Welcome back, Dark Side Demons!!!! There seems to be a tremor in the Force in the year of 2013.. His name is Master Terrell Pryor! Nah, I was just kidding, you rebel scum.. I actually wanted to write that name down just to make your eyes pop out of your sockets and give you all hope- "a new hope" , for that matter. Honestly, do you still think he is the future of this team??!?!? I sense more and more positivity from Fans as the long days pass into Training Camp and Pre Season. The great hype has drifted from last 2 years of play. Yes, I know we have heard it all before- the pros and the cons listed many, many times. Me? I always like to look at the negatives (Dark Side) first to ruffle your feathers a bit. So let's do this.. Point uno: He has a weak arm. Did anyone else observe that the Coaches limited long pass plays? I sure as Hell did. Search you feelings Nation, you know the reason why. Has anyone ever seen a Duck fly? That's what I think of when I see TP3 throw a long ball. Yes, I know some of our best Raider Quarterbacks have lacked this ability as well, but they made up for their lack of a bullet arm with toughness, intelligence and extreme vision. Which brings mean to my next point.. Point dos: Has anyone noticed the lack of vision that he and the rest of our Quarterbacks share? He had Juron Criner open on that Interception pass! He also had a possible chance to run into the End Zone for a Touchdown. I understand he was trying to show off the rest of his talents on the field, but I'm sure T- Pry didn't get on anyone's good side after making this kind of decision on a Red Zone play. Point très: I believe a couple of other things that are really holding our prized Jedi down is his Football intelligence and experience. After watching him closely in Training Camp, it seems he still isn't quite sure of when to run, when to throw, when to throw it away and how to read defenses. A few times, he even seemed lost to me. The good: Damn, are those feet quick or what? Anytime, those Receivers are covered up? The kid runs faster than the Millenium Falcon at light speed. He jukes, he spins and he gets out of trouble that Carson Palmer would otherwise find. This seems to be his best ability. I'm sure all of the Receivers and Linemen love his scrambling since it can create more time on any given play. Maybe that's the reason I have always loved this ability in Quarterbacks. Hey, don't get me wrong, I WANT this guy to be successful, I just don't want to see too many mistakes while watching him! Can he improve his mechanics through familiarity after more repetitions? Of course he can. If that day ever comes? watch the F#@ out, NFL.
The Rest of team played ok. To be honest, I really didn't get too high or too low during this game. Matt Flynn was limited in throwing the tough balls, so it's kind of unfair to grade his talent this early in the Pre-Season. Greg Olson seemed to keep his attack steady and balanced in order to make Flynn look good. Matt McGloin did very well and threw the lone TD. We all loved those Pryor Pistol formations. Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of those packages. Brice Butler was the MVP. That kind of catch does not happen very often in the O. The Offensive Linemen seemed to lack the push we have been looking for. This is a cause for concern since fans originally thought as soon as power blocking would be implemented, we would see a difference. I have to tell you; we have some ways to go. Captain Darren McFadden had 5 yards on 3 carries. Rashad Jennings (9 for 39 yards) and Latavius Murray (8 for 29 yards) seem to be battling for the #2 position. This battle is what Pre-Season is all about. The Defense still lacks the ability to get to the Quarterback. Sio Moore had a sack, but it only came after 5 plus seconds of Tony Romo stalling to get a ball thrown. The run stopping was average. The coverage seemed to be somewhat improved. We'll see how much better the Defensive Backs can be when 1st Round Pick, DJ Hayden hits the field in a couple of weeks. From NFL.com game summary: After forcing just 16 turnovers under fired coordinator Rob Ryan last year, the Cowboys have been very opportunistic so far this preseason by forcing four turnovers in the first two games, including rookie J.J. Wilcox's end zone interception against Terrelle Pryor. But the Raiders got a 30-yard touchdown pass from undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to fellow rookie Brice Butler and a go-ahead field goal from Eddy Carmonain the fourth quarter after B.W. Webb fumbled a punt at his 9. It was a rough night for Dallas' special teams as the Cowboys had a field goal blocked and allowed a 51-yard kickoff return. "Those are plays that are going to hurt you," Garrett said. "Those aren't winning football plays. We got to make sure we correct that." Tony Romo, who sat out last week against Miami after offseason surgery to remove a cyst from his back, completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards in his first two series of the preseason. Kyle Orton threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley and rookie Joseph Randle scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter for Dallas. Flynn's tenure in Oakland got off to a rough start when he was sacked by an unblocked Lee on his first drive, leading to a fumble that Jason Hatcherrecovered for Dallas at the Raiders 16. After a holding penalty, a tipped pass and a sack by rookie Sio Moore on Romo's first drive of the preseason, the Cowboys were lucky to get a field goal out of that gift field position when Dan Bailey connected from 38 yards. Both quarterbacks fared far better on their second drives with Flynn converting a pair of third downs on passes to Denarius Moore and Rod Streater to set up a 51-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
Flynn's night was over after going 4 for 5 for 37 yards.Romo completed 5 of 6 passes for 77 yards before Bailey's field goal attempt was blocked by Tyvon Branch. "We're making strides," Flynn said. "We still have a lot of work to do. I think that timing, that trust factor is coming. There are definitely things we need to clean up. My job is to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers." Pryor came in and mixed in some electrifying plays with questionable ones. Pryor ran 13 yards on a read option on his first play, delighting the fans who have been partial to the former Ohio State star since he joined the Raiders in the supplemental draft two years ago. Pryor also showed poise in the pocket, throwing an 18-yard screen to Jamize Olawale and converting a third-and-8 with a 9-yard pass to Andre Holmes. But those promising plays were erased when he rolled out on third-and-4 from the 6 and threw late across his body when he had room to run and was intercepted by Wilcox in the end zone. "It was just me being greedy," Pryor said. "I looked at the pictures and I could have ran it easy. That was just me being greedy." Pryor bounced back after Orton completed all six passes on an 80-yard touchdown drive and completed three passes for 54 yards in the final minute to set up a field goal by Janikowski. "He's really a dual threat," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "He can run the football and I thought he threw the ball pretty well at times tonight. That's one of the things we want to try to use, that skill set, and hopefully it will be another dimension to our offense." To read the entire game Summary, click here:
Damn, it's sure feel good to watch Raider Football again. I'll see you next week after we handle the Saints in Nawlins. Keep it crispy and on the Dark Side! -Darth Raider