The Oakland Raiders decided to play things incredibly cautious with starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as they made the decision to bench him for Matt Flynn in Week 4 after Pryor started experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Saturday night. Pryor pass through all of the league’s mandated concussion tests, and he also passed an extra test that Dennis Allen created in order to fully make sure Pryor was healthy. However, Pryor started experiencing issues after Saturday’s extra test, and the Raiders decided that it would be best to place Pryor on the shelf.
Matt Flynn came in and promptly laid an egg, showing a clear drop-off between himself and Terrelle Pryor, who could very well be the Raiders quarterback of the future (hence, why they are playing things so cautious with his injury). Although Flynn’s 21-32 for 227 yards stat-line looks good at first glance, he was actually quite awful against the Washington Redskins. The pick six he threw to promising N.C. State rookie David Amerson was something out of a Rex Grossman horror film, and Flynn was absolutely awful when under pressure. That was to be expected, but not to that extent. Contrast that with Pryor, who is able to run away from pressure, and it’s clear that Pryor is the much better option going forward.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen knows it after breaking down what happened, and he put it as bluntly as possible. From CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto, “Matt didn’t play well, and we’ve gotta move on. We’ve got to get better than that.”
Ouch. That’s as blunt as you can put it, and Allen’s candor means that this is almost certainly the last time we see Matt Flynn play, unless if Terrelle Pryor suffers another injury.