First off, I'm not a Pryor fan (although I'm slowly moving in that direction) nor am I either a RM or DA hater. My feelings about Pryor are similar to the feelings I had when given Gradkowski/Jabustus, Campbell/Gradkowski, and Palmer/Campbell.. In each case, I felt that one choice was better than the other. I can still recall the vehemence that accompanied each QB selection from the fans backing the loser. However, in each instance, even though many people continued to criticize the new QB, things got quiet after awhile and fans rallied behind the newest selection, though some were less than enthusiastic.
I see great similarity in all 3 (RM,DA and TP). They're both tackling something they have never done before although each has come in with some degree of success in prior positions. In TP's case, it's the NFL versus college. In DA's case, it's head coach with only a single year as a coordinator. In RM's case, it's his first GM shot ever. The greatest similarity between all 3 is in their accomplishments on the field. RM and DA presided over a disastrous 4-12 first season and TP is now 0-2. When you listen to their supporters, what you hear is potential but what you also hear is the mitigating circumstances. For RM and DA, the mitigating circumstance is summed up in 3 letters: CAP. For TP, his supporters point to the lack of attention until late. This is where things have gotten stupid as I see it. Because this lack of attention is associated with DA (and by extension RM), the criticism of DA and RM by TP fans have descended into the absurd as they scramble for reasons (DA doesn't want a black QB). Which has led to equally absurd remarks by those that support RM and DA (TP isn't an NFL QB). What's noticeable is that each side definitely ignores the obvious: Other than our intuition and passion and hope, there's been little to draw the lofty conclusions assigned to each of the individuals.
The first game of the season showcased the potential that each has to offer. The low rent players reflected well upon some of RM's thriftiness. We can even say that we've moved beyond cutting into a talent search. The half-time adjustments AND the overall demeanor reflect well upon DA's emergence as an NFL coach to be reckoned. And TP's self-admitted flawed performance offered a glimpse of o line relief (could use that while Veld mends) and the possibility that we can begin the march to relevance a little sooner than anticipated. I have no doubt that the defense benefited from not being on the field as long.
There's still a lot of unanswered questions about all 3. How will we adjust to the adjustments that other teams are bound to make? Will we be able to really get the big impact players next year or will everything come up Wilson? Can we consistently make the week-to-week adjustments with personnel/playcalling that will put us in the best place to succeed with what we put on the field? No one gets a pass but they all deserve our support.