Flynn started against Washington in week 4 when Terrelle Pryor sat out with a concussion. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 lost fumbles and an interception (returned for a TD) with an 83.7 Passer Rating. The main problem (other than the turnovers) was Flynn being sacked 7 times behind the Oakland offensive line that isn’t great at pass protecting. Flynn’s inability to feel the pressure from the pass rush and throw the ball away (rather than take a sack) prevented the Raiders from gaining any momentum on offense against the Redskins after building a
14-0 first quarter lead. It didn’t help that running back Darren McFadden left with a hamstring injury in the first half.
Head coach Dennis Allen was so displeased Flynn was demoted to 3rd string last Thursday.
“I don’t know, exactly, what the reason was, why it didn’t work but it just, it didn’t work,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen told ESPN. “Terrelle came in and he took over the job and he’s earned the position that he’s in so we just felt like it was probably best to go ahead and move on from that.”
Flynn was acquired by Oakland in April from the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft and a 2015 conditional pick and expected to be the starter for Oakland this season. Pryor was supposed to watch and learn and be the eventual starter once Flynn’s contract expired. Pryor outplayed Flynn and began the season as the starter.
On Tuesday, David Carr and Pat White will have a tryout with the Raiders to see if either will be added as a backup to Pryor. Carr isn’t that mobile and doesn’t make a lot of sense with their OL, but he’s an experienced veteran. White is much more mobile and would be able to run if the offensive line breaks down. Neither will challenge Pryor for the starting job, they will just be available in case Pryor gets hurt.
Flynn will have options once he clears waivers. And he will clear waivers, make no mistake about that. No team will want to pay Oakland a portion of that 6.5 million owed to him.
EJ Manuel is out with an LCL injury and Jeff Tuel was abysmal against the Cleveland Browns (he completed just 8 of 20 passes for 80, yards, no TD’s and 1 INT with a 31.2 PR). Thad Lewis is set to start against the Cincinnati Bengals and will be making just his second career start with Tuel as his backup. Jacksonville is also a possibility with Blaine Gabbert getting hurt again and Chad Henne being ineffective. Ricky Stanzi is really practice squad material and not a backup by any means. And they need to show some kind of effort in trying to win or they are going to have a real shot at going 0-16. Or he could return to the Green Bay Packers where he got his professional start in 2008 after being a 7th round draft pick and learned from Aaron Rodgers. He threw for 480 yards and 6 TD’s versus the Detroit Lions in 2011.
So, now it’s time for Pryor to play and not have to worry about looking over his shoulder if he makes a bad play or has a bad game. The future is now for Pryor.
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