This one was a long time coming. Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has an agent who put himself at the center of attention late last month when he stated that Raiders head coach Dennis Allen wanted Pryor to fail, and it was a completely unfounded and irresponsible remark from Pryor’s agent, who put his client in a bad spot with his ill-advised speech. It’s safe to say that Pryor was in an awkward situation, and he did an incredibly admirable job of damage control in order to distance himself from his agent’s strong opinions. It’s usually the agent who cleans up for rash comments made by a player, but this time the tables turned, which wasn’t a pretty sight at all.
With that incident in mind, it is unsurprising to hear that Terrelle Pryor has decided to fire his agent and will hopefully hire someone significantly better. FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo reports that Pryor hasn’t hired a new agent yet after firing Jerome Stanley, who obviously drew the ire of Allen for what he said about Allen’s desire for Pryor to fail. Allen’s statement included some major choice words, and it was clear at that point that Stanley wouldn’t be Pryor’s agent for much longer.
Pryor’s agent will have a talented dual-threat client on his hands with plenty of physical tools, but Pryor is also so raw that there are worries that it isn’t worth trying to develop him. I myself am a bit of a Pryor fan, though I don’t truly view him as “the answer” due to his inconsistency. But is he worth developing? Sure. Does/did Allen want him to fail? Heck no. I mean, why on earth would a head coach want a player to fail, let alone a potential franchise QB? It just makes no sense.