Pryor to get shot at starting QB job for Raiders
Though he's only played in four games (one start) in his NFL career, Pryor is a big name due to the massive hype surrounding him as a high school player, followed by becoming the face of Ohio State football. He then made his name even bigger by allegedly accepting improper benefits and making money by autographing memorabilia, which led to his banishment from OSU athletics and eligibility for the NFL's 2011 Supplemental Draft.
Pryor's opportunity to earn the starting job comes as quite a surprise, as head coach Dennis Allen deemed Pryor unready to handle the backup job in Week 16 of the 2012 season. There were rumors, however, that McKenzie and others in the organization were pushing to see what Pryor could do, resulting in him starting for the Raiders in the final game of the season.
Pryor was relatively impressive in the only start of his career, throwing for 150 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while adding 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Raiders fell to the Chargers 24-21 in that game, with Pryor having a hand in all of their points.
The opportunity that Pryor is being given further proves what we already know about the Raiders - they are in rebuilding mode. Though Carson Palmer is by far the best quarterback the Raiders have had since Rich Gannon, he is 33 years old. Palmer definitely gives the Raiders the best chance to win in the short-term, but if "the best chance to win" means still coming up short of the playoffs, it may be a better idea to try developing a young talent.
Pryor may not be the best option for the Raiders to put together a solid 2013 season, but the organization may want to start seeing what kind of player they're working with. Once the Raiders inevitably end up 1-4 with no hope for the playoffs, Pryor will at least make them fun to watch.