Why Terrelle Pryor didn't start.

This is a question that keeps coming up over and over. Apparently some of you think that Pryor would've been ready yesterday and should've been put in the game. I'm making this post to remind you that TP is raw and he's a project. He's not going to turn into a starter overnight without putting in a lot of time to work on his fundamentals and his mechanics.


Pryor is a raw quarterback who needs to greatly improve his accuracy if he is ever going to become a quality starting QB in the NFL. Of the 40 quarterbacks I have charted over the past four years, Pryor’s accuracy ranked 36th out of 40. He needs to stride into and follow through on his passes more consistently in order to improve his accuracy. He obviously needs to work on his mechanics, but if he can improve his accuracy, then the odd look of his release would not be as big of an issue.

- Russ Lande
In the NFL, [...] Pryor will struggle until he figures out a few things — how to derive increased velocity through proper throwing mechanics, when to cut out the read-and-run stuff and pick up progression concepts, and his own best way to become a thrower with touch and accuracy in short windows. It's clear that he would have benefited immensely from a 2011 college season, but as the coaches like to say, "It is what it is."

Right now, Pryor is a single-pitch pitcher with some potential; a good running quarterback with some natural physical advantages. But as is the case with most spread quarterbacks, Pryor will most likely have to start out as a situational guy best suited to the teams that hold Wildcat and Pistol concepts most dear. He doesn't have Cam Newton's arm, nor has he proven to have Vince Young's ability (at least, when Vince Young feels like it) to integrate passing into a more complex running scheme in an option offense. Not yet, at least. Right now, I'd compare him with one of the second-tier option guys who are still trying to get the hang of it in the pros.
- Doug Farrar
Mechanical:  At times he doesn’t have a clean drop from under center, he has happy feet in the pocket regularly as you can almost sense that he is itching to run, and while his throwing motion is solid it could use some tweaking. He doesn’t dip it down to his waist or anything though, to his credit. He consistently throws off balance however, he doesn’t square his shoulders up to the line of scrimmage when scrambling to his left, he throws across his body back to the middle of the field in rare instances, and routinely throws without resetting his feet. However, even in a clean pocket his mechanics and accuracy are less than impressive.

Pocket Poise: He regularly looks antsy in the pocket and drops his eyes too quickly in the face of pressure, and looks to scramble out of the pocket instead of stepping up to remain in the pocket to continue scanning the field. He also doesn’t deal well with pressure, and seems to panic and look to escape instead of standing tall to deliver a throw downfield.

Intangibles: He has made plays late in games before, but he is just as likely to make a play that helps your team as he is to hurt your team, and a lot of that has to deal with his inconsistent mechanics and poor decision making. He takes so many risks, makes so many off balance throws, and participates in so many broken plays that when he takes a chance late in a game he can make a play and get a completion on a throw or a 1st down running or he can throw an interception.
- Tom Melton
Pryor took 16 snaps as the Raiders' fourth-string quarterback. He completed four of nine passes, fumbled twice and either handed off or pitched the ball on five plays.

His passes were a collection of wounded ducks, wobbly spirals and getting-tighter spirals.

He threw behind receivers in the flat and his longest completion down field was a badly-underthrown ball down the right sideline. Luckily for him, Chad Jackson adjusted on the fly and Stanford Routt fell down so Jackson caught the ball.
- Paul Gutierrez

"I mean, that's a big package," Pryor said of the playbook. "I only had two days of practice; that'd be an awful lot (to expect to absorb), but if it was cut down, of course."

Pryor has been in offensive meetings, but he said, "Going in the classroom and being on the field is two completely different things, you know. ... I'm just trying to get the grip down on calling the plays fully ..."

- Terrelle Pryor to SF Chronicle, last week

Notice the repeating themes: raw, fundamentals, mechanics. Don't respond to this post saying that I'm trashing Pryor because that's not the point of this post. He has great athletic gifts and I think with hard work and proper tutelage he has the potential to be a top QB. But he is as raw as they come. There is a reason Mr. Davis kept telling him to "wait your turn". Please stop your ridiculous posts calling for Pryor to play unless you know something Mr. Davis and Hue don't.

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