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Lowell Cohn: Cirque du drama didn't stop when Al died

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen coaches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Stanley wants the league to understand Pryor can play. Pryor's problem is the Raiders. There may be truth to that assertion. There certainly is truth in this — Pryor was Al Davis' draft pick, and the current group is trying to move away from Davis, which makes Pryor expendable.

After the agent mouthed off, Allen shot back with his own wonderful quote: "That's the stupidest thing I've ever frickin' heard."

I want to commend Allen on his choice of frickin'. It is not a locution I commonly employ, but works well in this context and has the added benefit of rhyming with chicken and nitpickin'.

Allen was saying the agent is full of beans, and many people agree that Stanley was way out of line. Except he wasn't.

Allen, who is on the hot seat (have you ever actually seen a hot seat, not to mention the "bubble" players often find themselves on?), well, Allen is on that seat and he's desperate to justify playing the loser McGloin when he had the loser Pryor healthy and ready to go. For the record, Allen also is a loser if you consider records relevant. His record is 8-23 in two seasons and soon will be 8-24.

The agent Stanley noticed his client was not playing and then noticed he will play against Denver, one of the powerhouse teams of the league. It's like Allen is sending Pryor to an execution. "Go get 'em, Terrelle."

Stanley also noticed the Raiders' coaches have done a crummy job teaching his client — teaching is what coaches do. He noticed the Raiders barely adjust their offense to Pryor's talents — running, throwing on the run. He noticed Allen thought it was smarter to develop McGloin than Pryor, although with McGloin there's not much to develop. He's a lifelong backup, if he's lucky.

Pryor may have a career eventually. Who knows? But he's certainly a better prospect than McGloin, even though rumors float out of Alameda that Pryor can't learn the offense. That failure to learn, if it's true, is on the coaches. Find a way to teach the guy. Find a way to reach him.

All this went into the agent's thinking.

Now I'll tell you how this stuff works. Stanley said what he said. He almost surely notified Pryor he would do that. Stanley then took the bullets Allen fired back and he took the media backlash which favored the coach at the expense of the agent. But Stanley got the point across — Pryor's point. This is no way to treat a young, developing quarterback. And Stanley is dead right.


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