Chip Kelly envies Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor
Nick Foles and Matt Barkley do not fit into a read option offense because they are too slow for it. Michael Vick isn’t the type of quarterback that can handle the beating that comes with it. On the other hand, Terrelle Pryor, weighing at 230 pounds and 6 foot 3 inches at height is a very good fit and Chip Kelly knows it.
He is exactly the type of quarterback who incorporates both mobility and strength in one package. He has a 63 percent pass completion ratio and has 391 rushing yards. He has also made a record breaking touchdown this season; a 93 yard touchdown, the longest by any NFL quarterback. He is the kind of quarterback that would fit like a key in a lock with Kelly’s strategy.
"That offense is tailor-made for Terrelle," said Pryor’s High School coach Ray Reitz. “He can run. He can throw. He's big and strong. He's the total package. I think he'd flourish in that offense."
Kelly will envy having Pryor not only because he has all he could ask for but because his quarterbacks aren’t doing so well either. Barkely, Foles and Vick are not giving a consistent performance and have shown that during the past eight games. The Raiders will be more than taunting Kelly when Pryor is on the field and a quarterback who could do everything he asked for would be doing exactly that against him.
Chip Kelly had his eye on Pryor from the very start. Five times he visited Pryor on recruiting missions to convince him to come to the West Coast. Pryor said that he always liked Kelly and was definitely his most likeable choice but the problem was he would have to go too far from home, an idea that did not thrill him.
"Chip was one of my favorites. I probably would have been with him if he was a little closer,” Pryor said. “It's pretty out there, Oregon was, and it wasn't a good distance for my family. That wasn't a good deal for me."