After what seems like a 25-year search, the Oakland Raiders have found a quarterback that can the true face of their franchise.It’s fitting that Terrelle Pryor was maverick/owner Al Davis’ last pick before his death.
Davis left his beloved franchise not only with a good athlete, but with a young man that is taking his maturation process very seriously.
The Raiders took a brutal 24-7 loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Pryor took the defeat upon his shoulders in comments that were given to Comcast California.
“This loss is on me. I’ll take it,” Pryor said. “I’ll make sure we get better. As the leader of the offense, I have to make sure it happens. It will.”
After refusing to point fingers at other teammates, Pryor predicted an unlikley postseason birth for the silver & black.
“We have to come together and start creating,” Pryor said. “We‘ll be back; 2-4; we’ll get to the playoffs.”
At 2-4, its hard to envision a world where that will happen.
The Raiders live in the AFC West with two undefeated teams in the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.
Reality states that they will not win their division.
It also says that either the Broncos or the Chiefs will take one of two wildcard slots.
Teams such as the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals are also positioned to fight it out for a wildcard birth if they don’t win their respective divisions.
On the sunny side, Pryor is bringing hope to a team that has been without a drop of it since Rich Gannon guided them to a Super Bowl in 2003.
The question becomes, ‘if not now then when?’
Depending on a few crucial factors, the Raiders bid to get on the postseason ballot could happen next season.
Pryor has energized and united a locker room that has not held itself accountable in over a decade.
Left tackle Khalif Barnes bore witness to the idea that Pryor has made an impact in this area.
“This is not a one-man thing. Everybody played a part in this,” Barnes said. “We all have things he could’ve done better. We have to learn how to play together. He’s done well for us. He needs to keep his head up and get back to work.”
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