Raiders keeping QB decision quiet

Raiders keeping QB decision quiet
September 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Dennis Allen has made up his mind, but he isn't ready to reveal if Terelle Pryor (left) or Matt Flynn is his starter. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Dennis Allen knows who will start a quarterback. Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn know. Their teammates are in the loop.

The decision isn’t going public, not until it’s absolutely necessary. The Raiders might not declare one until Sunday morning, when they open the season against the Indianapolis Colts.

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“I’m sure all of you have your questions on who the starting quarterback is going to be and what we’re going to do there,” Allen said without being asked. “I’m really not going to get into that for competitive reasons. We’ve got a plan. Unless we start out in the wildcat, we’re going to have a quarterback out there on the first snap of game, so we’ll just leave it at that.”

That begs a follow-up question. Coach, are you going to start in the wildcat?

“For competitive reasons,” Allen said with a laugh, “I’m not getting into that either.”

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The Raiders are holding back to force the Colts to prepare for a traditional pocket passer and a running quarterback. Given that Pryor will play in certain situations even if he doesn’t start, that was already the case.

Flynn was not present during the open locker room period and Pryor declined comment until Wednesday.

Practice is only open to the press during individual drills, although Pryor lined up with the first-team offensive line during a rushing drill.