Terrelle Pryor didn't need to be a perfect 10 to win the starting quarterback job Thursday night probably just a 7. But Pryor was a 9.9 as in his quarterback rating after throwing an interception and finishing 3-for-8 for 31 yards against the Seahawks. He did run for 48 yards on three carries in his half of play one the Raiders finished trailing 16-6 in an eventual 22-6 loss. Was it enough to beat out Matt Flynn who sat out this game with a sore arm? Does it even matter for a Raiders team that has scored 16 points combined in the first halves of the final three preseason games? To the first question head coach Dennis Allen said he knows who his starting quarterback will be Week 1 against the Colts in Indianapolis. "I'm not telling you but yes" Allen said. "For competitive reasons we are going to keep it in house." After the game Flynn said his arm felt better. When asked if he knew who the starting quarterback would be in Week 1 he said smiling "I don't think so." Flynn has not looked confident in the pocket and has missed open receivers downfield when pressured. Pryor's throwing mechanics are still under construction and on Thursday he reverted to jumping on a lot of his passes. His interception a deep pass to Jacoby Ford sailed though Ford could have come back and broken up the interception. Allen was asked if Pryor showed him anything he didn't know coming into the game. "No" Allen said. "It's kind of what I expected. He is a good athlete he can create plays with his feet. There is still some meat on the bone that we have to improve." Pryor is definitely dangerous on the move as he showed on a 25-yard run. Seattle safety Jeron Johnson had him dead to rights but Pryor slowed then accelerated around and by Johnson up the sideline. Pryor was "satisfied" with his performance except for the interception. "I was late" he said. "That's something that just can't happen. ... I thought we moved the ball well. At the end of the day it's just about getting better and now it's crunch time. I'll be ready to go." Pryor's last drive of the first half was indicative of the coaches' lack of total confidence in him (and we're not saying they're totally confident in Flynn.) Down 16-3 the Raiders ran when they got in scoring position.
Pryor does little to win Raiders' starting QB job
San Francisco Chronicle | Aug 30