Oakland Raiders: Can Terrelle Pryor Be the Team’s Starting Quarterback in 2012?

If there's one thing that we've learned over the years, it's do not count anything out of the ordinary to happen with the Oakland Raiders—and that very well could happen this season.

Entering 2012, Oakland's depth chart at quarterback follows like so: Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor and Kyle Newhall-Caballero. 

There's no question that there's talent in the team's quarterback corps, but the biggest concern is consistency—and Palmer most certainly lacked that during his first year with the Raiders. 

In 2011, after being traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to Oakland, Palmer appeared in 10 games while starting nine of them. In those 10 games, Palmer posted a respectable 80.5 quarterback rating while completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and a pitiful 16 interceptions.

Granted, three of those interceptions came in clean-up duty when he was infused into the team's offense during Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs—but 16 interceptions in 10 games is still pretty putrid. 

Palmer went just 4-5 as Oakland's starter and proved to be extremely inconsistent with a team that had talent on both sides of the ball. 

Palmer's backup, and the man ahead of Pryor on the depth chart, Leinart, is also just as inconsistent as Palmer, if not more. 

Leinart has been a huge disappointment thus far in his lackluster five-year career. The former USC standout has posted an 8-10 record as a starter while recording a mediocre 71.6 quarterback rating while tossing 15 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions. 

From what we saw from Palmer a year ago and what we've seen from Leinart throughout his career, there's a quality opportunity for Pryor to steal the show in Oakland—and that's because of one huge factor—a new coaching staff. 

First-year head coach Dennis Allen has asse...

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