Three and Out: Raiders OL gets 'glue' back; Pryor's bye week recap
ALAMEDA -- Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn’t take a day off during the bye week. He spent two days with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. He also met up with private mechanics coach Tom House for a tutoring session.
While an original meet-up up in Los Angeles was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict, House and his assistants came to Pryor over the weekend for a workout session.
Teacher and student watched film at Pryor’s house, identified some fixable flaws and worked out kinks at a local field.
“I got better, I can say that. I got better,” Pryor said. “It was a great time to get some work in, though I didn’t really get any days off. There’s no time to take off anyways; you have to work constantly to improve.”
Pryor believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will play a better thrower than previous opponents faced. He has Olson and House to thank. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was manhandled by a ferocious Chiefs defense that got inside his head and forced uncharacteristic mistakes.
Pryor took responsibility for his errors, without drowning in self-pity. He worked his way out instead.
“That’s what’s going to get me to where I want to be and be a very good quarterback in this league,” Pryor said. “I just have to keep on understanding that I want to keep getting better and be a perfectionist but I still have to have that little on the side that’s saying I respect and appreciate the progress I’ve made.”
Pryor believes he made progress playing situational football during his time with Olson, which was focused on decision-making. He needs to create more manageable third downs, often by trading big-play possibility for yards in steady, small chunks.
House worked on mechanics, adding balance to throws in a clean pocket. They focused on his throwing motion, identifying certain keys consistent under calm or duress. A blown third down pass to a slanting Denarius Moore versus K.C. stuck in Pryor’s craw, and he wanted to ensure he’d convert next time.
“That’s something that I looked at and had to clean up because that’s something I didn’t do,” Pryor said. “If I mess it up once, I have to clean it up, so it’s something I attacked.”
Pryor is excited about applying what he’s learned against a typically tough Steelers defense. But, rain or shine on Sunday, Pryor already knows the bye-week checkup was worth his while.
“It’s all a process and until it becomes second nature,” Pryor said. “I’m doing fine right now, but there were some things I need to clean up I started working on when they got here. It was good work.”