NFL: 7 Reasons Why Terrelle Pryor Will Be the Future of the Washington Redskins
Having the ability of putting any running back behind his offensive line and rushing for 1,000 yards. Or maybe you think of his two Super Bowl victories with arguably one of the top five quarterbacks to play the game in John Elway.
The Shanahan's have been key instruments in helping develop some of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL.
Kyle Shanahan helped turn the Houston Texans into one of the most potent passing attacks in NFL history. Matt Schaub had career numbers passing for more than 4,700 yards in a season. Incredible when you think about it. Not too many people can say that they have accomplished this feat. It ranks in the top 10 in NFL history in terms of passing yards.
Andre Johnson accumulated back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons with Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator.
These guys get the most out of their players on offense. Having both of these guys coaching a guy like Terrelle Pryor will do wonders for him as a player coming into the NFL.
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The Washington Redskins finished fourth in the NFC East with a 6-10 record. They are clearly not a team that is built to win now.
Terrelle would not have to come in and grasp the system immediately. They could afford to let him sit behind a player and fully learn the intricacies of their system. He is starting to show a student mentality with his approach to the game.
The guy is really diagnosing film and breaking down footage of his game to improve many key areas that he needs to work on. You cannot teach a student the mentality needed to be successful—you either have it or you don't.
Since the Redskins are not a team that is capable of winning the NFC East next year, they can let him sit behind a veteran quarterback and learn the game. You would have guys like Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck or Seneca Wallace.
Bulger and Hasselbeck are excellent at managing an offense and don't turn the ball over a lot. Either guy could help Pryor mature as a quarterback by helping improve his intangibles, game preparation, and most importantly, getting Pryor to understand the value of a possession.
The Redskins are looking like a team that is building their defense into a stout defense and will most likely look to establish the run game more, seeing as how they were 30th in the NFL. These guys can come in and help bridge the gap until he is ready to play.
Great Quarterback Coaches
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As stated earlier, the Shanahan name has been around the NFL for quite some time. When you think of it, you probably also think of Mike—one of the few coaches in the NFL to win back-to-back championships or Kyle who helped construct one of the most potent offenses in the NFL with the Texans.
Well, these guys are also great at developing quarterbacks. They always have had the ability to construct powerful offensive attacks. When you look at a guy with a legacy like Mike Shanahan, you think of some of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game with the likes of John Elway and Steve Young.
He has helped develop both of these guys into the Super Bowl winners that we have all grown to love in the 90s. Strong coaching ability is something that the Shanahan family has always been able to do. Coming from the highly successful Bill Walsh coaching tree does not hurt either.
Producing the likes of Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick, Andy Reid, Jim Fassel, John Fox, Jon Gruden, Mike Sherman, Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin, Jack Del Rio and Mike Holmgren to name a few. These guys are all winners and pretty good quarterback coaches.
I am not saying that Pryor is the next John Elway or Steve Young, but these guys do know how to coach. So, I think they would be able to get the best out of his abilities. The guy has a lot of talent and is a great athlete. He has the size and arm strength to be a pretty solid player in the NFL.
Looking at quarterbacks in the same mold like Jake Plummer, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Jay Cutler, Warren Moon, Ben Roethlisberger, John Elway, Steve Young and Steve McNair, I feel like Pryor has much to offer, and they will certainly get the best out of his abilities.
Big-Game Experience in a Big Conference
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Terrelle Pryor is a quarterback that has played at a high level for three seasons, for one of the best teams in one of the best conferences of college football.
I know that many players can also make this claim, but with a quarterback, it is different.
He faced a lot of pressure in the NCAA from players that will play on NFL Sundays. Quarterbacks that play against top level talent and tough pass rushes on a weekly basis tend to perform better in the NFL. This guy has played in games against some of the top talent in football.
He has passed for more than 6,000 yards, ran for more than 2,000 yards, had 55 passing touchdowns, made 15 rushing touchdowns and had a couple receiving touchdowns. These are great stats for, and he is, a proven winner.
