Allen names Pryor starting QB for Raiders' finale

Allen: 'I've decided to go with Terrelle Pryor as our quarterback'

Allen names Pryor starting QB for Raiders' finale
December 28, 2012, 12:30 pm
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ALAMEDA -- Matt Leinart is not the future quarterback of the Oakland Raiders. Terrelle Pryor might be, and the Raiders are going to glimpse the future Sunday when they send out the second-year QB to start the season finale against the rival San Diego Chargers.

"It's my decision and I've decided to go with Terrelle Pryor as our quarterback," head coach Dennis Allen announced Friday. "He gives us a unique element of athleticism at the quarterback position. He deserves to get an opportunity to get out there. I'm anxious to see him play."

Allen acknowledged the move was two-fold, giving the Raiders a chance to win the season finale against a division rival on the road, as well as see what they have in the 23-year-old.

"It gives us a view into the future," Allen said.

It also gives us an idea of Leinart's future with the Raiders, which might only be as a backup.

Leinart took the news "like a competitor," Allen said. "He didn't like it. But that's a decision that I had to make and I felt like it was the right one for this football team."

So what is the first-year head coach looking for in Pryor's first career start?

"I want to see him go out there and relax," Allen explained. "Play the game of football the way it's supposed to be played, I want to see him take command of the huddle. I want to see him get in and out of the huddle smoothly and run the offense. And I want to see him protect the football and make good decisions."

And surely, Raiders fans everywhere would love to see him win.

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