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."
GM: Surprised by Terrelle Pryor
ESPN | Sep 19