 

I'm not suggesting that Pryor will be as successful as the young men I just compared him to. The entire Raiders team is full of question marks, and Pryor will be hard pressed to win, just like Palmer. 

That said, there's no better time to throw him into the fray and see if he has the skills and mental capacity to make something happen against NFL teams during the regular season. 

Reggie McKenzie has some serious decisions to make in the immediate future about the direction the franchise needs to take, and he needs to figure out if Pryor is the right quarterback to lead the team for the next 10 years. 

We all know that Pryor possesses elite athleticism, a cannon for an arm and electric play-making skills. 

The Raiders need to figure out if he's ready to take the next step and become the face of the franchise or if he's just another athletic kid who can sling the ball. If he's the man for the job, then McKenzie can draft players to build around him. 

If not, then McKenzie needs to look for a franchise quarterback in this year's draft.

Besides, what's the worst that can happen? 

It's not like the team is winning these days, anyway.

The season has been lost for the past month, and the best thing the Raiders can do now is let their young quarterback spread his wings for the remainder of the season to see if he can fly. 


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