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Allen wants Pryor to fail?

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07:26 AM ET 12.24 | First, the headline: Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start Sunday's season finale, but there's much more to it. Pryor's agent Jerome Stanley told CSN Bay Area on Monday evening that starting Pryor was the move of a desperate coach setting a young quarterback up to fail. Dennis Allen is one loss away from a second 4-12 campaign in as many seasons as Raiders head coach, and while owner Mark Davis hasn't commented directly on Allen's job status, outsiders believe he's on the hot seat. Stanley believes there is a connection between Allen's lot and Pryor being given the start. He thinks there is something "nefarious" in Allen's motive to start Pryor, and that the Raiders are making his client a scapegoat. "I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails," Stanley told CSN reporter Fallon Smith and myself.

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December 24, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Getting ugly!

December 24, 2013  08:11 AM ET

I don't get it

December 24, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Its Christmas-time. The Raiders are being visited by the ghost of Al Davis past.

December 24, 2013  08:27 AM ET

You would think that Pryor's agent would want his client to start regardless of the circumstances surrounding the decision.

December 24, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Another 4-12 campaign.

The commitment to excrement lives on.

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December 24, 2013  09:05 AM ET

So he wants his client to hold the clipboard? Isn't that a sign of failure?

December 24, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Or maybe, just maybe, it is Pryor who is responsible for how he plays?

December 24, 2013  09:13 AM ET
December 24, 2013  09:23 AM ET

So Pryor is a football player getting paid to play football, but his agent says that by asking him to do the job he's being paid for, he's being set up to fail. Perhaps it's time for a new line of work. Shoe sales perhaps!

December 24, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Next we'll be told that the agent's comments were taken out of context.

December 24, 2013  10:17 AM ET

I wonder if the agent collected 3% of the free tattoos that were Pryor's salary before he joined the Raiders

December 24, 2013  10:22 AM ET

The agent is trying to get his client shipped out.

It's going to work too. Pryor is trade bait (if anyone will be willing to part with a late round pick for a development project failure like Pryor) But the agent didn't need to do this. It was in the works already.

December 24, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The agent is trying to get his client shipped out. It's going to work too. Pryor is trade bait (if anyone will be willing to part with a late round pick for a development project failure like Pryor) But the agent didn't need to do this. It was in the works already.

If anything, it hurts his trade stock.
NFL GMs tend to value competitiveness in their QB prospects. Whinning (even through your agent) about being given an opportunity to start? Meh, not so much

December 24, 2013  10:49 AM ET

It's hard to blame losses on a performing QB. If this is true, this guy is shameless.

December 24, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Does Dennis Allen think that going 5-11 is going to save his job, as opposed to 4-12?

December 24, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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Another 4-12 campaign. The commitment to excrement lives on.

They have not had a winning record since 2002.

December 24, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So Pryor is a football player getting paid to play football, but his agent says that by asking him to do the job he's being paid for, he's being set up to fail. Perhaps it's time for a new line of work. Shoe sales perhaps!

Yep.

One would think that if a coach felt his job were on the line, he'd be doing his best to keep it. This implies that the agent knows his client isn't capable of getting the job done, but he still appreciates the 3% cut.

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December 24, 2013  12:20 PM ET

This time on Tuesday, December 31, Dennis Allen will be looking for work.

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