He was MVP of the Sugar Bowl, MVP of the Rose Bowl, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten. Not many players can say that they have faced some of the best collegiate pass-rushers or future NFL starters. This guy is battle-tested, playing in big college games night in and night out.
The guy is competitive and loves to win. Coaches love to coach guys that love to compete on a nightly basis.
Mike Shanahan Type of Player
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Pryor possesses the athleticism that Mike Shanahan looks for when he is drafting quarterbacks.
Shanahan seems to like athletic quarterbacks with strong arms. Pryor has a very strong arm. Coming into the NFL, he will have a similar game to that of Jay Cutler. These guys are both tough and love to play the game of football. Other quarterbacks, that have been coached by Shanahan, also fitting the athletic mold with big arms, include John Elway and Jake Plummer.
Terrelle Pryor is a work in progress, but he is showing that he is willing to work hard to find his place in the NFL. There have been other players that have come into the league with more talent than him that have not succeeded, but there have also been others with far less talent that have become NFL stars.
I love these guys, and they are considered some of the best quarterbacks of their times, but coming into the NFL, no team really wanted them.
Lack of Other Options
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The Redskins need a developmental player on their roster. Many veteran coaches around the league usually have a younger quarterback on their roster that they try to develop. As of now, the Redskins are in a situation where they do not really have a guy that can be the face of the franchise.
The team is going through a failed experiment with Donovan McNabb and the Haynesworth experiment is looking like a failure also. This team needs help at many positions.
Grossman had a decent showing last year having a QB rating of 81, 800-plus yards and seven touchdowns. The negative to those numbers are his low completion percentage of 55 and four interceptions.
Having a young quarterback that can be mentored by a veteran can really, at least, bring stability to the most important position on the field.
Rex Grossman and John Beck are not long-term answers for any franchise, having not had any success as starters earlier in their careers and both being 30-plus by the start of the season does not help their causes.
Deep Draft and Free Agency in 2012
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Next year's draft will be filled with plenty of talent at many key positions. The hardest position to evaluate is the quarterback position, and looking at the Redskins' roster now, they have plenty of other needs also.
There will be great prospects at quarterback, offensive line, receiver, cornerback, defensive line and linebacker next year. The free-agent class is also deep with talent possibly on the offensive line, defensive line and other key positions for the Redskins.
Looking at the draft next year, I could see the team missing out on the Andrew Luck or Landry Jones sweepstakes, because I do not see them being bad enough to be the worst team in the NFL. Unless they get rid of Haynesworth and McNabb does not come back, they will not be bad enough to pick that early in the draft.
I look for them to make a move at Alshon Jeffrey the wideout from South Carolina. This guy can play and will be a legitimate No. 1 receiver on the NFL level.
This is a nice class for next year, but there would only be two to three players from this list that would be No. 1 receivers worth going after. Dewayne Bowe is the player that most resembles receivers that Shanahan likes, and after Fitzgerald, no one else on this list has as much potential as Jeffrey.
What Would It Hurt? He Won't Cost Much
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How much would it hurt the Redskins to lose a fifth or sixth-round pick next year to develop a player this year and see where he will be next year?
This guy could sit a year behind a veteran quarterback and work with some of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL. They really know how to develop players. At the end of the year, Pryor could definitely be a player that could develop faster than many expect.
The Redskins are not in a position to win now. Developing a guy this year would not be such a bad idea. No matter what happens, if they draft a guy next year, they will still have to develop him.
There are great prospects that could come out next year, but there are great ones that could go back to school. Landry Jones and Matt Barkley are guys that could stay another season, and there is no guarantee that they will be bad enough to get Luck.
Outside of Luck, the other senior quarterbacks will be developmental guys and could take up to a year or two to become starters.
Acquiring Pryor will not cost the Redskins much. He will be entering the NFL supplemental draft, and where he is drafted will actually determine his cost. Still, he was a projected third or fourth-round pick if he came out this year. This projection could have been better or worse depending on his combine.