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Lowell Cohn: Raiders' Terrelle Pryor takes blame, now must improve his game

  • Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor avoids a sack by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) late in their game Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. (Associated Press)

ALAMEDA - There is no need to criticize Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor. He does quite a good job himself.

He had a bad game Sunday in Kansas City — three picks, 10 sacks, 45.7 passer rating. Don't harp on any of that. Pryor will do it for you. He walked into the Raiders' locker room on Monday afternoon. He is a handsome, pleasant, painfully honest 24-year old.

“Your coach said Sunday's game was a learning experience,” I told him.

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He looked at me. “Who was that again?”

“Dennis Allen. That coach.”

Pryor considered the source. “It was a learning experience,” he said. “I agree with him. But I don't really like that because I'm supposed to be on top of my game like all my other teammates were. I had a bad game.

“I was talking to Bill Romanowski (Sunday) night for about an hour and he told me how he played on a team with John Elway. I'm not trying to put myself together with (Elway), but you hear a lot of stories about great quarterbacks you look up to they had bad games. It's about who gets back up. I've got to pick up my craft and I will.

“To answer your question — this is a long answer — but it's something that needs to be said. I need to learn when to escape and when to throw it away instead of taking sacks. I've got to learn and I will. That was definitely my worst game.”

Reader, take a deep breath before we move on. You get the picture. Pryor is a talker. More than a talker. He's a pourer, the words pouring out. And he's a confessor, lets you into the depth of his soul including insecurities. You pull for Pryor because he is so likable and he makes himself vulnerable.

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