Agent: Dennis Allen wants Terrelle Pryor to fail

For the first time since Week 10, Terrelle Pryor will be under center for the Raiders, replacing Matt McGloin. Naturally, you’d assume his agent would celebrate this news, right?


Pryor’s agent, Jerome Stanley, told CSN Bay Area that he believes Raiders coach Dennis Allen wants Pryor to fail in his Week 17 start against the Broncos.

“I think they’re putting him in hopes that he fails,” Stanley said. “That’s what I think coach is doing. I think they’re putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that’s what’s going on, I do and it’s ridiculous…

“You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn’t want him to look good. And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. (Allen) doesn’t want him to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”

Pryor won the starting quarterback job in training camp, beating out McGloin, an undrafted free agent. Oakland went 3-5 in Pryor’s starts before the 24-year-old suffered a sprained MCL on Nov. 10, knocking him out of action — and out of favor with the coaching staff.

Pryor has thrown for 1,591 yards with five touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and has been used sparingly since his injury. He did not play in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.

Continuing his tirade, Stanley asserted that Allen “stumbled upon a gem” in his client and then “botched the discovery.”

“I expect Terrelle Pryor to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL,” Stanley said. “I expect that. I’ll be shocked if it didn’t happen. Terrelle Pryor is the best and most dynamic athlete in the NFL playing the quarterback position. He also has won games and been productive when given the opportunity. It’s not brain surgery. His coach stumbled upon a gem, the find of the season in Terrelle Pryor. He stumbled upon him and then he botched the discovery. It was ridiculous, just ridiculous.”

The Raiders’ season can’t end soon enough.

(Photo credit: Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Bill McDowell

    If what this “agent: said and I am being kind calling him an agent…. is true it is ridiculous.
    The Coach is the boss, he can start who he wants and vs a good team like Denver, he obviously wants to see what Terrelle can do. Both Matt and Terrelle will compete for the starting position and the best man will win out….for now. To say Terrelle “is the best and most dynamic athlete in the NFL playing the quarterback position” is totally out of line. He has great potential and is gifted but let’s not inflate his ego. There will be a lot of additions and changes this off-season, all of which will lead to the eventual promise land.
    I might suggest that Terrelle search for a new agent. One more thing…………….