With 2013 Season in the Books, Raiders Must Move on from Pryor, McGloin

Although it’s been pretty clear for weeks now, the Oakland Raiders finally know what their biggest need is heading into the offseason: finding a quarterback not named Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin. That point was driven home emphatically during the team’s Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Making his first start in nearly two months, Pryor looked like a novice swimmer who was pushed into the deep end of the pool. He stumbled, he fumbled, and for most of the game, he bumbled around the field while drawing a cascade of boos from the hometown fans.

That he threw for a pair of who-cares touchdowns in the fourth quarter after the Broncos had taken their foot off the gas pedal or that Pryor broke Rich Gannon’s single-season franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback hardly seems to matter.

In what was ultimately a final audition for the starting job in 2014, Pryor fell flat on his face.

He didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers, but a majority of the problems the Raiders had throwing the ball rested squarely on the quarterback’s shoulders. Pryor, himself, said so.

“I would say I’m inconsistent. Period,” Pryor said in the quiet of the Coliseum interview room. “I’ve got to get better.”

Whether or not he gets the chance to try to improve in Oakland is the big question.

The former Ohio State star had quite a week that began with his agent accusing the Raiders of trying to set him up to fail by starting him in the final game of the season after he had been out so long.

Pryor refuted the report but knows his future with the Raiders is anything but guaranteed.

“I don’t think that right now is the time for that,” Pryor said. “We can talk as the season goes on with the organization and have a chat. I just want to enjoy my teammates in the locker room. Right now I don&rsq...

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