Pryor’s Problems with Play Clock Are Troubling

Of all the mistakes and gaffes that Terrelle Pryor made in the Oakland Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the quarterback’s inability to get the offense in and out of the huddle in a timely manner has to be the most troubling.

It’s been a major stumbling block for Pryor ever since he entered the NFL as a supplemental draft pick in 2011. It’s also one of the primary reasons the current coach staff wasn’t sure if he’d ever develop into a starter.

Pryor overcame a lot of his other problems to beat out Matt Flynn and two others for the job in training camp. He has emerged as one of the top running quarterbacks in the league, and although he had a terrible game against the Chiefs, the Raiders still favor him as their starting quarterback now and in the foreseeable future.

His issues with the play clock, however, remain a problem.

Oakland was hit with a pair of penalties for delay of game in the season-opening loss to Indianapolis. Pryor didn’t have any problems over the next three games, but they boiled back to the top again in the loss to the Chiefs.

The Raiders were hit with three delay of game penalties amid the thunderous crowd noise at Arrowhead Stadium, and they barely avoided picking up a handful more. The team also wasted at least one timeout as the clock was running down.

At one point during the television broadcast, former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon chided Pryor for not even looking at the play clock.

For his part, Oakland’s quarterback did not duck blame.

“I wasn’t getting the play called until about 15 seconds (remained), so when we got on the line...that stadium was very loud,” Pryor said. “We have to be better talking, communicating in the huddle, getting in and out. I thought we rushed a lot, and a lot of the things happened because we were rushing. That starts (with) me....

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