Monthly Archives: August 2013

Lighting the Flame in memory of Al Davis

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This year featured two exhibition games at the Coliseum: one against the Cowboys where the Al Davis Flame was lit by former Raider Quarterback Daryle “The Mad Bomber” Lamonica #3,

and another against the Bears where the Flame was lit by the Raiders longest tenured employee (50 years), equipment manager Richard Romanski.temp082613-fans-3--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

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The Raiders Quarterback: Terrelle Pryor #2

nfl_a_tpry_cr_300“Every day, I’m getting 1 percent better and I won’t stop until I get to my goal,” Pryor said when he learned he would start Thursday. “That’s my goal, to be a starting quarterback and to lead a team to wins, wins, wins. I won’t stop until it happens.”

Going into 2013 Raiders look at a continued effort to rebuild. Dennis Allen has bolstered the coaching staff and some new draft picks show promise.

But the QB question determines whether we win or fail this season.

Terrelle Pryor, now #2 has shown in preseason that he deserves that start in Week 1. The Last Disciple of Al Davis has long been the object of Raider fans’ hopes and dreams. Now is the time to fulfill them. As Carson Palmer said: “It’s TP Time!”

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“Head coach Hue Jackson confirmed the team has no plans to move the third-round supplemental draft pick to another position for the time being.

“This young man is a quarterback and I think that is where he is going to start and we will go from there,” Jackson told reporters on Monday.“ He can throw it. He can run with it. He is smart. He is tough. He played in big games,” the coach said. “Again he is another young athlete that we are going to add to the mix that plays quarterback and we will work him.”

In an interview on Monday Night Football Pryor said he would follow Al Davis’ lead on whether he will appeal the suspension. It was previously reported he would not appeal the suspension.

Terrelle+Pryor+Dallas+Cowboys+v+Oakland+Raiders+pZoiR6ILIKTlAfter  Jason Campbell got hospitalized, Hue Jackson had this to say: “Terrelle Pryor sent me a text last night & said Coach, I’m ready.”

pryor“Terrelle started the final game of 2012 against the Chargers wearing #6. The second-year quarterback out of Ohio State was far from great, but he also wasn’t horrible. Pryor showed the Raiders that he’s a player worth developing and that he needs more time to refine his game.

Pryor had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), and the Raiders scored a touchdown on every trip into the red zone. There are a lot of positives from Pryor’s performance, and his supporters will certainly point to them as reasons why he needs more of an opportunity in 2013. Pryor had 49 rushing yards on nine carries, and the Raiders converted 53 percent of their third downs.”

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If Coach Allen continues to resist using Pryor, he is showing his own lack of creativity and initiative.  Terrelle gives this head coach a chance to save his own job.  Take what you are given and make it something magnificent. TP2 is a powerful weapon and we need to use him to his greatest ability. Strike down the AFCW and take the title, for it is rightfully property of the RAIDERS!

On being drafted by Al Davis: “I talked to him a couple of times a week,” Pryor told 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh,  “Once a week at least.  It was just talking to a legend like that.  Him just passing away . . . it sucked.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was in disbelief.  I didn’t know the guy that long, but just from talking to him and how passionate he is it is amazing just talking to him on the phone. . . .  You just get a buzz and butterflies in your stomach because he just talks about winning.  He’s so passionate about the game and so passionate about Oakland.  It amazed me and my heart goes out to his family and he was a great guy.”NFL: Preseason-Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders