Heading into the season finale, and possibly his last game as the Oakland Raiders head coach, Dennis Allen made a surprising move to name Terrelle Pryor the starter over rookie Matt McGloin.
Apparently, Pryor’s agent, Jerome Stanley, is livid over Allen’s decision to start Pryor saying the following via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com:
“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley told CSN reporter Fallon Smith and myself. “That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…
“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”
Along with all the backlash from Pryor’s agent over this decision, Allen could be on his way out following the season finale against the Denver Broncos. Owner Mark Davis let it be known before Week 16 that the last two games would be an evaluation period for the Allen and the coaching staff. Although Allen inherited a bad situation in Oakland with little hope of quickly turning things around, the head coach is on the hot seat with rumors of Jon Gruden being targeted by the team to take over next season.
Gruden remains intrigued about the possibility of returning to Oakland for a second stint and for good reason. The Raiders have a considerable amount of cap space at their disposal this off-season and a talented group of young players with a big upside.
Regardless of the comments made by Pryor’s agent, the Ohio State product may be auditioning for a new team on Sunday with his long-term future in Oakland uncertain to say the least. Pryor has had a few shining moments on the football this season, but has also be awful at times leading to the eventually benching in favor of McGloin.
It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out with the Raiders set to face arguably the best team in the AFC if not the entire NFL on Sunday in Oakland.