There Can Only Be One


Highlander. That's what we need. That one guy, without a doubt, is our guy. No more, "if they only gave (Insert name here) a chance we'd be better." No more of the all too familiar message board bashings amongst each other. For the past two years I've felt like a kid stuck in a broken family not knowing whether or not to pick mom or dad. We need stability. Because without it, we'll never succeed. It just won't happen. That being said, I don't know if that guy is on our team right now. But, we've got to work with what we have.

Matt Flynn
Flynn has the potential to be a decent starting quarterback in the NFL. I've though that since he was traded to Seattle. I was excited when RM made the move to get him in Silver and Black. All through camp it seemed like he was playing hot and cold and wasn't very consistent. And that really seemed to carry over to the way he's played during the preseason. He seems hesitant, unsure of himself, and seems to be lacking the confidence it takes to be a starter in this league.
On the other hand, he's an accurate passer and seems to make few mistakes. Honestly, the thing that grinds my gears the most is the 3rd and long plays when he checks down for a short gain. That gives me flashbacks of Jasuckus and I feel the same rage welling up inside once again. Some of that is attributed to the play calling, I understand that. But, there have been instances in which it seemed as if he didn't even give the deep route a look and automatically progressed to the guys running shorter routes. Another one of his downfalls is his inability to react to pressure in the pocket. He doesn't seem to have the "eyes in the back of his head" that you see with a lot of the great quarterbacks.

Terrelle Pryor
TP...ugh 2. (I hate that by the way, still stings to much to see that number in Silver and Black) He's finally got his shot this year. His first legitimate shot it seems. At times he's dazzled and other times he's fizzled. A lot of the same things I've said about Flynn can be said about Pryor. He's shown that he has trouble making the right decision under pressure and sometimes it really hurts the team. First against the Cowboys in Week One with his endzone interception. Then against the Bears I saw him run out of bounds for a huge loss instead of just heaving it out of bounds. Also, he had a way off target throw that would have been intercepted by the defender had he not dropped it. It's common sense errors like that, that will kill a coaching staff's confidence in a guy real quick.

When I see Pryor on the field I see a guy who is excited about getting an opportunity, and has a passion for football that really shows. I also see a guy that's afraid of making mistakes and second guesses himself at every corner. It always seems like he's thinking "Pass or run?! Pass or Run?!" Instead of just making the call and going for it. Those are the forehead slapping moments he's got to avoid. Especially, since he's got the legs to extend plays. A quarterback with his talent coupled with a huge amount of confidence is a scary (good) thing the Raiders haven't seen in a long time.

It seems as if both quarterbacks are deathly afraid of screwing up and making the wrong choice and it's messing with their decision making process. Especially Flynn. He's got yet another young gun breathing down his neck and that's got to mess with his head. And Terrelle just wants it so bad he's afraid of being overzealous or guessing wrong. Honestly, Matt McGloin is the only QB I've seen this season that you can just tell he's got that confidence that when the ball is snapped, he goes through his progression, says "that guy is open and I know I can get it to him" and makes the throw. I really like the guy and I think he can be solid with some development. Who knows he may get the chance to "develop" at some point during the season if things start going downhill fast.

If I had to choose right now I'd take Pryor to start Week 1. Keep in mind, I'm not one of the people that has been high on Pryor at all since we got him. In fact, there was a time when I thought he was a waste of a roster spot. I would have loved nothing more than for Matt Flynn to have come out on fire when he got to Oakland and really make a huge impression. Facts are facts, he hasn't done that yet. Pryor has earned it. And honestly, with our offensive line playing as poorly as they are now, he's probably our best option. He's not just going to crumble and take a sack. If he feels the pressure, he's gone. But, he's got to know when to run, when to pass, and when to just throw it away and live to play another down. If RM and DA decide to go that route they're going to have to commit to him and let him know that he's got their full support or else it's just not going to work. Those confidence issues will creep back in, along with the uncertainty of the choices he makes. He's got to know that people have his back win, lose, or tie.

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