In this article I will attempt to offer little to no opinion one way or the other regarding the Raiders 2013 quarterbacks. This is meant solely to compare the statistics of both QB's first start. Both Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor have very limited experience starting in the NFL. A fair way to compare them at this time would be to compare each player's first start.
Flynn: 2010 vs. New England
Opponent ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense allowing 258.5 YPG on 63.5% completion rate through the air along with 1.56 TD's.
|2010 REGULAR SEASON GAME LOG||PASSING||RUSHING|
|Sun 12/19||L 27-31||24||37||251||64.9||6.78||66||3||1||18.4||100.2||3||13||4.3||9||0|
Pryor: 2012 vs. San Diego
Opponent ranked 18th in the NFL in pass defense allowing 230.1 YPG on 61.1% completions through the air along with 1.75 TD's.
|2012 REGULAR SEASON GAME LOG||PASSING||RUSHING|
|Sun 12/30||L 21-24||13||28||150||46.4||5.36||38||2||1||71.2||72.0||9||49||5.4||9||1|
Pryor came in ahead with 36 more yards and a 1.1 yards per carry better average than Flynn. But Flynn's rushing stats were not terrible for a prototypical passing QB.
Score: Pryor 1, Flynn 0
Flynn had a superior passing day in terms of yardage, completion percentage, and average. I have weighted passing as a two-point score since it is the most important aspect of being a QB in the NFL.
Score: Pryor 1, Flynn 2
While Flynn did toss 3 TD's, he did not scramble for any. Pryor had 3 total TD's as well. Therefore, this score is a push.
Flynn tossed a pick six and also had a fumble. Pryor tossed one interception with no fumbles.
Score: Pryor 2, Flynn 2
Both players had their first start on the road and both lost. The Chargers were ranked higher in yards allowed per game than the Patriots, but the Patriots allowed fewer TD's. Both QB's had numerous on-target throws dropped, as both games were played in less than ideal weather conditions. This score is also a push.
While this type of analysis may not offer any earth shattering realizations, it does help to emphasize each players strengths and weaknesses. Flynn is a superior passer and Pryor is a superior runner. Flynn has fumbled in both of his starts and has thrown two interceptions, so Pryor has been slightly more protective of the ball. Both QB's struggle with throwing accurately down field.
The real key will be to see how each player developed last year. Greg Olson will have to decide which QB fits his system best, and let them battle it out in camp. Olson has mostly worked with big armed QB's, but has claimed that Gruden was a big influence on him. The good news is Olson is new to the situation so both QB's will get a fair shake. If nothing else, competition should get the best out of both QB's.
Please see the links below for throw by throw breakdowns of Flynn's games and cut ups from Pryor's games.