Who’s to Blame for Terrelle Pryor’s Regression?

After Terrelle Pryor's first four starts of 2013 as the starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, it appeared as though he could be the future of the franchise. Pryor completed 68.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and two interceptions in those starts.

In the past three games, Pryor has completed just 53.2 percent of his passes with one touchdown and seven interceptions. It's pretty clear that Pryor has either regressed as a passer or the Raiders were just able to hide his deficiencies for the first few games.

Pryor's ability to make plays with his feet is second to none, but if he's going to be a franchise quarterback, he's also going to have to be a competent passer. Although the Raiders don't have a great offensive line or receivers, Pryor is mostly to blame for his own regression.

If Pryor did well for four games with basically the same supporting cast, a regression can only be on him or the coaching staff. It's true that the offensive line and, to a lesser extent, the wide receivers aren't helping him, but that has been an issue all season. Pryor needs to make the plays when he gets the opportunity, because he isn't going to get a ton of help.


Evaluating Pryor

Oakland's offensive line isn't great, and that certainly has impacted Pryor. In fact, Pryor's struggles started in Kansas City, where he was sacked nine times and pressured virtually all afternoon.

While it's easy to blame Pryor's poor play on the offensive line that would be to ignore his obvious struggles. Pryor would be better with a good offensive line, but so would any quarterback. The ability to handle pressure by adjusting protections, finding hot reads and manipulating the pocket are a big part of a quarterback's job.

On the third play from scrimmage, Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a gain of 27 yards after running around behind the line of scrimmage and throwing off his back foot in t...

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